Learning Apps

Virtual Wonderings

I use this strategy to activate my students' interest and prior knowledge on a topic. This gives me a good starting point on the curated video and reading list for the independent station. It also gives my students a visual representation of the range of interests in the class. In my opinion, using the interests of my students to guide instruction is the core of a student-centered classroom.   

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Answer Garden is one of the ways I collect my students' wonderings. It can also be used as a check for understanding. As my students enter their answers, they appear in real-time. If two or more of my students enter the same answer, that answer will get larger. Here, you can see where my students enter their answers on our learning management system.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Answer Garden is the free software that I use for Virtual Wonderings.
Students In Action
 
 
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Answer Garden is one of the ways I collect my students' wonderings. It can also be used as a check for understanding. As my students enter their answers, they appear in real-time. If two or more of my students enter the same answer, that answer will get larger. Here, you can see where my students enter their answers on our learning management system.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Answer Garden is the free software that I use for Virtual Wonderings.
Tanesha Dixon
Wheatley Education Campus
Washington, DC


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Social Studies
Grade:
Eighth grade
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