Ideas for Applying the Edulinc Courseware (from Stage 2)
Ideas for using the courseware from Stage 2 participants. (Refer to the original "Ideas for Applying" glossary In Stage 2 to see who the contributor was.)
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I like the idea of using polls to determine learner preferences regarding course activities, scheduling, level of difficulty, etc. It offers a quick, non-intimidating way for instructors to get feedback with specific questions.
Choice activities can be used to get student feedback on a regular basis, since they are fast and easy to create and to complete. I usually ask for feedback on the level of difficulty of the class in general, or of a particular type of activity, on the students' level of comfort in the class, or on the amount of material presented and class pace.
You could use choice to take surveys on events such as deciding on field trips, PBLA topics, etc. so even absent students can be part of the poll.
Choice activity empowers students to have more fun communicating with each other
The choice activity is a good tool and a fun way to engage students, especially those who are less vocal or don't have enough vocabulary to express themselves, to voice their ideas in the area of needs assessment and giving opinion on certain topics. Students' interests and opinions can easily be revealed in a quick and efficient way, which adds to the fun of understanding each others' different thinking. Other follow-up skill building activities can then be designed.
Choice Activity for Prior Knowledge
A choice activity could be used to assess prior knowledge of a subject. This would give a learner time to think about the topic and would encourage engagement. The teacher would be able to get some understanding of existing views the learners have.
Choice as a reading comprehension assessment
I can easily see using a "choice" activity as an assessment of a reading for comprehension. In the Health and Safety unit of the LINC 3 activities, I generally discuss nutrition and where the most nutritious food is found in the supermarket. After discussing the departments of a grocery store one could write a small document with an example of someone shopping and what they bought, then using the "choice" option an instructor could ask questions like "In what section did Matt buy his bread" A= B=C=D= etc. I look forward to using this!
Choice for Listening Comprehension
I will use Choice to facilitate listening comprehension. The students will listen to an audio or video file at home. Multiple choice questions create a visual support and help students process the information.
At the end of term, I added a section called 'End of Term'. This included a poll to see how happy the students were with their language improvements this term. It gave them a chance to reflect on their learning - including with edulinc and a chance to see how their classmates felt. it was a very "professional" and satisfying end to using this program and an appreciation for all the hard work they had done through the term. I recommend this to all users.
Choice: Power to Choose - Federal Election
After having Elections Manitoba talk to my class, I will put youtube clips of the 3 main party leaders giving speeches to persuade. The students can then evaluate each speaker's ability to "speak for impact" with a checklist. With that and the content of their messages, they can then vote for who they think should be Prime Minister of Canada, through "adding a choice".
Choice; needs assessment Juliana Blackman
Using a choice activity, learners can be given a choice of three possible topics for the next session, along with pictures and a very brief description of each. They can indicate their preferences by making a first, second and third choice.