I am currently serving as a student member of the CMS Technology and Blended Learning task force. After each meeting I will be writing updates about each of the discussions and my experience on the task force. Most importantly, I want to explore how the policies being discussed, if implemented would affect students.
I will share any new concepts or ideas that have been brought into the discussion, as there are some interesting approaches that if implemented, would alter styles of teaching, the way we as students learn, and the environment where learning takes place.
The first meeting on Monday January 28th was an introductory meeting. The meeting started with discussion about the impact access to technology has on each of the 8 goals Dr. Morrison outlined earlier this school year. That being said, technology is of great importance as the district evaluates the effectiveness of a number of initiatives.
Members of the task force were asked to write some initial ideas about classroom technology as a starting point for the conversation that will take place as the group meets throughout the coming months. Changes in the classroom structure, improvements in CMS broadband infrastructure, and how the district ought to obtain grants for more classroom technology were some of the ideas that came up.
One initiative that was briefly brought up was the idea of a “flipped classroom.” I found this concept interesting. In a flipped classroom homework is lecture style and in class assignments are higher-level thinking. Students are able to learn the basic information at home, so that once they arrive at school, they are able to work on activities that apply the concepts they have already learned. Concepts like this one are some of the ways that the traditional classroom structure could change for many students.
Here’s an explanation of the flipped classroom I found that sums it up.
The group will evaluate many similar ideas throughout the year. It is important to note that everything that is a part of this discussion is not final until the group makes its final recommendation to Dr. Morrison at the end of the year.
I am working to help provide student voice in the task force discussions. If you are a student and have any feedback you can provide about the topic of educational technology, I would love to hear it. Please comment on the posts with any questions, feedback, or ideas.
More updates to come!