The Students Have Spoken

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EdCamp Cape Cod was buzzing with energy and full of educators, administrators, and students alike. There was a beautiful breakfast spread and it was a great space where people began introducing themselves. I was quite overwhelmed but not quite out of place. I was among students younger than me but mainly teachers and administrators with many more years of experience than my mere few months of interning at 30hands. A huge grid was hung on the wall that organized the many classrooms available, their capacity, and time slots to plan your very unique day. Anyone could post a topic they were interested in within any of these slots. Soon after arrival, the slots were filling up and teachers were chatting about which topics they wanted to join in on the conversation and learn about tips and tools for use in their classrooms.   I found that I knew a great deal about a bunch of the topics and that I could have something to say in those sessions. I was relieved to know that I would have some important insights but also that I could learn so much from those putting the theories I’ve learned about into practice. One of the topics stood out to me, it was “We Don’t Need No Education! A Student Panel Q&A”. It had been pinned up by a few high schoolers who wanted to dedicate their time to the benefit of all the teachers who gathered in their room during the EdCamp event. They …

30hands at Home: Interviewing a Relative

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Each person has a unique background full of different cultural influences and their own lived experiences. Our relatives hold a wealth of stories about where and how they grew up, and it is interesting to uncover your past through having conversations and listening to what others have to say. Take the time to learn from the stories and wisdom they can offer in order to grow through gaining their perspective on life.   The Activity: Have your children interview a few of their relatives and obtain their stories. They will listen to the lived history of their family members and ask questions along the way. Help your children to identify cultural influences that have shaped their past through their relatives stories.  The Level: This is a valuable activity where children can learn a great deal at any age. At all ages, kids are able to gain a new understanding from listening to their relative’s stories. Older children may find it easier to makes connections to their own lives and to better understand the perspective of that family member. The Procedure: Ideally, have your child meet with in person or call the family member that they have chosen to interview. This may not be possible though and other forms of communication, such as e-mail, could be used to obtain their relative’s stories, but are less personal. Have your children focus on the meaning of that story and the takeaways present which they could apply to their own life. Your children will make a …

Class Activity: 2 Things I Learned in Math This Year

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As the end of the year draws near, it may be a good idea to encourage students to recall some of the topics they learned throughout the year. Math classes cover a large amount of content and this activity allows students to choose their favorite few topics and give the class a brief explanation of what they have learned. The Activity: Urge your Students to think back on the year and all the knowledge and concepts they now have and comprehend. Have them explain the topic in order to cement it into their memory and aid the rest of the class recalling the information again as they view the presentations. This activity will help peers collaborate and remember their lessons as well as be able to explain things to each other to further solidify their understanding. The Level: This activity can be done at any level, it is meant to get students to look back on their year and remember all of the topics they covered. This will help to sum up the lessons of the class and make it easier for students to recall information from the entirety of the course. The Procedure: Have each student pick 2 topics which they thought were the most interesting or lessons they felt were really important. This will allow each student to choose how their presentations will be set up and what they will focus on. Since there is a broad range of information that students can pick, their presentations should all …

Designing Your Flipped Classroom with 30hands Storyteller Pro

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Pumping student’s full of new information throughout the day and then sending them home with assignments to complete can be difficult and concerning for them. Once home, students may have a hard time recalling what they just learned or may have never fully comprehended the lesson in the first place. Lessons usually target certain types of learners which makes it difficult for others to keep up with the material when it is being taught in a way they do not understand. The flipped classroom pedagogical model can bridge this teaching vs. learning gap in education and will benefit all students. With lessons being pre-recorded by teachers and watched at home by students, there is more class time devoted to collaboration and putting the new knowledge to use through practical activities and creating presentations. Students can watch the lesson at home, rewinding and taking notes as necessary, which will reinforce the main points and they will better understand the material when absorbing it at their own pace. Encouraging students to come to class with a few questions on the lesson can begin the class in an engaging way that will also explain any confusions they may have. This will hone in their attention to the lesson and make sure the students have absorbed what they should have from the video watched at home. Providing an in class activity that will further expand upon this new knowledge will be the most meaningful for students who will remember the material much better than …

Class Activity: English or Drama

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Have your students practice scriptwriting and storyboarding while creating their very own scene to a play. Through acting out their lines and recording the scene, they will be able to perfect their drama skills while learning intonation styles and proper word pronunciations. The Activity: Aimed at English or Drama classes, this activity will pair seamlessly with reading and learning Shakespeare or while working on other plays and learning drama skills. The activity is for students to work together in small groups to write their own scene to a play. This could be reworking an existing segment, for instance changing the ending scene of a play, or even imagining an entirely new story and creating the play and scenes themselves. The Level: This activity can be modified to be geared towards younger learners but is aimed at students who are learning more complicated plays, such as the works of Shakespeare. This will get students to understand the way plays are written and have them be able to create their own scenes and play through scriptwriting and storyboarding, while expanding their skills in acting and drama while performing and recording the scene on video. For younger learners, this activity can center around fables or simpler plays that the students could imagine alternate scenes to and be able to write and act it out. The Procedure: Students will begin by writing a script to a scene which they have imagined or are taking some inspiration from. Try to divide the class into smaller groups where …

From Failure to Fantastic

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Have you ever gotten a poor grade on an assignment when you think it truly deserved better? Did you take an honest look and were able to admit you did everything you could to make it great? I bet there is reasoning behind those grades received, and often a quick read through of a student’s work can confirm the amount of revisions that were done before submitting, that number usually being none. Here’s the thing, we’re not perfect and neither is anything we do on the first try. This is why iterative creativity is so important, especially in the classroom, and far beyond. This iterative process works as a cycle where you design your project, build it, test it, and then repeat. You can get an idea for a project, build the presentation, have your peers make edits and suggestions on your work, and then repeat with consideration given to creatively improving the parts others pointed out. While this cycle might need to be repeated a few times, I promise your project will be much closer to perfect than it was on your first attempt. Although it was a hard lesson to learn, I eventually discovered the power a do-over has to add value to a project. I was discouraged throughout grade school when I would turn in my work, thinking it was comparable to that of a creative genius, and would receive suggestions for improvement. This made me feel like I would never be as creative as my peers. In reality though, …

Class Activity – Science Experiments

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The Activity: A science experiment where students are able to practice The Scientific Method and truly learn the process. This activity is aimed to urge students to think scientifically in order to design and test their experiment with a good degree of accuracy. To describe their process, students will use 30hands Pro to reiterate the steps in their experiment through the audio tool and display photos on each slide simultaneously. The Level: This activity can be a planned experiment geared towards younger students or could be a challenge activity with the help of middle school science kits for older students by allowing them to complete an experiment of their own design. They will each come up with their own hypothesis, follow or design a procedure, and formulate conclusions based off of data collected. This will allow each student to explore and utilize the scientific method in order to complete experiments. The Procedure: Show this sample video to your Students to spark some ideas and have them run their own experiments. Students can map their slides with respect to the scientific method, plus making additional slides for each step of the procedure. Have your Students take a photo of each step before they complete it and their 30hands Video will be clear and outline their procedure. Students will be able to form conclusions based off of their data collection and could make suggestions on how they would improve their experiment or better test their hypothesis. Students will obtain practice with scientific experiments …