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Discussion Maker – Pilot Test Support Page

March 6th, 2014
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Pilot testing of Discussion Maker is scheduled to happen during the week of March 9, 2015.  CIRCLE is working with Filament Games to evaluation this new discussion management tool.  7th Grade Teachers in Miami-Dade County Public school system’s Civic Leaders Institute are bringing their in-classroom expertise to the test.  Discussion Maker is designed to support classroom discussion around public issues linked to core Social Studies curriculum benchmarks. This page is intended to provide support to teachers who are engaged in the pilot test.

STEP 0:  Make Sure Discussion Maker Isn’t Blocked (do this before you start your lesson)

Open this URL in the Chrome browser on a student tablet: https://www.filamentgames.com/dm-conntest.  If you are unable to reach the above page, that indicates that the site may be blocked. You can also try  https://www.filamentlearning.com/dm-conntest as an alternate.  If you are still blocked, contact your school’s IT support to ask that the links be unblocked.

STEP 1:  Fill out Teacher and Student Pre-Surveys (do this before you start your lesson)

We are testing the Discussion Maker and looking for key outcomes pre and post use of the platform.  The pre surveys for teachers and students can be found here:

Student Pre Survey
http://bit.ly/DM-Pre-Student (short link)
https://tufts.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bBZUcpjX26TQqEt (long link, if short link is blocked)

Teacher Pre Survey
http://bit.ly/DM-Pre-Teacher (short link)
https://tufts.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cvuwTc44ETZrIqN (long link, if short link is blocked)

If you have misplaced student codes or class codes, please contact Felicia Sullivan at felicia.sullivan@tufts.edu or 617-627-3077 and she can send you a copy of your class cover sheet.

STEP 2:  Implement the 2 day Lesson Plan using Discussion Maker

You can access the Lesson Plan content here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2rdYqUcYRPYT2RRRVZGeTdFcDA/view?usp=sharing

You can access the Discussion Maker Setup Guide here:

http://civicyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/DMGuide-5.0.pdf

You can access the Discussion Maker Support Articles here:

https://filamentgames.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/sections/200783790-Discussion-Maker-Support

and please feel free to call Filament’s help line at 1.866.663.9288 EXT 110.  If you need support before 9:00 AM Eastern time, you can call Erin at 1.608.334.5775.  Filament Games knows that Discussion Maker is being tested in the field and are ready to help.  If you haven’t received the teacher and student login accounts, Jackie Viana  (Jviana@dadeschools.net) or Felicia Sullivan (felicia.sullivan@tufts.edu) can help.

STEP 3:  Fill out Teacher and Student Post-Surveys

Once you have completed the lesson plan, please fill out teacher and student post-surveys.  They are found here:

Student Post Survey
http://bit.ly/DM-Post-Student (short link)
https://tufts.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9YahcCsGIPi4n9r (long link, if short link is blocked)

Teacher Post Survey
http://bit.ly/DM-Post-Teacher (short link)
https://tufts.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eOO4CUBpzq3qvuB (long link, if short link is blocked)

If you have misplaced student codes or class codes, please contact Felicia Sullivan at felicia.sullivan@tufts.edu or 617-627-3077 and she can send you a copy of your class cover sheet.

That’s It!!!

We really appreciate your efforts to bring new learning tools to the classroom.  Your insights and experiences will improve the learning and outcomes for others as we move forward with Discussion Maker.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the evaluation study coordinator, Felicia Sullivan at felicia.sullivan@tufts.edu or 617-627-3077.

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