The Universal Design for Learning website had some interesting links that I think will be useful as I continue to plan my module lesson. I particularly found these links useful:
I know that I will really need to work on fostering that collaboration in my module. I also want to work on getting feedback from students.
The book excerpt was a little tougher to get through. I was overwhelmed with all of the different differentiations that were mentioned. It never would have occurred to me that you would need so many multiple means of representation and expression in an online course. With students in our classrooms we can observe when they are having difficulty with a topic and we can step in and correct the situation. As the authors stated, many of the course design features that work for students with learning disabilities would work for anyone. I think that Schoology appears to provide many of the differentiations that were mentioned in the reading. Many of the requirements mentioned as being needed to differentiate an online class are just as necessary in a face to face classroom. Again, as many teachers have noted, the techniques that provide good differentiation online are really no different from the techniques used in face to face instruction. I think that what is more challenging for the online teacher is selecting the right technology for the type of interaction that you are looking for.
The resource I found was http://www.jonbergmann.com/about-m/.
This resource gives specific information on Flipped Learning. The site was developed by Jon Bergmann. Bergmann is one of the pioneers of the Flipped Class Movement. Jon is the author of several books and he is the founder of the global FlipCon conferences. What I found most interesting was that he spent 24 years as high school chemistry teacher before becoming the lead technology facilitator for a large school district. He also serves on the advisory board for TED-Education. In 2013, he was named one of Tech & Learning’s 10 Most Influential People. The site is filled with articles and research and resources that support the Flipped model. The website provides useful links to tools for preparing and producing your own educational videos. Making my own educational videos is something that I have been working on for several years. I am really looking to try and take my videos to the next level. I found some useful information on video production and hosting. I was particularly interested in the Comparisons of Interactive Video Tools:
|EduCanon EdPuzzle Zaption Office Mix|
|Verso TechSmith Relay Adobe Presenter Google Apps for Ed|
One article posted on the website really caught my attention… “Why Teachers Matter More in a Flipped Classroom” The article discusses the mistaken idea that teaching is the pouring out of information from the teacher into the student. The reason Flipped Learning makes teachers more valuable is that it changes the dynamic of the classroom. No longer is content delivery the main focus of the class. Instead, teachers take on the role of a facilitator of learning. They can work with students in small groups and have more one-on-one interactions. With the content delivered online, each student gets his/her own education tailored to their individual needs. This seems to me to be the ultimate differentiation. This is exactly what I am hoping to be able to accomplish in my classroom. The many resources available at this site are going to be invaluable to me as I work to develop my module.