- “cool math games”
- “pbs kids”
- “think through math”
- “unblocked games”
… just to name a few!
So what does this reveal about our students? They like videos and games (shocking, we know). Our students want to play and learn!
The data also reveals a need to teach effective online searching. Instead of going directly to a website, the top 20 trending OKCPS searches included:
If students are searching for these URLs rather than entering them directly in the address bar, we can guess they are not using many advanced search features, such as filters and Boolean rules….. not yet at least!
Inspired Next Steps:
Let kids play and learn!
- Use relevant, engaging, short videos in your lessons and assignments. You can even embed questions within the videos to check for understanding.
- Websites: WingClips, Teach with Movies
- Tools: PlayPosit, TedEd, EDPuzzle
- Tutorials: OKCPS Formative Assessment Tools
- Use games and gamification to motivate students (both on- and off-line).
- Example: Kelly Sehon, math teacher at Belle Isle, uses gamification to differentiate and motivate his students. He uses a wizard theme as students tackle increasingly complex tasks and work toward levels of wizarding status.
- Create a class/school webpage with links to free, quality games for learning.