Geddit? Got it, good.

Geddit is an app, letsgeddit.com is the source. It’s a tool that we are currently exploring at SIS to assess the confidence of students during their learning. Did they understand something, or are they unsure?  …how do they feel about certain parts of the learning process, in the steps we have given them to take?

As an example, it has recently been used recently in Grade 7 Humanities in a variety of ways.. one of which was to assess the level of understanding of basic concepts introduced through a Silk Road Trading simulation game. The interesting part was.. a concept (of ‘net’ gain.. vs. ‘gross’ profit) was just topically mentioned towards the end; to help them calculate who had ‘won’ the game.

On the following day, as a ‘check-in’, students were asked (hypothetically, let’s say……. if they were to be asked on a quiz about this concept) could they re-explain it autonomously? A few kids said they really “got it”.. and scored themselves a 4/5 or 5/5. Most were still unsure.

Instead of the teacher having to teach, Ms. O’Brien asked those students if they, themselves, could teach (to the ‘not-gotten-it-yet’ portion of the class) what they knew. These kids proceeded, excitedly, to draw a map of their thinking, of the concept.

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Students drawing out their thoughts..

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These confident guys became the teachers of the new concept, explaining how they saw the concept of ‘net’ vs. ‘gross’ profit..

After they were done drawing, they proceed to answer any questions from the other students to confirm, or clarify, their ideas of the concept. Within 5 minutes, many of the other students asked if they could change their scores on the geddit survey.. They now “got it”!

A visual summary, 'live', of what a teacher sees when she asks a question to the class about their learning.

A visual summary, ‘live’, of what a teacher sees when she asks a question to the class about their learning.

The point here is, a teacher wants to assess/gauge learning. As well as, find ways that others can explain things better, in a new voice… especially one that students can understand. Using this app (and creating these ‘check-in’ questions spontaneously) was a way for the teacher to not only reinforce what was learned, but to address individual questions and doubts of 20 students at a time.. as well as harness the power of the students themselves in order to fill in the gaps for each other.

The other questions/results of the survey students were able to immediately compare with each other. They were allowed to ask each other: “Why did you give yourself a higher score? Could you, please, explain it to me?” They shared their ideas, reinforced their own previous learning and were able to adjust and modify their knowledge gained.. even if it was from the previous day’s experience. Students became the teachers by sharing and explaining their thoughts, giving them more confidence and reinforcement. The teacher was lucky enough to be able to stand by and listened carefully, adjusting and suggesting ideas along the way.

They say the best way to learn something is to teach it to others. Now, the learning of fundamental concepts and ideas is now (with the help of Geddit), officially, in student hands. #gedditrocks

Teacher: 1, Students 100!! 😀

 

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