I’m Kate Baker, 9th grade ELA teacher from NJ. I flip my class using blended and flipped learning techniques in addition to running various professional development experiences as an Edmodo Certified Trainer and a part-time professional development consultant. One of my passions in online learning focuses on how students can become more proficient as digital readers (as opposed to digital scrollers).
For this Iron Chef activity, I am combining two of my favorite tools: Actively Learn and Formative. This is a simple “dish” but one that I hope you will be able to easily replicate and add to your menu of learning.
Actively Learn https://www.activelylearn.com/ is a free, with premium features, platform where teachers create classes that students join to access text-based lessons that include embedded questions and instructional elements to check for understanding. You can use this with literature and nonfiction texts in any content area. Actively Learn has a vast catalog that is continually updated and you can upload your own texts and customize any instructional element in a text. Students and teachers must have accounts to use the platform as there isn’t a “guest” option.
Whereas the Actively Learn platform can be used to capture accurate reading comprehension by answering multiple choice and short answer questions in the text, the Formative can capture more creative and personal responses through the use of the Audio Response and Show Your Work question types.
Students can complete this Formative prior to reading the text or they can complete it at the conclusion of reading. The Formative is linked in the Actively Learn text at the end of the article in the last question as well as below. Formative can be used as an anticipatory set for reading or a follow up connection as an exit ticket.
Ok, so while I know I can make this work for me and my students, sharing this with you is a bit clunky as you have to have an Actively Learn account to make this work. I do wish there was an a more fluid way to package this for you to try it out.
If the Actively Learn embed in the Formative does not work for you, to access the article, join my Formative Practice Class in Actively Learn:
- Go to www.activelylearn.com, create a teacher account, then change your view to “Student Mode” and join this practice class using the code udyex.
You can also try accessing the article through this direct link: https://read.activelylearn.com/#student/reader/664542/notes
Despite the clunkiness of onboarding of Actively Learn for those of you who are new to the platform, I do think this can be a way to do cross-curricular reading in various content areas beyond English class. I wish I could embed Formative in Actively Learn, but the platform does not allow me to do so. I only only attach links to the questions/notes.
I hope you see value in this “dish” and I would love to learn about other people’s ideas for combining Actively Learn and Formative. Do you have additional ingredients you would add?