I have been trying to find the perfect way to create self-paced content that my students can access based on their Math Add+Vantage Screener data. I wanted a way to fill in some gaps in their math knowledge that would help them be successful in tasks that require these as prerequisites. After reading about and listening to experts speak on current brain research about how students reason and make sense of mathematics, I knew that I needed to change my math instruction and provide more connected tasks in heterogeneous groups of students. However, I knew I wanted to provide additional support during independent work on some of these fundamental tasks as personalized learning goals.
We use Canvas as our LMS in our district, and it is great for many things. However in first grade, many of the assignments and quiz features are too difficult for early and non-readers to upload their work. They can upload videos to Canvas, but there are issues with the mic in Canvas and after talking to my Blended Learning Specialist, I decided that I wanted to find a more accessible option for my first graders.
What I have decided, for now, is to embed Blendspace content modules into my Canvas Module and link to a quiz after they have accessed the topic page and practiced the skill. Instead of having them upload their video to Canvas, we will just use our Seesaw recording station to upload a video via iPad to their personal Seesaw portfolio. That way we can add their assessments to their portfolio.
This is still a little frustrating, as I cannot assign particular students a particular module in Canvas, so I have to still have them click on buttons I have made in the course so that they can access the module they need to start with.
I few of the Blendspace modules are ready and as I add more, I will update them on my blog here. I am having trouble finding online games for several of these, so please feel free to send me a message with any great resources to add to the Blendspace modules. You are welcome to use them in your own classroom!