Sunday, February 24, 2013

ONLINE LEARNING EXPERIENCES



Traditional learning has become a thing of the past, and the need for the ever-changing technology being used in the classroom is key. It has become a necessity to update our model for delivery of instruction; specifically, the need for technology to deliver full-length courses online or in hybrid formats

I have become a big fan of WebQuests as a technology to use in the classroom.  What a great way for our students to learn.  This is very interactive and in my opinion best practice.  WebQuests can be universal and used at any level of education this has been made even more clearly during this class.  Personally, I like using Weebly to create my WebQuests because of the user-friendly format.    I personally, would use Camtasia and Flip the classroom.  Flipping the classroom is turning the traditional instructional methods upside down and places the responsibility on the students.  During class time the teacher then becomes more of a guide or tutor having the students work independently or within collaborative groups. 

The creation and delivery of courses over the Web will be the driving force for educational change in the 21st century.   However, I do find this may be difficult to reproduce in all content areas and truly meet all students educational needs.  I have had many students take courses via Michigan Virtual High School and they have been successful for some students, but not fall all.   Students still require differentiated supports and this is an area we will need to continue to explore and develop as we make these opportunities to ALL students. 


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wikis is just another page for educators to promote all the great things we are doing with our students. Check out my new wiki on Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD) at Saline Middle School.  This will continue to be a work in progress.  This is good stuff!!!








There was a lot of updating on the Saline Middle School Wikipedia Page.  It had not been updated in at least three years.  It still showed that we were a 7 - 8 building.  Three years ago we added 6th grade to the building.  This was a great chance to update the page.  










Friday, February 8, 2013

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)


It has always been my belief that as educators we need to understand our students on a personal level.  This means we understand our student’s individual roadblocks and understanding their level of learning.    Sometimes we forget that not all students learn the same and developing lessons that meet the needs in a variety of ways is critical.    After reviewing the Universal Design for Learning  (UDL), I found myself reflecting on the lesson I created and immediately knew that there needed to be adjustments made.  I have attached a checklist of my lesson below.  Notice I have designated areas as “features” and “barriers”.  Features represent areas that the lesson provides UDL and barriers are areas that need reworking with the addition of UDL.