Explore, Understand, Represent and Communicate
(www.explainingunderstanding.com)Tim Pelton & Leslee Francis Pelton
University of Victoria
NCTM – New Orleans – April 11, 2014
- Content Conveyors (text, video, etc)
- Exploration Environments (manipulatives, widgets, challenges)
- Data Collectors (camera, video, audio, sensors, notes, assessment)
- Consolidation Tutors (games, practice tutorials)
- Communication Devices (mail, social media, synchronous)
- Creation Studios (images, videos, podcasts, learning objects)
- Presentation Tools (pdf, web, document camera)
Screencast apps on tablets support all of these potentials:
- Access examples of virtual manipulatives generated by others (educators, etc.) to support exploration
- Generate virtual manipulatives to support explorations by your students
- Capture performances for sharing, review and assessment
- Generate interactive projects/contexts/challenges to guide student discovery
- Publish links to resources for home based review/exploration/discussion
- Access demonstration videos – generated by others (educators, etc.) to support understanding
- Generate educational videos to efficiently share your best ideas/demonstrations with your class (you do it once or twice and your class and others repeatedly benefit)
- Encourage students to master topics as they create, generate and communicate new concepts, models and manipulatives.
- Support collaboration as educators work together to create, evaluate and refine resources
- Contribute to a wider collection of free learning resources by sharing your manipulatives, projects, videos etc.
The Explain Everything tool:The features of this tool allow you to:
- Create – lines, text, objects, slides
- Import – images, videos, webpages
- Manipulate – duplicate, rotate, scale, layer, lock,
- Record – animation, voice, together or separate
- Share – projects, images, videos
Examples to Share:Note that although we selected Grades 6-8 as the focus grade range for this presentation, we believe that this type of tool is useful in a broader range of classrooms and share some resources with this in mind.
Questions? Thoughts? Suggestions?