A. Utility - 7.7
B. Support - 7
C. Design - 7.5
Activity Spot: An Instructional Tool for Teachers
Summary : An Advanced App for Teachers to Create Original Lessons
Activity Spot is a flexible app that allows users to both create and engage different learning activities. To fully engage Activity Spot, users must register with its companion website, www.frolyc.com. After registering, users will be able to search the catalog for premade lessons, author activities, and organize classrooms, among other options. If users choose the premade lesson option, they can peruse a catalog of premade lessons created by other educators. When they identify a lesson of interest, they must click the “Assign to Students” button located in the top right of the screen. From there, users must select their classroom from the drop down menu to access a code. Then, when users open the app, they must tap the “Not You? Change Player” option on the bottom of the screen. On the next screen, users can enter the code and tap the “OK” button. Next, users must tap the “That’s Me!” button on the bottom of the screen, which will return them to the app’s main screen. Lastly, users tap the “Play” button to load the lesson. If users choose to create their own lesson on the Frolyc website, they must enter a title and they have the option to add a description. From there, users can create their lesson using a variety of templates, which include visual organizers, images, fill-in-the-blanks, multimedia content, open-ended answers, quizzes, links to the Internet, and a word-search option. Users are allowed to create six pages in their lesson, and Activity Spot supports users in constructing their lesson with different control buttons located at the top of the screen. After users publish their lesson, they need to share the code as previously described.
- After students read a text, teachers can use this app to create after-reading activities for students to complete that align to or reinforce the text. Teachers can use the different types of graphic organizers to create activities that help students comprehend the text they read.
- To introduce students to an upcoming unit of instruction, teachers can have students complete a WebQuest using this app. To do so, teachers would need to input different websites using the “Webpage Link” option when constructing their lesson. As students visit the different web pages, teachers would need to add specific tasks for students to complete after visiting the different web pages.
- As part of a blended lesson, teachers can design lessons in this app that require students to view multimedia content and different web pages related to a specific topic of study. During and after engaging the content, teachers can use this app to create different learning tasks for students to complete, which may include filling out graphic organizers, taking a quiz, or responding to open-ended questions.
|B2. Collaboration & Communication|
|B3. Ability to Save Progress|
|B5. Platform Integration|
|C2. Ease of Use|
|C5. Screen Design|
|C6. Information Presentation|
|C7. Media Integration|
|C8. Free of Distractors|