Reflections on my Enquiry Project

My Personal Reflections.

This was a wonderful assignment where I needed to think and map out the process that would  best work on my Presentation.  Believe strongly in the Flipped Learning in the Classroom (link listed below with many Podcasts on this subject that you can listen to.  This process of learning is innovative, student centred and is very much active learning. My experience of doing this assignment definitely falls under all the categories listed above.

Flipping the Classroom

Did it give me Empathy towards my Students?

This assignment gives me a better understanding of what my students go though in this process.

  • They have to decide what topic they want to present on.
  • They become Student-Centred Active Learners in searching for the information using a Search Engine on the Internet, going to the link to see if that Web Page is relevant to their topic.  Asking questions and getting answers from people working in that occupation/career.  For example; Doctors, Nurses, Elementary Teachers, etc.  Going to the Library to search for books related to their topic.
  • My empathy is constant for all Courses that I have taught and will teach in the future, since I want my students to feel that the Instructor/Facilitator is always there to help them in their learning process.  My Passion and Primary Goal is for them to learn and succeed!

Did Students become Innovative?

The assignment that I had completed definitely required me to be Innovative in this process of  finding the relevant information to create on my slides.  My experience with my previous students who have created and finished MS Powerpoint Presentations is that they are innovative  in this process without them even knowing this.  Reason being is that they are so engaged in this process that is not important in their eyes.

How will it make me a better Teacher!

Since I am always passionate in my Teaching that I am emphatic to the needs, problems that students will face in their learning process and always there to give them one on one support (that is if the class in not too large but if it is deal with this in small groups).  This helps them in successfully completing those tasks.  For me to be a better teacher I should always embrace new ways of teaching as we had discussed in student centred approaches and the flipped learning classroom.

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Computer Applications in Webquest

The webquest article is lacking in much information provided on this topic and is out of date but is useful to me that when I create a Webquest on this topic I would definitely update the tabs on the left hand side of the page – these being;

  • Welcome Link – I would provide more modern graphic and of course me being the author would be changed.
  • Introduction – Would be reworded so it is relevant to today.
  • Tasks – Assignments and Projects would be related to the Course ie: Health Unit Clerks.
  • Process – Would modernize desktop graphic and the assignment link would be used only for the Application Assignments applicable to the topic.
  • Evaluation – Would consider staying with a Rubric or that is what is listed in my Course Outline and Learning Outcomes.
  • Conclusion – Would change wording to make it more professional.

Another avenue is creating from a Webquest Template.http://www.educationaltechnology.ca/resources/webquest/templates.php

This way I can create a Webquest for example “Computer Applications” which would be used as a Resource for all Courses that I teach.  This Template is an excellent tool where you can just put in the relevant information under the following tabs.

Home Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Teachers.

I could use a different Webquest Template for this for MS Word, MS Excel and MS Powerpoint.

Other examples of Webquest Computer Application sites that have been created are;

From all the information gathered and incorporated from these links I can create a Professional Webquest that has information from my Learning Outcomes and Course Outline.  The purpose of my Webquest is towards creative and engaged learning of my students. They can be more comfortable by using one of the teachnological tools available to them.  In conclusion I can see that Webquest is a valuable tool that I can use in the classroom.

The Flipped Classroom! Tips for integrating moments of Reflection by Barbi Honeycutt and Sarah Egan Warren.

This article about the “Flipped Classroom” is a busy, collaborative and social place.  We could say that it is a place where “Extroversion, Collaboration and Teamwork” are highly valued.

  • I find that when I teach  Powerpoint, the students are in Groups talking, creating and putting their Presentations together.  This is a very good example of what is said in the paragraph above from this Article.

Many flipped learning strategies seem to favor the extravert (leading a class discussion, brainstorming as a group etc.)  Introverts prefer to work independently and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation, some of the best ideas may come from a student who works on a creative task by himself/herself but does not share it with his/her group.

  • In my MS Office Assignments they are given the option of working on it by themselves especially in MS Word and MS Excel.  In MS Powerpoint many students wish to do their Projects by themselves.

If we never give the students an opportunity to reflect or work individually in the flipped space, then we are doing them a disservice to both introverts and extroverts.  All students benefit from reflection, not just introverts.  Reflection allows students time to pause, think, make connections and work through an idea before others have any input or criticism.

  • I encourage my students to use this approach in all assignments.  Most of the time I receive positive input from the students and receive positive results.

So what can we do? To start the conversation we can integrate three strategies to integrate reflection into the flipped classroom.  The first one I will explain and the other two you can read up in the article.  1. Think, Write and Share – This adds more time for the individuals work and reflection. 2. Writing Prompts and 3. SWOT Analysis.

  • Think, Write , Share is very effective in my classes but will consider applying the other two in future classes.

IN CLOSING

This opens my eyes to other ways of me influencing future courses in “Flipping the Classroom.”

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The Brutal Authenticity of B.Y.O.D



The article – The Brutal Authenticity of B.O.Y.D. which stands for “Bring your own Device” to the classroom which can be their own Apps, Accounts and Tech-Wise Patterns. Found this to be of much value and relevant to the modern classroom for the following reasons;

1.The students have an important opportunity to connect with not just their personal lives but their natural way of doing things.  They are not limited in what they can do with assignments I as an Instructor give them to do after school.

2. In classrooms in the past there was unfamiliar software, unfamiliar hardware, and unfamiliar workflows which are real barriers to a students performance and hinders “instructional time”.  These barriers are not present when the students bring their own BYOD and this makes instruction run smoother and is more efficient.

3. By Schools allowing students to bring their own devices where staff install separate wireless networks that offered filtered internet access.  When the teachers are trained in the proper use of this technology and have some ground rules for accessing sites that the students will be using in the classroom.  The experiences of the School and the Teachers after this has been put in place is that it has worked well.  By being open to innovation and change plus working “Outside the Box” – it has become apparent this is beneficial for both students and teachers.

4.  Teachers allow themselves to become collaborators with the students in the learning process.  When students first bring in their technology devices, there are immediately engaged and want to explore all of the possible capabilities of the technology.  This initial phase of exploration passes quickly as the students become more literate in their devices and learn how to connect them to their BYOD wireless network.  The Teacher and the Students then begin to adapt their technologies to their current classroom practices.

CONCLUSION

  • The opportunities for me as an Instructor/Facilitator would be more connection with the Students in the material that I am teaching.
  • The opportunities for Students would be the mobility of using their own devices at home and in the classroom.
  • All of the examples in my blog definitely fall under “Student Centred Approaches in their Learning.
  • Personally, I have seen the positive use of High School Students using their devices in the classroom and can see this approach becoming more popular and relevant in the near future.
  • The cost savings that the School Boards and Schools have in not purchasing Computers for Classrooms is an added benefit.

WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS/COMMENTS?