In Teams, click on the APPS button in the lower left corner of the Teams App. In the Search Box, type form and a card will show up with FORMS on it. In the drop-down menu next to Open, you can add it to a Team, or a Chat. Once… Continue Reading Quick Poll in Microsoft Teams using the Forms Bot

Desmos, the popular online graphing calculator, has a Test Mode that locks the device into just the graphing calculator (Link: https://www.desmos.com/test-mode) . The challenge is that it’s only for Chromebooks & iPads. And I use a Windows10 device. So here’s a parallel solution : Windows TakeATest mode. TakeATest locks windows… Continue Reading Desmos Test Mode in Windows

A nice feature now in Microsoft Forms : File Upload!(Remember that all of Office365 — including Forms and OneNote– are free to teachers & students)This is a great option for both Forms and Quizzes… you can now ask people to do work in OneNote and then screenclip it (using the… Continue Reading File Upload in Microsoft Forms

I kinda run on some basic principles when using IT — it’s gotta be free, increase teacher efficacy (modulo some smal learning curve), reduce time spent, it’s got to digitize content and I have to be able to to work with the data to find meaning.So every other year we… Continue Reading Observations & Conversations : Part 1 of many?

This post wouldn’t have been possible without Eric in our IT Dept — he fixed a network setting that prevented us from using TakeATest last year… so a huge shout-out to him (he’s likely relieved because I’ve been pestering him for the past couple of years!)Built into Windows10 (right from… Continue Reading This is a Test… this is only a test…

I thought that everybody did this! But apparently, not. So this was my XKCD 10,000 moment this week.  I happened to tweet the following — and I think it’s my popular tweet of all time.  And as you can see, I was just at the end of class and tapped it… Continue Reading Teacher as Student in Anonymous Desmos

So I’m only on the 2nd class of the year in my Grade 10 Math course so far.  We start late, and we only see them for 3 hours a week, so yes, we move a little slow.I had set them some review problems in Grade 9 Math, mostly questions… Continue Reading How do you know you’re right?

Now, as a math teacher, “differentiation of product” means something completely different… but for this purpose it means — don’t expect every student to respond to your request for evidence of understanding with the same learning artefact.This is well stolen from Vanderbilt University (https://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/module/di/cresource/q2/p07/ ) Now, even as a first… Continue Reading Differentiation of Product

So the shape of things to come, I suppose. We just finished up with March Break and we send a Report Card (marks & comments) home with the students as they go on holiday.  As they were coming back for the last term, I thought I would do a temperature… Continue Reading Course Evaluations via AI… “I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid that’s what I think”

We just finished our report cards for the first Report Period and, in anticipation of giving them formal feedback, I asked my students to do a self-reflection of their Learning Skills, and to provide me with some feedback.  (If you’d like to know more about the Learning Skills we assess,… Continue Reading Report Cards & Learning Skills – Student Self-Assess