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Single Point Rubrics to Keep Students from Focusing Solely on the Grade

A new spin on rubrics – Try using single point rubrics to help students focus on what they can improve, and what they’re great at, rather than defining a perfect A project/paper.

Edutopia – “6 Reasons to Try a Single Point Rubric”

Using Turnitin.com inside Canvas.

Turnitin.com is integrated into Canvas.  When you add an assignment to be turned in, simply use the Turnitin.com method. Select the options to have the paper checked against the Regis Jesuit repository and all other repositories.  The originality report can be viewed in the Speed Grader and will indicate how much of the paper came from other sources.

*** NOTE.  Specify that students turn the paper in as a Word document (.doc or .docx) format.  The Originality Check will not read PDF documents or .pages documents.

Turnitin.com can be used as a great learning tool by providing a “Self Check” assignment that students can use to get an originality report without grading OR adding the paper to the repository.  This allows them to correct problems before submitting the final paper.  Then turnitin.com is not seen simply as a “Gotcha” tool.

This is done by designating the assignment as Do not Grade and selecting the “Do not add to the repository” checkbox.  For you convenience, there is a Self-Check assignment in the Canvas Commons that can be imported into Canvas.  Just change the name and modify the instructions to fit your assignment.  All of the settings are ready for a Self-Check Assignment.  Search in the Commons for “Turnitin.com NON-Recorded – Self-Check Assignment.

As always, please ask a librarian if you would like assistance.

Create a READING LIST in Canvas with Discovery Service RJ

Regis Jesuit subscribes to the Discovery Service RJ search tool. Located on the library website, this tool searches most of the RJ databases and the RJ Library catalog.  Used this way it can be a great tool for searching through all of our resources.

 

  • The Discovery Service RJ can be used right inside Canvas to create reading lists.   The tool is accessed by creating a Canvas Module, selecting the “+” to add an assignment:

 

  • Use the external tool: “RJHS Libraries: Curriculum & Reading List.”  After adding the External tool, rename it.

 

  • When you click on the newly renamed tool, you will be presented with a search box.

 

  • Search for database articles, books from the RJ catalog, and websites.  The Discovery Service RJ tool is loaded inside the Canvas page you are developing. Select the items you would like in your page, by selecting the “Add to Reading List” button.

  • Some examples: Note there is a place for you to add notes, instructions, discussion questions, etc.

 

  • What the student sees: This part of the reading list includes a website, a full text magazine article from a database and a writing prompt. 

  • For a complete tutorial, view this video.

  • Here are some ideas for making use of Curriculum Builder beyond the assigned readings, courtesy of Alicia Virtue at Santa Rosa Junior College:
    • Forums: Hold weekly forum discussions based on assigned readings
    • Glossaries: Increase class understanding of complex terminology by asking your students to build a shared glossary with definitions that students can search and browse based on assigned readings
    • Questionnaires: Survey students to gather and share feedback on recommended issues-oriented websites or assigned topical readings
    • Wikis: Build a shared study guide by asking each student to provide an annotated summary to an assigned reading
    • Quizzes: Assign a graded quiz based on reading list selections
    • Offline Assignments: Assign annotated summaries of reading list selections.

And as always, contact one of the librarians.  We would be glad to walk though the process with you the first time.  It is easy, once you’ve done it once.

 

 

 

Twitter-ize!

Click here for a humorous introduction to using Twitter.

5 Reasons Every Teacher Needs To Be On Twitter

Conversations to follow:
#edchat
#yalit
#nyedchat
#edtechchat
#satchat
#flipclass
#tlap
#ntchat
#mathchat
#Nt2T (New teachers 2 Twitter)
Cybraryman’s list of Twitter chats and times

Keyboard Shortcuts for the Busy Educator

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite keyboard shortcuts.  There are A TON out there – just try googling “keyboard shortcuts” to see what I mean! – but most of them are impractical for educators.

These are the ones that really will make your life easier, and hopefully these will cut down on time searching through programs and apps for what you need!

 

To print in any program: Ctrl + P

To extend your screen (so your projector shows the assignment but you can keep using your laptop for other work), use the Windows key (looks like the Microsoft Windows icon): Windows + P and choose “Extend”. Windows + P and choose “Duplicate” to return to normal.

Search for a keyword or phrase in any program / document: Ctrl + F

To zoom in on your window (this makes all font bigger): Ctrl + plus sign.  To zoom back out: Ctrl + minus sign

To search for any file: Windows + F

To show all open windows 3D style: Windows + tab

To copy and paste: Select text, ctrl + c to copy and ctrl + v to paste

To cut and paste: Select text, ctrl + x to cut and ctrl + v to paste

For quick font formatting: ctrl + b to bold, ctrl + i to italicize, and ctrl + u to underline

 

 

 

28 Student-Centered Instructional Strategies

 

This infographic reference can help remind you to use more student-centered instructional strategies in your curriculum.  Click here for the complete graphic.

 

 

The Periodic Table of Videos

Maintained by the University of Nottingham (UK) comes this collection of videos for each element of the periodic table.  Be sure to check out the university’s YouTube channel for more great content.

Periodic Table of Videos

App Highlight: ThingLink for Assessment and Creative Learning

ThingLink, a free app in the app store, lets users create interactive images.  Add your own or web-based images, videos, links to articles / web pages, sound clips, or text.  This app is simple to use and the applications are endless!  Finished ThingLinks can be emailed and viewed in a web browser.  The site’s published ThingLinks are searchable in the app and on the website and easily copied to your personal library to be shared / uploaded.

Suggestions for using ThingLink in your classroom:

  • For teaching: Use ThingLink to explain a diagram, math problem, poetry form, concept, etc..  Link articles, instructional videos, and add text explanations.  Have students use your ThingLink to teach themselves, especially useful if they are absent from class.  Sample ThingLink on Inverse Trig Functions: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/730047756499943424 (To use: Hover your mouse over the image and click the icons to view supplemental content.)
  • For learning / assessment: Assign ThingLink as a research project or to check for understanding.  Have students research any topic and link / describe all resources in the ThingLink or have students upload diagrams, label the parts, and write explanations for each.  The features will work for any discipline!  Sample research-based ThingLink on St. Ignatius Loyola: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/773971961398165505 (To use: Hover your mouse over the image and click the icons to view added content.)

trig

Project idea: Interactive timelines for any topic

Below is an article that reviews 10 free timeline generators.  Read through the short reviews and choose the best one for your class.

“Top 10 Free Timeline Creation Tools” by eLearning Industry: http://goo.gl/ogIz3z

 

The Tiki-Toki timeline generator is already used in some Theology classes. Check out this sample timeline created by Diana Haney, “St. Iggy and the Jesuits”: http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/492586/Saint-Iggy-and-the-Jesuits/

St Iggy

 

Six creative ways to inspire girls in science lessons

Inspire girls to pursue STEM with these creative ideas inspired by Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer!):

  • Create a timeline or a comic strip of her fascinating life (Her father was Lord Byron, the Poet) or another prominent women in STEM history: Katherine Johnson, Rachel Carson, and Sally Ride.
  • Curate a collection of curious facts for students to explore
  • Make them wonder with science “tricks” to spark interest
  • Solve mysteries with SCIENCE
  • Bake cookies using sunlight, or make a solar oven using a pizza box!

 

More resources:

Girl Friendly Physics: http://girlfriendlyphysics.co.uk/

Top 10 Tips for Engaging Girls with Physics: http://teachers.theguardian.com/teacher-resources/21200/

TED Talk: “Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEeTLopLkEo

Science Grrl: http://sciencegrrl.co.uk/

 

Read the article:

“Six Creative Ways to Inspire Girls in Science Lessons” from @GuardianTeach

http://goo.gl/EGDNzf