The Assignment Wizard by Knowmia!
I love Knowmia! I host more of my video’s here than on YouTube – both are great places, Knowmia passes our school district’s internet filters. I wanted to share about how to create an assignment with their assignment wizard. This a super great way to break longer videos into shorter mini-lessons that are all connected. You can add questions for the students to answer or you can just line up your videos for the students to view. Being a math teacher, I have set up my assignments without any questions in the middle, but with their new equation editor added into the mix, I may change my mind 🙂
To use the Assignment Wizard, you will need a Knowmia account, just sign up right here. Once you have created your profile (and maybe uploaded a view videos) simply click the Create New Assignment button toward the bottom of the page.
From here you can set up anything you want your assignment to do. Give your assignment a name, choose the subject area, name the class the assignment is intended for, list a due date, a personal note, length of time expected and opening instructions for the students to read. On the right hand side of the page are some particulars – do you want the assignment online? Is there a date to lock the assignment? Will you allow students to skip forward? Turn in incomplete assignments? Allow students to modify answers before submitting? Allow students to modify answers after submitting? Show students if they answered correctly after the question? Show students at the end of the assignment which questions are correct? You can be notified when a students completes that assignment and you can allow students to respond to your feed back. Quite a lot to choose from for this section, but this part does not take long to go through and set up.
Now you are ready to set up your assignment, start by uploading a pdf file (or whatever you use) to give your kids the opportunity to print off anything they may need during the lesson. Create your slides (if you can create slides on powerpoint or keynote you will do fine). You have the option to pull in external videos (those not hosted on Knowmia) for the kids to view. Scroll just a little further down and there are your videos to choose from. I have over 500 videos hosted on Knowmia, so I have several to choose from 🙂
For those of you that uploaded lots of videos, you may go through and favorite the ones for your assignment. They will be grouped together in section right below your hosted videos. It is then just a matter of clicking the little plus sign to add your videos to the assignment. Once you have your videos set up in your assignment, you can drag them all around and arrange them (and your slides) into any order that you need for your class. DONE!
The entire process can take as long or as short a time to create, depending on how involved your lesson is going to be. The great thing is – once a lesson is created its there! If you need to make a tweak to it, you can! You need a major overhaul later, no problem! Its a great resource for teachers that are looking for a way to really involve the students and make the learning process even stronger!
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