During Episode 08, we had the pleasure of chatting with Travis Henderson at Iowa City West High School in Iowa City, IA. Travis teaches AP Psychology and also teaches American Studies to language learners. This is his fourth year at West High. Iowa City West has gone 1:1 with Chromebooks and Travis shares some of his insights on this transition.
Blended Learning takeaways for Travis:
1) Allowing kids more autonomy in class
2) Less demands of homework outside of class
3) More respectful tasks for students
4) Made class time more engaging
5) Gives students more ownership in their learning
6) Pacing is improved
7) Students more prepared for discussions within class
How might we create experiences for our students that are immediately necessary and relevant for their learning? Canvas and Chromebooks provided resources for deviating from the traditional model of learning to one that is more tailored towards the needs of students.
1) Appreciate having all their classes in one place
2) Appreciate the instant feedback that is possible with Canvas and devices
3) Appreciate the time that is freed up from having more autonomy within the classroom
Three tips for being successful as you begin with Canvas and devices:
1) Don't feel like you have to go all in right away
2) Use it as a communication tool
3) Ask for help...don't be afraid to reach out to others for suggestions
Communication more efficient
Access to digital version of their texts
Blended Learning: A great strategy for building more autonomy within the classroom.
Communication: Canvas and devices streamline communication
Digital Resources: Digital versions of texts more accessible