I had a great time today at Tallahassee Community College discussing ideas for how we as educators need to continue to innovate and identify best practices for meeting the digital literacy needs of our students. Moreover, I was honored that they asked me to be a part of it. Special thanks to the faculty and staff at TCC and good luck on your 2014-2015 academic school year. I hope you can use some of the ideas I shared. As promised, here is your outsourced memory from today for those of you who would like to share some of these ideas with others or for those following up on something new to try out this semester.
Employ Brain Rules
Over the past two decades we have learned an amazing amount about the brain and how we learn. This is changing the way we think and teach. There is a great book (by John Medina) that breaks down the research into Brain Rules. If you haven’t seen it, you might want to check it out. Go to http://brainrules.net
Google With Students
Try Some Apptivities
Have Them CommonPlace
Take advantage of snap judgements, reach out to your students before the semester begins. Here is a handout.
Use QR Codes
Backchannel With Them
Screencast & Video
Have Them Remix
Students might also like to remix storytelling using The Wall Machine to create fake Facebook timelines
Try JIT Learning
Flip a Class
Get students up and moving with Walkabout assignments.
Don’t forget about the free version of Photoshop called pixlr
Use Classroom Clickers
Have students use their smart devices as classroom clickers to increase engagment and learning. Socrative, infuselearning, sli.do, Poll Everywhere are all free services that can help you change your game.
Work Your Brick & Mortar
Cold Calling & No Opt Out
Who Am I? The Game – You might also want to try Heads Up and make your own deck.
Exit Tickets: Teach me, ask me, Bumper Sticker, Word Splash, 6 Word Memoir, Text Me! Muddiest Point, 1 Minute Paper, Metaphors Be With You
Have your students bring any surface to life with Augmented Reality.