Note: This is the 3rd in a series of BYOT session–although this one is a webinar that was facilitated by @mray29 to 70 high school educators–outlines I developed for a 5A school district. I’m grateful to the district, and especially, @mray29 and @mlowak for their hard work in making this outline into a presentation.
- 3 Tips for Engaging Learners in Your BYOT Classroom – In previous sessions, we’ve talked about using online tools like Edmodo, Moodle to facilitate student learning. In this session, we’ll share some tried and true tips for heightening eLearning. These tips have been used countless times in online, blended classes.
- Tip #1 – Focus on Creation
- Author Wes Fryer asks, “What do you want to create today?” In the BYOT classroom, focusing on the highest level revised Bloom’s Taxonomy enables BYOT classroom participants to focus on what they CAN do with their devices–create content. In Mapping Media to the Curriculum, Wes focuses on several approaches that are centered around text, audio, video, and the mashup. Depending on your device, such as a mobile phone, text can be a bit constraining. Let’s push out of our comfort zone and check out audio, video and the mashup.
- Here are a few examples of what audio looks like:
- Podcasting: In the audio category, enhanced podcasts (narrated artwork or photos) and/or audio-only podcasts (e.g. digital audio recordings) can be used. Most devices enable you to record audio, while a few allow you to blend audio with student-created art or photos students have taken. Often, devices can be used to collect the raw content before it is fine-tuned for use in a podcast on a computer with Audacity, PhotoStory, iMovie, or some other free software. View specific suggestions here.
- Radio Show: An Internet-based radio show is a pre-recorded audio file available for on-demand listening, featuring different segments (or spots) combined into a single program. View specific suggestions online.
- Here is what Video looks like:
- Narrated Slideshow – A narrated slideshow is a linear presentation of images/photos accompanied by audio narration. They can be shared as videos or clickable/browseable media files. Narrated slideshows can be created as screencasts. (Screencasts can have more features.) You can create these with a variety of free tools. View specific suggestions online.
- Tip #2 – Blend multimedia into your teaching and learning – Ask yourself, Is there a way I can get my point across using video and sound rather than just talking and sharing text? Remember, “You can’t hear President Roosevelt in your textbook” (Source: Pam Cranford, White Oak ISD)
- Example #1 – Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education
- Example #2 – JingCrits – See how one high school English teacher provides multimedia feedback to what students have written. How could you facilitate this with your feedback on student work in math? Science? Other content areas?
- Example #3 – MiniLessons – See how other educators are creating multimedia minilessons to better engage students.
- Tip #3 – Create a Classroom Space for Sharing – Embedding video and audio on a web page is fairly straightforward. Here’s how you can organize your online classroom space for sharing the creative work, including not only your students’ creations but also your own