Architectural Roadblocks Within The Classroom

Reading Summary #6 Transform, Interact, Learn, Engage; it sounds so familiar to us nowadays, because those are words that are being used so freely to describe our society’s necessity to adapt and move forward in our way of thinking and teaching. Transform, Interact, Learn and Engage; or better known as, “TILE”. It is a an acronym used to discuss the forward thinking and innovative learning centers being placed within the University of Iowa’s Campus’. Nowadays, everyone is looking for new ways to learn faster and gather information quicker than the person to their left or right. This has forced the world to adapt and start thinking of alternative learning styles that can help the new generation of students learn how they are meant to learn. The traditional class room was a blockade to the built environment of our classroom and required restructure for us to excel to our fullest potential. I mean, let’s be honest, how well do you pay attention in a classroom like this?   In this Journal of Learning Space, Vol 1, No 2; Sam Van Horne describes this necessity and backs up his claims based on factual evidence. Page 2, paragraph 2, he describes how even the size of the table made for the room is not by accident. In their findings, a table that is smaller than 7 feet would make students cramped but a table larger would promote table wide discussions. They were able to determine that a 7 foot wide table was the perfect size in diameter for promotion of collaboration and appropriate level of conversations. In a day in age, where...

Five ways instructors can use Sites@GSU

  Create a class publication One of the most engaging and powerful ways to use a class blog is to have students produce content for a real-world audience.  To get things started, all you have to do is determine a focus for your blog.  Then, your students will make the magic happen, engaging with your content deeply and authentically.  For example, a critical thinking class could evaluate arguments in the media, and each student’s blog post could present a unique critique.  Also, a literature class could ask students to post reviews or textual analyses of the books that they are reading.    Establish collaborative spaces Blogs can also be used as a dynamic space for class or small group collaboration.  The collaboration can take the form of a homework help site or a project planning site.  Students can comment and share ideas on teacher- or student-generated posts.  With plugins like discussion forums, wikis, forms, and chats, there are countless opportunities to discuss and share.    Organize team projects If your students work collaboratively on a project, they can display their final results in a team-generated blog.  Students can create pages to show off multimedia creations and written work.  The students’ final product can be a fully functional website.  Awesome, right?    Share course materials, news, links, and more A Sites@GSU blog can act as a resource hub for your students.  Share links to helpful websites or post links to your PowerPoints or other files so that students can access them at any time.  You can also post important announcements or opportunities for your students.    Create a space for students to...
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