*by Antonio Ferro
The beginning of a new semester presents a time to reflect on how we can adjust and/or update classroom lessons to better serve our students. Undoubtedly, the first step is to not repeat the lessons and procedures of the previous year or semester. During this time of reflection, search for ways to innovate former lessons, plans, and activities. The question now becomes, how to do this? In this post I’ll give you tips for evaluating previous lessons to start planning and innovating for the new semester and New Year.
List lessons and activities in which you used tablets
Make a list of the lessons and activities you employed which were successful in engaging students and the development of learning. As you self-reflect, be honest with yourself. Afterall, no one else will see it but you.
Review classes with better results
Your list as a reference, consider which activities had the best results with students, such as an increase in both student learning and engagement due to the effective and efficient use of technology. Remember to review the time it took to perform the activity and any necessary steps and resources. Using this data, you can evaluate each activity in depth.
Include additional educational technology resources
Look over the activities and identify those in which the best results were produced. Select those in need of redesign, and seek the support of incorporating additional technology elements. Continue to search for ways to evolve the ease of use and entertainment of the activity, while improving student learning. Remember, using technology in an enjoyable way is important and should be part of the process, but the focus is ultimately on learning.
Continue to innovate!
Now it’s time to look at the activities which may not have produced the best results and check for undermining points and the feasibility of adjustments, following the model of successful experiences. After this analysis, verify the viability of the activity, and you can begin preparing the plan for innovation. Work to improve what has already worked!
While planning, always seek to answer to the following question: after the activity, what will/should students accomplish? This lends a great starting point, which is always improving the success of student learning.
Wishes for success in 2016!