Saturday, April 8, 2017

Classroom engagement with differentiated learning

Classroom engagement with differentiated learning | VRL Swamy Vadali | Pulse | LinkedIn

Classroom learning decides whether a kid develops the curiosity for a subject or withdraws from it. This impacts the profession and career choices a kid makes in life.

A kid who is once disinterested toward a subject inside the classroom, cannot be motivated easily later.

A kid must be truly engaged in the classroom learning and, every experience is important to sustain their curiosity.

A classroom would have kids with the different level of abilities. For a teacher, it is a big challenge to keep the gifted, average and below average kids glued to the lesson. Every kid must feel they are getting something out in every lesson. This is why differentiated learning works for groups of kids inside the classroom.

I always felt the need for such tech since student life.

From my personal experience, I was very much engaged with lessons in computer science. But the dis-engaged teaching in introductory electrical courses literally scared me away from those subjects. That made me forgo academic opportunities in electronics.

To implement differentiated learning effectively inside classroom:
  • The teacher must accurately know the learning pulse (not just numbers) of the individual kid as lesson progress.
  • The teacher should have the capability to push custom content and challenges to cohorts of students in a simple fashion.
  • Classroom app from Crayon School (link) is a must have the technology to assist teachers and students reach their learning goals.
What is Classroom app?

Classroom app is a smart learning assistant, to improve classroom engagement and push custom content to cohorts of students based on their pulse inside the class.

Classroom app for Student:

“Opportunity for every student in the classroom to be highly engaged”

Sam (like every kid) is cool and smart outside the class but is passive, confused and bored in academics.

Sam is shy or unable to express his queries, thoughts, and has inadequate opportunities to speak out or communicate with the teacher.

Sam has the desire to be smart and active in classroom academics, and be part of the “cool student group” in school.

How can Classroom app help Sam?

Classroom app enables Sam to become a coolly engaged student by:
  • Conveying his concepts and pulse to all questions raised by teacher
  • Receiving personalised learning clues/material from teacher
  • Social learning and contribution to peer networks
  • Better learning outcomes
  • Teacher recognises Sam’s abilities
  • Classroom app for Teacher
“ Adapt lessons based on accurate pulse for better classroom engagement”

Anita is a teacher who spent efforts to prepare a lecture (say algebra) and wants to see that all of her students understand the topic correctly inside the classroom.

Usually, her classroom goals are not achieved, as she is unable to measure the individual pulse of each student and distracted students in class amplify the problem.

How can Classroom app help Anita?

Classroom app enables Anita to:
  • Check learning pulse of students with audio/visual/textual ad-hoc quizzes in class
  • Have awareness of individual student “pulse” as lecture progress
  • Tweak lesson plan as dictated by “pulse” reading
  • Push (on-the-fly) customised content to cohort of students
  • Follow up with discussion beyond classroom time
  • Anita can now teach to highly interactive and receptive students in class. By gauging the “pulse” of the students, she moves closer to her personal goal of delivering optimal learning outcomes.
Anita can see the improved learning outcomes by seeing more engagement and accurate responses for quizzes posted during lecture.

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