In February 2012, I composed a visitor post on Richard Byrne's blog Free Technology for Teachers about my first semester showing Technology in the Classroom. Toward the finish of the spring 2012 semester, Richard enabled me to compose another visitor post as the course found some conclusion. That first semester showing Technology in the Classroom was an intense learning knowledge for me. From that point forward, I have shown 5 areas of the course (and I'm showing 2 segments this semester). Every semester, I've gotten significant input from understudies and made modifications to the course in light of that criticism. You can read about different updates in the blog entries connected underneath.
This semester, I have made critical corrections to Technology in the Classroom, and I'd get a kick out of the chance to investigate those updates in this post. My magnificent School of Education voted to change the course from a 1-credit hour to a 2-credit hour course, which gave me a considerable measure of space for adaptability in course outline notwithstanding enabling my understudies and I to delve further into ideas and issues in class. The primary change I made in course configuration was to move Technology in the Classroom to a mixed/mixture course. My understudies and I will meet for roughly 50% of our class sessions eye to eye and the other half on the web. This move to a mixed learning model has pushed my understudies to utilize innovation altogether as a learner, empowering them to pick up involvement in internet learning while at the same time investigating new devices. Up until now, it creates the impression that the mixed approach is engaging my understudies who can take part in online class sessions in their apartments in their PJs.
For the online segment of the course, I'm utilizing numerous devices. We will basically be utilizing Google Hangouts for synchronous, shared class gatherings. Some class gatherings will occur nonconcurrently by means of Google Drive, VoiceThread, and different devices. Amid our first Hangout, we:
Took a live appraisal on the TPCK structure utilizing Socrative (You can download the test utilizing this code: SOC-379965)
Utilized Google Drive to think about components of advanced citizenship
Viewed the Future Learning Documentary and had a synchronous discussion utilizing Watch2gether
Accumulated ongoing input on our advance with TPCK utilizing Poll Everywhere
I've additionally amplified class time, expanding time for coordinated effort and creation, utilizing the flipped classroom show. In past segments of this course, I invested a bit of class energy every week demo-ing (or requesting that understudies demo) web instruments. This semester, I'm recording (or discovering) instructional exercises and requesting that understudies watch those preceding coming to class. This enables us to invest energy utilizing the instruments and applying course content while we're as one instead of doing that work autonomously of each other after class.
Each time I've shown this course, I have utilized Edmodo as my Learning Management System. This semester, I'm playing around with Google+ Communities as a space for uniting understudies and working together on the web. I'm at present considering ways that Google+ Communities may substitute Edmodo for me sooner or later. Gratefully, my understudies will learn nearby me and investigate new potential outcomes for learning and associating. Starting at now we have a Community set up, however we aren't doing much with it yet.
Beforehand, I've presented dialog inquiries on Edmodo to get understudies pondering and talking about essential ideas. I have never been amped up for the regular dialog board arrange, with one individual posting a question or provoke and every other person reacting to the first post. I've generally thought that it was hard to get genuine, important discussions occurring in a discourse board organize (both as an understudy and an instructor). This semester, my understudies are blogging (with Blogger) rather than reacting to dialog inquiries on Edmodo. I'm confident that blogging will enable understudies to dig further into ideas, invest more energy thinking about what they're realizing and encountering, and participate in significant discussions with each other.
The mix of the expanded class time, half and half outline, and flipped display has enabled me to plan more intuitive, connecting with, and insightful learning encounters for understudies. Inside the following couple of weeks, I will accumulate criticism from understudies by means of Google Forms. I'll share that criticism here to tell you how understudies are reacting to the course.
I'm cheerful that some of you will pause for a minute to leave a remark on this post. I would love to catch wind of your own endeavors, and I would acknowledge such a great amount to hear your criticism on the advancement of this course.