Month: December 2017

Ask Your Students To Create a Paperslide Video #antiworksheet

by Jen Hervada, Lionville Middle School Instructional Coach

Instead of a worksheet, have your students create a Paperslide Video explaining the content you want them to learn.  Use Dr. Lodge McCammon’s  Paperslide Video Strategy: using an iPad, cellphone or video camera “hit record, present your material, then hit stop – and your product is done” video creation.

The Paperslide video allows students to summarize content while including main ideas, key points and vocabulary words using pictures and recorded video.

Keep the video’s short; have the students watch each other’s videos and vote for which Paperslide Videos explains the content in the best way.

See Dr. Lodge McCammon’s Website for more information about using Paperslide Videos in your classroom.




Ask Your Students To Interview Someone Else #antiworksheet

by Kristie Burk, DASD Coordinator of Blended and Cyber Learning

Instead of asking your students to answer questions on a worksheet, why not have them interview someone as part of an assignment?  To make it more interesting, ask the students to record the interview either in audio or video form and post it to Schoology.  (Posting it in a media album would be a great way to share.)

In Jim Smink’s cyber Driver’s Safety Education course at Downingtown East, he created an assignment that asks the students to interview a driver over the age of 21 and to record the interview on video.  The students had to ask at least the following questions:

  • What does the driver do to personally reduce risks when driving?
  • What does the driver do to keep his or her car in safe condition?
  • What does he or she do to anticipate the actions of others?

After the interview, students briefly reflected on the responses. This is a great assignment that allows the teacher to see and hear the student in action (and the assignment becomes fairly cheat-proof).  Try it out!

Have Your Students Curate Research Using Memonic #antiworksheet

by Kathryn Meyers, Downingtown STEM Academy Instructional Coach

Instead of fill in the blank worksheets for any grade level or subject area, try using the Memonic app, downloadable from  Users can grab bits and pieces of text and graphics from websites, clip the content, and organize it into folders or share it with others. This app is also especially useful for students curating information from numerous websites to write a paper or essay.  Memonic syncs with all devices, so you can move seamlessly from your phone to your laptop.

Get Your Students Drawing Their Learning #antiworksheet

downloadby Sara Brosious, Downingtown East Instructional Coach

Google Drawing an impactful tool tucked away in the list of your GSuite products.  The collaborative drawing board is a space that students can create visual representations of learning.  The web-based graphic editor is a powerful tool that is simple enough for students to realize their graphic design potential.  And as with all things Google, the product is easily stored in the Google Drive, shares with co-collaborators, and integrates effortlessly with the other GSuite tools.

So let’s talk about EdTech integration with Google Drawing.  Here are 5 ideas that you could test out tomorrow using Google Drive:

  1. Graphic organizers
  2. Collaborative Post Its
  3. Visual Notes / Sketchnotes
  4. Annotations of screenshots
  5. Infographic Creator

For an extra layer of fun…students could screencast over the final Google draw product.

Ask your instructional coach for other implementation ideas!

Replace a Vocabulary Worksheet With Other Fun Activities #antiworksheet


by Jackie Longan, DASD K-5 Instructional Coach 

Time to study vocabulary for the upcoming test?  Instead of making flashcards or answering a matching/fill-in-the-blank/multiple choice worksheet to practice, why not try some of these engaging, hands-on alternatives?


  • Charades:  What fun it would be to see our students and classmates acting out the meaning of photosynthesis, or teams showing parallel and perpendicular lines!
  • Name That Tune:  Have students create original songs based on the definition of words.  Content, poetry, and music all in one!
  • Pictionary: form teams and have students take turns drawing pictures of the definitions of words.
  • Skit or Dialogue:  Using as many vocabulary words as possible, have groups create original skits.  
  • Real-World Experience:  Ask yourself if the vocabulary could better be taught/reviewed with a real-world experience, or a virtual experience!  Making authentic connections helps students solidify the understanding of the words, and will encourage them to make associations with other words and information.


The extension possibilities with all of these ideas are endless, and many of the resources suggested in previous Downingtown Tech Chat posts are a great place to start!



by Nicole Stulak, DASD K-5 Instructional Coach

Google Forms are most notably used for collecting survey information. However, there is a lot of power in the branching or “go to” feature which sends students to different questions, or pages of information, based on how they respond to each question.

The branching feature offers differentiation and a creative way for students to demonstrate and apply their understanding of a concept, lesson or unit of study.

One of my favorite ways to use Google Forms in the classroom is for students to create or complete an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure story. Bill Selak, from All That is EduAwesome, shared an example of how secondary students can Take A Trip to California and explore the state’s regions using Google Forms. Another example comes from Erin Klein, from ERINtegration, who used Google Forms to help students review multi-step math concepts. She created Pick A Path Math where elementary students read a story and make selections that change the outcome of their adventure while solving math problems that are integrated into the plot. Finally, Kasey Bell, from Shake Up Learning, wrote a fantastic blog post about Digital Differentiation with Google Forms that is definitely worth a read!

To learn more about how to create interactive Google Forms that offer differentiation, immediate feedback, active learning and built-in student engagement, contact your Instructional Coach to schedule a collaborative meeting.


Make a Vocabulary Game for Your Students #antiworksheet

vocab generatorby Kristie Burk, DASD Coordinator of Cyber and Blended Learning

Thank you to Dawn Hand, Downingtown East English teacher, for sharing this great antiworksheet resource to generate online vocabulary games.  Although it was originally developed as a tool for ELL teachers, it can help increase student engagement in any class. The tools are very user-friendly — you can make your games in just a few minutes!