User Spotlight – Add Media
Add Media is our newest feature – it allows you to add Web pages, Audio, PDF and Youtube clips when creating your assignments in DigiExam.
Add Media allows teachers to decide what environment you want to give your students access to. As a suggestion, you could lock them in watching and listening to a TedTalk ending with writing a reflection in a free text question. Or allow them to access news articles with the purpose of practice reading in parallel with staying up to date?
In the following post you will read about a teacher’s experience from using the feature Add Media in her teaching and what opportunities the feature generates.
Maria Murelius works at the high school Widenska in the Swedish city Västerås – she is a first teacher and teaches English, Communication and courses in coaching physical and mental health.
What possibilities do you see with using add media during lessons?
VARIOUS MEDIA – PRACTICE SOURCE CRITICISM
“By adding various kinds of media in an assignment, I allow the students to listen and watch a TedTalk in parallel with reading different articles. Afterwards I let them practice their writing skills but also the ability of using valuable sources in their schoolwork.”
Maria describes how she adds several types of media by adding youtube clips, single webpages – that only gives the student limited access and google as an entire domain, thus forces them to work with source criticism in this case. They practice to both listen and read information such as determine what information that is of relevance, in order to go back into the locked down mode in DigiExam to write a reflection or answer questions about the importance of using source criticism.
“As a teacher I control what internet pages I want to allow and what the students are supposed to do with them – a controlled lesson content where I can be certain that the students don’t play computes games or access Facebook.”
Maria along with many other teachers prefer to have control over what happens in their classrooms. Due to her ability to decide where the students should spend their time, she plans everything from a small test to entire lessons and courses in DigiExam without any concerns about the students using their computer for other irrelevant matters.
ENTIRE DOMAINS – PROCESS WRITING
“The possibility with allowing entire domains of webpages makes it available to let my students work with process writing – they can search freely on Google or Google Scholar to gather information to use in the locked down assignment.”
Process writing in locked down mode has several benefits, partly due to a certainty of that the student is the author of its own work. Additionally it will also enable a formative process where I can give the student a corresponding feedback that successively generates in a higher target achievement, hence an increased knowledge development among each student.
“If the student is able to use headphones and their own device, it increases the concentration which make me choose to implement this with DigiExam”
Instead of using the classroom projector and speakers to let all the students listen and watch clips at the same time I can let them practice their listening ability from a more individual adapted environment. I use existing online tests and add as single web pages or youtube clips. It benefits the majority of the students to listen with headphones on their own computers instead of together with the entire class. Thus the students can disregard potential disturbing noise yet listen and pause in an individually adapted pace.
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