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Paul, @hpsgoingblended
Instructional Coach for Blended Learning, Hartford Public Schools, Connecticut
1:1 devices, Blended learning classroom, High ELL population, and Low income population

Our school began a 1:1 program in the Spring for all 11th and 12th graders. With Chromebooks now in the hands of 350 students, one big concern was that students may use the devices inappropriately and irresponsibly. Because of scarce resources, our school lacks technology/computer courses where lessons in digital citizenship may be taught. We needed to find a way to ensure our students would learn requisite background knowledge in digital citizenship to help keep the digital school environment safe and to assuage some of the fears and worries of parents and families.

Product Use: I first created a total of four screencast videos about digital citizenship, two for 11th grades, two for 12th graders, using lessons and materials from Common Sense Media. Using EDPuzzle, I embedded questions into these video lessons to ensure that students understood the main ideas and important concepts. The video lessons were posted in Edmodo groups for students to access. In order to keep their Google accounts active, students needed to demonstrate competency in the lessons by a given date. Students could redo the videos if they did not demonstrate competency on their first attempt. EDpuzzle allowed me to quickly assess the student learning and communicate results immediately.

What Worked and What Didn't: EDpuzzle allowed me to teach important concepts to a large group of students in a short amount of time, outside of any class structure. The ability to embed questions into video content was really effective in producing data that let me know what concepts were trickier than others. EDpuzzle’s interface and ease-of-use were huge factors in the success of these lessons because I was not present in classrooms to help student access the videos or get through technical problems. I simply posted simple instructions for logging in/creating an account and joining my class, and the rest was self-explanatory. One feature that may have helped would be a way to reset a video for a student without erasing proof of their earlier attempts. In the progress/data tool, the difference between “watched” and “turned in” is a bit confusing, especially as some students claimed to have completed the lesson (“watched”), but didn’t answer all the questions (“turned in”).

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