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Socrative Space Race for Review

Mrs. Golden, and the SJCI Academic Enrichment Center, recently used the Socrative App with students to review for Biology with a gamification approach.

Mrs. Golden recounts the lesson, “In the AEC, I used the Socrative App to help students to review for the Biology midterm.  After typing the review book questions into the app, students logged into the quiz using a code.  Students worked in teams to space race.  For each correctly answered question,  the team’s rocket ship advanced.  The team rocket ship that was furthest along at the end of the questions won. Even the tutors wanted in on the action, so we played tutors versus freshmen.  It got really competitive!!

Socrative has a teacher and student app to provide instructors with an instant look at how well students are doing.  The app gives you different options for testing students, including gaming-assessments.  It has been the leading app for iPad integration and formative assessment.

It might take some time setting up questions, but students have had a positive response to the fun approach. Knowing students’ areas of strength and weakness for a topic, through effective formative assessment tools like Socrative, can have an influential impact on achievement.  It is another resource to help us make more informed instructional decisions while also having some fun gaming.

Socrative iOS app for Teachers

Socrative iOS app for Students


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LEAP Semester 1 in the (e)Books

After surveying students who participated in the first semester of LEAP, there were many positives noted in their learning experiences.

Here’s a look at the student feedback:

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Flipped Math Class

Here’s a look at Mrs. Sheehan’s Algebra 2/ Trig class learning about flipped learning and their video lesson on Educanon.

Educanon allows for flipped video lessons to become interactive by asking questions during the videos’ viewing. The interactivity gives way to important teaching/ learning techniques.

First, it demands students to be more active in their learning. Students are answering questions during instruction, which can increase engagement while requiring more participation.

Second, those questions students are answering provide instructors with formative assessment, or insight of what each student has comprehended from the material.  This will give Mrs. Sheehan a better idea of what should be focused on in class the following day.

Third, students can go back and use these videos as a reference tool later in the year and for review for exams.  Such an approach also provides students with mediation or scaffolding to help build up to deeper level content while providing support along the way.

Educanon not only gives teachers information on who watched what and how they answered the questions, it also does not allow students to fast forward through the video the first time through the lecture (they can always rewind to repeat sections)

Flipped learning gives teachers more time to work with students while they are actually working on problems, or what we would traditionally call homework.  Many flipped classrooms utilize collaborative learning groups during class while the instructor supplies facilitation and support (more scaffolding opportunities).




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Rome VS Greece

Mr. Stewart’s Global history class used iMovie to make catchy films comparing Rome VS Greece.  Check out students’ work below.


Here’s the assignment:


Ancient Rome and Greece are both very important ancient civilizations with accomplishments that

easily equal each other. Therefore, in order to discover which civilization is more important we will

You will be given a day to do research for your topics. With the various topics it is very important that

you organize your team so that every topic is covered. When you are researching you are expected to

be working only on the debate. If you are caught looking at something not related to the debate your

There will be seven topics that will be covered. They are:






For each of the topics that your team wins, a point will be added to your Rome Test grade. The

winner of the debate (3 wins or more) will receive a free homework assignment where they will get

full credit. The free homework assignment can only be used in the 2nd quarter.

There are three rounds in each debate. Each round had various differences.

Round 1: You will simply be stating facts and be given a point for each that you can name. (45

Round 2: You will be asked to state why your person place or thing is more important than the other.

(45 seconds) Restating facts will not earn you points

Round 3: You will be asked to pose a question to the opposing team about your topic. You will be

given time to respond along with time for a rebuttal. (30 seconds and 2 minutes)

If anyone on your team talks when it is not your teams turn you will also lose a point.

*For these two topics, students will be expected to create a video that will be shown in class using

their argument. Students should be ready to use facts that support your argument along with some

creativity. Between the two videos everyone in your group should have at least one speaking role. All

St. Joe’s rules are expected to be followed and both videos should be class room appropriate.

The videos should be very similar to the debate rounds in which you make your argument and speak

negatively about the opponents ideas. Videos should be approximately 5 minutes each.




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