- Model ICT skills: Discuss plagiarism, show where and how to find information online.
- Promote collaboration: Brainstorm ideas, and show collaborative writing, track changes, etc.
- Share student-generated content: Combine pupil generated quizzes with the use of learner response systems during your lessons.
- Go beyond the board’s accompanying software: Think of the board as a giant, touch sensitive computer. It can do more than what the basic accompanying software offers.
- Bring the outside in: Bring rich, real-world content into your classroom.
- Combine with web apps: The board can be a powerful tool for collaboration when you use it with other apps (like Twitter)
- Don’t use it all the time: If you want the students to work collaboratively or sit in a circle, don’t turn it on. It isn’t the perfect tool for everything.
- Let the students use it: find meaningful opportunities to let the students interact with it
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There are a few key stages of proper implementation that you should know if you’re looking to start climbing the blended learning tree. Starting from down at the roots is the planning process. It’s about a lot more than just ‘planning’ on buying some iPads. Planning involves creating appropriate blended learning spaces. That means you have a nice place for students to gather and collaborate while using technology. Read the trunk to get started!
Digital Student Portfolios are becoming more important now than ever! Students are creating and remixing information like never before - and where is all that amazing work going?
But how can you get your students to think as problem solvers? You can break down the learning process for them – scaffolding. If the students can begin to understand (even subconsciously) where their information is coming from and how to attain that information, they’ll become more efficient learners and excellent problem solvers.
Mia MacMeekin has created this great infographic on scaffolding for deeper understanding in your classroom. It is broken down into nine simple steps, using ants as an example.
Here’s a fun challenge to give to students and most adults; try to wait ten minutes before looking at your phone when you hear your text message notification. It’s a difficult challenge for most people. Study Boost knows this and is trying to leverage that compulsion to check text messages in order to make studying a part of students’ text messaging habit.
Crowdsourcing is an important information literacy skill. This is important for students because the idea of crowdsourcing will allow them to utilize personal learning networks to gain a diversity of opinions, find outside experts and use the wisdom of a network or crowd to find more thorough answers and ask better questions.
Students can develop these important skills by being allowed to crowdsource their learning. When they need something more than our classrooms can provide, they need to know how to find it. They need to be allowed to work together and to use the internet to form very important personal learning networks.
You may have heard on the news about an ugly new “ransomware” bug that can infect your computer. This particular one is bad because many of the virus protection companies don’t have a fix out for it yet. (Currently, the fix is to pay the $300 to get your data back.)
Ways to minimize your risk at home:
- Keep your virus protection up-to-date (AVG / Mcafee / Norton – you should only have one installed! More is never better)
- Keep your computer updated (Windows / Apple)
- Check that you don’t have malware on your computer (Malwarebytes – free, works WITH virus protection)
- Be careful when searching for websites and clicking on links
- Install CCleaner and run it after every time you use the internet
- Don’t click on email spam/phishing links
- BACKUP the data/pictures/files you would be sad to lose using a flash drive, external hard drive, or cloud backup (Dropbox, Carbonite, or Mozy)
IF you want to read more: You’re infected – if you want to see your data again, pay us $300 in bitcoins / Cryptolocker FAQ
Why go to all of this trouble to create robust lessons for the flipped classroom? Honeycutt points to research suggesting that students who encounter a concept only once have likely forgotten most of it within a day; however, students who are continually reminded of the lesson by working with it to increase their understanding might remember 75% or more as much as a month later. The flipped classroom model allows for the kind of learning that is active, engaging, and enduring.
The most effective teachers vary their styles depending on the nature of the subject matter, the phase of the course, and other factors. By so doing, they encourage and inspire students to do their best at all times throughout the semester.
It is helpful to think of teaching styles according to the three Ds: Directing, Discussing, and Delegating.
Questions should be:
Answers should be:
- Clear and consistent
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