SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS SHOW THEIR MATH SKILLS
Recap has been well-received by both, teachers and students, but it’s not just fun and games. “Students were very excited to use Recap in the beginning. Now, they realize that it’s not just for fun and that it’s challenging to orally respond to some questions,” says Sarah Fiero, a special education teacher from North Carolina, who teaches children with learning disabilities in math, reading and written expression.
"They are now more serious about Recap, and I like that. A specific example of this would be a student who is extremely talkative and quite impulsive at times who, earlier in the week, read the Recap question of the day and then thought about his answer for a minute or so before responding. That is pretty impressive in my setting!"
Mrs. Fiero has been assessing student learning by using Recap as a tool for admit and exit slips/tickets. "Recap has made me realize that just because I think my students have understood a concept, does not necessarily mean that they do. Recap is the ultimate test of knowledge—especially in math. If you can verbally justify an answer in math, I believe you truly understand the concept."
As we hoped, students are responding very well to Recap. "My students feel empowered by it," said Sarah. That is one of her favorite things about Recap. What else does she like about the video response tool? “Recap allows the teacher to get an individual snapshot of a student’s comprehension of skills on a daily basis.” She also likes the ability to focus on the content learned independently of a student’s writing skills, and that it only takes a moment for students to submit a video response that she can view and share from anywhere.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TRACK PROGRESS WHILE BUILDING CLASS RAPPORT
Jon Dufay, a high school forensics and biotechnology teacher from Washington, found multiple uses for Recap, starting with reviewing lessons and introducing new topics. “We are starting a unit on cancer in my biotech class, and I wanted them to do a video brainstorm and just talk to me about the things they already knew about cancer,” said Mr. Dufay. He also uses Recap as a project management tool for reflection, projection and goal setting. “It’s helping them be more focused on planning, setting goals and accomplishing things every day.”
Like many other teachers who use Recap, Mr. Dufay noticed the positive effect Recap has had on his students’ presentation skills. “Some students put notes on their screen to guide them along and cover important speaking points. They spend more time planning what they say, and it’s been really cool to see,” he shared. Jon notes that he is able to get more in-depth answers and finds himself paying more attention to Recap responses than he did to the written assignments he used to do.
At the end of each class, Mr. Dufay uses Recap to show a Daily Review Reel—one of Recap’s many helpful features—to the whole class. “Once I started doing that, they started taking it a little bit more seriously, because they realized that the rest of the class was going to see them.” The high school science teacher feels that this also helps the class establish better rapport, as many students get creative, show more of their personalities and have fun with their video responses. Funny faces, silly noises, disguises and fake mustaches are all welcome and frequent additions to his students’ responses. “The kids work with it, they figure it out and get to know each other maybe in a way they wouldn’t have before, so I’ve actually really enjoyed it and I think they have, too.”
RECAP HELPS HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER SIMPLIFY GRADING
Kimberly Seabaugh is an English teacher, who also teaches Theatre and Film at Saint Clair High School, a 1:1 Google Chromebook school in Saint Clair, Missouri.
She mostly uses Recap for exit tickets to reflect on reading assignments. "I have discussion or reflection type questions in reference to the novel," said Kimberly. "I like that it’s easy for students to respond and it’s easy for me to assess their level of understanding."
Before Recap, Ms. Seabaugh had her students post daily blogs about the assigned reading, but she switched to Recap when she realized that it makes grading student reflections easier. "Blogs became difficult to grade and cumbersome to look through," admits Kimberly. "Recap allows me to assess students’ understanding easier than the blogs did."
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