Friday, April 7, 2023

Propello - A New Science Teaching and Learning Platform

Propello is a new service that offers a free and customizable science learning platform. Propello provides teachers with core science curriculum that is recommended for students in grades six through eight. But because Propello allows teachers to modify materials, the curriculum could be used with younger or older students. 

When you sign-up for a free Propello account you'll have access to all of the materials on offer. The materials are organized into three sections. Those sections are Earth and Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. 

Each of those sections is divided into chapters. Within each chapter there are articles for students to read. Comprehension questions are interspersed within the articles. The articles include pictures, drawings, and videos. Microsoft's Immersive Reader tool is incorporated into Propello for students to use as needed. 

The articles in Propello are followed by activities and exercises for students to complete on their own and or with classmates and you. 

In Propello you can create learning paths for their students to follow instead of following the curriculum as organized by Propello. You also create groups of students in your Propello account. 

Applications for Education
Propello appears to be in its early stages right now. That said, my preliminary testing of it is promising. If you're a middle school teacher who is looking for some new material to use this spring or next fall, Propello could be a good resource for you. The teacher guides that go along with every chapter in Propello list all of the standards addressed in the materials for the chapter.

gotFeedback - An AI Tool for Providing Feedback on Writing

gotFeedback is a new tool for providing your students with feedback on their writing. As the title of this post stated, gotFeedback uses artificial intelligence to help you provide your students with feedback on their writing. 

To use gotFeedback you can either upload a document (PDF or Word) or paste the text of a document into gotFeedback. After uploading or entering a document you then select the element of writing that you want gotFeedback to analyze. 

gotFeedback has four default options for analyzing a document. Those options are narrative structure, details in the writing, claims in the writing, and use of evidence in the writing. You can also enter a custom aspect of the writing for gotFeedback to analyze. gotFeedback offers some guidance on how to writing a custom prompt for analyzing writing. 

After analyzing a document gotFeedback provides a written evaluation. You can copy the text of the evaluation and paste it into your own document where you can edit it to provide more personalized feedback for your students. 

Applications for Education
gotFeedback could be a huge time-saver when you have dozens of essays to grade. On the other hand, I worry about people relying solely on an AI analysis of students' writing and not actually reading students' work to give them personalized feedback. There are also the usual concerns about the accuracy of AI to consider when using a tool like gotFeedback.

Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions - April Edition

Yesterday, Rushton Hurley and I recorded the latest installment of our Two EdTech Guys Take Questions series. In the episode we answered questions about screencasting, ChatGPT guidelines, ad blockers, and more. We also shared a couple of cool resources you might want to share with your students.

You can watch the latest episode of Two EdTech Guys Questions right here. On that same page you'll find links to the resources we mentioned in the episode. 

And if you need one more reason to watch the episode, you'll get to see my puppy make a couple of appearances in the video. 

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