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Interpretive Activities

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Here, we are focusing on web applications that you can use to create interpretive tasks for your students. There are many different ways to approach interpretive tasks and whether or not to provide formative feedback from within the exercise itself or not. Many of these same tools can then be used by students to create presentational tasks.


I.  Explore 3 activities for the interpretive mode


A. Explore an eduCanon activity

The first tool we’ll be demonstrating this week is called eduCanon. eduCanon lets instructors interject questions throughout YouTube, TeacherTube, and Vimeo videos to provide more self-paced learning and formative feedback opportunities for students. Students don't need an email to sign-up for the service (great for younger students!) but teachers are able to collect all the data from students to see what kinds of questions are most troublesome. This tool could hold some promise for self-guided interpretive tasks.

Go to the Explore eduCanon page to participate in our model activity.

B. Explore an annotated YouTube and Google form activity

This sample activity showcases two tools you can use to create interpretive activities for your students. The first part is a YouTube choose your own adventure video. We found the video for this model activity on YouTube, but you could create your own annotated YouTube videos as well to provide additional instructions, questions, or vocabulary glosses in a video. The second tool in this activity is a simple Google form.

Go to the Explore YouTube and Google page to participate in this model activity.

C. Explore a Google Form quiz with formative feedback

This final sample activity uses a simple graphic and Google Form to check comprehension. This comprehension quiz is a little bit different in that it provides simple formative feedback to guide students to try again if they didn’t get the question correct the first time. If you don’t have access to a quiz creator in your LMS and need a free way to provide formative feedback, Google Forms might be an option to consider.

Go to the Explore Text and a Google Form page to participate in this model activity.


II.   Create and try out interpretive activities

A. Create a web-based interpretive activity 

Now that you’ve experienced a few web-based interpretive activities, it’s your turn to make one of your own. For this activity, feel free to use more than one tool if you need it. For example, you might need one set of tools to create the input (such as in the "choose your own adventure" example above or by creating a presentation of your own using one of the tools we explored last week) and another set of tools to create an activity to measure understanding.

If you’ve never used Google Forms to create a quiz like ours in Activity C, we encourage you to give it a try. Here are some possible tools and tutorials to get you started:







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