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The beta testing is in

It was an honour for me on Monday to pitch Learn at Home, Teach at School (LAHTAS) to the shark tank at the festival of ideas.  It was also really uplifting to hear from the other speakers on how passionate they were about their great ideas.

Overall I believe there was a positive acceptance of my idea however, there were a few suggestions which I will certainly be taking on board.  These included the instant messenger feature as well as its similarity to some other products.

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What will be under review?

Instant messenger feature

  • As already alluded by my fellow colleagues the amount of time and effort to maintain this feature from a teacher would be too much
  • Therefore, it was proposed that if the students had a particular time frame in which they can contact their teacher it may be more feasible
  • Another option is to create a message feature like emails within the program thus reducing the need for further programs

Similarity between rival products

  • Another point that was brought up in the festival was the similarity between blackboard
  • Learn at home teach at school will have similar features to that of blackboard however, LAHTAS has video creating, editing and sharing capabilities within the application.
  • I believe the key selling point to this product is the ease of having everything in one place, and no need to save files or information in separate places
  • Thus making it easier to find and save work
  • LAHAS seems to be a product which draws inspiration from other products

Once again it was a pleasure to have feedback on my idea from some prestigious guests.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this process creating LAHTAS and i still look forward to hearing your further feedback.  I wish all my other colleagues the best of luck with some of their great ideas that will hopefully make production.

It’s out there, these are your thoughts

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Learn at Home, Teach at School is now officially out there, and I couldn’t be happier to hear some of your feedback.  I wanted to get your perspective and thoughts on LAHTAS, so I asked some of my fellow colleagues what they thought.

There was a mutual agreeance on how beneficial having everything in one place.  The fact that students when studying for exams and doing homework tasks are able to access class resources at home is a valuable asset.  The time saving factor for teachers as well with having all their video editing tools and software in one place was also mentioned.  In terms of the cloud feature, they thought this would be very beneficial for assessment pieces, this is something which I didn’t consider.  It was suggested that the students are able to upload their submissions, rather than a hard copy, allows them to gain feedback comments online from their teacher and then utilising the instant messenger feature to clarify any comments or questions.  This would be a quicker and easier way than handing back a hard copy of their reviewed assessment then having to wait for the next lesson to gain clarification.

The one feature that they seemed to admire was the instant message feature.  My colleagues thought that the instant messenger was a great idea in gaining quick responses from the teacher to the students however, it requires extra maintenance by the teacher.  If the teacher was to have 5 classes with 25 students per class, having each student message the teacher would create too much extra work.  Some suggestions were to have emails or notification when there are incoming messages to sort them into categories based on what the students ask.  Nonetheless, if the teacher is receiving the same topic of responses they would then be able to direct their lesson to address that issue.

The next time you will hear from me is at the festival of ideas where I’ll pitch my revised digital idea to the guest audience.  I look forward to seeing you all there.

How LAHTAS came to design

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Flipped classrooms is becoming an increasingly popular technique for teaching (Hotle & Garrow, 2015).  By doing a quick search online, there are many different software and programs that assist teachers to facilitate a flipped classroom.  These include YouTube (a video sharing program), Dropbox (a resource sharing program), Poll Everywhere (teachers gain feedback through polls/questionnaires in class) and Blackboard (an e-learning system) (Dunn, 2015).  There doesn’t seem to be a program that is dedicated to a flipped classroom.  Teachers are either having to use separate programs to firstly film, then edit and then post their videos.  Not only this, but then to organise class materials for the students to use and engage with in class and be able to easily distribute them requires another program. This is where LAHTAS came to mind.  A web based program with app capabilities combining the key features that teachers need to facilitate a flipped classroom in one program.  I’ve done lots of planning and the above infographic outlays my thought process.

I would love to hear your feedback on my idea and any considerations i may have missed.

 

References

Dunn, J. (2013, April 6). The 10 Best Web Tools For Flipped Classrooms. Retrieved from Edudemic: http://www.edudemic.com/web-tools-for-flipped-classrooms/

Hotle, S. L., & Garrow, L. A. (2015). Effects of the Traditional and Flipped Classrooms on Undergraduate Student Opinions and Success. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Retrieved from: http://ascelibrary.org.ezproxy.library.uq.edu.au/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29EI.1943-5541.0000259.

 

 

Learn at Home, Teach at School

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A new way to facilitate a flipped classroom

Previously, I’ve spoken about how teachers facilitate a flipped classroom.  Most teachers use programs such as YouTube or Blackboard (Carstens & Sheehan, 2014), and they have their own strengths and weaknesses.  There doesn’t seem to be one program just dedicated to a flipped classroom.  Teachers are having to use multiple programs just to video, edit and upload their class videos.

What I propose is a website, including an app basing, program dedicated solely to assist teachers facilitate a flipped classroom.  The name of this program is called ‘Learn at Home, Teach at School’, or ‘LAHTAS’ for short.

Some of the key features for LAHTAS is a combination from other sources such as Blackboard, Dropbox and YouTube.  These include:

  • Easy access to class content (videos, notes etc.) for students
  • The ability to upload and share resources amongst students and teacher
    • A ‘cloud’ like feature for students to edit group work or work on online class activities
  • The ability for the teacher to create in class quizzes and get immediate feedback
    • Assessment (formative and summative)
  • Access for students to watch the uploaded videos by their teacher

However, to set LAHTAS apart from its competitors there are some additional features to help aid students and assist teachers.

Carstens and Sheehan (2014) stated that students generally take a while to adapt to the process for a flipped classroom.  There are some other features to this idea which will assist students into the transition to using a flipped classroom.  The main feature being a 24/7 instant messenger feature between students as well as their teacher.  This will allow the teacher to receive immediate feedback from their students on key learning points from their video lessons.  Furthermore, it provides students with a fast and easy way for them to contact their teacher or ask for peer advice on topics such as class content, assessment requirements/dates and if they are having problems with the flipped classroom technique.  However, this program also has features to assist teacher to facilitate a flipped classroom.

Students prefer videos where they are short, have high quality and possesses some backing music (Carstens & Sheehan, 2014).  LAHTAS will have video recording and editing imbedded within the program.  As most, if not all, devices have a camera, teachers will now be able to record and edit their video within the website without having the need to use a separate program.

 

I look forward to your thoughts and views on LAHTAS, and any improvements that i may have not mentioned or thought of.

 

References

Carstens, F. J., & Sheehan, M. (2014). Triumphs and Tribulations of the Flupped Classroom: A High School Teacher’s Perspective. In J. Keengwe, G. Onchwari, & J. N. Oigara, Promoting Active Learning Through the Flipped Classroom Model (pp. pp. 91-112). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4987-3.

 

How to facilitate a Flipped Classroom

It’s no secret, the key to an easier experience teaching is to planning and preparation.  Teachers spend majority of their time planning lessons and this is more evident in a flipped classroom.  Teachers need to be able to use time to firstly, plan the lesson and then record a short video before each lesson, with enough time for the students to be able to view them.

To facilitate a flipped classroom, the teacher needs to be able to record and upload their lesson prior to the students arriving to class.  There are many different web and app based programs out there to assist teachers to facilitate a flipped classroom.  By doing a quick internet search, Dunn (2013) has proposed the 10 best web tools to facilitate a flipped classroom.  These include some applications that many teachers use including YouTube to upload their videos (Carstens & Sheehan, 2014), Wikispace, Poll Everywhere, Screencast and Dropbox.  However, each program has its own key features that others may lack.  For example YouTube has the video sharing capabilities that many students are familiar with however, lacks the resource sharing feature that Dropbox provides.  Teachers generally have to use a range of applications to provide a flipped classroom.  There doesn’t seem to be one program that is solely dedicated to assisting teachers facilitate a flipped classroom.

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A solution to this problem is to generate a website, which allows teachers ease to upload videos and content material and allow students easy access to these resources.  Carstens and Sheehan (2014) stated that the flipped classroom takes a while for the students to adapt to the process, and this website could ease students into the routine with limited content and progressively increase the number of accessories/tools.

Another feature to this website would allow for teachers to be able to create and edit their videos instantaneously.  Carstens and Sheehan (2014) found that students preferred some background music to their videos with short capped video lengths.  Another feature would allow teachers to see which students have viewed the video and paused at which concept to be able to specifically focus their lesson on that particular concept.  Having the feature of instant chat, will allow students to ask questions to the teacher with immediate feedback.

 

Leave your thoughts on the idea below or if there are any other features that could be utilised?

 

References:

Carstens, F. J., & Sheehan, M. (2014). Triumphs and Tribulations of the Flupped Classroom: A High School Teacher’s Perspective. In J. Keengwe, G. Onchwari, & J. N. Oigara, Promoting Active Learning Through the Flipped Classroom Model (pp. pp. 91-112). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-4666-4987-3.

Dunn, J. (2013, April 6). The 10 Best Web Tools For Flipped Classrooms. Retrieved from Edudemic: http://www.edudemic.com/web-tools-for-flipped-classrooms/

Teaching, we’ve been doing it all wrong

The concept of teaching particularly how to deliver a lesson has remained the same for many years.  In particular, the characteristic of education where the teacher delivers the lesson, students takes notes and then extend on that material through homework hasn’t changed. If you look into history, everything is forever improving or being updated therefore why not education?  Sir Ken Robinson recently had an interview where he stated that our systems of education have been based on principles of ‘industrial manufacturing’ where typical schools operate through a linear system and where everything is standardised.  However, there is a concept that is seen as an alternative way of teaching which incorporates technology to facilitate learning and change the idea of traditional strategies for teaching.

A flipped classroom is quite the opposite of the conventional way to education.  As the name suggests, the students will learn the key learning goals of the lesson before they arrive to a lesson to which the rest of the lesson is used to expand on those ideas, class discussion and or refine where students are falling behind.  Technology helps facilitate this learning as the initial material is generally received through a short video.  This pedagogical method incorporates technology straight into the lesson and allows students more control of their own leaning.  Allowing the students to have the videos readily available, they have the ability to watch them whenever it is best suited and the ability to pause and rewind key aspects of the lesson they have missed.  As a result this then frees up class time for teachers to give immediate feedback to students and review concepts where students aren’t confident.

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Studies have shown and proven a flipped classroom to be an effective method to improve student learning.  Smith (2014) has shown that 67% of students participating in a flipped classroom environment improved their test scores and 80% of the students reported an improvement in attitudes towards learning.  With these results, surely teachers would be adopting this technique in every school, but why not? How do you think you would have learnt in a flipped classroom environment?

References

Acedo, M. (2013, November 27). 10 Pros and Cons of a Flipped Classroom. Retrieved from Te@chthought: http://www.teachthought.com/trends/10-pros-cons-flipped-classroom/

NCSL. (2014). Q and A | Sir Ken Robinson. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxkaApEbQek

Smith, C. (2014, October 7). Spartan College sees results with curriculum overhaul. Retrieved from Tulsa World: http://www.tulsaworld.com/businesshomepage1/spartan-college-sees-results-with-curriculum-overhaul/article_63bb830b-4c4e-5a19-ac74-aaf722385311.html

 

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