New Feature: Active Learning Through Student Volunteers

New Feature: Active Learning Through Student Volunteers

Woot Math has a new feature to help you promote active learning during formative assessment activities in your classroom. You might be thinking, “Wait...doesn’t Woot Math already do that?”. That’s right. Students have always been able to show their work during formative assessments. Now, they can also volunteer to present their work or have the teacher use their work as an exemplar.

Ask for Volunteers

Student work is always saved when running a formative assessment. After students complete the task, in teacher-led mode teachers can review examples of anonymous student work in real-time with the class. Now, the teacher can also ask for volunteers by clicking on the volunteers tab. Once they do, students can now volunteer to share their work with the class.

Students can volunteer

– Students Can Volunteer to Show Their Work –

Select High Quality Student Work

Once students have volunteered, the teacher sees tiles from each of the student volunteers. The teacher can then determine which student volunteer they want to project by simply clicking on the tile.

Teacher sees a list work from student volunteers

– Teacher Sees Work From Student Volunteers –

For this problem, Joelle and Aaron have volunteered their solutions. The green check box indicates that they both have the correct answer. The teacher can turn off revealing the correct answer by deselecting “reveal answer”. Sometimes it is helpful to project student work without the answer revealed – students can then use critical thinking and analytical skills when they have to justify their responses before being told if they are correct.

Promote Active Learning: Have Students Present Their Work

To promote active learning, the teacher can select one of the volunteers to explain their solution. In this case, it appears that Joelle has shown more extensive work than Aaron. Work for this blog post comes from the activity called Pythagoras’ Park. Students apply their understanding of the Pythagorean Theorem to story problems about walking through a park. Check it out here.
Students engage in active learning through presenting their work and solutions

– Projected Volunteer Student's Worked Solution –

We see that Joelle has used the Pythagorean Theorem to solve the question. She also remembered to find the positive and negative solutions to 25=c². This attention to detail makes it a great opportunity for active learning. Joelle can present her thinking to the class while other students can learn from her example. Of course, the teacher can also use this feature to present students’ work on their behalf.

This is a great feature to try out if you are looking to get your students more engaged in active learning. You can also use this feature to encourage students to take risks. Reassure them that it is good to share their thinking, even if they aren’t 100% correct yet.

We recommend you check out the Pythagoras’ Park activity as a review of they Pythagorean Theorem. It would also work well as a quick refresher for students who have already learned it! Previewing the activity now using the link below. Or, login to wootmath.com and search for “Pythagoras” in the Shared Gallery.

Preview Pythagoreas’ Park

Visit our page on Formative Assessment for more on how to use this free tool in your classroom.

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New Save and Share Feature

Sometimes a small change can have a disproportionately large effect. In chaos theory this is called the butterfly effect (also a film with Ashton Kutcher that you probably forgot about until now). Here at Woot Math, we call it Save and Share. That’s right, a new feature was released that lets you copy any poll to your Woot Math account, even if it has not been approved by us yet. All you need is the link.

Imagine this scenario:
You’re on Twitter and notice someone made and shared a Woot Math warm-up activity that would be perfect for your class tomorrow, if only you could make a few changes first. Just there’s no time to wait, since class is tomorrow! (Woot Math screens all published polls for accuracy and appropriateness, you’re welcome!). Now, you can copy any poll that you have a link to preview, just click the save and share button in the upper right.

– Question 1 – Preview to get to Save and Share –

Then, click the save button and it will be copied into your Woot Math account. If you’re not logged in, a pop-up will prompt you to do so. Now the warm up is yours so you can make any changes you want (well, technically, it is an identical copy of it is yours, but let’s not split hairs).

This feature, although seemingly small, has lots of great applications. It allows you to collaborate on designing assessments with your department. The feature came as a request from one of our teacher partners, Rebekah Cook at Skyline High School, who was writing assessments with her math department colleagues and wanted to be able to share assessments quickly without waiting on them going public. Now she can make edits to Woot Math quizzes that her colleagues wrote, customizing them to her class. Thanks Rebekah for the great suggestion!

You can also now send assessments to your colleagues to re-align the content. If they’re a little behind or ahead of you in a unit they can add or remove problems. It also lets you edit a poll that has not yet been published. You can add language supports, hints or bonus problems to the scratchpad if you think students need more support/challenge.

We’d love to hear how you’re using the Save & Share button, leave a comment below or tweet @WootMath.

For more information on implementing Woot Math in your classroom, visit our page on Formative Assessment.

Would you like to unlock more free content in Adaptive Learning?

Would you like to unlock more free content in Adaptive Learning?

While we carefully crafted the free tier of Adaptive Learning to give you a substantial (and flexible) amount of content, we understand that you might want more. Maybe a lot more! We want more teachers to try Woot Math and see, first-hand, the positive effects for their students. We have launched a referral program that will help us get the word out to more teachers and help you unlock more free content at the same time! We think it is a win-win for you and for us.

Here is how it works

  1. You identify teachers or schools that don’t currently use Woot Math, but might like to try it with their students.
  2. You email your colleagues to introduce them to Woot Math and encourage them to sign up for the free tier. (There is a draft email below to use; just be sure to include your teacher code.) This will enable them to use it free with as many students as they like.
  3. For each new teacher that signs up and sends us your teacher code, we will unlock one free book of your choice for you, and they will receive one additional free book as well. Check out the scope and sequence of our content to see which topics you might want to unlock next.

Thank you for using Woot Math so effectively this year. We appreciate the trust you place in us and we are grateful that we get to work with you. If you have questions or suggestions about this program, we would love to hear from you.

Sample Email

Subject: Help your students with fractions and more

Hi,

Woot Math is a program that I’ve been using for awhile to help my students with fractions, decimals and ratios. It adapts to meet each student’s needs, and lets students work at their own pace. My students love it, and I’m impressed with their increased understanding. I also like that it is easy to access my students’ data and view their progress.

Woot Math has a free tier for teachers, but together we can unlock even more FREE content. If you’re interested in giving Woot Math a try, simply forward this email to: referral@wootmath.com

and include my teacher code:

If you have any questions about Woot Math, let me know or give them a call at 1-855-WOOT-MATH. If you decide to give it a try, I think you’ll be impressed with the results.

Best,

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New Features in Woot Math Polls

New Features in Woot Math Polls

We've just launched some new often-requested features in Woot Math Polls. Below is a quick recap of the top additions. Please keep the requests coming @wootmath!
Teacher Upload An Image to the Student Scratchpad
You have had the ability to customize the student’s scratchpad for a while by turning on or off the set of tools available, adding some text, equations or even a table. But now you can also upload images into the student’s scratchpad when you are creating a task. To access this capability, while you are creating a poll, click on the “Scratchpad Settings” link on the right side of the page.
Scratch Pad Settings Button

To add an image to the scratchpad, either drag an image to the upload area or click on the image icon and select an image on your computer. Use the blue squares in the corners to resize the image. Click and drag to position it on the student scratchpad.

That’s it. Every student who takes this poll will have the image on their scratchpad.

Problem Numbers While Running Polls Problem numbers are now indicated while you are running a poll, so you and your students will always know which problem you are on and how many more there are to do. It is visible in the top right corner of the blue header:
Problems now have number sequence labels
Classroom Stability Improvements
We also released a series of under-the-hood improvements intended to make classroom stability much better, since we all know how temperamental wifi can be. Now you can keep working, your students can keep working, and no work will be lost!

Feature Requests?
Let us know what feature you would like to see, and we’ll try our best to accommodate it. Leave us a comment below or reach us @wootmath. Subscribe to receive email updates on new product features and improvements delivered.
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