Teaching With Technology

The integration of technology in a classroom can be an effective means to instruction because it can generate creativity along side developing proficiency with technology .

In consideration of ISTE 1 and the practice of drama instruction, learning can happen online – in a flipped classroom setting. The online portion of the learning can deliver content and allow for the classroom time to be focused on the creative aspects of drama. The technology can then also be used to capture the creative expressions of the students.

For example, I can deliver a lecture online about the play format and style.

I can then implement a quiz via google forms to assess the understanding of the student.

This will allow me to – pre class – understand what each student understood and what was unclear. When I recently did this in a past unit, I found that most students understood the content clearly. I was also able to point to specific questions that individual students had. Because of the technology, I got a very clear picture about the speficics of each student’s learning and was able to tailor my instruction to the student’s demonstrated competencies.

In the future, I would like to continue to use this tool to capture student performances and comment on their work. The first part of the solution is YouTube’s Webcam Feature (http://www.youtube.com/my_webcam). Students will be able to record a performance (at home or in the classroom), via their own webcam and post it to an unlisted YouTube Channel. Following the YouTube upload from student presentations, I can view their work online and comment on their work via Camtasia (http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.html), a screen-casting tool. In this second step of the process, I would watch their video and comment in real time on their work. While I would incur the cost of Camtasia, it would be a single license and not need to be distributed across the student body. Camtasia also include educator features, (http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia-education.html) which have the ability to attach tests and quizzes to the screencast. In my case, I could attach a response survey to my recorded comments that would add to student voice and a continued dialogue about the course content. This process will help me defer the cost of new technology and help me to make the technology accessible to my students.

I believe that if I were able to implement this two step review process that students would increase their comprehension about the particulars of their work. They would be able to understand their strengths and areas of growth in a moment-by-moment understanding. This should enhance their creativity.

This solution addresses the demands of ISTE Standard #1 because it advances student learning through an examination of performance, heightens student voice (leading to a flipped classroom environment) where the class time can be focused on group work and the technology can facilitate one-on-one feedback that is directly related to the work, and it enables students to collaboratively construct their knowledge by archiving feedback from previous performances.


Author: David Orace Kelly

International Teacher - Arts and Education Leader

One thought on “Teaching With Technology”

  1. Hi David. Your idea of having a flipped classroom is interesting. Also it seems to me that it would be beneficial for your students to be able to review their performances. I have a feeling that your students would probably re-do their performances until they are happy with them, thus improving on their performances but reflecting on them.

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