Our blogger today is Heather Hart, a math teacher at Center Grove High School.
I am excited to write a short blog regarding Online/Blended Assessments and Canvas in Mathematics. I am currently teaching and developing an online statistics course for Center Grove Global Campus. I teach at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana. My Probability and Statistics Course will be offered this summer statewide for secondary students to explore statistics and receive course credit. Currently, I am teaching this course in a blended format in my classroom. Students work on laptops to complete the lessons (modules), and I facilitate small group discussions and provide feedback to students regarding their work. It is a great opportunity for students to get their feet wet in the online world.
Rethinking Homework for Online/Blended Learning:
A struggle I have had in developing the course is rethinking what homework means. I have been a classroom teacher for 16 years and I am accustomed to teaching the lesson and giving a worksheet or a textbook assignment to reinforce the concepts just taught. In the online world, paper submissions of worksheets and textbook assignments are no longer applicable. This new way of learning has forced me to be more creative in assigning work, taking into consideration that student’s work will need to be easily uploaded into Canvas, our new LMS for grading. I’ve also taken a more project-based approach in the types of work I assign. Here are some examples of what I have assigned.
1. My students were asked to create histograms on their graphing calculators. I created a an online activity with data sets for them to analyze using their calculators. After the students created the histogram, they were told to take a picture of their graphing calculator window and paste it into the document. The students then uploaded their completed activity into Canvas for easy grading. Example:
http://www.brainingcamp.com/resources/math/box-plots/lesson.php and view the interactive lesson on Box Plots and then answer the 10 questions following the lesson. After the student completed the questions, they were given instant feedback based on their responses. Here is an example of what one student submitted:
neu.annotate which is available from the app store. They will be able to open the file (PDF) in this app and annotate with their stylus to show all of their work. Then they save their document and submit it within Canvas.
contact me if you have any questions, or if you would like to brainstorm together
If you are already having your students submit assignments through your LMS or are doing some blended learning, share what you are doing in the comments section. If not, try it out. Start small and try partnering with some other teachers at your school who are interested in doing this. If you do not have an LMS at your school you can sign up for a free Canvas account here.