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Free Webinar: Study Island and Turning Technologies

It's Friday.  School is either out or almost out, so I'm sure most of you are probably reaching for your beach towels about now, but...

Next week Study Island's offering a free webinar related to their integration with our student response systems.  If you're interested, details are below.
If you need to write my essay on weekends, you can rely on writing services and be sure your paper sample will be delivered on time.

Don't forget the sunscreen! :-)
-K.

Title:  Free Webinar: Study Island and Turning Technologies

Date:  Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Online training options

So I've been wondering about what we offer in the form of online training.  This is the first summer we've offered pre-recorded tutorials, and I'm noticing that we have a lower enrollment in our live, instructor-led classes.  Are the live classes still valuable to you?  Are there other options you'd like to see us explore to help compliment your training experience?  Do you have other thoughts/opinions on this matter?

Any feedback on this is welcome. Thanks!

Training Updates 5/26

We're working hard to get these tutorials completed for TurningPoint Anywhere Mac and PC.  We're nearly finished with the Mac tutorials, and hope to have them done by the time the software is released.  The PC ones might be a few days behind, but I think everyone will be pleased with them. 

As for me, I'm getting ready to head to NC State next week, and will continue with a very busy month on the road.  This looks like it's going to be a crazy summer in the training department!

My limited uses are growing

So I've been wondering how to catalog what I've been using this technology to accomplish and thought I'd put a couple here:

-norming papers with faculty. We used an assignment and several previous submissions of different quality, using clickers we solicited responses on different parts of a rubric to obtain consensus and more importantly we discussed what and why things were important to the success of the learning.

-collecting demographic and survey data for class pilot studies; great for collecting multiple sesions and easy to combine afterwards

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Disrupting Class with the iPod Touch

Clayton Christensen's book "Disrupting Class" is a call to action for educators to use technologies in innovative ways in order to customize their teaching to meet the needs of the students. Clearly the implementation of iPod Touches or iPhones can offer K-20 an innovative tool for disrupting the norms of education.

Beneficial Use of TurningPoint Student Response Systems

Good Morning!

It's been awhile since my last blog posting, things have been pretty busy around here at Turning Technologies. You will see alot of new things in the near future. Yay!  Anyways, I was just reviewing a blog that I periodically like to check in on and saw a very interesting article - I think alot of you educators out there will find it beneficial.

Webinar Follow Up Resources

Webinar resources from our Spring 09 Series are now online.  I've also posted all questions submitted during the webinars to the TurningTalk forums for feedback and further discussion since we were not always able to get through the entire list during the one hour sessions.

Over 1,000 users registered to attend.  Thank you to all attendees for your  valuable feedback.

My Current Research

Here are a few areas I am actively researching...please post any opinions, data, literature etc that can contribute to this research.

  • Student Response Systems Gender Study
  • Grade Level and impact of Student Response Systems
  • Response Time and Student Response Systems

Also post if you are conducting research that this group can help you with.

All Questions are not Created Equal: Writing the Stem

I thought a few suggestions on creating quality multiple choice questions that assess for learning could be useful with our TurningPoint products. I will post these in several parts based on the elements of a multiple choice question. Let's start with some common terminology:

Stem: the question or part to which the student should respond

Options: answer choices

Distractors: incorrect options

Key: correct option

Here are a few best practices for writing the stem:

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