Now that spring term is over and summer faces us, I encourage my friends who teach (foreign languages) on the college level to consider an online component to your class. And, I encourage my students to consider taking a technology-based class. If you’re in my blogging neighborhood, this is what I do.
I never teach my students. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” Albert Einstein
I love design, art, architecture, putting things together with some sense of style and presentation. This way of thinking even carries itself out in my teaching.
A supervisor once told me “Everyone pays attention to what everyone is paying attention to.” In this case I see teaching colleagues, administrators and students paying attention to technology. I have chosen to incorporate an online learning system called ANGEL in the courses I teach. It is used for online and hybrid courses. However, I have found it to be a great resource for a general face to face class. Whether you use ANGEL, don’t use ANGEL or are unfamiliar, I invite you to consider the benefits for teachers and learners.
Visualize a course…
1. that students come to the first day filled with anticipation.
2. where students arrive the first week with the right textbook.
3. where students write you successfully using the correct e-mail address.
4. where students’ fingers will automatically take them to the course online finding the home tab, lessons tab and MyGrades for up to date grade posts.
5. where students can access the syllabus, notes, powerpoint presentations, handouts, activities, games, worksheets, or important guidelines if they lose them or are absent.
6. where students can find flashcards or tutorials.
7. where students can check announcements to remind them of what’s coming up next or any unforeseen changes.
8. where students can check their grades 24/7 within hours of the instructor having finished grading.
10. and for the students, a place where many kinds of learning as outlined in Fink’s Taxonomy of significant learning are addressed.
•Foundational knowledge: At the Home page students can review the basics.
•Application learning: Through practice websites, descriptions of dialogs/scenarios/oral presentations and journal writing assignments students can receive support in managing their projects.
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