Monday Musing: Redefining Education

Nov 7, 2016 by

I was working with a fantastic group of educators a few days ago and part of our discussion was about the idea of redefining the way we do school.  The conversation started with the impact of technology based on the SAMR model designed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura.  As we continued the discussion of each level, a clear example of Redefinition emerged in the room.  One teacher, let’s call her Sally, was using a break in the action to check on her students who were with the substitute in a school across town.  Now, I know what you’re thinking. . . .it’s not that big of a deal to log in to a learning management system and grade some papers on a break or send an email to a substitute. This was different! Sally was able to provide real-time feedback to her students while they were working on an assignment using an app called Formative. She didn’t even have to be in the same building to do it.  Apps like this are Redefining Education and are powerful tools in the hands of dedicated educators.  How are you redefining education?  What tools are you using in your classroom?

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  1. Formative is one of my favorites! I have used it as a quick exit ticket but also used it as part of a summative assessment. One of my colleagues has asked that they integrate a mathematics equation editor to write answers in a more mathematical formate with proper symbols. Formative responded they are working on that. Great news!

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