Wednesday, October 25, 2017

1:1 and Blended Learning

Aaron Sams made flipping the classroom work for wonders for his students, and since 2012(ish) teachers have been embracing this teaching and learning trend. Many teachers are willing to try anything they think will help their students, but what is the best way to implement flipped learning?

What is a flipped classroom or flipped learning?

In essence, a flipped classroom or flipped learning is when students view lecture material at home via a video. While they are watching their video lecture, they may answer teacher-made discussion questions or take notes. 

Since the lecture material is viewed at home, students have time to practice various concepts in the classroom with teacher there able to assist and direct. 

The driving question behind this method of teaching is why are are educators allowing students to (possibly) struggle through homework with little to no guidance or assistance when we have the technology to "flip" this model so that students have support.

What is a flipped lesson?

Rather than flipping the entire curriculum, some teachers elect to flip only certain concepts or lessons. Again students watch lecture material at home and practice with the material the next day in class. 

What is blended learning?

Image result for blended learningBlended learning occurs when students complete some learning objectives via an online course or module. Students have some control over the time, location, pace or path of their learning. Also, within blended learning, students also receive instruction in a school building.

Flipped learning is actually under the umbrella of blended learning. 

Blended learning offers 7 structural models that teachers can and schools explore.

As CHPS moves toward 1:1, what should you do?

There are stacks of research that you can sift through that state flipped learning is how students should be experiencing some of their secondary education. There is also research and anecdotes stating that flipped learning is not beneficial at all. 

When all secondary students have access to a Chromebook next year, we need to keep in mind that they may not have regular access to the internet, and flipping the classroom may not be completely feasible.

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We need to keep in mind that we have parents and guardians who are new to the concept of blended learning. We need to take the time to explain what is happening in our classrooms when their kids are sitting in front of a Chromebook.  

We need to keep in mind that we are all learning how operate in 1:1 environment and a little trial and error is inevitable. We need need to give ourselves time to learn from each other and adapt.

We need to remember that letting students loose in cyberspace is not what 21st century learning looks like. The aphorism of "we're not the sage on the stage, we're the guide on the side (or the mentor in the middle)" reminds us that we are curating and creating learning experiences for our students. We do not have to be vessels of ever-flowing knowledge, but we cannot simply let students loose while we attend to other parts of our job. 

When all secondary students have use of a Chromebook next year, the classrooms will become a blended learning space. They will be using their Chromebook to receive some of their instruction, but YOU have the ability to decide what that environment looks like. Take some time to do a little research about what a "future-ready" classroom can be -- it might be a great time to rethink how your space works for you and your students.

This is also a great time to start curating materials so that you can create some engaging learning experiences.

Your Educational Technology Coaches are here to help you in any way you need: some ed tech tools, lesson ideas, unit revamps -- anything!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Mimio Teach

Mimio Teach

Kick off the fall season with these valuable tips to help you create engaging lessons all month long. Having an interactive whiteboard can be exciting for teachers. There are so many benefits once this amazing tech tool is in place for teachers as well as students.

The real benefit behind the MimioTeach is the MimioStudio software. Teachers can use a variety of built-in presentation tools such as the spotlight or reveal tool to help students focus on exactly what they are teaching in their classroom.

The MimioStudio software puts interactive tools at teacher's’ fingertips to make lessons more engaging and interactive. Some of the most widely used tools are the selector, pen, highlighter, eraser, and shape tools.

Selector Tool-students can select anything that’s designed to be sorted or moved in an interactive lesson, teachers can use the selector tool as they construct lessons in order to manipulate objects.

Pen, highlighter, and eraser- Users have control of the pen and highlighter to change to a variety of colors and thickness of the pen, the eraser tool removes any unwanted writing created by the pen or highlighter. To get started, import a word file into MimioStudio and model note taking for your students using these tools.

Mimio shape tools - extend the options of creating lessons along with the various parts that can be added to create an interactive activity. Shapes include star, circles, polygons, and lines in a variety of colors and sizes.

These tools open up a lot of possibilities to use your creativity and inspire your students.

The MimioTraining Quick Learn series are sessions taught by Mimio Expert teachers. These online lessons provide training to successfully integrate MimioClassroom products into your curriculum. You can sign up to join a live class or use the on-demand recorded sessions.

Visit the Boxlight Mimio webpage for more information on Mimio training.

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