Students will also be creating a digital portfolio as part of this class. They will complete performance assessment tasks during the academic year with components that must be submitted to the AP Program using the AP Capstone Digital Portfolio. The portfolio is
Students in the new AP Cambridge Capstone Seminar are using various technology to complete this rigorous course, which requires students to use and expand their information literacy skills to engage in rigorous scholarly practice of core academic skills. They are using NowComment to discuss contemporary articles on political, social and economic issues. Students respond individually to each paragraph of the article or to the entire text. This works well for homework assignments to introduce the next day's topic. Students engage with the text, make some analytical judgments and written comments. It facilitates a more in-depth discussion or essay or research assignment in class. See more about NowComment in an earlier post.
in addition to the rigorous AP assessment at the end of the year. Student work is even evaluated by TurnItIn for plagiarism. Students in this class are using truly technology in sophisticated ways to prepare for success in college.
Biology students are using a great deal of technology in the classroom this year. They use Google Classroom for all of the major projects such as lab reports. This allows students to coordinate and collaborate on projects. It also allows their teacher to give them timely feedback on their work. In addition, using videos to illustrate biochemistry helps engage students in understanding microscopic details. The cell membrane video provides an in depth look at something only two molecules thick.
Students have also recently completed web quests about Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration. WebQuests use several strategies to increase student motivation. They use a central question that honestly needs answering and provide a variety of resources to help students find the answer. Students can choose to watch videos, read articles, or complete interactive challenges to scaffold student learning.
thousands of users. The interface adapts to the level of the user so that the learner’s time is not wasted by vocabulary items too far above or below his or her abilities. They also vary the context and each question can be dynamically re-calibrated to assess its difficulty and discrimination as it is answered by more and more users.
With Quizlet, teachers create the lists of words and definitions based on their needs for a particular unit or lesson. Vocabulary.com allows you to create new lists of words using their built-in definitions, but it also provides thousands of lists based on literature, speeches, historical documents, and more. Dictionary and thesaurus tools are also available and students can immediately see what words are the most difficult for themselves. Teachers can also use it as a formative assessment in order to review misconceptions before summative evaluations.
Both Quizlet and Vocabulary.com engage students in learning vocabulary better than the old 3x5 notecard of the 20th century. Students appreciate the easy access and game-like aspects. If you need help choosing the right vocabulary learning tool for your classes, feel free to contact your technology integration specialist.
Screenshots of interface and data from Vocabulary.com