I had learned the benefits of cues and questions to activate prior knowledge in my college education classes. In my school, however, class time was very short and I always had to start the lecture, play the video, present the lesson immediately in order to finish by the end of class. I rarely took the time to cue students, ask questions, or discuss prior knowledge. Wait time did not seem to exist. When I learned about free group texting services, I began using a group text for a cue or a question before school to all of my morning classes and at lunch to all of my afternoon classes. This really helped students come to class aware of the lesson content and ready to learn more. However, when using it for the cell movie, right out of the research my friend shared with me, I looked at the Wiffiti screen and one of my students had responded to the question, "What do you know about cells?" with "Well, my dad lives in one." You never know for sure what response you will get, but now that student can make the distinction with his new knowledge about cells in science.
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