The Power of Peer Interaction
Colleen Flaherty writes in the Inside Higher Ed blog about a new study that shows that although student learning suffered during the switch to remote instruction last spring, that small group activities helped reduce this loss.
This week’s ed. quote is a nod to the Digital Immigrant Pioneers of the past
“In an inquiry learning environment we never want to suggest that all that can be said on a topic has been said. And learners need to be able to return to old forums to re-read and decide for themselves what it all meant. So we leave one session’s discussions behind to focus on new ones, but old ones are never really closed in the very brief courses we facilitate.” ~Marsha West, PBS TeacherLine pioneer, 2005
Associate Professor Dr. Jen Santos needed ideas to help her ground English students transition to remote learning during the pandemic. So she asked them. They came up with a great idea on how to make it work — a digital gaming platform called Discord. It’s an example of how GCU faculty and students made it work during the final weeks of the semester. Please see this link to learn more: Story
Describe what your fur babies are currently doing,but call them, “the rocket scientist in my house!”
For example: The rocket scientist in my house has taken to the treadmill!”
Younger learners can have their own online book to read as they learn from home!
The Case of the Haystack Kitties (Hank the Cowdog Book 30) is free for the next couple of days as an ebook on Amazon. (It’s normally $4.79 in digital format.)
Story Summary: Hank has his paws full when he discovers a mother cat and six kittens trespassing in a haystack on his very own ranch. (Have we mentioned cowdogs don’t like cats?) Join Hank as he is trapped in a runaway pickup, surrounded by a herd of stray cats, and forced to battle a raging bull. Can Hank stop the cats from taking over his ranch?
Thanks to Lori Gracey of TCEA, for the news of this offer!
Students from Abilene, Wylie, and ATEMS High Schools are using their time productively during school closure. They are working collaboratively to build a robot for service at local Abilene hospital, Hendrick Hospital. The robot will help hospital staff to keep a safe distance by rolling in and out of hospital rooms.
Community and Business partnerships leverage the project. Tiger Manufacturing, a local manufacturing company is providing covers for the robot. “The cover we build allows them to cover [the wiring], and so when they’re sanitizing it going from room to room, that allows them to sanitize it completely, smoothly and less contamination going from one person to the next,” Tiger Manufacturing Service Parts and Sales manager Troy Miller.
According to Wylie High School engineering and science teacher Andy Hope, “We just got them all together and started working, and seeing them work it’s the best feeling you can have as a teacher. Seeing them take the stuff they learn in the classroom and apply into real life.”
UPDATE: March 25: This story featured online at this link
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#EFH: Alternatives to Online Course Communication
- Audio Posting for Discussion Boards: Students can use in-course audio and vid feature … to submit their posts, reflections, journal entries, short assignments.
** Examples: Canvas, Edmodo, YouTubeLive, Flipgrid, Loom, Collab Ultra in Blackboard, Google Meet, Zoom, etc
- Google Type is a adaptive alternative to written assignments. Students (and the teachers who love them) can use Google Type to submit posts, reflections, journal entries, short assignments, etc. Early learners love to see their words scroll across a Google document as they speak! (Older learners like this too!) Here is a short video with show-hows:
- Google Type is also an excellent option for transcription for diverse learning compliance. I create transcripts for instructions, communications, etc… I use the resulting file transcription and Google Translate options so that all learners can have access in their preferred language.
- From Julie Jones’ Twitter Feed: “Create online experiences that encourage connections. Connections to family, connections to nature, connections to new understandings.”
Please leave a reply with your ideas!
#WFH is really #EFH (Educate from Home)
Link for this post: https://4oops.edublogs.org/2020/03/28/wfh1/
Read the Latest Research
Digital Age Best Practices – ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/…/3+Digital+Age+Best+Practices.pdf