Canvas Conferences – Updated UI and student engagement features

Check out the updated interface and new student engagement features in Canvas Conferences which integrates with the Big Blue Button (BBB) web conferencing platform. Key changes include:

  • Cleaner user interface with new icons.
  • Students can download presentations if presenter turns on the download option.
  • Public chat transcript can be saved and downloaded.
  • Multi-user whiteboard is available with user names displayed when drawing.
  • Shared notes layout lets students collaborate to created shared notes during lecture and breakout rooms.

Watch the 5 minute BigBlueButton 2.0 Overview to see new features.

Socrative.com – Exit Ticket

Now that the semester is underway, you will begin to present material to your students. Maybe it will be a review of a text or a presentation or maybe you will show a film. However you present the material, your hope is that the students understand it and can put it to use.

DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT ASSESSMENT TO FIND OUT IF THEY “GOT IT” or NOT! USE THE FREE EXIT TICKET WITHIN SOCRATIVE.COM.

This free resource can be used on any device via the web or you can download the free app.

DOWNLOAD THE ATTACHED PDF FOR FULL INSTRUCTIONS –  Socrative.com instructions

Flipgrid

Students love video…and they love to video themselves. The successful IPO for Snapchat last week certainly confirmed this fact.

I would like to introduce you to a great tool to bring the power of that video into your classroom using a tool called Flipgrid. From the Flipgrid website:

Social learning – Equal voice. – Every student benefits from each student’s perspective. Flipgrid draws the entire class into an open discussion of divergent experience, perspective, evaluation, and debate. In other words, bring the back row to the front.

I have created a demo of the system here – go ahead and share your response to this prompt.  – https://flipgrid.com/mo2dqhc

Flipgrid is free for a basic teacher account allowing you to host one grid(prompt) at a time so you can see how useful it might be in your classroom. I encourage you to check out the resources below to learn more. As always, let me know if you would like more information or my assistance in getting this set up for your classroom.

http://blog.flipgrid.com/

Flipgrid Global Connections – https://flipgrid.com/786c0c

Have a great day – Eric