Tools which allow teachers to not only share their reference materials but also individually automatically test students on said material is making a big difference.
With a deluge of tools, platforms, and possibilities for teachers to gather, filter and distribute learning materials with their students, unlike anything seen in education before…. it would seem likely that teachers should be living increasingly carefree lives…
Too much choice is leaving many teachers and students baffled and overwhelmed by the possibilities, and a greater divide is appearing between tech-savvy students and already overworked teachers trying to keep up with it all.
One approach to combat this is being chosen by teachers seeking a clear and unified approach their class’s knowledge and learning management. When everything can be found in the same place, through the same intuitive App and Web interfaces, then nothing gets lost and there’s never any ambiguity about which material is accessible from where.
Quickclass’s new Teacher Publishing tools allow teachers to gather and effortlessly distribute all the learning materials they can imagine easily to their classes. Materials containing text, images and video as well as interactive questions on the materials are easily published on the purpose built VLE platform.
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In a few years, if the dreams of graphene battery pioneers are realised, your dead phone will revive to 100% in less than 15 mins. The first Graphene battery packs are already arriving from China and, and one manufacturer Dongxu claims their battery regains its lost charge in 13 to 15 minutes. The battery shouldn’t fall over after a single recharge either. Dongxu says the cell is strong enough to be discharged and recharged 3,500 times, which it states is seven times the strength of a conventional Li-Ion battery.
This could have strong implications for smartphone habits and use, with users less worried about their precious devices running out of juice when they most need them!
Try this simple exercise to engage your students in the History of Cinema. All you’ll need are your class, and Quickclass for each student.
1. Set your students the task of completing (and answering the Quiz correctly, to earn an evidence-based accreditation badge) for one of the platform’s included Film History tutorials.
2. In the next classroom session together, use the included exercise at the end of the Tutorial to re-enforce the learning that had been completed individually.
3. A few days later – plan a ‘pop quiz’ in class to pick students randomly and ask them to recall the answers to the questions the Tutorials had initially set, further cementing in learning they had initiated in their own time.
UK Education Software spending is up for the 9th year in a row, with an average of £234 spent per student spent in British schools years K-12. This is in contrast with the overall spend on education dropping from around 6% to 5% of GDP since 2010.
Software spending continues to rise because of a number of factors:
- The overall development and sophistication of available software means ever more useful and intuitive packages and platforms are available.
- Software distribution and licensing has continued to become ever simpler, allow teachers to make individual procurement decisions for their departments.
- The rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets by nearly all students has lead to a perceived drop in the necessity to invest hardware, as well as the realization that the key is in the software itself enabling the best use of the hardware for learning.
These trends are only likely to continue to increase software spend into the foreseeable future.
As schools grapple with an onslaught of technology in their students’ bags and pockets and how these handheld marvels appear to have the downside of becoming the ultimate distraction from learning, some schools are engaging in backlash against smartphones by banning their appearance in-school with the threat of confiscation.
Quickclass’s Head of Education from Bournemouth University, James Fair, argues that with proper boundaries and controls presented to students, a happier co-existence between forward-looking educators, their alumni and the dangers of distractions from learning that new technology presents.
Here are some handy tips to ensure this happy medium can be reached.
- Start by encouraging Smartphone use for ‘out-of-class’ learning – adding convenience to tasks that students need anyway is a great way to remove barriers to learning rather than erecting them.
- Denote certain times of class which should be ‘Phones Down’ when devices should not be in students hands, but this should only be during important class-wide discussions and some activities.
- Start a discussion about the types of Apps that students might be expected to use in class (mobile VLE’s like Quickclass as well as reference resources like Wikipedia and specific learning sites) and Apps that aren’t likely to boost learning like Snapchat or Facebook.
The best approach overall is to be as open and non-dictatorial about device use. Outright bans will only turn your students against you, and with the proliferation of devices become more and more integral to our lives, we’re far better off riding the wave than being wiped out by it!
In particular, the ability to create a Starter Account via a ‘Try the App for Free’ form available all over the site means interested potential new users can now get onto the App, look around, and try it out more easily than ever before.
A great deal of care has been taken in revamping our social media and search settings to allow more educators and learners to find us easily, and this will coincide with the launch of a monthly newsletter to introduce the most useful new features and share success stories from our users.
The site is designed to be totally responsive as well, so for the first time, a future Member can visit quickclass.net, signup, and get started in the app, without having to register via a desktop browser first, which for a mobile-first Virtual Learning Platform (VLE) is now essential.
We hope you like the look and functionality of our new site, and find it simple to find the details that show Quickclass to be the best VLE available for your film and media learning. Have a look around and thanks for your visit.