It is that time of the year, schools are doing their planning for next year, and you might have just realised that you will be expected to use Google Classroom next year. eLearning is exciting, very exciting, but it can also seem like a huge mountain that you have no idea how you are going to scale. But don't worry here are six easy steps that will get you going.
Using Technology In The Classroom
A typical lesson starts with the teacher providing the questions and learners answering them. Why not mix that up and give your learners a blank sheet and ask them to set up the questions for each other? An Instaworksheet on Google Slides is the ideal tool to make that happen.
Are you looking for an app or program that will allow you to communicate with parents? In this post, we look at the most popular apps and tools that teachers use and consider the pros and cons of each.
After another parents evening where I could not put my hand on the evidence that little Johnny does not do any homework, I decided to create a straightforward Google Form to keep track of homework, and it works like a charm.
Like most things in life, the ideals of eLearning is a long way removed from the realities. Things like technology saving you time could not be any further from the truth.
I like the theory behind a flipped classroom, but I have not yet come across a situation or topic where I thought a flipped class would be appropriate. Until I tried it with grade 11 geometry...
I collated a cheat-sheet with all the most commonly used terms, abbreviations and lingo when it comes to eLearning.
A very simple investigating trig graphs using Google Sheets to allow learners to try plotting the graphs using different intervals.
In part two of our Google Classroom update review, we look a big game-changer the new marking shell and comment bank as well as some small changes to where things are located that you need to be aware of.
Four years ago our maths department created a shared Google folder for all our resources. Today we have the most fantastic collection of maths resources, suited to our needs, right at our fingertips. Since we started, this Google has introduced Team Drives which make it even easier and better. A Team Drive is a must-have for every department.
The introduction of personal devices changed the way we manage our classrooms in a big way. Lots of teachers find the idea of personal devices very intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some tips from teachers who have been there.
If your school is not basing eLearning on strong educational principles, it is only a new trend that could even do more harm than good. I wrote a series on seven principles that I think should form the base of eLearning in any school.
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Just because kids know how to use Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram, doesn’t mean they know how to use technology to enhance their learning.
Training should be something you can use on Monday, not someday!
We need to make the positives so loud that the negatives becomes almost impossible to hear.
Shifting education begins with teaching students how to learn, instead of what to learn.
Don’t ask your students to learn, if you are not willing to continue learning yourself.
I am not a fan of technology.
I am a fan of pedagogy, of understanding how people learn and the most effective learning methods.
But technology enables some exciting changes.
Donald A Norman
In practice established curricula and teaching methods remain in place under a thin coating of technological glitter, and available technology is often underused and poorly integrated into classroom practice.