Sponsored by our friends at Wacom (the company that makes the tablet Sal Khan uses), we received over 1,000 questions from educators around the country!
Stacey answered the Top 10 most liked questions below:
- What’s your favorite example of a meaningful edtech integration?
- What are your favorite tools to provide video + audio feedback on assignments?
- How do you cultivate community and peer-to-peer learning online?
- How do you help students collaborate when some are remote and others are in-person?
- How can I see students working when they don’t have a tablet?
- How do you provide a forum for all students to participate in a discussion?
- How do you monitor student work in real-time?
- How do you drive peer-to-peer learning beyond the walls of the classroom?
- What are the advantages of a Wacom tablet with a Chromebook over an iPad with an Apple Pencil?
- How do you get buy-in for a flipped classroom model?
What’s your favorite example of a meaningful edtech integration?
What are your favorite tools to provide video + audio feedback on assignments?
I’m going to focus on how I’ve used Kami to answer this question:
Additional resources can be found here.
How do you cultivate community and peer-to-peer learning online?
In my answer to this question, I share how I structured my (pre-pandemic) online AP Calculus class. In designing that course, I worked hard to embed collaboration. Learning online does not mean learning in isolation. I hope that this glimpse into some of the structures I set in my online course design sparks ideas.
I want to stress that designing an online course is not in any way the same as teaching a remote class this school year – I had time to design my online course, and I had students who chose to take an online course. My goal is to share experiences that have worked for me and my students in hopes that it can inspire an idea that you can apply in your setting.
How do you help students collaborate when some are remote and others are in-person?
I’m only going to scratch the surface of this question and share a strategy for collaborative work, recommending Kami again in this answer. I like Kami because of the rich options that are embedded in the one platform — from inserting an image to typing to voice and video recording — all in one and all in real-time.
Here are some examples that I hope will spark ideas you can implement in your setting:
- Spanish class doing a collaborative project (20:00 -24:35)
- Math example (I show teacher-student collaboration but it can be the same student-to-student) (11:26 – 15:00)
- Summary of how to review as a teacher (10:44)
- I have a bunch of Kami resources available here
How can I see students working when they don’t have a tablet?
As a math teacher, when I moved to teaching in a purely online setting, one of the biggest questions I asked myself was how I was going to mimic looking over a student’s shoulder as they worked. We get so much insight into how students are doing by seeing them work!
I recently had a chance to speak at the Kami Connect conference and address my solution to this question here:
- Time Markers
- Overview @ 2:40
- Instructions for setting this up @ 4:45
- Demo @ 5:00
How do you provide a forum for all students to participate in a discussion?
Pear Deck has been an essential tool to foster discussion in both an online and face-to-face setting for me. I’ve found that when I provide this forum for students to craft a reply before saying it aloud or being called on, it allows me to hear from voices that would have gone unheard and gives me the opportunity to shine the spotlight on multiple approaches to a problem.
In this video, I share more about strategies for using Pear Deck to promote peer-to-peer learning:
How do you monitor student work in real-time?
I have a class set of Wacom tablets in my classroom, so my students plug that into their laptop and they have a pen to write. I have students do a warm-up in Pear Deck so that I can see them writing in real-time. It’s amazing if you can get this technology into the hands of your students.
In this video, I share how I use Pear Deck to allow all students to share their ideas and contribute to the conversation:
* If you are interested in more Pear Deck resources, you can find them here.
How do you drive peer-to-peer learning beyond the walls of the classroom?
Chloe Rose asked for some examples of effective social learning opportunities while students are remote. I focused in on how I’ve used Flipgrid (in both my face-to-face and online teaching experiences) to allow students to learn and grow from one another and how this project can evolve from a class experience to a collaboration between all blocks of a similar class and even stretch beyond your school.
What are the advantages of a Wacom tablet with a Chromebook over an iPad with an Apple Pencil?
To be perfectly honest, I think a lot of it comes down to personal preference. I’ll share some of the reasons I’m a fan of the Wacom tablets and some things to consider in making your decision.
If you’re looking for more information on how I create my flipped classroom videos, check out this video.
How do you get buy-in for a flipped classroom model?
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