Part two of my presentation at the On Course National Conference focused on “blogwrothy” interactive technologies. Specifically we used Padlet, Socrative, Kahoot, and Google Drive.
Thankfully the technology gods were in our favor for the second session and it went a little more smoothly. I hope everyone enjoyed getting to be “students” participating in the workshop (or class) with their devices.
I know there were a lot of resources presented, I hope at least one of them “spoke” to you and may be something you would like to implement. Please let me know if you have any additional questions about how to use these tools, I would love to keep the conversation going!
I presented two workshops at the On Course National Conference. The first workshop was dedicated to reasons why technology is an effective tool for learning and teaching, and we planned to create blogs and show the power of connection with blogging.
When using technology there is always the possibility that you may have some technological issues…. WELL… that is exactly what happened today! I had to really work on accepting the things I can’t change and figuring out ways to move beyond the barriers. So, I greatly apologize to all of the participants and am sorry we were not able to get through the activity.
Here is the presentation. Please take a look and also read the slide notes for additional information. I would love to help you with creating and using class blogs. Feel free to leave a comment/reply to this post with any questions you may have!
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Today I am honored to be presenting at the 2015 Online Teaching Conference in San Diego. My presentation is focused on the students’ experience in the online classroom and how we as faculty can provide a positive engaging experience. This is an interactive session in which attendees will be actively participating through small group discussions.
Today I presented a double workshop at the On Course National Conference. What an awesome experience!!! Although there were multiple technical difficulties (as expected), and we ran out of time (also something to expect with tech), the energy and enthusiasm was still contagious. I would say the Engagement and Empowerment did lead to Learning!
Below is ALL the information and links from the session. Please pass on the information and let me know in the comments if you have any comments or questions. I am happy to help!!!
Part 1- Session 6D, 8:15-9:30 AND Part 2- Session 7D, 9:45-11am
“Bring Your Own Device”, or “BYOD”, is what you will be doing in this interactive active-learning workshop on using technology in the classroom. You will be building a blog, using web-based students response systems, and incorporating the collaborative power of Google Drive. You will leave this workshops with multiple tech tools for immediate use in the classroom along with a Personal Learning Network of fellow On Course Bloggers.
Skip Downing’s keynote address was amazing as expected. What a wonderful start to the 2015 conference. We were reminded of the power of Engagement and Empowerment and the need to focus on developing the student from the inside. My favorite quote from the morning: “Professional Development is only worth what happens next”. Absolutely Skip!
Today will be a day of adding tools to my toolbox!
Session 2E: Maximizing Quadrants and Potential: Active Learning Strategies for Time Management
In this breakout session we participated in a jigsaw activity to further understand the difference between what is urgent versus important. The attendees counted off in A’s and B’s around the room and paired with a person with the same letter. With our fellow experts we learned about two of the four quadrants. Then we paired with a person with the other letter and taught each other what we learned. We as students then wrote down things that we do in their daily life on index cards. We then placed the index cards on the important/urgent quadrant. This helped us to see how many people have daily activities they place into each quadrant. From this a great discussion started about the effect of each quadrant on the health and success of the student. For example, quadrant 1 is very stressful and bad for their health! Quadrant 2 is bad for their health and has no value, what a horrible place to be. Quadrant 4 are the time wasters (time sinks), their is no value or urgency. We need to be creators who focus on activities with importance (value) and have a plan.
Session 3B: From Case Study to Talk Show: Powerful Peer Led Learning Experiences
First off, who has LPI’s at their school??? Because I am jealous!! What is an LPI? It’s a Lead Peer Instructor. I would be happy to just have PI’s, Peer Instructors. The PI’s in UC Merced’s success program help in the development and leading of On Course lessons. What an amazing learning experience to get to lead classes while still in college.
For this workshop the student LPI’s lead us through their awesome activity of creating skits and “Jerry Springer” type talk shows from the On Course case studies. They said using case studies, involves students, has them participate, and lets them practice without fear of failure. Case studies are like scrimmages,you get to try out your skills and strategies without fear of failure. Case studies use play, which is an important element for engagement and learning
UC Merced has Peer Instructors for their college success class. They are student who successfully took the On Course class. They work 3-4 hours per week and are paid for by their department budget. The PI’s undergo one full day training for the entire staff, which includes stuff like, the role of a peer instructor, mastering On Course principles, communication and active listening, and how to establish connection with students.
This was a very fun breakout session!
Session 3: Encouraging Interdependence in the Online Classroom
This workshop had attendees identify ways to have students identify college resources to help them be successful. Within the workshop we had an opportunity to talk as a group about our online teaching experience, which was great! San Juan college has embedded in tutors in their online classes, it would be interesting to find out more about how they do this.
Here are two assignments developed interdependently to help online student identify school resources:
Session 5I: Got Grit? Start With Mindset
Final session for the day… What a great way to end the day with a new mindset for tomorrow! GRIT= “choosing a particular goal and choosing to give up a lot of other things in order to achieve it.”
Research says gritty teachers have more successful students! So, can we learn to be gritty? Are our abilities fixed traits? If they are why would be ever try to learn new things? Having a fixed mindset keeps us stuck, afraid to take risks. How sad to have a fixed mindset believing that “failure means I am not smart, or I’m a loser.” Versus a growth mindset where we believe that challenges and mistakes will bring learning and motivation.
Grit requires a Growth Mindset
When you hear someone say they cannot do something reply with “YET”!