Teacher organizes lecture with new technology
Anna-Linda is teaching for 1st grade elementary students in Tallinn. There are 20 students, who bring their smartphones or tablets, in her class. They do not use paper-textbooks but LearnMixer, a mobile application for e-textbooks. She prepares for lectures by making and distributing collections of the study materials.
To prepare for a lecture, she looks for anything relates to the lecture, such as texts, photos and videos, and puts and modifies those materials to make sense. She creates the collection mostly based on an ordinary textbook and paper-based materials, which she used to use before start using LearnMixer. However, since she wants to make lecture more fun and interactive, she puts more videos and interactive games and quizzes in the collection so that students do not get bored. She also sometimes uses collections which other teachers, even from other schools, when she finds suitable contents.
In her lectures, she often gives group assignment or game to make the lecture more interactive and to increase students’ engagement. Those who finished their tasks early are asked by her to help other students. She also connects students who are at home or traveling so that they can participate in lecture with their smartphones or tablets.
After every courses, she gives students assignments and tests. As a result, it is possible to see how each student is active and fully understands her lecture. In her next lecture, she can explain again some parts of her last lecture, which the students cannot answer or take long time to answer. If she feels that a student needs to be helped as soon as possible, she also can send a message to the student to help solving the assignment or test. Although she had been worried that some students may not her lecture, she can confirms that nobody is left behind in the class by using LearnMixer.
- Can you imagine yourself in the role of the teacher?
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- Can you imagine/guess the students activities from the scenario?