Posts Tagged ‘Adult education’

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.

Third Thursday Hangouts

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Third Thursday Hangouts is an upcoming series of Hangouts that will occur for an hour once a month. The idea is to allow you to join from your desk, and not take you away from your important work.  These Third Thursday Hangouts will cover topics of relevance to the Adult Education field – for the program, the instructor, and the student.  The monthly session is an informal training that will start at 2:30 and finish at 3:30 pm Eastern Time Zone.

August’s Hangout is based around the use of Google Forms in Adult Education programs. The group will look at how some K-12 people  using the resource, as well as an excellent form produced by Google for Teach Parents Tech (I would consider this a model).  Beyond these uses of Forms, we will be looking at a how one Kentucky program uses it to schedule testing and orientation of students, as well as a form that is “under development” that will be used in a program’s enrollment process. We will brainstorm and think of other applications of Forms that participants think would be of use in their programs, and then have a quick “Nuts-and-Bolts” session on constructing a Form.  All in an hour, phew!

I will be recording the event, and after the Hangout will place the video along with accompanying resources on this blog in the Presentations section.

I realize this is new to many people, so after you register, I will send you an e-mail that includes access to resources we use during our discussion, training videos about how to access Google Hangout, and so on. Further, to support first time instructors, or those that have some questions, I will start the sessions at 2:00, 30 minutes before the Third Thursday Hangout begins, to help flush out any tech glitches before the presentation begins: this process is fluid, and recommendations from participants like you will only make it better!

Do you want to join a future Hangout? Here is what I have planned through December:

Thursday, 9/19/2013 2:30 p.m. Twitter for Growth Session about using twitter for research, learning about adult ed issues and so on
Thursday, 10/17/2013 2:30 p.m. Ghosts of Tech: allaying fears of tech use Help students past their worries of using tech: strategies will include your confidence, collaborative effort and group think.
Thursday, 11/21/2013 2:30 p.m. Thankful for Technology in the Classroom Roundtable with experiences from other educators – students can be invited
Thursday, 12/19/2013 2:30 p.m. Starting off on the right foot How to help your students have positive experiences with online learning, whether in your program or at a distance.

Do you have a topic you would like me to discuss? Add it to this form under “Other”:

Thanks for your time, and participation! Enjoy the videos and resources.

And Please, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to let me know.

*Addendum I was trying to record the HANGOUT with Camtasia while running the online meeting. The computer started bogging down, so I stopped the recording. The Thursday, 9/19 Hangout will be Live, On Air, and therefore recorded. I look forward to sharing it with the field.

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