HOW TO BUILD A 21ST CENTURY CLASSROOM USING CLOUD BASED VIRTUAL TOOLS
University of Houston - Downtown (UNITED STATES)
About this paper:
Conference name: 10th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 7-9 March, 2016
Location: Valencia, Spain
Abstract:I will introduce participants to a flipped classroom and how to combine universal design/differentiated instructional concepts with new asynchronous and synchronous technology within and outside of a learning management system to build a 21st century classroom for online, hybrid, and F2F courses. I will provide conference participants ideas on ‘how to’ transition the traditional professor directed survey course (lectures and slides) and flip-it into a high-impact technology driven, student-centered/directed, interactive, and collaborative course that digital natives (students) love. Course content is featured in modules and presented by means of asynchronous tools such as blogs, web quests, wikis, games, surveys, discussions, journals, twitter, mashups, online quizzes, and webinars throughout the semester.
I will introduce new communication and social interaction tools using real time communication platforms such as Bb Collaborate and Zoom and conducting asynchronous and synchronous project work using Office 365, smart phones and other cloud based electronic devices that promises to revolutionize online and F2F courses.
Having students work independently and collaboratively with content to initiate instruction on new topics prior to class (flipping) allows me opportunities to offer students meaningful real world experiences using evidenced based instructional methods that engage students’ critical thinking – service learning, project based learning, and team-based learning online in real time. The multiple means of engagement meets the needs of all students including those with disabilities and any learning style.
The models structured approach makes it easy for students to navigate the course, communicate and interact in real time with others via any electronic device including smart phones, and frees up my time to provide immediate and timely individual feedback that is responsive to each student’s needs, which I believe has had a major impact on my students’ interest, scholarship, and course evaluation. I will introduce new communication and social interaction technology that will revolutionize discussions and Group work using Bb Collaborate and Zoom as communication platforms that students can utilize using their smart phones and other electronic devices. The benefits of this model of instruction for students and the professor will be discussed.
Keywords: Flipped Classroom, Cloud Based, 21st Century, Virtual, Asynchronous and synchronous Organic, Didactic.