By Meredith B Connor
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In the traditional classroom the teacher instructs, students take notes and follow guided instruction. The teacher does assessments and students have homework. Those days are quickly disappearing as classrooms are being flipped. Instruction is issued via video, podcasts, websties and so on, to be viewed at home at your own convenience. This way learners can work at their own pace stopping, moving ahead and replaying instructions as necessary. Class time will now be used to help students to get a deeper understandings of the concepts, applications and connections to the content are made. In this way learners will receive the support that they need to succeed, they also learn to collaborate with peers and to share ideas. Lets face it, the time a learner needs the teacher is when they are actually working on a problem. This and other prominent features is why the flipped classroom model is here to stay.3
Is the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate, and create information using a range of digital technologies.Digital literacy will be embedded into the pedagogical practices to engage and empower learners.
In this age were technology is dominant the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies such as laptops, ipads, and smartphones is absolutely important. Educators are finding new ways to understand and develop these skills and adapt or integrate them into their curriculum to empower and engage learners. For example through gaming, visual data, online quizzes and assignments that are inquiry based. Students need to be digitally literate to be able to conduct research and navigate the technological landscape responsibly. Digital literacy is one of the cornerstones for independent learning and collaboration and is growing in popularity.4Learning
Learning analytics improves decision making by Collecting, measuring, analyzing, and reporting data about learners and their learning contexts. As student performance is Predicted based on data trends and patterns, instruction will be tailored to suit their needs and lead to Customized learning experiences.
5Digital badges as An Alternative Means of Assessment
Traditional certificates and degrees lack details of how learning happens or the pathways learners took to get the award. Digital Badges on the other hand are an assessment and credentialing mechanism that makes visible and validates learning in both formal and informal settingsand hold the potential to help transform where and how learning is valued. Higher education institutions like MIT, Yale and other organizations have shown great interest in supporting learning by experimenting with digital badges to guide, motivate, document, and validate formal and informal learning. The same expectations for validating achievements in traditional assessments is applied with digital badges; however because details and justification of achievements are listed on the badges it reduces the likelihood of learners manipulating and cheating the system.6
Mobile devices were once banned from the classroom, now with the infiltration of mobile devices and apps that provide opportunities for learning to take place anytime and anywhere schools are beginning to rethink their policies because they see its potential to revolutionize learning. 52% of students in grades 6-12 indicated that access to mobile devices is an essential component to their ultimate school and 51% of administrators concur. M-Learning encourages innovation, collaboration and communication through the use of digital devices. Technology-rich instruction and activities sustain engagement more than activities that have less technology use. Mobile learning makes it possible to extend education beyond the physical confines of the classroom and promotes flexibility in terms of the timing delivery of instruction. These attractive features make m-learning a budding trend that in bound to last for a long time.
7 Quick Response Codes
Quick response codes are two dimensional bar codes that have timesaving potential in terms of sharing links and information for educational purposes.
As the name implies users can quickly scan the barcodes and this increases the accuracy of information transfer.
Apps like QR Code maker, QRafter and QR Droid make it easy to create quick response codes.
Quick Response codes can be used to promote oracy skills by allowing learners to share audio recordings to support written assignments.
QR codes will be used in the future to share homework and update class assignments.
8What is Knowledge Mapping?
Knowledge mapping is a process of surveying, assessing and linking the information, knowledge, competencies and proficiencies held by individuals and groups that belong to an organization. (Dr Ann Hylton, KeKma-Training 2002).
visualrepresentations such as graphic organizers and physical models enable enriching, imaginative and transformative ways for teaching andlearning, with the potential to enhance positive educationaloutcomes.
Although this is not new, digital means of knowledge mapping are generating much attention and interest among tertiary educationpractitioners and researchers over the last few years ashigher education institutions around the world begin toinvestheavily into new technologies designed to provide online spaces to buildresources and conduct activities.9
A creative process in which meaningful solutions in the classroom are developed. It consists of four key elements: Defining the Problem, Creating and Considering Multiple Options, Refining Selected Directions, and Executing the Best Plan of Action.
Design Thinking is being implemented by educators all around the world and is a powerful way for todays students to learn. It empowers students to realize that they can create their own futures by borrowing frameworks from other areas, which allows them to design their own participation and experiences, for example through game based learning and collaborative, solution-oriented approaches rather than an individualistic approach. 103D Printinghttp://youtu.be/_ucBaDj-Q20
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