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: 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.

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.

Edtech Era: Advantages Of Using Online Smart Board In Digital Classroom

A number of teachers may not yet be aware of the benefits of using smart technology in classrooms. One of the most used pieces of educational smart technology are smart boards – interactive whiteboards that give students the ability to learn both independently and collaboratively. However, with a development of cloud technology, standard smart boards are becoming outdated. Collaborative online whiteboard, used as classroom online smart board, presents a low-cost alternative for standard digital smart boards.

This article will demonstrate both general benefits of using smart boards in classrooms and specific advantages of online smart boards over standard technology.

Embracing Smart Board Technology In The Classroom

Here is a list of some of the most important advantages of using smart boards in classrooms.

Enhancing Student’s Learning Experience

Smart board technology provides enriched learning experience by projecting visual elements. Visual learners can observe the projection screen/board while tactical learners can learn by touching the tablet or laptop screen.

Smart Means Interactive

Research has repeatedly demonstrated that students learn best when there is involved use of hands or they are touching with their hands – in other words hands on–learning. Smart board interactivity provides students the ability to write and draw by the touch of a stylus pen or a finger.

Focusing On Lectures

Students can use teacher’s notes projected on the screen/board and save them or send them via e-mail. They do not need to take them by themselves, which lets them focus better on the content of the lectures.

Classroom Collaboration
The role of smart boards in classroom collaboration – source: elearninginfographics.com

Collaboration

Probably the most important advantage of smart board technology over traditional board is the ability of collaboration. Students can write or draw at the same time on the same canvas thus stimulating creativity.

 Access To Online Resources

Students and teachers can easily access a wide range of online resources via laptop or tablet necessary for interactive lectures or collaborative schoolwork.

 Interactive Whiteboard
Interactive whiteboard – source: cultofpedagogy.com

Online Smart Board VS Standard Smart Board Technology

We have learned that smart boards are useful educational tool that helps teachers to empower their lectures. However, there are some considerable downsides of using smart boards, too.

Downsides of Standard Smart Board Technology 

First of all, smart boards can be really big investment – the cost of a smart board with full equipment can go up to $5.000! That is quite a sum, especially for classrooms with fewer students. Furthermore, in the best-case scenario, only five students can write on the board simultaneously. That means not the whole class can participate in collaborative work, but only few students. Another big issue, that you should consider, is the matter of endurance and board maintenance costs. Classroom full of children running around is not the safest environment for the high-end technology prone to be scratched or turned over.

Alternative 

However, there is an alternative. AWW is the first online smart board app designed for in-class use that is compatible with all devices, operational systems and browsers. That means greater flexibility for schools who don’t have budget for smart boards or laptops for every student. With AWW every student can bring his own device and simply draw on it. Only thing school has to provide is a projector and a projection screen. Teacher can open AWW online smart board on tablet, then share the board on the computer connected with projector and everything that teacher draw will show on a projection screen. Best thing of all is, AWW has absolutely no limits regarding simultaneity: everyone can participate at once.

Here is a full table of features comparing online and standard smart board.

FEATURE AWW ONLINE SMART BOARD STANDARD SMART BOARD
Cost Low Cost High Cost
Billing Interval Monthly Subscription At Once
Compatibility All Devices, OS And Browsers Particular Devices/ OS
Simultaneity No limits Limited up to 5 users
Installation Not Required Required
Maintenance Requires Any Software and Hardware Maintenance