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Hi, and welcome to our blog. This space is designed to share ideas and methodologies that we use to teach Turkish teenagers. In particular, there is a strong focus on ICT-ELT, which means if you like visual and technological support for your style of teaching, this blog is for you. My colleague, Brentson Ramsey, has been working alongside me for three years. He is also a big proponent of the ICT-ELT Paradigm, which means he will also be posting from his own teaching perspective on the blog.

2010 was the beginning of this new journey, and although there is no definitive ICT-ELT road map available for everyone to follow, it is exciting to explore the technological means to make teaching more fun and affective for students. Our main message is for teachers to ADOPT & ADAPT the paradigm shift for their own needs, and remember that

Saturday, 27 April 2013

EDCANVAS has added a QUIZ function

We have been using EDCANVAS now for four months. Initially, for video tutorials we had been using Tildee, but when EDCANVAS appeared on the scene we quickly switched over, and now we have transferred all our video lessons to this platform. The reasons are clear: simple to use, student-affective and very useful for getting your video-lessons over to students in a clear and crisp way.

I have already posted about EDCANVAS BRILLIANCE , so this post is more of an update since the site has just had a face-lift, and it now incorporates a QUIZ FUNCTION that allows teachers to make quick quizzes that can add to their Formative Assessment tool bag, and remove any need for time-consuming grading of papers at home.

The first step is, of course, to sign in (dohhh!), and press the huge + icon.  You are now in a position to make your new Edcanvas.  In this case it is one I made for our novel that is currently underway.

So, when you open the website now, you see the awesome team have added the option to make a quiz. This is in addition to the drag-and-drop functionality for images, videos and links from the right side of the template.  You can also see there an array of handy places to get your resources from like Flickr, YouTube, or simply the ubiquitous search engine, Google.  Once you have your opening description or image video or link, it is then up to you what you want to include.  This could be short summaries, vocabulary, links to themes EQs or whatever.  For this post i have kept it short.  So, my quiz is on the second slide.

The snip from the finished quiz shows the crisp borders and formatting the team has come up with.  The options for quizzes, in this case multi-choice, is limited for now.  But, I am sure they will increase this with feedback from their Beta-Amabassadors (I have been chosen for such feedback ;-)).  I plan to inform them of the need for varied types ,so as to satisfy all testing methods and assessment requirements from subject teachers 

My short tutorial ends with a YouTube link to the trailer for the movie, which we will show at the end of the book, then do a compare/contrast of the content and approach by both author and director to the themes of both genre-types.

You can see the Edcanvas if you click HERE.  


We hope you try out this awesome service, that is FREE!!!  Incredible altruism, indeed!!

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