Monday, June 8, 2015

"When we give power, we can create more opportunities for us and the students"

In this video Larry Ferlazzo explains four conditions to help intrinsic motivation flourish.

Putting the education of students first.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Project Base Learning

With Project Base Learning PBL, students learn to use their knowledge when they need it.

For those seeking a way to promote student's academic achievement by increasing understanding and the ability to apply and retain of information, Project Base Learning is worth looking into.

With PLB the higher side of Bloom's taxonomy is fulfilled by building skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.

When students are engaged, they are more motivated and make learning a vital part of their lives. Project Base learning helps students become more articulate because they know what they had learned, they can share information easily, and they can interact and collaborate with others to solve problems.

The Buck Institute for Education is a great resource for Project Base Learning.

Edutopia also promotes Project Base Learning.

Flipped Classroom Improves the Educational Experience

Teachers at Cal State Fullerton are using the flipped classroom to improve learning outcomes in bottle neck classes and classes that have low passing rates.

Classes in different departments such as Economics, Finance, and Nursing are being redesign using media rich methodologies that take advantage of technology to put students in charge of their learning. 

Instructional designers are partnering with educators to bring to life memorable educational experiences that give students active roles in their pursuit for knowledge. Passive lecture are rapidly facing off.  Students are enjoying being able to control video lectures, watching when they want and rewinding as needed to grasp essential content. 

The undergraduates are finding value in having a teacher around when they are working on more cognitive demanding activities. In the flipped classroom, teachers witness the performance of the students during the higher level thinking and step in to clarify, question, correct or challenge students. During the class meeting, when students are trying to apply methods or find suitable solutions to problems, the presence of a mentor empowers them. Suddenly, talking and participating is not optional.  Everyone is actively involved during the class meeting. This type of engagement builds confidence, strengthen social skills, and helps student establish professional networks.

With the new flipping the classroom model, students are becoming lifelong learners and they are getting prepared for participation in the global society.