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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.


Where Does Tech Integration Begin?

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

How do I Get a Tech Integrated Classroom?

When I’m visiting you, I’m hearing questions like, “Where do I begin?”, or “What is the first step to integrating technology in the classroom?”  Both of these are important questions.

While reflecting on my beginnings I ran across the acronym
SAMR. SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition.  In his writing, “Paths to Transformation…,” Dr.Puentedara creates a way for instructors and programs to implement tech integration in their classroom.

Looking at the graphic and thinking of your classroom: how comfortable are you with you and students using technology in the classroom?

SAMR in Your Classroom

Integration ideas to start off your FY14 on the right step.

Substitution – Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with no functional change.

Online Video

  • Youtube – Youtube does have great resources, but you need to preview them for validity in your classroom.
  • Teaching Channel – setup following CCSS alignment.
  • Find worksheets on the internet, use them in the classroom, and display the same worksheet from your projector or on your computer’s screen.

Augmentation – Tech acts as a direct tool substitute, with functional improvement.

  • Think of your favorite graphic organizer. Create it, share it, and have students fill it in a digital environment.
  • GED Academy – “canned” course that can supplement your instruction.
  • PBS – “PBSmission is to create content that educates, informs and inspires. These are your tax dollars at work, so use them!

Modification – Tech allows for significant task redesign.

  • Have students do traditional work, like write an essay, in a word processor instead of handwriting on paper. In so doing students will stop working on their copying skills and can focus instead on grammar and wordsmith editing skills. The following tools cab help make this possible:
    • Or using a virtual drive like Dropbox to share work between partners and allow for editing.

Redefinition – Tech allows for the creation of new tasks, previously inconceivable.

  • Want a document cam? What if you use your iPad along with AppleTV to show what your camera is focused on? In so doing you are using two tools in a way not intended but getting the result you want.
  • Team Blogging - this adult education class in Ireland creates and shares their own content with readers from their region, and around the world!
  • Classroom Sharing - I was lucky enough to find out about them, and my class in Frankfort was able to share back and forth with that class.

SAMR will help you build a more tech integrated classroom. By incorporating it in your daily use you’ll also achieve a secondary objective of mine – to stop making tech special, and make it expected.

UPDATE December 6, 2013

This andragogy/tech wheel is from who shares some novel ideas. Clicking on the image will take you to the interactive PDF – what a great way to deliver information!

This wheel makes a correlation between Bloom’s Taxonomy, the SAMR model, and iOS app recommendations to give a helping hand with, “Where to start.” Unfortunately this version does not speak to DOK, but if you see one please share it with me!

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