Anyone who knows me knows that I can be a little zealous about things I really believe in - almost to the point of perseveration. Additionally, anyone who stands within earshot long enough will know that I love me my weebly. In fact, I (apparently)
And...I was wrong.
itsLearning has not only replaced my weebly. It has surpassed it, proving itself to be a very user friendly platform, in that it meets my "click and find out" rule, which goes something like this.... "I wonder if "its" can fill in the blank with whatever I want it to do. I'll just click here and see...", and then I just click and follow the logical progression of options. As of now, I have:
- Embedded a video that explains the difference in collaboration and cheating, so that my kids know what I mean when I say "work together".
- Embedded audio files (made on my iPhone's free voice recorder app) that explain the important points of chapters the kids have to read, as well as my "lectures" (< hate that word) for kids who may be out of class that day
- Created a Discussion Board for book clubs so that ALL 140 of my kids can discuss common texts
- Placed hyperlinks to Amazon books (for those kids who want to own their own books) and free online pdfs of books (for those who don't) that my kids have to read
- Placed a Google form survey for my kids to fill out that indicates which book they want to read for book club
- Placed a Google form survey for kids to share their most troubling grammatical issues (see below for more on what I'm doing with this!).
- Created a folder of handouts that I give the kids for those kids who miss class or misplace the one I give them
And this is just the beginning! In the near future, kids will be participating in "mini Socratic Seminars" on their book club books, recording those conversations, and uploading those files for their peers to listen to and note additional ideas. I'm also working on a way for kids to create their own teaching videos on the common grammatical concerns, based upon the google form mentioned above. These videos will then be uploaded to a "Grammar Page", becoming a resource for kids to turn to when they have those troubling grammar questions.
So, while I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for weebly, I am now an itsLearning devotee. Who knows, maybe there will be a skit about it!