72 Hours and Counting (Stanford d school perspective)
After two class observations in the first three days, I’m dispelling my thoughts through a (slightly modified) feedback method championed at the Stanford d.school and asking a few questions for future observations:
- The diversity of the classroom
- The outspoken nature of some students
- The camaraderie amongst students
- The willingness of the teacher to try something new
- The culture that the teacher is trying to establish
- The ability of the teacher to manage the traditional classroom and blended classroom back to back
- The ease of use with Chromebooks
- The students’ eagerness to complete a new “streak” with the Khan exercises
- There was any easy way to take notes on the Chromebook
- The classroom layout was more easily navigable
- There was a fool-proof method to determine exactly where students should begin the Khan curriculum
- The students are willing to communicate with the project team
- The students feel some ownership at the end of 5 weeks
- The students create an organic community of learners around each other through Khan Academy and teacher support
- Traditional enemies of classroom/computer management (i.e. YouTube, Pandora, social networks) can become enablers of increased engagement with learning
- The students build the confidence to proactively engage the teacher when Khan Academy cannot accurately detect and correct deficiencies
- That stressing the differences between Chromebooks and textbooks is the key to student buy-in
- The extrinsic motivators (streaks, badges, etc.) in Khan will need to be linked to external rewards/recognition
- Side projects will be needed to keep the topics socially and culturally relevant
How Might We…
- Further incorporate students’ normal uses of the Internet to supplement learning?
- Capture students’ notes digitally for reference at a later point (by students and teacher)?
- Physically represent the Khan Star Map in the classroom, or better…
- Have the students physically embody the rewards/recognitions presented in Khan?
- Rethink traditional classroom spaces for interaction in blended learning environments?
- Encourage students to be mentors/tutors for one another?
Have any thoughts on these questions? Hit the comments bubble by the blog title and share…