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How to use interactive resources with students

Students working at their own pace in an IT room

There are some topics that normally involve quite a lot of chalk and talk e.g.

and that don't have too many exciting practicals associated with them.

For these types of lessons booking an IT room and taking a whole class up there normally works pretty well.  The deeper and wrong ideas sections let students of higher ability take things further.

Using the adaptive multiple-choice testing

At the end of each lesson there is an adaptive multiple-choice test.  The algorithm is:

Ask a simple question on topic A.  If they answer correctly ask a more difficult question on the same topic, otherwise ask a simple question on topic B.

Example of an adaptive test question An example of the layout of a typical multiple choice question.

Each test has a minimum of 10 questions and a maximum of around 30.  The number depends on how each question is answered.

There is full feedback all the way through and a summary at the end identifying weak areas together with links back to the appropriate part of the lesson.

Example of the feedback you get at the end of each test How feedback at the end of each test is set out.

There are several advantages to these tests:

Using in class with a projector or interactive white board

There are lots of advantages of using animations and simulations but the two main ones are probably

There are several times when putting up an animation or simulation really helps smooth the teaching and learning process

Students using the lessons at home

There are many opportunities for students to use these lessons at home including

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