Currently, I’m teaching DH 226, Ethics and Law in Dental Hygiene. The students enjoy the case studies and debating issues in class; it can actually get pretty heated sometimes! Even though they like the interactive part of the class, I’ve found that they have a hard time grasping the three theories of ethics. So, one day I decided to make a video that would simplify the theories for them. It was a big hit!
The video was easy to make. First, I decided on a theme and planned the movie script and story board. I used Paint to draw each slide (they’re stick figures), then imported the images (in order- VERY important!) to Windows MovieMaker. I imported a song for the background, and completed the voiceover with my family. With MovieMaker, edits are easy and you can add credits at the end. It was a fun project, and now I use it every time I teach the class. Take a look at mine and give it a try!
As a teacher, I have to keep my students engaged and interested in what they’re learning. It’s also my job to make sure they are learning. I can tell if my students are mastering the material by using formative and summative assessments. Both types are important. Summative assessments are basically tests at the end of a unit or course that measures how much the students learned. Formative assessments are check points- such as little mini quizzes with no point value assigned to them. They’re used to gauge whether or not my students are mastering the material and what they need more help with. Formative assessments could be seen as taking the pulse of a classroom. If a teacher is using them, there should be no surprise test scores.
I like playing games in the classroom. Most students like the competition and excitement- even adults! Two of my favorites are games on Socrative.com and Kahoot.it. Here’s an example of a Kahoot I created for my Radiography class: