Guest Blog Post: How to Improve Connection with Students in the Classroom

For me, being able to walk around the class and making a connection with students while delivering a lesson is a must. Being tethered to the whiteboard and having to turn my back to write was just not working. Add on all the wasted time of writing a problem, walking around the class helping one student at a time, then walking back up to the board. Finally, being so far away from the students in my class meant students in the back would be less focused thinking I wouldn’t notice them.

Communicate with all your students – not just those closest to the board

Enter AWWApp. Now, I am able to connect my computer to the iPad using a QR code and walk around anywhere in the classroom to work in whole group, small group, or with individuals. Whole group lessons became much more effective. I was able to walk around the class and allow students to show their work to everyone else. Having my students use the iPad to show their work right there from their desk made them feel more empowered.

Be there for your students when they need your help the most

Found a common misconception? No problem, I just start explaining it and start correcting that issue from wherever I am. Using AWW allows me to be close to those students and make sure they are getting it. 

Present your work on a big screen

Another piece that made it really convenient was not having to write upside down in small group. I would just project it and the screen was larger and easier to read for them without me needing to write upside down. 

AWWapp has made a great impact in my classroom and any situation when I needed a wireless whiteboard like professional developments or faculty meetings. I highly suggest using this in your class. It will be the solution to many classroom issues like behavior, permanent whiteboards, or tethered computers. 

Guest Blog Post: Poetry Visualization in English Class With AWW


A few months ago, I was browsing Twitter and noticed a tweet about this new application online that would enable you to use it as a whiteboard.  I was instantly curious, so I checked it out.  My initial thoughts were, “How cool is this!?”, and my thoughts soon turned to, “How can I use this?”

One Word Concrete Poetry with 7th Graders

As quite a new user to awwapp.com, I am still learning all the ins and outs of it.  My first use was in a poetry class with grade 7s.  I had my students use iPads and awwapp.com to create concrete poetry.  We began by talking about one-word concrete poetry, and I showed them a few examples. Next, it was their turn to try AWWApp. I gave them a word like “rollercoaster” and they had to create a concrete poem on their iPads that gave meaning and form to the word “rollercoaster”.  We tried several words, each word students would get about one minute to create using AWWApp, and then they would have to hold up their iPads to share their creativity with the class.  This was just a simple, basic use for AWWApp, but it was so effective and most of all – FUN.  After using AWWApp in this capacity, students were hooked, and they asked about using it the next time they came to class!

Shakespeare on the Whiteboard

I wanted to try this with my grade 8 class as well, to see if they were as eager and excited about this new application. Once again, it was something I was still learning about, so we stuck to the most basic of uses but found it so much fun to share in this way.  Students worked in pairs collaborating on the same board and represented lines of Shakespeare’s “7 Ages of Man” soliloquy visually.  We had broken down the soliloquy into the different ages, and students had already visually represented each age on a Google Slideshow.  As a way to share with the class, we took the time to represent our slideshows on AWWApp.  Students would create a small sketch and indicate the age range they figured the age Shakespeare described was related to.  My grade 8s had a lot of fun drawing on the board, using the colour palette, and playing with the size of the lines.  As they completed each age and held up their iPads for the class to see how they represented each age, they had fun seeing what each pair had done, and I was able to see if they were accurate in their translation of Shakespeare’s “Ages of Man”.

Poetry visualization tool

Conclusion

As I am sure is true with all teachers, time is something I wish I had more of. With more time, I am looking forward to more ways I can use AWWApp in my classroom. I love the collaboration ability, as this is so key in what I do in my classroom. I know this will be a feature I will continue to make a lot of use of. In addition, the integration with Google Classroom is fantastic, and as a Google Classroom user, this feature will be valuable. I see this application as a tool that will become part of my repertoire and one that my students will look forward to using in many ways. I have already recommended it to several colleagues.

Guest Blog Post: Collaborating in Trigonometry Class with AWW

 
I have recently been introduced to the AWW app, and immediately began using it in my classroom. What an amazing tool to use with students. This app allows you to annotate on a board, which can be shared with students and they can add their notes as well. Therefore, I find this to be a great collaboration tool, with a whole class or even small groups.

Trigonometry Class with AWW

Just as students work together using Google documents, sheets, or drawings, the AWW app allows students to work together and works great especially in a math classroom. Students can work out problems and also insert pictures. Here are some pictures of the first time we tried it in our Geometry class working on Right Triangle Trigonometry. The following week when students were working on problems, a few students decided to use this tool on their own to work together. Also, I like how you can download the picture images and share them with everyone using any format.
 
 
Photo Courtesy of Amy Caputo. Working on Right Triangle Trigonometry

Student Collaboration in Trigonometry Class

Here is a group of students working on a Trigonometry problem, using a board they created to collaborate. Specifically, in this assignment, students were asked to solve a problem and share their work in Google Classroom. The assignment details are also shown below. I look forward to sharing this tool at our next faculty meeting during the ‘Teacher Talk’ share out.
 
 
trigonometry class group project
Photo Courtesy of Amy Caputo. Group project assignment
student collaboration in trigonometry class
Photo Courtesy of Amy Caputo. Student Collaboration

Guest Blog Post: 21st Century ELA Classroom with AWW

The 4 Cs of 21st-century learning (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) should be the backbone of all lessons in today’s classrooms. Often, finding a tool that is able to address all of those areas is difficult. However, Awwapp has created just that.

Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity in ELA Classroom

Recently, my 6th graders used Awwapp to analyze the traits of a character from the memoir we are reading. They needed to use critical thinking to support their claim and collaborate with their partner to ensure that all aspects of the assignment were covered. Also, they had to communicate effectively to demonstrate their learning. Lastly, they had to use their creativity to develop a visually appealing piece that encompassed the evidence needed to support their claim.

Collaboration and Creativity in ELA classroom
Photo Courtesy of Bridget MacQueen. Visualizing Character Traits with AWW

Awwapp provides a platform with which incorporating these 4 Cs is a cinch. My favorite part is the messaging feature. Students are able to communicate within Awwapp itself. Hence, this is a skill that they need to develop through practice. By implementing Awwapp into my classroom, I have been able to provide students with more opportunities to communicate via messaging. Sometimes, their partners are within the classroom, but at other times, they are in another classroom. Therefore, the messaging feature comes in very handy. 

Collaboration and Creativity in ELA classroom
Photo Courtesy of Bridget MacQueen. Portraying Character Traits with AWW

These opportunities for exercising their creativity through collaboration and effective communication is a breeze with Awwapp. AWW app is truly adaptable for use in all content areas. Moreover, the ease of its use is a major plus.

Guest Blog Post: Collaborating in 3rd Grade Math Class with AWW

Math Class Collaboration on Any Device Any Time

As an instructional technology coach, looking for tools that help create a student-centered classroom that engages and includes all students is a must.  Interactive boards or wall mounted whiteboard are limited in few ways: Number of students who can use it at the same time, remote student input when they are not physically in the room, and the ease of keeping the work for future reference. One tool that helps is A Web Whiteboard (AWW). AWW scales these challenges by allowing input for all students, no matter where they are located. Also, it gives teachers the ability to transform a classroom by allowing students to collaborate and communicate on any device at any time.  The advantages and possibilities are endless. Also, the features and ease of use allow for implementation at any grade level.

 Math Class Collaboration with AWW
Student Collaboration in Math Class

Smashing AWW with Screencastify

While I was a coach at the Wilson School District, in West Lawn, PA, students and teachers were using AWW in many creative ways. It allowed teachers and students to communicate with each other in innovative ways. 

One of many creative ways was the smashing of AWW and Screencastify. In Mrs. Hueyett’s 3rd-grade class, at Whitfield Elementary school, students were tasked with creating a how-to video on the commutative properties of multiplication. The property can be a tough concept for students to grasp verbally. With the help of AWW it became a visual and hands-on learning experience.  By combining student research, creativity, AWW, and screencastify students drew out their math problem and voice annotated directions to walk their audience through the process. Students then shared their videos with other students to teach them about the property from a student perspective.

AWW app collaboration in Math Class
Recording AWW App Boards in Math Class

Students love creating with AWW, and the tool gave them the ability to share what they learned with an authentic audience.  The ease and benefits of AWW are an endless asset to schools.  Check out AWW app today and let your student’s creativity take over.  

 

Guest blog post: AwwApp – A Kindergarten Favorite Collaboration & Creation Tool

To some, technology in the Kindergarten classroom is a very abstract idea; it poses quite a few questions. How are they going to learn to be creative? How are they going to develop their fine motor skills? How are they going to learn to communicate and collaborate? As a Kindergarten teacher, when looking at these questions, it’s a bit overwhelming to figure out how to make all of this possible while implementing technology. AwwApp has given me the opportunity to allow my students to develop each of these VERY necessary skills, while still using technology.

How are they going to learn to be creative?

Whether we are using AwwApp to practice our sight words, respond to a writing prompt, or just to have free time, my students are putting their own twist into what they are creating. They are no longer just using a whiteboard with a black marker. Now, they have 8 different colors, and 4 different sizes of markers right in front of them. They can draw, type, or insert pictures into their work. All of these tools are so easy, my Kinders taught themselves how to use them.

AWW is Kindergarten Collaboration tool
Courtesy of Mackenzi Braun

How are they going to develop their fine motor skills?

AwwApp allows my students the opportunity to use a few different methods to complete their assignments. They are either using their finger to draw and write on their touchscreen, or they are using their fingers on the trackpad to draw and write. If they choose to insert a text box to create their answer, they are developing their fine motor skills by typing on the keyboard.

Kindergarten Collaboration tool
Courtesy of Mackenzi Braun

How are they going to learn to communicate and collaborate?

We use AwwApp for free time in my Kindergarten classroom. However, we also use it to practice sight words, write sentences, and respond to given prompts. My students are communicating through the products they are creating, as well as when they share their work with the class or with a friend. AwwApp also offers the opportunity for students to collaborate by inviting them to add to the same board.

AwwApp has been a game changer in our Kindergarten classroom. Although traditional writing, cutting, and pasting is still very important in Kindergarten; AwwApp is a tool that has allowed my Kinders to continue to develop the skills that are very important at 5 and 6 years old through technology. It can be used in so many different ways, you just have to think outside the box.

5 Collaborative Classroom Games with A Web Whiteboard

Forget about dull and boring lectures with a teacher pointing on a blackboard with their stick, repeating the words and phrases and making students to memorize them by heart. With educational technology giving so much opportunities, teachers can turn boring lectures into fun and collaborative group work.  One of the most creative ways to engage your students and make your lessons fun are collaborative classroom games. Here are listed five classroom games you can do with your students on A Web Whiteboard (AWW).

Pictionary

Students who learn better through visual stimuli can memorize new terms and concepts playing Pictionary. Have your students draw their representation of the word.

Create a list of new words and terms relevant to the topic or lesson you have recently taught in your class. Divide the class into few groups, preferably of three or four members. Let one of the students from group to draw their representation of term using AWW app. The rest of the group needs to guess the meaning of the term. Let the group collaborate and discuss while guessing. Every group that guesses the term correctly gets a point.

You can do this on more complex level when reviewing history or geography lessons with older students, and on a simple level when teaching first graders new vocabulary.

Classroom games with AWW - Pictionary
Pictionary with AWW – courtesy of Danielle Moore

Hangman

Hangman is another simple game to use when reviewing lessons. It is also a great way to assess where is your class at when it comes to spelling. AWW app comes in very handy when using hangman game as an assessing method.

Create a list of the words relevant to the certain topic and divide your students into groups. Let them know the topic, or if you want to make it even easier, reveal the year or a figure relevant to the word. Have students brainstorm within the groups and try to guess the letters of the word. Each group gets to draw one letter of the word as they change turns alternately. Make a gallows for each group. For each wrong letter a group gets a part of the body on their gallows. The group with the least number of parts of the body gets the most points.

Tic-Tac-Toe

This can be a good math practice method. If you have enough tablets in your class, give one tablet per each pair of students. If you don’t, you can make this a team work with groups of four students. Or you just let your students play on their own smartphones.

Create 3×3 field tic-tac-toe grids on your AWW boards. If you want your students to solve problems for a whole period, create more than one grid. You can use multiple pages for each grid if you are a premium user. Fill each field of the grid with math problems leaving enough empty space for answers.

Divide the class into pairs or groups, according to the number of devices. Share separate boards with the grids to each group/pair and let them solve the problems within grids. Separate their answers by color – let’s say a Person A uses red color, while Person B uses green. Whoever solve the problem correctly gets a tick from the teacher. The goal is to collect three successive ticks in a row. Student who achieves that first within his group or pair can cross out these fields and get points.

Classroom games with AWW
Tic-Tac-Toe with AWW

Circle the number

This is really, really simple classroom game you can play with your kindergarten children and first graders who are learning to write. Basically, write down a bunch of numbers on your AWW board and share it with the class. If you don’t have enough devices, divide them in the groups. Read the numbers at loud and let your students to circle out right figures on the board.

There are many similar versions of the game like circle the animal, plant, letter….

Crossword

This is really awesome vocabulary practice classroom game, but it take a little bit more preparation than other classroom games mentioned in this post.

Make a list of questions and answers and create a crossword. It can be a simple crossword with only one vertical field, or more complex one, depending on the age of your students.

You can save your crossword as a template, so you can reuse it whenever you’re playing this game with your students. Share the crossword with your students and let them work in pairs or groups. You can limit the time of solving and give points for every correct answer, or you can let them unlimited time and give points to those who are the quickest.

 

Hope you’ll try out some of these classroom games and that your students are going to love it. Here are some other creative classroom games you can try out without the use of web whiteboard.