In Bold School: Old School Widom + New School Technologies = Blended Learning that Works by Weston Kieschnick, a well-used instructional practice is highlighted as a highly effective strategy that can become an enriched experience with the use of technology. Direct instruction (.6 effect size) is most useful when presenting new knowledge, but increasing engagement is a key element to ensuring students actually take in the new knowledge. An add-on for Google Slides called Pear Deck can support teachers with this engagement during direct instruction, but it can also be a way for students to engage their audiences when creating presentations themselves.
Students use a code in order to follow the presentation on their devices, and when a question is presented, they can then interact with the presentation directly on their devices. The teacher can display answer results (without identifying individual students) to provide immediate feedback and/or reteach concepts as needed. For example, at the beginning of a lesson, a teacher can ask students to activate their schema with this slide:
On their devices, students would have the option to use drawing or text tools to list their two ideas on this slide. With a click of a button, a teacher can review individual responses, again without identifying students personally, creating opportunity to formatively assess next steps for the lesson.
Technology can enhance our best practices and make them more engaging for students. Pear Deck elevates direct instruction to a new level by allowing students and teachers to interact in real time. To dive deeper with this tool, be sure to connect with your instructional or tech coach and begin to explore the possibilities.
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