In Actively Learn, you can engage, motivate, and support students in the best reading environment for deep learning. By embedding questions, notes, and links directly into the text, you can provide differentiated instruction where students need it. You can also add images or videos to help fill additional gaps in background knowledge.
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You can include information which will add context to what students are about to read, and give them direction on what to look for while they read. Adding learning objectives is a great way to provide students context for what they are about to read. These objectives allows students to more easily connect what they are doing in class and what they are suppose to learn. Some examples of what to add to activate student learning:
There are a few different types of instruction, scaffolding, and assessment in Actively Learn:
In Actively Learn, you embed questions at the exact moment you want students to stop and think.
After students answer a question, they comparing their responses with their peers. They can learn from others' perspectives, and think about how they might have improved their answer.
Check out this blog post on "How to Ask Great Questions in Actively Learn"
The standards added to your question will be reflected in the Proficiency by Standards section in your Reports.
Changing standard set for questions will help you assess your students based on subject specific standards. Also, it provides your students with a rubric as they are answering questions. Additionally, selecting a standard set enables you to accumulate data on student performance in your reports.
How are notes in Actively Learn different?
In Actively Learn, notes act as that digital 'tap on the shoulder' for students as they are reading through the text. They're GREAT scaffolding for students, and you can add them into text, just where they'll be most helpful for your students.
Students can also respond to notes to share their own ideas and start discussions within a text.
Simply select the pencil icon and make the changes you want. Then select save.
If you're focusing on a specific learning objective or framework, and have a specific note categories you'd like to use across multiple assignments, you may want to customize your defaults. See how to customize your default note categories
Why embed links into your assignments?
In Actively Learn, links help provide additional information to students as they read. Students can click on links and review other websites you want them to read.
Whiting-out portions of the text
In Actively Learn, you can also remove portions of text from your students' view by using the Whiteout option.
To add media to a question or note to Actively Learn, you'll need to find the media's URL. Every browser does this a little differently.
Simply copy the URL of videos and paste them into the "add media" field.
See below for an example:
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