Sensor data collection for class projects

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Collect data with sensors for classroom exploration.

Involving students in the first step of the data collection process promotes engagement and interest.

It’s hard to collect accurate data in the real world. Students must learn to be aware of different variables that impact readings and to harness their critical thinking skills to troubleshoot often.


Raspberry Pi
Raspberry Pi is a small, microcomputer processor with an average cost of $25-$35. This simplistic device can be outfitted with different sensors, including those that measure temperature, moisture, humidity, and so much more.

Without a keyboard or monitor, the Raspberry Pi can be set up in any location in a classroom and take measurements of sensor data at requested intervals.

Once collected, data can be downloaded and used for analysis.

Hawkes is using these devices to set up several experiments to provide a live data feed for free use, and you can too!


Here are 3 ideas for experiments that we have in the works using Raspberry Pi:

1. Bamboo growth
Follow how quickly different bamboo plants are growing and what impacts their growth. You can also check out the cool sensor data PiPlanter is collecting, including soil humidity and ambient light, to create a clever irrigation device!

2. Air quality control
Track carbon monoxide emissions and see how the readings change as distance to humans varies.

3. Temperature
Assess temperature in different locations of the room. Watch out for variables such as air conditioning drafts, sunlight, and proximity to people and computers.


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The impact of sensors and data collection in today’s world is covered in the NEW Discovering Statistics and Data text.

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2 videos to kill math intimidation

Students fear failure and, too often, math.

What are two things that can help?


1. A mastery-based approach to learning
The word “mastery” gets thrown around a lot, but it’s not just a word to us at Hawkes Learning; it’s the core of what we do.

This type of learning ensures students with different skill sets understand the same material by adapting to their needs and providing additional support for those who require more time.

A mastery-based program should set clear goals for students, hold them accountable for achievement, and reward them fully for success.

Discover why Hawkes’ approach works:

2 Videos to kill math intimidation - Hawkes' approach

2. Detailed, error-specific feedback
Most students don’t see that mistakes are learning opportunities rather than evidence of not being a “math person.”

The Explain Error tutorial diagnoses exactly where students went wrong on a problem. It explains specific errors and allows students to learn from their own mistakes in real time, answering the most important question: Why am I wrong?

Watch Explain Error in action:

2 Videos to kill math intimidation Explain Error


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Reminder! Wyzant tutoring available for students

Wyzant 40 dollars free

As a reminder, Hawkes Learning has partnered with Wyzant’s tutoring service to give students another option for help.

Students who use Hawkes materials receive a FREE $40 voucher on their first lesson for one-to-one instruction with coupon code HAWKES40.


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Students can compare qualifications, hourly rates, and reviews to find the right expert for them.

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Collaborate with tutors in Wyzant’s free, browser-based online learning tool.

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Students only pay for the time they need. No subscriptions, no upfront payments. Just affordable results.


1.  Log in to your Hawkes student account at learn.hawkeslearning.com.

2. Select your name in the top right corner to access the drop-down menu and select Live Tutoring.

3.  Follow the steps to create your free Wyzant account.

4.  When prompted, enter the code HAWKES40 to receive $40 off your first lesson.

Halloween edition: Homework that students don’t fear!

Haunted by Homework?

While October has been a month of spooky, scary Halloween fun, students won’t appreciate homework they’re afraid to attempt.

To make sure homework doesn’t scare your students, consider these three factors:


  1. Practice that doesn’t spook students

Why punish students for making mistakes on homework? If students fear failure, they may not even try. However, when provided with unlimited opportunities to succeed, they’ll feel less pressure and attempt the lesson work.

After all, learning is a process that must be practiced over and over again.


  1. Scare up detailed feedback

A textbook that just stares blankly back at students doesn’t always help students to truly comprehend the lesson content.

Detailed, step-by-step tutorials that walk students through problems and break the content down into manageable pieces allows students to interact with the lesson in a greater depth that will translate to better homework grades.


  1. Fear of failure

No one likes to fail, but it’s crucial to learning! And as students go through a trial and error process, they need feedback that really counts during those errors.

With error-specific feedback, students learn from their mistakes, rather than feel discouraged by them.


Hawkes Learning provides a penalty-free homework space for students that gives detailed feedback for incorrect answers. Students take advantage of key learning tools such as Explain Error, which anticipates and diagnoses specific errors. See the tool in action by watching this 3-minute video.

 

🎃4 ways to make grammar less scary🎃

How do you ensure your students don’t get spooked by grammar?

For many students, the rigidity of grammar instruction feels like a nightmare. Here are a few ways to make it less scary:


  1. Keep It Relevant.

Many viral memes focus on hilarious grammatical errors. Compile a simple slideshow of them and discuss why grammar is important and how the comical errors can be fixed.

Draw connections with everyday experiences to make grammar concepts meaningful.


  1. Team Up.

Prompt collaborative activities among students. Display an erroneous paragraph and give each team three minutes to find as many errors as possible. Have the groups share their discoveries and correct all the mistakes as a class.


  1. Examples, Examples, Examples.

If tough grammar concepts are a foreign language, contextualized examples are the translator. Offer as many as possible when giving feedback and require students to do the same during peer review.


  1. Give Tech a Chance.

Use technology as an ally. Proofreading features like Microsoft Editor can give detailed explanations of grammatical mistakes. Many submission platforms offer customizable comments, tags, and peer review options for a collaborative writing environment.


Hawkes Learning provides grammar resources:Grammer workbook and reading handbook

  • Grammar Workbook helps students develop their understanding of grammar by asking them to annotate reading passages, identify parts of speech, and define key terms.
  • Reading & Writing Handbook contains reading, writing, grammar, and research tips that students can use across multiple disciplines.
  • Grammar Diagnostic Test identifies individual skill gaps and provides custom lesson plans.

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Six ideas to get the most out of your Learn Screen Notes

Customize your lessons even further with the Learn Screen Notes tool, which allows you to add your own content to our pre-created Learn screens. If you want to take full advantage of all that this tool has to offer, try out the six expanded uses below!

1. Embed videos.

Have you uploaded a video to YouTube to help explain a certain concept to students, or love a video that you can share with your class? Easily embed it within the notes.

In YouTube, select the Share option of a video, then copy and paste the code within the Embed area:

The number 1 is next to the Share button of a video in YouTube. The number 2 is next to the Embed button. Below that, the link to the video is highlighted.

Next, when you’re logged into Learn Screen Notes from your Grade Book, select the Source option at the top of the menu. Paste the code into the field. If needed, you can change the width and height of the video. Deselect the Source button.

Hawkes Learning's Learn Screen Notes is shown. Within the menu of formatting and content options at the top, the Source button is selected with the number 1 next to it. Below that, the number 2 is next to the video code that is now pasted within the field. A call-out next to the code says, "Change width and height of video," pointing to the area in the code to do so.

You can then preview what students will see when they log into their courseware and enter the Learn mode:

An example of what the student sees as a Learn Screen Note is shown. Underneath the pre-created objectives slide within a Hawkes lesson, there is a video that the student can click to view.

 

2. Embed Google Docs.

This option is a great way for you to share more in-depth notes that you’ve typed up for class.

**First, make sure your document is uploaded to Google Drive.**

Open Google Site (New > More > Google Site).

Select From Drive, then select the file you wish to embed.

The Google Drive menu is shown with an arrow pointing at the "From Drive" option in the drop-down menu.

Within Google Drive's My Drive, an arrow points at a Word Document underneath the Files category.

Copy and paste the embedded file into Word, and you’ll get a link similar to this:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_5e341lLJGwcXFSYUFCQW9aX28&authuser=0

(The part in red will be unique to the document you select.)

Then, use the following HTML code, replacing what’s in red with the corresponding part in your Google link:

<p><iframe align=”middle” class=”YMEQtf L6cTce-purZT L6cTce-pSzOP” frameborder=”0″ height=”700″ scrolling=”yes” src=”https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_5e341lLJGwcXFSYUFCQW9aX28/preview?authuser=0″ width=”700″></iframe></p>

 

In your Learn Screen Notes, select the Source button at the top of the menu, then paste your HTML code. Deselect the Source button, then use Preview to check things out:

A preview of the Hawkes Learning student courseware with the Learn Screen Note is shown. Below the pre-created objectives list within the Learn mode, a Word document is shown.

 

3. Embed interactive elements.

A few instructors we work with have told us about Geogebra and Desmos, which are two websites that let you create interactive graphs and elements. You can share these within your Learn Screen Notes easily!

For Desmos:

After you create your graph, select the Share option at the top of the page. Choose Embed, then copy the code.

A number one is next to the Share button at the top menu. A number two is next to the Embed link underneath "Share your graph," then a number three highlights the HTML code to embed.

In your Learn Screen Notes, select the Source button, paste the link into the notes section, then deselect Source. Choose Preview to see what it looks like for your students:

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson slide on the top half of the page and an interactive graph at the bottom.

For Geogebra:

In Geogebra, select the menu option next to the interactive element (the symbol with three dots), then Share. Choose the </> Embed link and copy the code.

In the website Geogebra, a Share box with options to group, link, email, and embed the graph is shown. The Embed option is highlighted above the HTML code.When you’re in your Learn Screen notes, follow the same steps as those for inserting Desmos graphs.

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson content at the top of the page and an interactive image of two weights with adjustable masses at the bottom.

 

4. Add images.

If an image is online, you can just copy and paste it into your notes!

If you take a photo of your lecture notes or scan them and save them as an image, you’ll just need to copy and paste it into a Google Doc. Then, copy the image from the Google Doc and paste it into your Learn Screen Notes.

An arrow points at the Copy option from a drop-down menu for an image pasted in a Google Doc.

5. Embed Google Slides.

Add any PowerPoint presentation that you’ve created for class directly into the Hawkes courseware using Google Slides. (And remember Hawkes has PowerPoint presentations available at http://www.hawkeslearning.com/Instructors/InstructorResources.htm!) Just make sure you upload your presentation to your Google Drive, then follow these quick steps:

When you’re in Google Slides, open up the presentation. Select File > Publish to web > Embed. Then, copy the code provided.

A PowerPoint presentation is shown in Google Slides. The "Open with" drop-down menu is displayed, with Google Slides highlighted.A window titled "Publish to the web" is shown. The Embed tab is chosen, and the Publish button is highlighted.

In your Learn Screen Notes…you guessed it! Select Source, paste the code, deselect Source, and then choose Preview to check it out:

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson at the top of the page and the PowerPoint presentation at the bottom.

 

6. Embed Google Forms.

Want to add in quick quizzes to check in on students’ progress within Learn, or even polls regarding the lesson content? Now you can using Google Forms!

First, create your Google Form. Select the Send button in the top right, then “< >.” Copy the HTML code.

The Send Form in Google Forms is shown. The Embed HTML is highlighted.

Once you’re in your Learn Screen Notes, follow the usual steps: select Source, paste the code, deselect Source, and then choose Preview.

The Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson content at the top of the page and the embedded Google Form at the bottom. The embedded Google Form is called Pop Quiz and asks a true/false question of "A square has five 90 degree angles."

 


If you have any questions on using Learn Screen Notes, contact your Training & Support Specialist at 1-800-426-9538.

 

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