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Push my thinking
The next step would be to create a mobile site or an app that would be a one-stop shop for my class. Students could submit homework and take formative assessments right from their phones or chat with me during Digital Office Hours. They could also see their grades and missing assignments. This app could be used directly in the classroom as well: Perhaps we could embed a tool that would allow students to submit class work to be projected for full-class editing and revision—a modern replacement for the overhead. Or even a polling tool with which we could project the results of quick temperature checks during a lesson so I could easily and immediately modify my teaching based on my students needs. The question is, how can I program these tools so they'd be easily accessible in one place from a mobile phone?
Digital Office Hours and the Craft of Writing
Problem of practice
Creatively integrating technology into learning experiences to engage and motivate students and how it can be pushed to the next level... With 120 students and 600 plus pages of writing on which to comment over one weekend, how can a mere mortal of an English teacher find a way to give thoughtful, timely, and individualized feedback to her students?
By establishing Digital Office Hours I could chat with students about their work. Since they set the parameters for feedback, they took charge of their own learning. I then became a collaborator and advisor rather than a dictator with a red pen.
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