We were assigned to make a tutorial video on a flipped classroom tool, then turn it into a Zaption lesson, so I chose to do my tutorial on Zaption itself. I love using Zaption, and I paid the extra fees to retain all the data from my lessons, and control over some of the lesson settings.
I remember doing my math homework when I was in school, and I so often wanted to know right away if I was right or wrong. The basic plan allows for this instant feedback.
Over the last twenty years, I have found it frustrating that so many students will write down anything without reading or thinking about the problem, just so they get their points and can say they did their homework. This is not genuine learning.
Now I have students coming to class the next day asking "How did you know I would make that mistake?" This is personalized learning, as the student feels you are right there with them, guiding them through their thinking. I always wished I could go home with my students and help them with their homework...now I can!! It is amazing. The students feel that personalized connection with the educator, and this is a strong motivating factor for them to try and do their best.
Student agency will be a grade next year in our school grading system. The paid Zaption plan helps allows for point scoring and grading, as well as being able to download the student data into a cvs file which you can save as an Excel or Google Sheet file for easy input to any grading system.
As a traditional teacher for twenty years, I would lecture, explain the examples, and hope my students paid attention. After all that time, I can predict where they will make mistakes, and although I try to prevent this in my lectures, students seem to find this approach boring.
Since our district is moving into the Inquiry model, students need to be curious to be successful. There is a moment in every lesson where they truly want to understand, and in mathematics this moment is crucial to their learning. This is directly related to the growth mindset in mathematics, and instant feedback has been proven to help students make cognitive connections to the material in all subjects.
In my Zaption tutorial, I would like to explain how this critical connection can be made.