April 22, 2012

iPad in Education

Posted in Technology tagged , at 7:25 am by izzatrinbago

Why do you think iPad and other like devices have the potential to transform the educational environment?

Personally, I feel IPad and similar portable devices are very instrumental and are able transform the education environment for a variety of reasons. Firstly, in some cases students already uses such devices outside of the classroom, either they already own one or they have access to one, so using something that is already familiar to them is like reaching them at their own level, therefore, it has the ability to make the learning process more interesting and extend learning outside of the classroom for students. In addition, a lot of text books can be downloaded digitally, so it also makes it easier for students to access this digital book instead of lugging around a heavy book bag filled with text books. The flexibility, and portability of such devices is so much easier for both students and teachers and the ease of use  being able to access different information and the internet to enhance the instruction makes these devices a very useful tool. The improvements in these devices have made them very powerful and versatile in and out of the educational environment and removes the need for wires and connections that a regular computers demands.

For each of the 3 great uses you identified on Kathy Schrock’s site tell why you think they are worthwhile

On Kathy Schrock’s site three great uses for the iPad I’ve identified for learning includes Utilizing some of the apps like Strip Design that’s bundled with the iPad for storyboarding to help students improve their summarizing, skills and also to help students outline the key scene sequence and keep track of main ideas and the details in the in a story. Students are also better able to illustrate specific scenes.

The iPad can also be used to collaborate and established communities. Students are able to use iPads create and access blogs and wikki for their journaling experience. This makes the instruction more interesting for students and brings another dynamic in the learning process allowing students to express themselves, interact use and improve their critical thinking, writing and communication skills which are all very essential.

iPads facilitates mobile learning. Gone are the days when you have to wait until you have access to a computer in a specific location to collaborate and communicate and use tools conducive to learning. Mobile learning can occur anywhere, in a classroom, at the dining room table, on a bus, train, in front of a science exhibit, at the zoo, and it promotes project based learning as affords students voice and choice in addition to being a motivating tool for students.

March 30, 2012

The Flipped Classroom

Posted in Technology tagged , , at 6:00 am by izzatrinbago

The flipped model refers to the classroom/homework paradigm where the instructional process is shifted where class sessions are for hands-on work and face-to-face interactive interaction with laboratory and in-class activities with teacher/peers tutoring, direct and targeted instruction, and outside of class students watch videos and lectures at home. This new approach enables students to ask and solves questions, and allows teachers to be guides and provide personalized attention addressing specific problems students might be experiencing instead of them being lost and frustrated working at home on their own. To view more on this topic see The Flipped Classroom .

Pros:

21st century learning .Students are actively engaged in problem solving and critical thinking that goes beyond the traditional scope of the course. It also allows students to collaborate more closely with each other and their teachers, provide time for creative, hands-on activities and engaging discourse

Personalized instruction. This allows for more time to individualize instruction in the class time and keeps content alive for remediation, review, or other reference when needed.

Interaction. Establishes dialogue thus the overall interaction in the classroom increases

Facilitates multiple intelligences. It’s a way to reach students who are at varying levels of understanding and skill and enables students with multiple learning styles and abilities to access content at their own pace.

Assist teachers.  It can also save the teacher from having to cram overviews, explanations and homework review into a single class period

Technology utilized wisely and effectively. The flipped classroom does not layer technology onto the current program; it models the selection of technology that achieves instructional goals.

Self-paced learning – Students are able to view the lectures on their own benefits students in that they can watch as many times as they need to understand concepts etc., allowing them to learn at their own pace

Assist Absentees.  Students who are absent from class are able to catch up to speed easier.

Cons:

Lack of internet. Students who lack internet access can be at a disadvantage

Difficult to monitor. It may be more difficult to monitor curriculum content.

Less input from students for lectures. As there will be less face to face lectures there will be fewer instances for Instructors to engage students in discussion and allow students to ask questions to better process the course material as they are receiving it.

Can be time consuming. It takes time to produce the instructional videos.

Below are a few articles that provide interesting and insightful discussion on this classroom/homework paradigm:

  1. This article  is about how Stacey Roshan’s, a calculus teacher, went about incorporating this Flip concept into her advanced  Calculus class and it’s effect on her students learning process.
    Flipped” classrooms take advantage of technology
  2. This discussion is about how two Chemistry teachers  in an effort to provide assistance for their absentee students started to record their lessons and then post it online. They soon realized that not only their absentee students were using these lessons, but so did the other students.  These teachers soon realized the opportunity that existed to affect change in the use of class time. The Flipped classroom
  3. This article highlights how  an “effective” flipped class looks like. It also provides examples of teachers who have successfully incorporated this concept in their classrooms and how it was done. The Flipped class revealed

March 12, 2012

KHAN Academy

Posted in Technology tagged , at 6:29 am by izzatrinbago

I was recently watching CBS 60 mins where the discussion focused on Khan Academy a free website for learning academic and real-world knowledge from tutorial videos. These tutorials cover a plethora of subjects such as statistics, art history, chemistry, and many more that will be interesting and transforming for e-learners.

What caught my attention was the simplicity and straightforwardness of the tutorials that make you feel like this person really wants you to understand what you are learning. The history behind this site is very interesting. Khan Academy started when a former hedge fund analyst, Sal Khan wanted to tutor cousins who resided in different cities learn math using Yahoo Doodle and a telephone. Khan started to record screen cast of his sessions posting them on YouTube where his cousins can access and learn at their own pace. Soon other people became aware on these postings and started using them and he was soon receiving positive reviews from parents stating how much the clips have helped their children.  He later found out that even Bill Gates children were using these tutorials.  In this discussion Khan spoke about taking the passivity out of the classroom  and flipping the classroom, i.e.  students do homework at school and school work at home this way teachers will be freer to work with their students.  Students mastering the concepts before moving on is something he also ascribes to.  Long story short, the Khan Academy has expanded offering more videos and content focusing on upper grade school and college-level students.

Watch  Sal Khan tell his story in the clip below.

Watch Sal Khan in action explaining Simple Equations

You can view more of his tutorials here

March 11, 2012

YouTube Subtracts Racy and Raucous to Add a Teaching Tool

Posted in Technology tagged , at 7:03 am by izzatrinbago


Educators are taking a second look at YouTube as a tool for Teaching that can be incorporated in the lesson. This article explains the new impact YouTube may have in classrooms. Read more>> Full Article at The New York Times

February 27, 2012

National Education Technology Plan 2010

Posted in Technology tagged , at 9:57 am by izzatrinbago


Highlights from the National Education Technology Plan
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February 8, 2012

Review: Insight 360™ Formative Instruction System

Posted in Technology tagged , , at 4:27 am by izzatrinbago

Description

Insight 360™ Formative Instruction System is a fully integrated system of mobile hardware and intuitive software formative instruction system consisting of Mobi 360 for iPad, and a Pulse 360 or Spark 360. It is a student response system that utilizes software, instructional material and mobile technology to help mobile users track student progress and provide feedback. Insight supports educators’ best practices and accelerates student understanding.

What I Like About It

I like that you can conduct ongoing formative assessments during the teaching process, so that more frequent information is readily available to ascertain if students understand the instruction. As instructional content is projected onto any surface at the front of the room, teachers can lead instruction from anywhere in the classroom using either a Mobi freeing them from a position at the front of the class. I also like that it combines the capabilities of a student response system with mobile interactive whiteboard technology and integrated content as part of a complete mobile formative instruction system. Finally, I like the fact that it helps strengthen instructional strategy and it can be used to foster better student progress.

 How can this innovation be used in an educational setting?

Various tasks can be assigned to groups or individuals using the devices to simultaneously show their work on open-ended formative questions. For example students might show the steps to solving a math problem and the system enables students to input from up to four devices all over the classroom.

 What I Do Not Like About It

The price of this system is a little costly and the lasting positive effect of using this system will only be seen if teachers are willing to adjust their instruction to a more interactive mode.

February 7, 2012

10 internet technologies that educators should be informed about

Posted in Technology at 5:22 am by izzatrinbago

It is harder than ever to keep students engaged in the classroom, however, there are a variety of tools and technology available for educators to incorporate in the instruction. I recently came across a list I feel will be helpful to use in the classroom and every educator should understand what these are, and their potential.

  • Video and Podcasting
  • Digital Presentation Tools
  • Collaboration & Brainstorming Tools
  • Blogs & Blogging
  • Social Networking Tools
  • Lecture Capture
  • Student Response Systems & Poll/Survey Tools
  • Educational Gaming
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Virtual Worlds
  • The iPad and other tablet devices

To view a more detail information\description of these tools, please click here

What do you think? Is this a good list? Feel free to comment and offer your insights, please. Thanks!

The Future of Browsing

Posted in Technology at 1:31 am by izzatrinbago

What will Web browsing look like in the future? Augmented reality, or AR, could be the next big leap.

Think of it as a more interactive Internet experience, taking in our physical environment and adding a layer of digital information. Companies like Aurasma are using the concept to develop a new way to browse.

SmartPlanet’s Sumi Das explains how augmented reality will help museum paintings turn into talking art teachers and ordinary billboards play movie trailers.

This video originally appeared on SmartPlanet