How Technology Helps Build Student-Focused Instruction
Digital technologies can help increase the percentage of student focused interactions/instruction.
When we give our student the opportunity to influence "what comes next" we are moving toward student focused instruction. In the past, it wasn't very efficient to find out what every single student in a room was thinking, confused about, needed repeated etc. But today, technology can make gathering student input efficient and highly constructive.
This week we will model using Google Forms as a tool to increase the frequency, quantity, and quality of student inputs for teachers and counselors.
Consider how much of your student content is text based. Are there any reasons that might inspire you to supplement or replace a text-based assignment with something in an audio file?
Since the answer to at least one of these questions is likely "yes," we are fortunate that there are many free tools available to create,store, and share audio files.
In fact, the opportunity exists for all of us to create content (at no additional cost) that is either streaming or downloadable (and portable), and that students can listen to (repeatedly).
We can all most likely create audio files with our desktop, laptop, tablets, or mobile phones. We can share audio via email, link, or RSS feed. Students, in turn, can listen to audio files via computer, tablet, phone, or mp3 player.
Given how many potential uses there are for a teacher to turn to an audio file,
and how easy it apparently is to create and share them, isn’t it a wonder we don’t do it more often?!
You may want to try increasing the depth or frequency of feedback or direction you provide to students by using audio feedback.
These audio tutorials might be useful—both to learn these tools but also to think about tutorial design. Audacity is used on PC’s and GarageBand is used on Macs. There are also wonderful tools on smart phones and tablets that make recording a snap—such as VoiceMemo. You do NOT have to review all these materials. Use only what is useful to you.
Skype Translator Provides just in time translation as you speak.
VozMe This will convert text to audio files.
Voki This will create a talking avatar to say something to viewers
Podcasting Your Lectures 101 from Ethan Watrall in ProfHacker (The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Sept 2009)
Podcast Producer Power to Learn (September 2010): Features the Apple system for simplifying podcasts fromfaculty or students
Apple Educational Resources for Differentiation -- has a section on Voice Memos