We typically think of education as a way to reduce social equality – because it is through education we can have social mobility and improve our life, but it is worthwhile to keep in mind that the use of ed-tech is again an equality for people who cannot have access to them.
Active learning is always educator’s goal. The sad truth is that most of the time we teachers can only achieve passive learning in the classroom, partly due to the class size that we have to do lecture in an economic teacher-student ratio. The solution suggested is surprisingly easy: to assign video lectures as homework. Actually I have also thought of similar things before. I agree that video lecture would maximize student’s concentration, and only by actively learning the material, he or she would be able to finish the work.
When we spend a long time on doing the same task, we lost our attention and efficiency.The pomodoro method is a time management technique that divides hours into shorter intervals so to allows for an enhanced level of focus for longer periods of time with less drop-off in terms of attention span. I think these can be used by teacher when designing class activities that structured in a similar fashion. Offer a task to students and making sure that they will be switched to another within a short period of time is a good idea to increase engagement. However, it may also be risky, if students are misinformed, then would be hesitated to participate.
Should teachers be using social media in the classroom?
“How to integrate social media to classrooms?” is a multi-million question for all educators and teachers nowadays. Sticking a balance is always the key when it comes to Ed Tech. Too much technology may not be efficient and may potentially distract students, while zero technology would probably result in a traditional boring student-teacher interaction. Nevertheless, I am excited how the social media is going to help the evolution of education.
Of all the arguments and ideas provided in the post, which I think that all are strong and valid, I am in the stance that we should integrate social media in education. I think we need to educate teachers about the techniques that they should use when dealing with digital distractions. I think the force that social media has on education is unstoppable that we are forced to make use of it.
While using social media in the classroom has many challenges, we shall also focus on its use on facilitating learning in general. In fact, I am most interested in Instagram as a platform to engage students in learning outside the classroom. I am going to share my thoughts on its use to teach English better (as I’m majoring in that) Below are the best ways I think Instagram can help me with this goal:
Showcase students’ work so that memories are kept documented. It is also useful as a review of the semester – might also be helpful for student studies. Using the ‘Direct’ mode to let students to post to a class Instagram is also possible.
Share reading recommendations by snapping photos of short good reads that they can check out online or a sentence that targets the grammar points discussed in lectures.
Recordings of clips that functions as announcements, reminders and tips for assignments, or even tests and exams.
I’m sure there are more…
Until next time.
WhatsDue is a cool little app that can help students, parents and teachers to be updated on assignments, which solves some of the problems that I had encountered as a secondary school student. Recalling my memory, we students were supposed to ‘copy’ down the homework that are to be handed in. Sometimes we just forgot it – and this app can be a life-saver. It is useful because parents can follow along too.
I am really excited about the future that parents can follow along closely how the students (and the teachers) are doing in schools! Mobile apps for parents about education? This is a very new idea that I have strong belief that it is going to be implemented, and spread all over the world!
This tweet is about forward-looking classrooms which uses “Augmented Reality (AR)” technology to take education into a whole new level. Although this maybe too far away, I am happy to see that schools would never be boring in the future – because their learning experiences are not passive anymore.
This tweet talks about the need of change for the U.S. Education system, while it talks about the importance of Ed Tech in promoting learning, I think the article has a very good point: “To be clear, no technology can outperform a great educator…” but they are there to “[free] up educators’ time and empowering them with data and tools that enhance their ability to teach.” This reminds me that we are not saying everything must be done with tech in the 21st Century, but to use it to our greatest benefits.
This is a 5-minute presentation made close to the Ignite format on the topic Nonverbal Communication (NVC). In the video, I covered what NVC is by explaining its elements: static situation cues, people’s physical appearance, posture, gesture, eye contact, paralanguage and facial expression etc. With the presentation, it is concluded that communication is very complex and NVC has a vital role to play.
Enjoy the video: