Application Exercises FAQ
So your students have done some EasyTech lessons. Now what? Give your students an opportunity to test out their new knowledge by assigning an Application Exercise.
What is an Application Exercise?
There are different types of Application Exercises. Some reinforce concepts and vocabulary, while others provide an activity/project for students to apply new technology skills.
Application Exercises can be assigned along with EasyTech Lessons and Quizzes. While EasyTech lessons are auto-scored, self-contained lessons, Application Exercises are introduced and facilitated by a teacher.
A unit might start with a Discussion lesson plan, followed by EasyTech lessons, an Application Exercise for students to apply what they learned, and finish the unit with a quiz.
What is included in an Application Exercise?
Details– Estimated Time, Keywords, Primary/Secondary Objectives
Teacher Notes – Background and enrichment information if applicable.
Lesson Plan– Instructional strategies that may include a warm up activity, group activities and extension ideas.
Categories – Subject areas/concepts that align to this curriculum item.
Standards – Alignment to applicable National, State, ISTE, Common Core standards, CSTA K-12, E-Rate required objectives.
Prompt – A set of instructions for students to follow.
Response Template –What the student sees – may include question and answer spaces, free form response and/or students may be asked to create and design a product and attach.
Learning.com platform buttons:
Add to Favorites – Bookmarks an item with a heart and adds to Favorite Items list under My Resources
Assign – Assign curriculum item to one class or multiple classes
Print – Prints all tabs from the Teacher View
View – Takes a teacher to the student view (students do NOT see the “View Lesson Plan” button)
When should I use Application Exercises?
If you look in the grade level pacing calendars, you will see Application Exercises (AE’s) throughout each grade level sequence.
Towards the beginning of the unit, the AE usually reinforces discrete skills and/or concepts taught in the preceding EasyTech lessons and teacher-led Discussions. Later in the unit, the Application Exercise may be a more complex project, where students are applying a comprehensive set of skills.
Depending on how much time you have with students, you may want to start out by choosing just one Application Exercise to assign per unit or even per grading period. If you are a regular classroom teacher, looking at the Application Exercises may give you ideas for infusing technology application into assignments and learning activities you already do with students.
How do I monitor student progress?
As students work through an Application Exercise the teacher gradebook in Learning.com will display the words “In Progress.” Once a student submits the Application Exercise, the Learning.com gradebook will display the words “Grade This”.
How do students get a grade for Application Exercises?
Great question! First, if the class setting for Assignment Sequence is “Forced”, that will not apply to Application Exercises. So, no matter whether the Application Exercise is not started, in progress, or graded, the student can still move on to their next assignment.
Next—Application Exercises can be graded in different ways, just like you would grade any other assignment. You, as the teacher, can decide if you would like the Application Exercise to count towards your students’ overall grade, or if you just want your students to have feedback on whether or not they completed the assignment correctly.
If the student turns the Application Exercise in to you through the Learning.com platform, you as the teacher can open the assignment, view, grade, and/or give comments to the student. Some Application Exercises have a rubric or checklist and are allotted a certain number of points in the gradebook. Others are graded as complete/incomplete.
You could choose to grade the Application Exercise whole class by having the student click on the assignment after they’ve turned it in and follow along with you as you explain or lead a class discussion about the correct response.
Any other tips on using Application Exercises?
- Partner work is a good practice at any grade level. When partnering students, try to mix it up so they aren’t always working with the same person, and try not to pair students who are at complete opposite ends of their ability level. Students are a lot more likely to cooperate with partner work if they know it is temporary.
- For some AE’s, especially one that is more complicated, one for primary grade students, or if it is one of your first assignments, you could model the AE whole class. To do that, have the students move away from their computers (on the carpet, etc.) in front of your screen and have students take turns being the “driver”. Then the students can go back to their computers to complete it in partners, or on their own.
- Remember to think ahead as to where students will be storing their work (internal server, etc.) and how they will turn it in. Will they be attaching a product, or copying and pasting a link?
- Use the “Ask 3 and then me” rule.
- Try having students use another signal that they need help besides raising their hand. Something visual like putting a sticky note on their computer works well. That way they can continue to troubleshoot while still waiting for help.
- If the AE says to go through it whole class, but you have advanced students who could do it independently, give them the option of working silently with headphones while you work with the rest of the class.
- Make sure students know they can go back through an earlier EasyTech lesson as a reference guide!
Application exercises do take more teacher planning and input, but they play an important part in EasyTech curriculum. Your students will find more relevance in the auto-scored lessons when they know they will be using what they learn. Application Exercises are a bridge from work within a simulated environment to creating with authentic programs and apps. Don’t feel like you have to record every AE as a grade, but if assigned and completed, students should get feedback—whether it be teacher-to-whole class, or peer-to-peer. It’s okay to start small and work within your time constraints—any application as a student-creator is better than none.