Using Google Drive Apps for Real Time Collaborative Learning

Using Google Drive Apps for Real Time Collaborative Learning

Overview Digital tools have given us an exponential number of ways to collaborate with our students, colleagues, peers and community. Collaboration that can help us build, communicate and learn together. But there are few tools available that take collaboration to the amazingly natural, intuitive and effective level as Google Drive Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides). Whether it’s watching the…

The Most Beautiful Way to Assess, Poll and Engage: Typeform

The Most Beautiful Way to Assess, Poll and Engage: Typeform

Overview It’s not often that you come away from an online poll, quiz or survey with a sense of awe and wonder. In fact, it’s not often that you come away from these experiences with any other sensation than relief that it’s over. Well, Typeform takes a completely fresh approach to asking questions online and puts user…

5 Ways to Embrace Digital Annotation for Student Feedback and Grading

5 Ways to Embrace Digital Annotation for Student Feedback and Grading

Overview There’s nothing quite as satisfying as the soft, smooth roll of pen on paper. That ability to scribble, strike, crumple and tear. But what about the downsides of this ancient medium? Endless printing cycles. Lack of searchability. A desk stacked to the roof with essays and sheets to mark. It’s these frustrations and a determination to streamline the classroom that…

Using Google Forms to Reach Out to your School Community

Using Google Forms to Reach Out to your School Community

Overview It’s one of Google’s most versatile offerings and one that educators have found endless applications for. Google Forms can be used for anything from assessment to just-in-time learning.  In this module we want to focus on some of the out-of-classroom uses of Google Forms and look at how you can use it to communicate and learn from…

Make Colaborative Class Discussion Meaningful with TodaysMeet

Make Colaborative Class Discussion Meaningful with TodaysMeet

Overview Collaborative discussion is an extremely valuable exercise for students to share, challenge and debate their opinions and ideas with their peers. As a facilitator to this discussion the teacher’s role is often to guide, focus and document the class conversation to ensure the discussion is shared evenly among students and that the whole class is gaining from the experience. TodaysMeet…

Looking For Some Peda-Glue-Gy? Try Team-Based Learning

Looking For Some Peda-Glue-Gy? Try Team-Based Learning

Spend even a small amount of time on Twitter, at an educational conference, or reading educator-based blogs, and you’ll encounter a myriad of teaching methodologies: flipped learning, project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, peer instruction, game-based learning, standards-based learning, and the list goes on. Each of these methods has value, but figuring out how to successfully combine…

Challenges of the Flipped Classroom: Coordinating the Local with the Remote

Challenges of the Flipped Classroom: Coordinating the Local with the Remote

In my last Fractus post, I talked about how popular flipped classes are with my college writing students. Over the past two-and-a-half years that I’ve been using the flipped technique at my current school, 96% of more than 400 students have told me to keep flipping (I think they were mostly talking about the class)….

Forget 21st Century Teaching and eLearning. It’s Teaching and Learning. Now.

Forget 21st Century Teaching and eLearning. It’s Teaching and Learning. Now.

So you’re over 40. Been teaching for more than half your life. And your school has decided to introduce technology into the classroom. Computing devices in the hands of all your students. What do you do? Bury your head ostrich style? You’ve faced new fads in education before and this whole 1:1 approach will go…

Try the ‘C3B4Me’ Policy to Encourage Students to Become Self-Directed Learners in the Flipped Classroom

Try the ‘C3B4Me’ Policy to Encourage Students to Become Self-Directed Learners in the Flipped Classroom

Without question, the complex dynamics of the classroom, its tone, the interpersonal forces at play, and the nature and structure of communication patterns all combine to either support or inhibit students’ motivation to pursue a goal.” (Ambrose, et al, 2010, p. 79) In my previous article, I discussed five strategies to address student resistance to…

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