Students are using their Nspire cx CAS graphing calculators to enjoy instant feedback. Algebra requires students to know how to solve and graph equations by hand. The graphing calculator helps students check their work and understand more about their problems quickly so students come to class better prepared to discuss misunderstandings. Algebra classes also continue to use the iPad to make the class more interactive and to collect evidence of the student’s work. Students can demonstrate an example problem on the iPad and project or record their thought process.
Students in 12th grade English class have been discussing newspapers and journalism in class. Reading online newspapers, students identified hard news and soft news stories and discussed journalistic styles. Students researched important events from the 19th century, wrote and designed newspapers.
Students collaborated on Google Documents to write and edit their stories. Then they used Pages on iCloud to create the newspapers. Pages allowed students to create sophisticated page layouts to mimic newspapers of the past. Read The St. Louis Daily from November 4, 1856 or The Bravo Times from April 6, 1848 to learn more about how this interdisciplinary project engaged students in learning writing, research, history and technology skills.
Several teachers in high school are using TurnItIn with students. TurnItIn is an online system for determining originality in writing. It compares student work with everything on the internet to determine how much of the work is in the students' own words. Plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, is especially unacceptable in higher education so we seek to prepare students for the rigorous academic expectations they will face at university. TurnItIn helps students and teachers work together to improve writing and use appropriate citations. In addition to the originality reports, teachers can use the detailed grammar and spelling check to provide students quick feedback about their writing. Learn more about the types of plagiarism using TurnItIn's Plagiarism Spectrum.