Posts Tagged ‘iPad’

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:


Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Okay, so you know I work for KET. And I know you know I work for KET. That being said I wanted to let you know about some resources – including KET resources – that I think play well in the ae classroom.

I’m interested in your thoughts and if these are usable. I’ve tried giving light description.

Do you have resources you want to add to the list? Please use this form to do so :)

KET Resources

  • KET’s Education Portal is the floodgate that allows you access to ALL of KET’s resources. This is where we will spend the most time, and specifically look at Scale City, News Quiz, and PBS Learning Media.

  • KET Adult Education Quick List of Resources Two pages of resources for you to use including GED Connections on iTunes U to be quickly imported to your iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

  • Fast Forward Kentucky

    • Fast Forward Kentucky gives access to the GED, Pre-GED, Workplace Essential Skills and TV 411 Family literacy videos.

  • 2014 GED(r) Test

    • PD developed by KET to help you and your program better relate the challenges of the upcoming 2014 GED(r) test to your students.

  • Closeout Campaign

    • Find strategies and resources to help students finish the 2002 version of the GED(r) test

  • KET’s Youtube Channel

  • 2002 Targeted Math - 11 multimedia math classes geared towards the 2002 Math test, helping your student get over the hump before the GED2014 is released.

Check out my Tech Teacing blog and see if there are any topics you’d like discuss. Also, I use to help share what I read that I find of interest.

Fun and Educational for your Adult Ed class

Barry’s Goto:

  • Google Drive – Google’s online hard drive allows you to quickly create and share documents, presentations, and more. It can be accessed from school systems, you can use your work e-mail with the account, and students can use it for free.

  • Airserver – Airserver allows an instructor to share their iPad or iPhone screen wirelessly, through a computer, with a larger group of people.

  • Doceri – Allows you to control your computer from your iPad. With control of your program you can annotate the screen you are looking at, as well as highlight with arrows where you want your students to focus. It is a great way to instruct in the classroom without being kept at the whiteboard.

Teacher Recommended – videos to be used in class demonstrating multiple solutions to one questions. – a tool that allows you to quickly collect and sequence information to be shared with others. It is like a Trapper Keeper, found on the web, that can be shared quickly. – Clicker response system delivered via computer to any smart phone, tablet and/or computer. – a free online course management system that allows you to quickly add content and disseminate to your class.


Can Android Mirror?

Monday, June 17th, 2013

As you know the main reason why I advocate iPad and Mac over Android tablets is because of iDevices ability to mirror over Apple TV. Mirroring is an essential tool for modeling use of technology, and with the use of Apple TV can expand sharing in your classroom – mirroring is showing your screen to your students while you are working on the computer so the student can see how you use your computer.

A week ago a coworker told me about a “ChromeKey”. Initial reports had ChromeKey being a light computer of sorts – a Chrome OS on an HDMI stick.  Basically, a computer that could fit in your pocket it would be a highly portable Tandy 1,000! The Tandy 1000 was able to use any tv as a monitor, essentially this Geek article says Chrome Key would be the same thing.

According to Droid Life, Chromekey will behave more like AppleTV allowing one to mirror their Android and Chrome Devices over an HDMI port. What this means is that my primary purpose for recommending iPads and AppleTV to adult ed programs is going away.

The iPad’s main competitors are the Nexus and Galaxy Tablets. If you compare the new 10″, 16 GB, wifi only tablets their starting prices are $499, $399, and $449 – Apple being the most expensive. Then their is the price of Apple TV ($99) as compared to the Chromekey ($35).

Beyond this I continue to look at the availability of Android devices - smart phones, tablets,  the Kindle Fire,  and then I searched “Big Lots + Android“. Thinking of what I saw in students’s pockets I would see smart phones, initially iPhones but they were transitioning to Android.  Looking at the availability of devices, the cost, and being a believer in BYOD I look forward to Chromekey.

The App Store still has a lot of apps geared specifically towards education, but as more and more students and educators adopt Android devices we will see those apps in Google Play, AKA the Android App Store. We are already seeing Android Apps quickly catching up to what is offered for iDevices.

Google, if you read this, let me know how I can get my hands on the device.


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