Do you love hamburgers? But would you eat it in ONE big bite? Of course not! You would not be able to fit everything in your mouth with just one bite. When you write, do you try to cram all your ideas into ONE sentence? I hope not! Your reader would definitely not be able to digest what you are trying to say. Do yourself and your readers a favor- take manageable bites and use manageable (correctly constructed) sentences in your writing.  

How do we use EdTech to facilitate student feedback and participation?

Students were equipped with iPads and asked to use the Google Form here to submit in-class comments, questions, and practice exercises (exercises were explained in class, and based on the "Sample Blog Response" below). Live submissions from students enabled instant feedback and adjustments to lesson.
"Sample Blog Response" (with run-on sentences, to be corrected)

        I think that Mack will explode he will be losing money and getting a bad reputation. Reporters will find out about the claw stick, they will be too scared to talk to Mack directly. Customers will find out about how Stella died, and they will ask the police to start an investigation in honor of Stella, and people will stop coming to the mall. They would not want to spend their money in support of animal cruelty they will walk away. Although everyone will be against Mack, at first he will continue in his ways.

        Mack will discover that he is going bankrupt, he will finally realize that what he did was wrong. Could he change though? I think he can change, anyone can change. Mack will feel very guilty because of what he’s done, and he will want to apologize to all the animals and he will realize that the zoo is really the best solution for them and for him. Selling the mall business is probably a good idea too, it should have occurred to him earlier. Maybe he should become a car salesman, he does have a lot of experience with attracting customers.
Lesson Reflections:
  • Google Forms was a great way to enable more quiet students to participate, and to check for student understanding
  • Instructions need to be given in different ways (eg. auditory, visual) and repeated by different individuals (teacher, student) in order to be understood more clearly by students
  • Using hand gestures (thumbs up, down, sideways) was a great way to quickly poll the class for yes/no questions or to check for understanding
  • The ratio of teacher-talk and student-talk/work time should be carefully monitored (more student-talk/work time is needed)

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