Please find in the undercut the components of Assignment 2, compiled in one post for ease and simplicity of submission.
Goal One: To find ways to integrate technology and facilitate participation of information sharing through the curriculum to improve student achievement.
Goal Two: Learn, use, and take advantage of instructional technologies as devices of teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Goal Three: To develop a list of resources to provide each student with a challenging and relevant learning environment as a way to better help each child learn at their own pace.
Goal Four: To learn to use and take advantage of technology for the communication between teachers and other professionals in order to share resources.
Resource Four: www.khanacademy.org
Reasons Behind My Resources
Khan academy is a free website that’s sole focus is providing world-class education for anyone anywhere. On this site, both students and teachers can make use of their library of content that includes challenges, assessments, and videos on certain subjects and grades. More importantly, teachers are able to watch and learn about what their students are doing on Khan Academy; we found that this ability was very rare amongst websites for students learning.
The Helpfulness of the Above Resources
Khan Academy is a perfect resource to develop the goal of providing each student with a challenging, relevant, high level learning environment in a way that they can learn at their own pace. Through Kahn Academy, students can work at their own pace but teachers are also able to keep an eye on them by using it as a collaborative app between the teacher and student. Khan Academy is an instructional technology that can be added to one’s personal learning network to teach a variety of subjects.
Goal: The goal is to learn instructional strategies that incorporates the online resource(s), creating a new and more diverse lesson plan. Using the online resource(s), lessons must be designed in different ways in order to incorporate learning and teaching resources.
Resource: Webinars (web-based seminars)
What Are Webinars?
Webinars, or web-based seminars, are online interactive presentations, seminars, workshops, or lectures. They are transmitted over the Internet using video conferencing software. Unlike webcasts, webinars have the key feature of interactive elements in which there is the ability to give, receive, and discuss information within the lecture, seminar, etc.
How Are Webinars Useful to Teachers and the Classroom?
Webinars are very useful in a classroom as it allows for a different style of teaching. This style is used in the flipped classroom concept that is becoming more and more popular in classrooms. Webinars allow for teachers to give a lesson or even an activity or workshop over the Internet yet still be able to interact with his or her students should any students have questions or comments. Webinars provide a system in which the lesson is given outside of the classroom and the assignments and assessments are more directly dealt with in the classroom with more time for the teacher to help his or her students. Webinars also allow for students to go back to previous lessons, lectures, or assignments should they need extra help, clarification, review, or are learning at a slower pace than their peers, as it is well known that all students learn differently.
Learning Goal: To create interesting lessons and related activities that will encourage discussions, debates, movement and further engagement both in the classroom at home.
“Differentiated instruction is noted for, among other features, flexible groupings, scaffolded content, diverse instruction, and student choice. It challenges teachers to be more responsive to each student’s readiness, learning style, and prior knowledge. A differentiated classroom resembles a chamber orchestra, with different students playing different notes at different times, as their teacher conducts their learning simultaneously.”
“The stubborn part about differentiation, of course, is trying to synchronize the learning of an entire class in which not every student learns or does the same thing at the same time. Here is where flipped learning can provide a lifeline. By moving some of the entry-level learning goals outside of the classroom — largely (but not exclusively) through self-paced, scored video instruction — teachers can mobilize their students in “right size” learning activities immediately upon arrival. These live classroom activities (ranging from small groups to partnerships to direct instruction) draw upon and build out the content studied in the individual learning space (perhaps the night before at home). In effect, students first explore their learning on a single, self-guided path, but then navigate, with others, a map of interlocking trails to discover their ultimate destination.”
In my opinion the overall goal of enhancing student engagement is to find effective ways to reach every student in your classroom. Differentiated instruction and flipping the classroom could be an effective strategy in accomplishing all of the learning goals that I have noted over the duration of the course. This particular resource caught my eye because I personally believe it accomplishes all of my learning goals. This resource will help me meet my final learning goal because it provides instruction on how to ‘flipperentiate’ the classroom which I believe will enhance student engagement and retention. This resource along with the resource from week eight will create a student engagement centered learning tactic and help me create lessons that provide the opportunity to discuss, debate, engage and move in the classroom. From this resource, to become a better teacher what is left is to learn how to create activities and lesson plans that will make this strategy as effective and interesting as possible.
Goals: Explore parent-teacher relationships for the purposes of classroom management. Explore strategies to building and maintaining positive relationships with parents.
Strategies for positive relationships:
- Smile when you see parents!
- Learn their names.
- Declare your intentions.
- Communicate often and in a variety of forms
- Make a positive phone call home
- Lead with good news
- Find a translator
- Don’t assume
- Ask open-ended questions
- Listen to parents
- Smile at the child
- Invite parents to share
- Let parents know they can help
- Be specific
- Be a broker for resources
- Explain your instructional decisions
- Invite parents to participate in making decisions
- Thank parents
- Share every success
- Invite parents to celebrate
Build your relationships before you need them.
The two resources are useful for teachers trying to establish positive relationships with parents. They deal with the problems that teachers might face when talking with parents and give strategies on how to be effective. The tips are general but become more focused, and allow teachers to relate to the strategies for easy integration. I personally found these useful as I know how difficult it can be to involve parents and to engage with them on a deeper level. Involving parents is useful for classroom management; if you have the support and understanding of the parents behind you, students are more likely to behave positively and become active members of the classroom. Students whose parents are enthusiastic about their education perform better overall. These resources fulfilled the goals I had for the week, and were better than others I looked at because they were easy to navigate and understand. The resources focused on how to build relationships instead of simply pushing the importance of these relationships.
Goal: The goal is for teachers to learn how to create lesson plans for various grades and subjects using an online resource.
What is Discovery Education?
Discovery Education is an educational website that includes an entire ‘lesson plan library’ where people have posted videos of lesson plans that can be used by other teachers. The videos give virtual lessons on various subjects and can be helpful to teachers who are attempting to create their lesson plans.
Why is Discovery Education Helpful?
Discovery Education is helpful because it shows lessons in a virtual way that allows teachers to see how to teach a certain grade and/or subject. The videos provide help to teachers who need to know how to make a lesson plan for all the grades and subjects such as science, geography, history, and many others. The site is easily accessible to the public and, as such, teachers who find they need the help.
Learning Goal: To find ideas on how to modify specific lessons to grasp the attention and engagement levels of every student in the class, even when the subject material is not interesting to some students.
“An In-Class Flip works like this. Just like with a traditional flip, the teacher pre-records direct instruction, say, in a video lecture. But instead of having students view the content at home, that video becomes a station in class that small groups rotate through. The rest of their time is spent on other activities — independent work and group work, with some activities related to the lesson and others focusing on different course content. As with a traditional flip, the direct instruction runs on its own, which frees the teacher for more one-on-one time with students.”
After completing a portion of assignment one, the Flipped Classroom became an intriguing strategy that I would love to try when I am a teacher. Although, flipping the classroom has its pros and cons, this author found a way to take baby steps into flipping the classroom. This resource caught my eye because I believe it is an excellent way to be sure students are doing what they are supposed to be doing. First off, by having different stations around the classroom, the students are engaged because they can collaborate with other peers at the same station, they are moving around to different stations and completing tasks that fully showcase their learning. Flipping the classroom is an excellent strategy for engaging students and the teacher is then also present to assist the students in any way possible. The teacher can act as a mentor in the classroom while the students have self-directed learning. This helps me meet my learning goals because I believe it would be one of the best ways to engage all students in the material. To become a better teacher I would find easy ways to implement this strategy in the classroom.