First, I must say that I am super happy with my WordPress blog here. It was really easy to get started, with lots of choices for themes, and I like the iphone app too. But when I made my class website last year, I decided to go with a Google site because I already knew how to do it. And now that I’ve got it where I want it, I’ll never give it up (…neither will I let it down!). Here it is y’all (click it and go there if you feel like it):
Things that I love about my Algebra site:
1. I love that it has all the learning targets and they are neatly organized. I am going all-in on standards based grading this year, so I want to be totally clear on my “standards.” If a kid wants to re-assess, they know where to go for info about the learning target.
2. I love that each learning target page has a video (or will eventually, only 1.1 – 1.3 are done so far). The plan is to get way ahead on the videos within a month or two. I’m sure I’ll be blogging about my video adventures a ton this year, stay tuned. Oh yeah, I also have a Disqus comment thread that is embedded in each page (doesn’t work in Chrome, boo!). So far, no takers. I think I need to give them more incentive to comment, maybe?
3. I love that it has a built in response system. At the end of each video, I ask them one question on the topic. They give me the answer through a Google form that’s embedded. So far, this has been awesome! I see who has it and who needs help before they even walk through the door. It’s also a good quick check on who watched the video.
4. I think I’m gonna love having students schedule a re-assessment there. I stole the format from Ramsey Musallam on his flip teaching blog (he’s awesome!). I want to eventually use his explore-flip-apply model for lessons, but I’m not quite there yet.
So far everything has been working exactly like I want (knock on wood). My website is really the vehicle that is allowing me to make a run at standards based grading and a flipped class model. I guess that should be the main reason I love it, but it’s also just kinda pretty 😉
//brag session over. Thank you for listening.