Adobe Spark!

I’m not the best with technology, I have a hard time using technology but I really enjoyed using Adobe Spark!  Adobe Spark is a free online/mobile design graphic app.  You can create posts, pages and videos.  After watching a tutorial video for Adobe Spark, I began creating a page!page

To start off with, you add a title and a subtitle.  Then you can add a background to spruce up the page a bit.  Note that there are many options for pictures: Uploading photos from a computer, looking through creative common photos and photos you have in a Dropbox or Google Photos.

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From there, you can start creating your own page!  You can add photos, videos, text, a photo grid and a glideshow (pictures that fade in and fade out one after the other).

That’s basically all there is to it for pages!  Pages can go on as long as you want.  I successfully completed my first page on Adobe Spark.  I did it on polynomial definitions and examples.  I think it turned out well.  I didn’t have a very difficult time creating the page and I would definitely use it again.

This is the preview of creating a video using Adobe Spark.  You can pick the theme you want and go from there.  You can add videos, text, music and voice recordings!  I haven’t tried creating a video but there is a short how to use this video when you are about to begin and it really did not seem difficult to use.

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Pros

– Free and no downloading.
– Able to upload photos and look through creative common photos to use.
-Has spell check.
-Tutorial videos if you need them.
-Easy way to create videos and pages of information

Cons

-As far as I know, you couldn’t have multiple text/picture bubbles in the glideshow.
-I don’t think there is a way to make the font bigger/smaller or have the text as a different color other than black.

Overall, I really enjoyed using Adobe Spark and I think it was a nice way to present the definitions for the polynomial unit.  The picture below is part of the page I created.  This is an organized way to present the information and it is visually appealing.

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One Final Thought:  This is a great resource for not only teachers but students as well.  Students could use Adobe Spark for projects for a variety of classes!

Assessment

This is an exit note that could be done at the end of class after completing 6.2.  It would be an easy way to make sure students are understanding the concepts.  If students aren’t understanding the material, you could go over the concepts with the entire class.

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I have also created a mid-chapter review for students to complete after we have finished going over the handout from 6.2.  This would be for marks.

If at anytime there is leftover time at the end of class or if you want to start the class with this, there is an online matching game for polynomials with a degree less than 3.  You could even make it into a competition if you wanted to.  See how many matching you can get done in x amount of minutes.  This would be a fun way to do some review!

A Good Start!

I have a good start on my major project and I so far really enjoying this project!  I have started to create a summary of my unit plan that includes concepts that students should understand by the end of the unit and a brief description of each lesson.  I have also created the second lesson plan.

I decided to start with a lesson that has students pair off and use an online graphing calculator, called Desmos, to determine a variety of characteristics of a horizontal line, linear function, quadratic function and a cubic function.  I think Desmos is a great app (it can be downloaded on phones/Ipads and can also be used online) that is easy to use and really gives students a good visual representation of the characteristics of the polynomials we would look at.  For instance, below is an example of a quadratic function and students can see that a positive a value will make the graph open up.

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Before the handouts are given, we would watch two introduction videos to Desmos, one intro to Desmos video and one on sliders.  After that, in pairs, students will each complete a hand out that students will need to complete.  We would then go over it as a class.  If students disagree on an answer or are confused, you can project Desmos on the SmartBoard and the students can visually see what the answer is and a further discussion can be had.  I love using Desmos for this part of the unit because not only is it free but students can manipulate the graphs to find out the different characteristics on their own.

I realized after creating this lesson that there would be new definitions and concepts that students had not seen before.  I’m searching for a way to present these new definitions in a different way than me at the board saying ‘here is the word and this is the definition’.  I want to find some online app to use to change it up a bit.  So if you have any ideas, let me know please!  So the Desmos will really be the second lesson and I’m still thinking of a unique way to do the definitions!

So far, I think this major project is going well, even though I started the second lesson instead of the first lesson!  I’ve had a lot of fun so far creating handouts and finding new online apps to use in the classroom!

Edmodo

This week we were asked to look at any of the LSMs that we looked at in class.  I decided to look at Edmodo and use Edmodo for my major project for this class.  I really like Edmodo because it is an easy way to get in contact with students and parents.  You can post word documents/google docs so if students miss a class you can put the notes/assignment online and students can access it there.  I am not great with technology and I found the site easy to use.  You can also schedule to post things at a specific time or day.  The only thing about that is make sure to double check the date and time!  You don’t want to accidentally set something to post at 4am instead of 4pm!  Teachers can post assignments that students can complete online or print out and complete.  I would definitely use this in my class because it is easy to use and it is free!

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That is more or less what the homepage for a class might look like!