Active Learning

 

Innovative Classrooms

Thanks to the TCC Foundation's First Class Project, 50 classrooms across campus are being renovated. The renovations provide new furniture, lighting, paint, carpet and updated technology. The new technology and furnishings help to create an active and engaging learning environment that better meets the needs of today's students.

Classroom Technology

If you teach in a renovated classroom, you will find the technology much more advanced than that of standard classrooms. Check out the quick reference training documents and demonstration videos to help you maximize use from this advanced technology. The quick reference manuals can be found in all renovated classrooms at the instructor station. If a manual is missing, notify us and we will restock with a new copy.

Beginning User Manual: Learn the basics of how to use the new Interactive Epson Projector and touchscreen Extron controllers, as well as safety precautions for using this equipment. Created internally, all users should review this manual.

Epson Quick Reference: This short quick reference guide was created by Epson and highlights the on-screen menu options and tools for quick use instructions. 

Epson User Guide: Developed by Epson, this 50-page guide will introduce the interactive whiteboard in more detail. Learn more advanced features of the new Interactive Epson Projector and touchscreen Extron controllers. The advanced features enable you to engage students on a deeper level with technology.

Training Videos: The Epson 1450ui & 1460ui provides interactive technology to enhance collaboration and interaction within your classroom. There are many tutorial videos to demonstrate its use. Check out these videos and refer to them often to learn new tricks!

  • BrightLink Pro Demo: Highlights of interactive display features
  • Digital Whiteboarding 101: How to use the digital whiteboard basics
  • Easy Interactive Tools: Making your whiteboard interactive & what you can do with it
  • Digital Whiteboarding Plus: Learn about whiteboard tools, changing pen color, sizes, highlights, using 2 pens or fingers
  • Files & Images: Opening a file & inserting an image to use on whiteboard
  • Sharing Notes: How to share your whiteboard notes and illustrations
  • Using Templates: Use built-in templates to use different boards, such as grids or graphing (great for math!)
  • Use Your Own Device: Connect your own device to display on the whiteboard (preferred method: use the app)
  • Whiteboard Sharing: Some of our units allow sharing to up to 15 devices! This is great for students in the back or with limited vision. You can also allow the devices to interact and "draw" on the board from their device. Use classroom tablets in groups and have groups interact from their devices!
  • Interactive Pens: How to use the interactive pens with the whiteboard

Classroom Seating

The furniture in your renovated classroom is designed for flexibility of use. Desks can be reconfigured from the traditional classroom row-and-aisle seating to a multitude of more engaging arrangements that encourage collaboration, exploration, and active learning. The engaged seating guide provides examples of common arrangements. Sample new ways of organizing your classroom desks to enhance active learning!

Engaged Seating Options: Maximize student engagement with varied classroom seating arrangements. This quick reference guide can be found in all renovated classrooms at the instructor station. If the guide is missing, notify us and we will restock with a new copy.

These interactive seating options can be used in any classroom with mobile desk stations. Be creative in your teaching space to provide the best opportunities for active learning!

Active Learning

Active learning is more than a buzzword for education; it is an instructional method backed by research that leads to deeper levels of learning. Rather than a single strategy or method, active learning can be a variety or combination of strategies aimed at engaging students in their own learning. Active learning fosters creative or critical thinking skills and advances students to higher levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. The passive learner approach, where students are given information to absorb on their own, tends to only reach the lower levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. While there may be room for both, active learning provides students with the skills needed to work as a team, think through problems, communicate effectively, and learn at deeper, more meaningful levels. 

Incorporating active learning in your classroom is simple. Start with one component of your class session and make it more interactive using any number of active learning strategies. Many websites offer simple activities that anyone can incorporate. Here are some examples:

Sample Classroom Teaching Activities

A simple web search within your discipline will likely lead you to many active learning activities or assignments you can adapt and use. If you need help locating resources and ideas, please contact the Center for Professional Enrichment for assistance. In conjunction with Program Chairs at TCC, we have developed at least five (5) sample activities that can be used in some of our high-enrollment courses. We challenge you to try out any one of the ideas provided to increase student engagement in your classroom. If your subject is not listed, we urge you to review all of the sample ideas as some can be adapted to any subject with a little creativity. 

Do you see an activity you would like to try, but aren't sure how to implement it?
Do you have an active learning activity or assignment that you would like to share?

If so, contact us at CPE and we can assist or add your ideas to the list for sharing. Thank you to all of those who contributed to these documents and strive to engage students daily!

 

Phone: (850) 201-6208 | Fax: (850) 201-6210 | Email: cpe@tcc.fl.edu