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Let's Play Tag!

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Whether you have a ton of bulbs or are just starting out with PlayPosit 3.0, the ability to manage and organize your bulbs has always been a much-requested feature. Today, we're rolling out a new feature for PlayPosit 3.0...

Tagging Your Bulbs!
Maybe you want to tag all of your bulbs for 6th-8th grade students, but only some as science bulbs, some as chemistry, and others for specific Common Core standards? Now you can! And soon, the tags that you assign to your own bulbs will show up in Premade Bulbs too.

Here's a quick screenrecording of this new feature: So...on your marks, get set, and tag! We're excited to see what you come up with.
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Align Course Standards with Ease by Using PlayPosit

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When building or reviewing a course, it can be difficult ensuring that all standards are covered.

At PlayPosit, we designed our platform with pedagogy at its core and because of this, using PlayPosit in your course aligns to several course standards.

To make things easier, we’ve created a table using the Open SUNY Course Quality Review Standards (OSCQR) and highlighted how each standard aligns to PlayPosit along with further documentation.

For more information on how to start incorporating PlayPosit in your courses, reach out to support@playposit.org.
StandardAlignment to PlayPositDocument1.6 Overview and Information: Course provides access to learner success resources (technical help, orientation, tutoring).-If at any time a learner experiences technical issues, they are able to reach out to our 24-hour tech support email help@playposit.org.1.8 Overview and Information: Appropriate methods and devices for accessing and participating in the course are communicated (mobile, publisher web…

Welcome to PlayPosit 3.0!

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We’ve been working hard over the past several months to redesign all aspects of the PlayPosit experience, and are pleased to announce that on Monday, February 25th, we’ll be releasing PlayPosit 3.0 to all of our free users! When you next log in on February 25th, you might see some notable differences in the PlayPosit Designer, Player, and Dashboard, including:

Use PlayPosit to Align to Online Learning Standards

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Many higher education institutes are offering more online courses than ever before and using standards to ensure high-quality content. While some standards are easier to implement than others, finding ways to cover all of the standards can be difficult.

Using tools such as PlayPosit makes aligning to the standards a lot easier. Instructors and instructional designers can easily incorporate PlayPosit into their courses by taking their videos and adding key interactions to them and know that by doing so, the standards are covered.

For example, Open SUNY Course Quality Review or OSCQR Standard 45: Course includes frequent and appropriate methods to assess learners' mastery of content. Instructors need a manageable way to progress monitor all of their learners. PlayPosit provides data analytics on learner performance that is automatically synced to the LMS gradebook. Instructors are able to easily track the digestion of content and assess learners’ mastery of the course. Click here t…

Time Plays a Key Role in Effective Professional Learning

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Time Plays a Key Role in Effective Professional Learning  Every June as I closed up my classroom, I would say: I will change this next year. But, by August, my grand plans fell by the wayside and gave way to six preps and little time for implementation. Teachers are innovative and have powerful ideas, yet many districts can’t or don’t spend the time or money on the kind of professional learning necessary to encourage true change. But what if they did? Today, we’re examining one school district who changed it all in the name of balance.

The PlayPosit Success Team facilitates workshops for clients every week. And while we see upticks in usage after teachers realize the power of PlayPosit, we often later hear, “I would use PlayPosit so much more if I just had the time…” So we wondered: What would happen if our workshops were immediately followed by time for teachers to create content they could assign the next day?

Mentor Exempted Village School District (Mentor Schools) faced a challen…

STEM Toolbox - Using LaTex to Teach Effectively Online

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The challenge in taking hard sciences like Mathematics and Chemistry online is that these languages needs to be precise. An important step in helping students develop their own understanding of these complex problems is not giving students the answers and having them reverse engineer how to get to the correct response. Or guessing whichever multiple choice answer is close to the answer they arrived at after doing their work.

A better approach is to use an online assessment tool which allows for flexibility as well as precision in submitting their response. This is particularly important as schools devote more resources towards developing STEM curriculum for distance and hybrid learners. For schools using light boxes or whiteboards to draw out complex formulas the experience is only flowing one way (Instructor to Student). In order to enable a two-way information flow between the students and teachers, or student to student, you need to give them the tools necessary to speak the langua…

How NSF-backed AdaptivePosit boosts student learning

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tl;dr: With AdaptivePosit, students who were significantly behind at the start of the unit, scored on average the same as their peers at the end.

Background:
PlayPosit is currently working on AdaptivePosit, an NSF-funded platform to deliver adaptive interactive video content. These are preliminary results for one class. If you're a teacher or school administrator and would be interested in participating in the study, please email Seijin at playposit.org.

Case study:
Mr. Butcher is a 7th grade instructor of science in Los Angeles Unified School District. He’s a first year instructor who has just started using PlayPosit to leverage student achievement in his classroom.

Classroom statistics:
34 students (9 special education students, 25 classified fluent)

Student aptitude:
General student aptitude was determined by Mr. Butcher in an interview after the lesson was delivered. There were 4 students with high general aptitude, 18 medium, and 12 low.

Time period:
1 week of implementation in fo…