I was unsure of exactly what to expect at the OTEN conference. The more I read about it and learned what the drive is and all the knowledge and power behind it, I became more and more intrigued. What an amazing event! I really feel like I took away so much new information and ideas and got an image of what stages our classrooms are in through this ongoing technology shift that’s happening around us.
The first session I attended was Nikole Hartman’s who works in FGSD. She walked us through multiple apps and websites she uses in her classrooms to do everything from formative assessments to prompt classroom discussions. Answer Garden was the first one she presented. It was quite brilliant. Like all of the others she discussed, it is interactive so the student can be an active participant in whatever the teacher is doing - whether it be an exam, survey, or just note taking. Answer Garden focuses more on one question to get an idea of the class response. This would be a great way to practice vocab or brainstorm for creative writing topics, among many other uses. As the students answer, their responses appear up on the main screen where everyone can see. Padlet was another similar tool, used more as a piece of scratch paper that you never have to throw away. It could be used as a discussion forum, or just a large note pad. She also uses Socrative, Kahoot, and Quizziz, which are variations of ways to assess their learning, or how well the teacher is doing at delivering material. The competitive spirit keep the learning fun and engaging. I truly think it's one of the most brilliant ways to keep the students engaged in the current material.