Technology Enhanced Teaching

Monday, February 17th, 2014

As of January 2nd, the GED® test is offered as a computer-based test (CBT) only. Following the lead of GED Testing Service® (GEDTS), content providers have been moving their instruction into the online environment. Many publishers have released online instructional systems to better prepare learners for the CBT.

Regardless of which product you choose to use in your program the question remains – can I use this product in my classroom?  My answer, yes. Just as you use a common text to guide the student you can use the online environment to assist your student.

Example:  I used an online system to help me teach comma usage. For those of you who don’t know me well enough to read my draft work you should know I am the comma splice king – just ask Erin O’Donnell of Thorn Hill Education Center.  I have no business teaching use of commas, and therefore using the videos and drills created in online lessons I was able to lead instruction for my students.

From the lesson students can then work in their individual accounts and get the benefits of online education. As the instructor I can walk the room and check on individual work, offer suggestions or be hands off.

This hybrid approach joins together traditional instruction with non-traditional materials, and benefits students not only in their studies but in their acquisition of technology skills as well. I think you will also find students engaged in a different way than in a traditional lecture format.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think!


TEAL: more than just a color

Thursday, December 12th, 2013


Technology Enhanced Active Learning Classrooms

Tables are allowing for small group discussions. Students are able to quickly share ideas either by projector, or wall mounted monitors, and the walls are whiteboard to further allow one to convey their thoughts.

A TEAL classroom combines Active Learning principles researched and used at MIT with Technology Enhancements. Combining the two has shown benefit to collaborative work, giving students a deeper understanding of presented materials. The TEAL space allows for group discussion, instant research, and a common space to share ideas.

TEAL space in an AE program could expand traditional learning spaces in three ways. First it allows demonstration space when working with small groups and one-on-one instruction. Second technology enabled areas are at the ready answer student questions. Third students can independently answer their questions (with technology or traditional media) and readily share the information with peers.

Having space at the ready to quickly share and explore insights make TEAL work space ideal to student centered instruction.

University of Kentucky’s William T. Young Library sports a “Learning Commons” that utilizes collaborative work principles to allow students to share ideas, in the video watch specifically from the beginning – 0:34, and 2:37 – end, and look at how students are learning together.

Here is the information from the TEAL Classroom presentation:

TEAL Classroom presentation, AAACE Conference 2013, Lexington, KY.

  • Marilyn Lockhart, Director for Faculty Excellence, MSU Bozeman

  • Lindsey Jackson, Graduate Research Assistant, MSU Bozeman

  • Handout

 Further reading resources from presentation:

Chromebooks for Your Program

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Have you heard of ChromeBooks? Basically it’s a laptop that lives on the web – you can go from zero to the web in 7 seconds.

A major drawback is that you can’t add software to the machine, meaning that some of the software I like to promote (namely Airserver and Doceri) are not usable on the device. That being said, your program can use the device with ANYTHING ON THE INTERNET.

“Why, Barry, what do you mean by anything on the internet?”

I mean those things that we use to collaborate with students you will be able to access with this machine - TABE Online, Google DriveITTSGED, PBS Learning Media, Targeted Math Instruction for the 2002 GED® Test, KYAE, KYVAEetcetera, etcetera, etcetera.

The Chromebook is essentially a Chrome Web Browser as the operating system of the laptop.  Check out this review from Time. Personally, I have my eyes on this one priced at $250.

Chromebooks also have an HDMI port that would allow one to present from the device. I don’t know how it would work with a wireless keyboard and mouse, but I hope to experiment soon. Even with the software issue, I think these would make great machines for students to use in your wireless program.

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