Follow Ups to October PD
This is the link to the Read & Write for Google Chrome PD.... or just click on the embedded slideshow. There are downloadable handouts on both the wiki and on one of the last slides on Part 1. I did not go through all these sections with the 2 groups on Friday. Any questions, let me know. The narration for part 1 is available via the QR codes at the bottom of each slide, or click on the purple puzzle piece.
Please send me any other presentations from Friday and I will add them here and to the wiki.
TED talk: The Happy Secret to Better Work
There has been a lot of hype over the last few years about flipping the classroom. Is this just a fancy way to give yet more homework? Does it have a place in your classroom? There are as many opinions out there as there are teachers. Here is one resource that gives a set of definitions that may be helpful in a discussion of this change in practice.
This article, What to Do When Your Flipped Classroom Flops,talks more about the mindsets that our students come into class with and how that impacts learning and impacts any changes we make in our pedagogy and methods. Although the jury is still out on this, a recent article from the Stanford Daily states, " Though new Stanford classes continue to adopt the “flipped” model every year, many teachers who have experience with this model have now settled on a hybrid between flipped and traditional methods as the most effective learning experience for their students."
Here in Hadley, most teachers have not gone to a flipped model, although some have experimented with it on a small scale. We still have pockets of the town with dial up internet service, if any at all. Access is not equitable for all of our students. A blended learning environment is the trend in higher education, as well as in many other communities especially at the middle and high school age levels. Will blended learning work in your classroom?
Even if this mode of learning would not be your sole method of teaching, you may want to try out some of the tools available online.
One new tool I have been playing with today is called DocentEdu. This is an app or add-on for iOS, Android, Chromebooks, and both Chrome and Firefox browsers. It starts as a free trial, allowing you to make 5 "docents", before going to a paid model of $40/teacher/year with unlimited students.
How does it work?
The following is directly from the company site: Turn almost any website into an engaging lesson by adding questions, discussions, insight, and more into the text.
See it in action
So, I went to Simple Wikipedia, choose a page on the rock cycle and played with some of the features. This is my first try... https://docentedu.com/beta/share/nk903r6l Note: You have to have the add on or app to play with this. I found it easy to use, although my questions were not in a multiple choice format, so the grading wouldn't be automatic.. I easily added notes, a video and a link to a document. When exploring their youtube channel, I was surprised to see how this one tool can integrate with so many others, like edpuzzle, zaption and many, many more. They have many examples of use in Science, Language arts, Social studies and more. Think about your students. Would this be helpful? Is this a good way to check for understanding or chunk the learning into pieces to enhance understanding?
Try it out and let us know in the comments what you think. Is this a tool that you can see using in your classroom?