Engagement tool plan and what I learned
Students are assigned a section of the chapter to read thoroughly, and then write three sentences. Two sentences must be true statements and one statement must be a lie (although close enough to the truth to be plausible).
Next day: Here's a link to a padlet. Type in your 2 truths and a lie. You've got 5 minutes so get started!
This free version of StoryboardThat wouldn't let me upload the image I exported of my padlet.
Students will work in collaborative groups to decide which sentence from each padlet entry is the lie. When groups are finished, we'll discuss as a class with the author letting us know if we are correct. Then teacher can mark the lie and download padlet as a study tool.
Things that worked: 1. I was able to create the padlet even though the current version isn't exactly like the version on the video I watched. 2. My "student" was able to access the padlet on an iPad and make an entry. 3. When I've done a paper and pencil "2 truths and a lie" activity with classes there has always been a lot of engagement and I believe that that will be true in this format as well.
Things to tweek, or to check: 1. It worked when teacher was on computer and student on iPad, but not the other way. Padlet opened but couldn't add to it. 2. Can highlight text, but not "drawings." Will need to require typed entries. (Could be issue in math class.) 3. Experiment with ways for groups to indicate which statement they think is the lie without showing answer to everyone.
I learned ... Padlet and StoryboardThat are quite easy to learn. Both tools are versatile -- lots of applications. Padlet is designed for sharing and collaborative work; StoryboardThat seems more suited for individual creative work (that could then be shown to others). Creating a storyboard was more fun than writing a paper, but I was limited by space available. Free versions are robust in some ways, but very limited in others. For example: 1) Padlet only lets you create three padlets! 2) StoryboardThat only allows 3x1 or 3x2 storyboards.
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