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 right when and where students need it. You can also add images or videos to help fill additional gaps in background knowledge.
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You even have an assignment in your Workspace that we think you might be able to use right away!
Adding Directions for Students to your assignments is a great way to provide them context for what they are about to read. To do so, open the assignment you want to edit from your Workspace and select "Add Directions for Students". You can also add media by providing the URL of an image or video.
To add instruction and assessment to an assignment, open a text from your Workspace.
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. That is, questions chunk the text and STOP the student from progressing in the text until they answer the question. Ever wanted a real time comprehension check as your students were reading? Done! Wished you could help focus their attention to a certain part of the text? Done!
And AFTER students answer a question, they can monitor their thinking by comparing their responses with those of their peers. This way, they're incentivized to submit their best answer, they can learn from others' perspectives, and even think about how they might have improved their answer. All without you having graded yet!
Check out this blog post on "How to Ask Great Questions in Actively Learn"
Note about PDFs: PDFs are designed not to be editable, so in Actively Learn, you are only able to add questions at the bottom of each page. (Instead of anywhere in the text like every other text.)
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. It will also provide your students with a rubric as they are answering questions. Furthermore, 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 going through and reading. They're GREAT scaffolding for students, and you can add them into any text, just where they'll be most helpful for your students. Better yet, you can also add images, or videos into notes, to help fill additional gaps in background knowledge.
Students can also respond to notes to share their own ideas and start discussions within a text.
Note about PDFs: PDFs sometimes are just pictures of pages, so in Actively Learn, you may not be able to highlight text and annotate it. In this situation you may want to convert your PDF to a Google Doc and import the document as a Google Doc. This way you'll be able to annotate the text.
To do this simply select the pencil icon and make the changes you want and 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 the 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 address (URL or link). Every browser does this a little differently.
When you're adding a note or question to an assignment, you'll use this link to include an image!
You can simply copy the URL of many videos including those from TED Talks, Youtube, and Vimeo and paste them into the "add media" field.
See below for an example:
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