Lit Trip Reflection

I was very pleasantly surprised by the Google Lit Trip. Upon opening this Lit Trip I was not expecting much, but I found even myself to be enjoying the experience. The lesson was full of interesting information that one would not have read the book and would have likely piqued the interest students. The facts were definitely directed well towards young students. An example of one of these facts, that I also found extremely interesting was one of the amusement parks in Copenhagen was the inspiration Walt Disney used for Disneyland. The Google Lit Trip gave an opportunity for students to tour Copenhagen, Denmark by providing a virtual tour of landmarks within the city. It was extremely engaging watching these tours and reading the fun facts that came with the tours. It gave a sense as if one was really taking a tour in Denmark. I was also happy to see that if a student was curious and wished to learn more about a place in one of the readings there was a hyperlink. This hyperlink would take you to a website that would provide a student with more information. This provides a student with an even more engaging learning environment from anywhere as long as they have a computer and internet access.

The Google Lit Trip would be an amazing tool to have in class. It would be a great source to use for students to explore more about the material they have just read. After reading the book for the assignment students could go through the Google Lit Trip for the book and have a full experience of the book. The students will go through the whole lit trip and write down three of the facts that interested them most. Another task students could use the lit trip for in class is if the book comes with discussion topics pick two discussion topics from two separate chapters and a discussion question that evolves the entire book. The students will write down a few of their opinions and bring them to class for a class discussion. By using the resources provided in the Google Lit Trip it can become a great tool to be used in class.

4.4 Teachers apply knowledge of how students think and learn to instructional design and delivery. This standard applies because students learn well when they are immersed in learning.  This idea shows an understand of student learning because it allows students to be able to learn in a way that they are engaged. By understanding that students want to be engaged this lesson is designed to incorporate that.

 

Digital Learning

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Lately, there has been a push for a change in learning. This push is towards more digital learning. More schools are adopting technology in their classroom and using it as a main component. Why is this though?

One big reason for this shift in the way we teach students is how students can customize it to the way that fits them. When there is only one way to learn something teachers are leaving out a huge demographic of students. Even when the classroom is designed to accommodate a large variety of students some could still be left out. Some students may still be disinterested because it was not something of their own creation. Though when students can personalize their education it is a product of their own work. Students are able to see what they have created their own accomplishments. Through this students are further motivated to continue creating.

Also when learning becomes digital it becomes limitless. There are a number of things you can do with digital learning otherwise impossible. When education become digital it also becomes international. Now students can instantly talk to and learn with other students around the world. Students are able to learn from each other from every point of the world and will inadvertently learn about cultures around the world. Though with technology learning is not limited to this world. With technology, students can leave this world. With virtual reality devices, students are able to have experiences out of this world. Students can use these devices to experience things normally thought to be impossible

Another positive attribute of digital learning is being able to learn towards mastery. Commonly in the classroom, there is one pace that students are to learn at. This results in students being bored at the slow pace or students being overwhelmed at the fast pace. Though with digital learning students can learn at their own pace. Now students can speed through things they can easily understand and slow down on subjects they struggle with

There are many ways I want digital learning to affect my personal classroom. My favorite idea of digital learning through is learning towards mastery. While teaching in the special education setting this could be a huge help towards students with special needs. Many times when students with special needs are in an inclusion settings they can become overwhelmed at the pace the class is going. Though if we shift learning to this method all students will benefit and students with special needs can have the time they need and be able to build confidence by having adequate time to learn

For more information on value of digital learning click here

5.3 Teachers motivate students to work productively and assume responsibility for their own learning.  Digital learning facilitates this standard by using working towards mastery. This way students are in charge of the pace of their learning and is responsible for completing their assignments.

Ark, Tom Vander. “The Shift to Digital: 10 Benefits.” Getting Smart, GettingSmart.com, 6 Nov. 2015, http://www.gettingsmart.com/2015/11/the-shift-to-digital-learning-10-benefits/.

“13 Reasons Why Digital Learning Is Better.” Tom March, 25 June 2013, tommarch.com/2012/01/digital-learning/.

Cognitive Load and Universal Design for Learning

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Cognitive Load and Universal Design for Learning(UDL) are both very important principles. When these two principles are put together it can optimize learning. For a little bit of background knowledge, cognitive load is the amount of information working memory can manage at one time. UDL is when teachers structure their classroom in a way that accommodates to multiple different learners.

Cognitive load has three essential parts: intrinsic load, extraneous load, and germane load. When teachers are keeping cognitive load in mind they are trying to manage intrinsic load (the load that comes with the complexity of the new material), extraneous load (information that is unneeded and distracts from learning), and germane load (happens when the lesson is designed well and helps facilitate learning). For some ideas on how to reduce cognitive load click here.

When thinking about cognitive load, using UDL will be a great tool to help all of the components above. When using UDL teachers are trying to facilitate learning to all different types of learners and all different types of disabilities. This sort of design accommodates to most, if not all, learners. That is why putting cognitive load and UDL together is great for the classroom.

When putting these two aspects together intrinsic load will be managed. With UDL there are different ways information is portrayed and learners can choose which way they wish to receive it. This way students can choose which direction is less complex for them. Students will have more time for discovery and other aspects because they are not caught up on trying to figure out one uniform delivery of information. This will reduce the amount of intrinsic load children have to take on.

UDL will also help with extraneous load. One of the main aspects of UDL is representation. When representation is offered in the class the student can choose which way they wish to have the information given to them. Many times teachers will try to provide information on more than one platform at once to accommodate to several learners. Though this causes too much to be going on at once in the class and will hinder learners. On the other hand when students choose which way they want to receive information it eliminates extra information they do not need. Now they are able to focus on what is important in front of them.

UDL also would have a large effect of germane load. Another big aspect of UDL is engagement. In order to facilitate engagement, the lesson must be well planned out. Germane load is optimized when the lesson is well planned and engaging. In order for the UDL to work everything must be thoroughly planned out. If the lesson is not well planned multiple types of learners will not be accounted for and UDL will not serve its purpose. Also with UDL students are able to have a choice in the classroom. This way students are able to pick a variety of things that interest them. This will encourage intrinsic motivation which will lead to an increase in germane load.

2.2 Teachers understand and use content-specific instructional strategies. When using UDL teacher must have a thorough understanding of the instructional strategies being used. The teacher uses the uses specific strategies to accommodate to all learners and understands them in order to implement them properly. 

Gutierrez, Karla. “Managing Cognitive Load Is a Delicate Act of Balance.” SHIFT ELearning Blog, SHIFT ELearning, 27 Jan. 2015, info.shiftelearning.com/blog/design-elearning-to-protect-the-learner-from-overload.

Manktelow, Jame, et al. “Cognitive Load Theory: Making Learning More Effective.” Learning Skills From MindTools.com, Mind Tools Ltd, 1 Jan. 2014, http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/cognitive-load-theory.htm

Morin, Amanda. “Universal Design for Learning: What It Is and How It Works.”Understood.org, UNDERSTOOD.ORG USA LLC, http://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/assistive-technology/assistive-technologies-basics/universal-design-for-learning-what-it-is-and-how-it-works.

Blogging in the classroom

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It was not until I came to college that I saw the benefits of blogging. It makes organization such an easy feat. While learning about blogging I saw the benefits it could have in my future classroom.

When blogging it is possible to make a wide variety of people connected in one place. Blogging as a teacher helps you connect with your colleagues, parents, and students. These blogs can be used to inform people on what is occurring in your classroom and enable teachers to receive feedback from a variety of different sources.  Teachers can use their blog to be able to inform parents on the different parts of the classroom, future lessons, classroom objectives, etc. This communication between teacher and parents is going to help students achieve. Now the parents are able to know what is occurring in the classroom and can work with their children alongside it.

These blogs can also be a great help to students with special needs. Many times children with special needs struggle with organization. Students with special needs often lose important worksheets, homework assignments, notes, etc. Many times these students do not write important information down in the classroom. Though putting this information on a blog will benefit these students. Now, this information is all in one place. Students know exactly where they can look for all the information they will need to strive in class. If a student loses something important they know where to look. If a student forgot what the reading assignment was they know where they can find it. Also, if a student struggles to remember instructions they are able to check the instructions several times to be able to complete the classwork. Now students will not feel like a hindrance by having to ask for help several times. They are able to help themselves and create independence. I hope to use all of these ideas in my future classroom to create a learning environment that truly facilitates learning.

Having students use blogs for classroom assignments can also have many beneficial effects. Using the blog in the classroom gives the ability to connect students with a source that they are all comfortable in. Ideas I hope to use in my own class one day is if a child with dyslexia is participating in a classroom discussion this child has time to respond when he/ she is comfortable. This child is going to struggle to come up with a response as quickly as their peers and may feel uncomfortable discussing with their peers. This child now has the ability to respond when they are have had time to think of their response and confident with what they have to say. Also, students who struggle with writing or whose speaking skills far exceed their writing capabilities (i.e dysgraphia) can benefit from using a blog for writing assignments and discussion boards. If these students have voice-to-word software at their disposal they will be able to put out work they otherwise would not have been able to. This will, in the long run, help with students self-image and enable teachers to truly see students understanding of the material at hand.

These are just a few of the many benefits blogging has in the classroom. For some addition benefits of blogging in the classroom, click here and here

7.3 Teachers are agents of change who seek opportunities to positively impact teaching quality, school improvements and student achievement. By using the blog teachers can benefit multiple different aspects of school. Teachers are able to interact and learn from other teachers to improvement their teaching. The teachers can also use the blog to be able to help students achieve by giving them addition tools to learn with through the blog.

Center for Implementing Technology in Education. “Blogs, Wikis and Text Messaging What Are the Implications for Students with Learning Disabilities.” Blogs, Wikis and Text Messaging: What Are the Implications for Students with Learning Disabilities | LD Topics | LD OnLine, WETA, http://www.ldonline.org/article/27426/.

Couros, George. “5 Reasons Your Students Should Blog.” The Principal of Change, The Principal of Change, 13 Mar. 2013, georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/3721.

Victoria. “7 Benefits to Blogging in the Classroom – Teach Starter Blog.” Teach Starter, Teach Starter Pty Ltd, 24 Aug. 2016, http://www.teachstarter.com/blog/7-benefits-blogging-classroom/. Accessed 7 May 2017.

ULD Iris Model Reflection

There are many ways that the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can be used in the classroom. By using this method it will accommodate for many different types of learners. It will enable students to learn in a way that they find most interesting.

UDL is a way of setting up your classroom that accommodates to a variety of different types of learners. The goal behind UDL is to make sure all students in the classroom are accounted for when providing a lesson. When planning a classroom with UDL in mind there are three guidelines that need to be followed. These three guidelines are representation, action and expression; and engagement. When planning for representation in the classroom the teacher needs to provide multiple ways to perceive the information. There needs to be multiple ways for the students to take in the information such as being able to manipulate the font size on the screen. To make sure there is action and expression in the class the teacher should provide multiple ways to express things in the classroom. For example, teachers should allow the students different ways to communicate in the classroom and different options for executive functioning. The last guideline would be engagement. When fostering engagement teachers should be sure to give students the choice whenever possible. This way the student is choosing what is most engaging to them. Also, teachers should allow the student a chance to self-regulate themselves. Let students be in charge of their own learning.

Some ways that it can be implemented in the classroom is to offer a variety of different ways for students to learn and to do assignments.  Teachers can provide different ways of initially learning the new material. The teacher can provide readings that are either printed or digital. This allows the students to manipulate the text in a way that will best benefit their learning. The students would be able to enlarge texts or easily highlight information so that they can pick out information that they think may be important. One idea that I would definitely use in my own classroom is giving the option to use text or online assessments where they can use voice-to-text converters when assessing material that is not writing skills. This way I would have a full understanding of how my students are understanding the material without having to worry about them being withheld by their struggles in writing.

Using the UDL it will impact a wide variety of learners. It will enable students to be able to work towards the material and show mastery in a way that interests them. This leads to heightened motivation and students taking a hold of their own education. When teachers try their best to provide different ways of showing their learning it sets way to more students being able to show that they are understanding the material. The students are no longer held back by only having material presented to them in one flat way. Instead, now students are being presented information in ways that they can manipulate and form to the way that interests them and helps them learn. By using the UDL model more students will be able to learn and strive.

5.5 Teachers maintain an environment that is conducive to learning for all students. When using UDL the teacher is making sure that all students are able to learn in the classroom. The goal is to make sure that all types of disabilities are being accommodated for so that learning is optimized in the classroom. 

EdPuzzle Reflection

While watching the EdPuzzle video I saw there were many benefits of using this sort of quiz within the classroom. This activity could be beneficial when it comes to using a hybrid learning model, using formative assessments in the classroom, and is good when monitoring cognitive load.

EdPuzzle would be a great tool to use when applying a hybrid learning model in the classroom. For example, when using this tool in a flex styled learning the students are cued when to answers. This way they are guided without having to go directly to a teacher. This will help the students be able to guide their own learning while still being structured a led in the right direction.

Though EdPuzzle is not only useful when it comes to hybrid learning; it is also useful for using it for formative assessments. When using these teachers are able to see how well they are paying attention and retaining information throughout the video. The teacher can ask questions that can assess who well the students are understanding the material and if they have an understanding of how to apply the information at hand. Also when using this tool we are able to ask questions that can help further the understanding of the students who are watching the video. Another good way Edpuzzle can be used as formative assessment since there is an option to re-watch a section for a question, the teacher can see which students are not putting forth proper effort to get a question correct.

EdPuzzle will also help when trying to manage the cognitive load that the students are handling. Many times students will have to watch a video all the way through before answering questions or try to answer questions while watching the video. This can lead to students for getting content from the video and struggling to try and find the answer in a long video or being distracted by the video because they are trying to memorize questions so they can look for the answer while watching the video. On the other hand, when using EdPuzzle neither of those issues are a problem. The students are able to watch small parts of the video and then asked a question. This makes it so instead of having to watch a video all the way through if they miss a question they only have to re-watch a small section. This makes it so they no longer have to worry about too many things at one time.

3.3 Analyze data to monitor student progress, & to plan, differentiate, & modify instruction. EdPuzzle goes under this standard because it helps teachers assess what students are understanding. Teachers can look at the result of the quiz and see what students are not understanding or how much progress they have made. By knowing this information teachers can plan a lesson with this information in mind.

Redesigned classroom presentation

5.4 Teachers create learning situations in which students work independently, collaboratively or as a whole class. When teachers know all of the different models that are available for the classroom they are enabled to create engaging lessons. The information here allows for situations that can accommodate to all learning environments. Using this power point teachers can learn how to make a classroom that has independent learning, collaborative learning, or entire class learning.

Presentation feedback

7.2 Teachers take responsibility for engaging in continuous, purposeful professional development. As a result of posting the presentation feedback, it allows for other teachers to see how other people reflect on their work. By looking at other people’s feedback on your work it will help other professionals develop their teaching and better educate students. As a result of someone posting feedback they are contributing to other peoples professional development

Web 2.0

After looking through all of the different tools on the Symaboo the two tools I chose to do an activity with are Kahn Academy and Linoit. The students are to go into Khan Academy and look into new subjects that interest them. They will watch videos and take notes on the information. After they have taken information down from the videos they are to share this information with their peers. They will post the information that they have learned onto Linoit so that they can also engage with their peers. During the time they are on Linot they are to also discuss with their peers about the information that other students have posted. This will lead to the students being able to learn about a variety of different subjects and practice discussing with their peers.

This will lead to the students being able to learn about a variety of different subjects and practice discussing with their peers. By practicing discussion with their peers the students will be ready later on when discussion becomes a key part of learning. Using this activity will also allow the teacher to be able to monitor multiple students at one time. The teacher can watch the students interacting with the other students and make sure the students are on task. Also, the teacher can easy interact with multiple students at one time.

5.3 Teachers motivate students to work productively and assume responsibility for their own learning. In this lesson, students work on their own to find the information needed for the discussion. As a result of the students sharing what they have learned it encouraged them to be productive in order to teach their peers something new.

App Share

6.3 Teachers collaborate effectively with other teachers, administrators and school and district staff. In order to make this presentation all the students in the class had to come together to put information on the slides. By doing this, as a team, we were able to collectivly make a slide show of educational apps for other people to use and learn from