3rd Online Session, Implementation 2, focus on classroom/frontal teaching

3rd Lecture 25.09.2018

Our 3rd group assignment (Implementation 2, focus on classroom/frontal teaching) was about collaborative methods or practises can be used in teaching, individual learning processes, personalized learning paths and how to deal with students in groups or individually.

One Group (Paw Patrol) taught us about Individual and group tutoring techniques and provide us with the guidelines necessary to function effectively as a Vocational Teacher. Teacher’s role in any educational establishment is vital, no doubt. We learnt about teacher’s main professional skills. One of the most important thing is to understanding student’s growth and development. In any educational establishment, teacher’s role is central. He is responsible all in-class activities, on-going learning process etc. Teacher’s pedagogical expertise influence whole teaching process. Knowledge of workplace principles and practises. Knowledge of the norms and understanding which regulate education is important for a teacher.

During their presentation, they used Padlet and asked a question from other participants to write in the Padlet wall. Should you be friendly to your students? Everyone replied YES. Being friendly, Yes! it’s showing respect, listening, helping out, supporting, giving constructive (honest) feedback etc. From teacher’s perspective, you should be friendly with your students but it should have some boundaries. Being friendly builds trust among teacher and students. In some situations, teacher must show some attitude and we also discussed about Teacher/Student Relationships, where it is important to draw the lines. This was quite interested thing to understand because being a teacher you may face such scenarios in your professional life. For example, if you are teaching to young students, they might give your friendly behaviour some other meaning. I have same kind of experience. i had been appointed as a teacher (not in Finland) in a high school and management provided me special instruction how to deal with students, i am not allowed to talk freely with students, must show attitude, etc. They described four basic skills of vocational teacher Professionalism, Education, Interaction and Personality.

Our presentation topic was Personalized Learning Paths and Individualized learning process​. “Personalized Learning is one of the most significant trends in education and pedagogy at the moment” Personalized learning is instruction that offers pedagogy, curriculum, and learning environments to meet the individual student’s needs. The experience is tailored to learning preferences and the specific interests of different learners.

Personalized learning is non-linear, The way people learn is ‘messy’ and it doesn’t happen in a straight line or easy progression. Because learning isn’t linear, true personalization can’t be either. Learning is a complex, interconnected, particularly in the early elementary grades. Students need to have the opportunity to learn concepts and construct their own knowledge and understanding in a way that honors students’ ideas.

Personalized Learning is not:

To understand Personalized Learning and make it clear, following important points do not mean Personalized Learning.

  • that each student selects a different online game, app or online learning module to use independently each day during class​
  • Teachers generating individual learning plans for each of their students​
  • Something that can only occur with technology​

Elements of Personalized Learning and Technology:

  • Learner profiles (interests, strengths, motivation, view/perception about learning)​
  • Learning paths (personal tracking of the attainment of learning goals; periodic milestones; goals related to learning outcomes)​
  • Competency-based progression (continuous assessing of clearly defined goals; mastery; skills, competences)​
  • Flexible learning environment (Physical structure of a classroom- comfortable and calm spaces, tools and appropriate resources)​

In a blended learning environment that influence technology, students are not bound by their classroom walls in terms of access to information, knowledge, and experts. Technology make learning environment for teachers and students easy and provide more flexibility. A digitally-rich learning environment provides students with the context and relevancy for learning that they want. Most students today are technologically fluent and make daily use of laptops and mobile devices.

During our presentation we used ‘Kahoot’ (www.kahoot.com). Kahoot is a game-based learning platform that makes learning awesome, Kahoot is used as educational technology in schools and other educational institutions. Its learning games, “kahoots”, are multiple-choice quizzes that allow user generation and can be accessed via web browser. Kahoot can be used to review students’ knowledge, for formative assessment, or as a break from traditional classroom activities.

Kahoot was designed for social learning, with learners gathered around a common screen such as an interactive whiteboard, projector or a computer monitor. The site can also be used through screen-sharing tools such as Skype or Google Hangouts. The game design is such that the players are required to frequently look up from their devices. The gameplay is simple; all players use a device to answer questions created by a teacher, business leader, or other person. These questions can be changed to award points. Points then show up on the leaderboard after each question. Kahoot can be played through different web browsers and mobile devices through its web interface.

References:

  1. Teaching for Quality Learning at University Assessing for learning quality: II. Practice By John Biggs
  2. http://www.dreambox.com/personalized-learning
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