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Clint Heitz

Edu Leadership:Tech-Rich Learning:The Basics of Blended Instruction - 37 views

  • Blended learning, with its mix of technology and traditional face-to-face instruction, is a great approach.

    Blended learning combines classroom learning with online learning, in which students can, in part, control the time, pace, and place of their learning. I advocate a teacher-designed blended learning model, in which teachers determine the combination that's right for them and their students.

  • Tip 1: Think big, but start small.
  • Tip 2: Patience is a virtue when trying something new.
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  • Tip 3: Technology shouldn't be just a frill.
  • Tip 4: Weaving media together makes them stronger.
  • Tip 5: Students need to know where they can get online.
  • Student-centered classrooms are the goal of my teacher-designed blended learning model. Giving students control over the learning process requires that they know how to communicate, collaborate, and solve problems in groups, pairs, and individually. This work can be messy, loud, and disorganized, but in the end, the learning is much more meaningful.
  • Then I found Collaborize Classroom, a free, dynamic discussion platform. I used it to replace many of my pen-and-paper homework assignments with vibrant online debates, discussions, writing assignments, and collaborative group work.
  • Remember that mistakes lead to learning. The best resources I've designed and the most effective strategies I've developed were all born from and refined through mistakes.
  • I anticipated that students might hit some bumps as they navigated their first TED-Ed lesson, so I set up a TodaysMeet back channel so students could ask questions, make comments, and access a support network while going through the online lesson. A back-channel tool makes it possible for people to have a real-time conversation online while a live presentation or real-time discussion is taking place.
  • I asked students to reference specific details to support their assertions, as did one student who commented on the town's poverty by noting that the local doctor often took potatoes as payment for his work. She also showed how the characters nevertheless reflected the country's "cautious optimism" about its future: That same doctor was still able to support himself, she pointed out, and he enjoyed his work. Students posted their responses, complimenting strong points made, asking questions, and offering alternative perspectives.
  • I asked students to analyze examples of strong discussion posts and revise weaker posts. I also realized that I needed to embed directions into our discussion topics to remind students to respond to the questions and engage with their peers. I started requiring them to thoughtfully reply to at least two classmates' posts, in addition to posting their own response to the topic.
  • It's crucial for students to see that the work they do in the online space drives the work they do in the classroom so they recognize the value of the online conversations.
  • For example, during the To Kill a Mockingbird unit, we researched and discussed the death penalty in preparation for writing an argument essay. The students debated online such issues as cost, morality, and racial inequality and then delved into these topics more deeply face-to-face in class.
  • In the classroom, the teacher might give small groups various topics to research. Then he or she could ask students to go online to research and discuss their topic on a shared Google Doc and create a presentation using Glogster, Prezi, or Google Presentation Maker.
  • When we read Romeo and Juliet, I use this strategy to encourage students to research such topics as the monarchy, entertainment, and gender roles in Elizabethan England so they have a better understanding of the historical context in which Shakespeare wrote. Back in the classroom, each group then presents its findings through an oral presentation.
  • Compared with traditional in-class group work, which typically yields a disappointing finished product, online work provides the time necessary for students to complete quality work together.
  • Some teachers think that incorporating online work means they have to be available 24 hours a day. This is not the case. When students are connected online, they have a network of peers they can reach out to for support, and they begin to see one another as valuable resources in their class community.
  • I've embedded a Google map in my website that has pins dropped in all the locations on our campus and in our community where there are computers with public access to the Internet.
  • I even wrote the local computer recycling center to request a computer for my class.
Sharin Tebo

Guide: Using the SAMR Model to Guide Learning | That #EdTech Guy's Blog - 73 views

  • The SAMR Model (above) was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. It enables educators to analyse how effective their use of technology is on teaching and learning.
  • – Enhancement (Substitution and Augmentation) – technology is used just to enhance a task
  • – Transformation (Modification and Redefinition) – tasks are designed in a way which would not be possible without the use of technology
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  • Substitution – at this stage, technology is simply used as an alternative tool for completing the original task with no real change in the tasks function.
  • Example: instead of writing by hand, learners use an app like Pages to type up a report.
  • Example: once again, if students are creating a document on Pages, using the collaborative tools available on iWork for iCloud, learners can work on a document together. Peers could add feedback comments to the document in real time which could be responded to, which would improve the end product further.

  • Augmentation – here, technology is still used as a direct substitute like above, however it offers improvements in terms of the function of the task.
  • Example: again using Pages, however making use of features like spellchecking function or importing images to enhance the end product.
  • Modification – it is at this point where technology starts to enhance teaching and learning. It requires tasks to be redesigned, in order to make the most of the technology available.
  • it still does not improve the students learning experience.
  • Redefinition– this is the point at which technology really enhances the learning experience for students and has the greatest impact. Through the use of technology, educators are able to design tasks that were previously impossible.
  • Example: like before, learners may be collaborating on a document in Pages. However, this time the end product will be uploaded to a website or perhaps a class blog. Students are usually excited by the prospect of their work being on display in a classroom, so the use of a real audience is huge for them. Furthermore, this builds their literacy skills as they need to consider the audience that they’ll be writing to and adapt their work accordingly. Finally, this opens up the possibility of feedback from this global audience which they can respond to.
    SAMR Explained with Definitions and Application Examples
Doug Saunders

Edtech Blog - 66 views

    Google Site devoted to technology integration in the classroom with a heavy emphasis with all thing Google!
Doug Saunders

Holman Technology Blog - 43 views

    Blog devoted to all things 21 with a major focus on Google Tools.
H DeWaard

63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World - 118 views

    63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

The Challenges of Digital Leadership - 46 views

    Scott McLeod summarizes the reasons that technology is not used effectively in independent schools, and gives suggestions for how to do it better.
H DeWaard

The 2014 Honor Roll: EdTech's Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs | EdTech Magazine - 52 views

    We collect some of the brightest voices from the world of educational technology.
    We collect some of the brightest voices from the world of educational technology.
Donny Corkern

NEXMAP - 57 views

    Very cool idea for using electronic components to make interactive, 21st century books, art, etc.
Randolph Hollingsworth

Horizon Report 2014 - New Media Consortium - 4 views

    Key Trends Accelerating Higher Ed Tech Adoption inc social media and big data; Significant Challenges inc low digital fluency of faculty and keeping education relevant; Important Developments in Ed Tech inc learning analytics, "quantified self" and virtual assistants
Roland Gesthuizen

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Educational Technology Infographic - ... - 144 views

    "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Educational Technology Infographic clarifies some of the habits highly-effective educators who utilize learning technologies might possess."
Ross Davis

197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About - Teachers With Apps - 127 views

    I don't really care for lists this long, but there are some very good resources. TED-Ed lets you repurpose any video on YouTube.
    Great list!
Martin Burrett

To blog or not to blog - 86 views

    An exploration of the benefits and hurdles to blogging in the classroom and using blogs as a teaching tool
Martin Burrett

6 of the best edu site from ICTmagic - 88 views

    6 of the best edtech sites for teaching and learning. Includes an amazing augmented reality quiz app.
LeRhonda Greats

Technology Integration Matrix - 117 views

    Fabulous matrix for technology integration. Includes leveled lesson examples, videos, lists of resources and more.
Amy Burns

21st Century Icebreakers: 10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology - Teache... - 115 views

    "10 Ways To Get To Know Your Students with Technology

    Guest Blog by, Aditi Rao, courtesy of TeachBytes"
    The same techniques could be used to introduce a new unit of study.
Roland Gesthuizen

What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning? | MindShift - 61 views

    "As schools across the country consider which devices to invest in, they must first consider their big-picture vision for how they'll be using these devices - and to what end. They must consider the needs of teachers and students, and come up with a shared understanding of their goals."

The First… | - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community - 3 views

    A few images looking at the history of some technologies

Why the Next 10 Years of Educational Technologies will Smash the Last 10 | - 74 views

    A great read
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