Now that you have decided to flip your classroom, you are ready to make those online lessons interactive and engaging. Here are few resources that I like to use to create dynamic lessons. All of these are free and allow the user to embed them into a wiki, blog, or LMS. Keep in mind, if the site is blocked the embedded image will be blocked too.
Traditionally, assessments where designed to test memorization of material presented in class. These pencil to paper tests where often the postponed till the end of learning units. This type of testing does not allow for deep learning. Online assessments give the teacher the ability to create a student centered learning and feedback loop.
Some teaching trends come and go, but blended learning is here to stay. Blended learning is a merge of classroom instruction and online learning. Creating a blended learning lesson does not have to be difficult. Here are some tips to help you create a successful lesson.
1. Keep the goal in mind.
The goal of a blended learning lesson is the same as any lesson, to help students learn. Teachers need to remember it’s not about the technology its about the learning.
In the past, homebound instruction included a combination of audio conferencing and teacher “in-home” visits. This format for educating students was very challenging. Students often lost interest in the audio presentations because they were not able to follow along with the visual materials being shared on the board or through handouts. Teacher visits were helpful, but students were falling behind in their studies because they did not have access to the teacher for questions or supplemental content between visits. The hospitalized or homebound student also missed out on the interaction
I was very surprised to learn this week that all school districts in Ohio will be required to have an Instructional Improvement System (IIS). An IIS is often referred to as a Learning Management System (LMS). In Ohio, Race to the Top schools will be introduced to the ODE’s version at the February eTech conference. The cost will be covered by ODE and RttP through the 2014-15 school year and then passed on to the districts. Future cost of the state’s system is not known yet.
I’ve been providing teacher software training to schools for well over 10 years. I can provide the same training session, offer the same level of follow-up, the same tools; and one school will see huge success while the other will never take off. It has left me scratching my head. Why? Why does this happen? Both schools were given the same opportunity, what is the difference?
A growing portion of our personal and professional lives are taking place in a digital world, leaving behind digital footprints. With 93% of kids 12-17 online¹, it’s more important than ever to educate our students on digital literacy and the responsible use of technology.
Schools are learning to include digital literacy and citizenship curriculum into education, but how do parents fit into the equation? Parents are a vital part of reinforcing students’ “netiquette” outside of the classroom.
We all remember the schools days when our teacher rolled in that big TV cart, because knew what it meant, movie day! Those were the days when video in the classroom was a rare opportunity to break up the never ending cycle of lectures. Luckily for today’s students, their access to video has grown immensely.