Puppets and EdMettle

Unique names for modern classroom tools.

EdMettle is a learning skill (or soft skill) portal for teachers, students and parents to receive and give feedback based on the report card.  Kids can reflect on their own performance and ‘endorse’ themselves on a learning skill.  Or they can endorse a classmate if they catch someone demonstrating the life skills we try to foster at school every day.  Much like Facebook or LinkedIn, you get a thumbs up and a short sentence about what you did that earned you the endorsement.  This is a neat tool that definitely needs modelling and monitoring by the teacher.  The big value add for this time investment is that students will hopefully leave room 205 with a better understanding of what those learning skills on the front page of the report card actually mean.  This program was developed by a cool teacher in Chatham named Mr.Aspinall.  If you truly want to see the future of education, check out his website. www.mraspinall.com

Shadow Puppet is my new favourite app.  This award seems to change weekly, but trust me, this free app is a keeper.  It allows students to collect photos and videos on the iPad and then use that media as a visual backdrop as they narrate their learning.  Music and annotations give the student reflections a sense of professionalism.  It exports as a video that can easily be saved on our Google drives. It’s slick.  While great for making home vacation journals, its real power is when students explain their thinking while showing their work.  They can redo the narration until it’s “just right”.  Their reflections become a rich media product that I can assess.  Process is what we’re most interested in.  A student that can clearly explain their learning…that’s our goal as teachers.  It’s journaling for the 21st Century and it sure beats pulling out the ratty green workbooks that hide in most desks!

I asked a student to use Shadow Puppet to demonstrate how to use EdMettle to endorse a fellow student. Click below to check out the results.

Endorsing a Learning Skill