To some, the concept of personalized teaching and learning may seem out of reach. Often we do not understand student difficulties or struggles because we simply do not have access to accurate, real-time information regarding student progress. By integrating technology into the teaching and learning process, this information becomes attainable, particularly through learning analytics, enabling teachers to guide students in a personalized way.
*by Stephanie Fitzwater
While attending the University of Florida to acquire my Masters in Educational Technology, I have conducted thorough literature reviews on various styles of blended learning. One specific article pertaining to educational technology which peaked my interest was written by Hassan Rastegarpour. In order to promote Rastegarpour’s theory, I have completed a synopsis of his main points throughout the article.
*by Raphael Correa
At the school in which I work, I teach Physics, but also hold the position of Technology Director, which requires me to be up to date with all the tools and devices that are used by my students. The latter “obligation” is a pleasure as it allows me to see how and what teenagers can produce on their own, and it is fantastic! Even more interesting is the way in which they process information: when they are motivated, they can find the heart of any subject matter; when well prompted, they do this both critically and accurately. Note that I pointed out: when well prompted.
With the rise of technology in the classroom, teachers are inspired to “flip” their classrooms utilizing every moment of face to face time with students to encourage exploration, application and deep thinking in the content area. The idea of flipping a classroom with the use of online videos and other online content seems fairly straightforward. However, when incorporating mobile devices in lieu of traditional computer and web based content, the implementation of a flipped classroom tends to become blurred.