Student-Centered Learning Experiences
Student-centered learning experience
|I want my students to work collaboratively together on a project and get the benefits of common knowledge, process and critical thinking
- Use collaborative Google Apps for Education tools (Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings) where every group member can work on the project at the same time
- Use collaborative technology tools where multiple students can access: Prezi, ThingLink, Padlet, EduBlogs, Wikispaces, LMS Digital Portfolio, Shared albums in Google Photos
- Use online discussion forums (Edmodo, Canvas) to extend discussions beyond the class period
- Host a backchannel chat during Socratic Seminar using Today’s Meet
- Brainstorm ideas and post to digital bulletin boards (Padlet, Linoit, Dotstorming)
- Hold asynchronous debates by recording opening arguments & rebuttals using video webcam
- Use polling software (Socrative, Poll Everywhere, Google Forms) for surveys, opinions, voting, or polls. Collectively analyze data in Google Sheets and graph results
- Use commenting on Google docs during the peer review process.
- Use project management software (flow charts, brainstorm maps, graphic organizers, etc)
|I want my students to have an authentic audience for their learning or to “do the real work of the discipline”
- Have students blog and/or podcast about what they are learning in class for a real audience using EduBlogs or AudioBoom.
- Find online collaborative projects with another class, global partners or other IB schools.
- Bring in, record or Skype with experts in your field or host webinar using Google+ Hangouts.
- Research real issues, participate in community projects then present solutions or steps to solve problems.
- Design newspapers, presentations, PSA’s, a marketing plan or creative displays for organizations, business or outside groups
- Submit writing to teen websites, publish books, eBooks or websites
- Build 3-D models or simulations that others will use; Apply math concepts to real world problems
- Participate in online challenges (EconChallenge, Global Math Challenge, Google Science Fair, etc.)
- Collect real data & create graphs; analyze statistics or polling data & make inferences; present research to panel
- Access Library of Congress source material, statistical data from Gov’t or NASA, explore research in electronic databases
|I want to give students more ownership or choice in their learning and create a performance task instead of a traditional written paper or test.
- Provide options for how students can demonstrate their understanding by offering a variety of performance tasks: Video project, newscast, online simulations, research & role play, design, build & create, digital art projects, interactive posters, Infographics, multimedia presentations, digitally record a written narration, place-based content embedded on map, build a class website, drama
- Have students “teach” classmates by making “Khan Academy” style videos, Create online how-to guides using SnapGuide.com, start a YouTube channel
- Create time for “Genius Hour” or passion-based research projects; showcase projects at Learning Fair.
- Allow for self-selected print reading material, eBooks or Audiobooks