Jan Karberg

Mentor, OH

Jan Karberg
Mentor Memorial Middle School
Mentor, OH
How do you use Actively Learn in your classroom?

In-class reading, assigned reading for homework, and quizzes.

What problems were you experiencing in your classroom or school prior to adopting Actively Learn? 

Problems with sharing readings/articles online with students, addressing students comprehension in real time while reading, ability to provide immediate feedback, students not responding and collaborating with peers, and accessibility of material outside of class. 

What solutions did you try to address problems in your school/classroom prior to adopting Actively Learn? 

Class website, classroom sets of textbooks, and on line reading sites.

How has Actively Learn helped improve your students’ learning and/or your teaching? 

It has helped with immediate feedback to students and collaboration with peers, especially by students reluctant to speak up in class. It has also made it easier for me to spend more time on student instruction, less time creating lessons.

How do you use Actively Learn with your students? What type of content do you assign? 

I use it for curriculum like "Diary of Anne Frank" and then for paired readings to accompany this text.  I also use it for current events and nonfiction reading that we do not have access to in our "old textbooks." I have started to use it for written assessments like quizzes. 

What advice would you have for teachers who are new to Actively Learn? 

My advice would be to persevere with students reading to learn online.  It took several exposures to get them comfortable with thinking online but it does work and they are increasing their responses to written questions and to each other.