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KFUPM / Active Learning through Technology

Active Learning through Technology in the Classroom, a workshop presented at the King Fahd University of Petroleum and MInerals, Saudi Arabia, October 28, 2015

Derek Bruff

on 16 May 2016

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Transcript of KFUPM / Active Learning through Technology

Active Learning through Technology in the Classroom
Times for Telling
Photos by Kat Keller, Flickr (CC BY)
Schwartz & Bransford (1998)
Formative Assessment
"Macbook X-Ray," Pipeapple, Flickr (CC)
Drawing + Cell Phones
Derek's Story: http://derekbruff.org/?p=1894
Derek Bruff / Vanderbilt University
derekbruff.org /@derekbruff
What are technologies you have used or seen used in the classroom?
My Favorite Educational Technology
"Wheels on Chairs," Derek Bruff, Flickr (CC)
Timelines + Tiki-Toki
Ole Molvig, History, Vanderbilt U.: http://is.gd/2d1dmu
Your sister calls to say she’s having twins. Which of the following is more likely? (Assume she’s not having identical twins.)

A. Twin boys
B. Twin girls
C. One boy and one girl
D. All are equally likely.
"Prams," Rich Brooks, Flickr (CC)
Peer Instruction + Clickers
"Colourful army," maistora, Flickr
In your coin flip simulation, which of the following did you get?

A. Twin boys
B. Twin girls
C. One boy and one girl
Twin #1
Twin #2
Twin girls
One of each
One of each
Twin boys
Agile Teaching
"29 valley," Simon Williams, Flickr (CC)
Debate Maps + Post-Its
Margaret Rubega's Story: http://is.gd/KbKhFO
Birdwatching + Twitter
See also: http://is.gd/T2kybD
And this: http://is.gd/0s55se
More #birdclass tweets: http://is.gd/2sWdGf
Free Response Qs + PollEv
Details: http://derekbruff.org/?p=3117
Social Bookmarking + Diigo
Derek Bruff, Vanderbilt U.: http://www.cirtl.net/node/7769
How does this sequence of activities foster student learning?

Pair up, discuss this question, then share with the group.
Good Questions, Deep Learning
Every Student
Placemark Qs + PollEv
Pose a question or assign a task.
Have students spend time working independently.
Have students work together in small groups. Your definition of "small" may vary.
Ask all students (individually or in groups) to share their work the whole class. Technology helps. Aggregation helps.
Analyze the students' work together, as a class. Let them do as much of the heavy lifting as they can.
Derek's Story: http://is.gd/vBvFHk
Brainstorming + Google Docs
Q&A + Piazza
Some info here: http://is.gd/OfuygN
Short case study here: http://is.gd/ip8D2c
Outside of class, too...
Your Turn!
Pair up and brainstorm a
THINK-PAIR-SHARE-ANALYZE activity you might use in your teaching.
Fagen, Crouch, & Mazur. (2002). Peer instruction: results from a range of classrooms.
The Physics Teacher
, 40(4), 206-209.
Smith, Wood, Adams, Wieman, Knight, Gulid, & Su. (2009). Why peer instruction improves student performance on in-class concept questions.
, 323(5910), 122-124.
Bruff. (2009).
Teaching with classroom response systems: Creating active learning environments
. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Your Turn!
Pair up and write a multiple-choice question that's likely to generate discussion among students during class.

How would you categorize your question?
Freeman et al. (2014)
228 studies comparing active learning to traditional lecturing

Failure Rates:
Lecturing: 34%
Active Learning: 22%

Exam Scores:
Active Learning: 6 points higher

Details: http://is.gd/JxXY3w
Knowledge Organizations
How Learning Works (2010)
"SXSX 2007," Scott Beale, Flickr (CC)
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