As educators continue to work in this new normal, providing quality instruction that includes effective collaboration with the right tools can streamline the process.
Designing learning experiences, whether you’re face-to-face or online, requires high awareness of the need for active engagement, social interaction, constructive feedback, clarity in communications, and availability to provide support.
Collaboration, one of the 4Cs, isn’t about content but is a skill that can equip students to understand the content at a deeper level. David Weinberger, author of Too Big to Know, said the smartest person in the room is the room. And we agree... even if you're meeting remotely... as long as learners can collaborate and be productive together. What might you add to the list on the collaboration skills tip card shown below?
In addition to that, how do you enhance collaboration by powering it with technology? We always consider how a technology tool’s features can support, extend, or transform the way users collaborate. Some of our favorite tools include: Google Slides / Docs / Drawings, Trello, Peardeck, SeeSaw. What’s on your collaboration tool list?
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Thank you to everyone who participated in the Closer Challenge. There were several GREAT entries! In fact, TWO MORE winning activities will be featured in 2020 eMINTS materials, one in the SEED program and one in Yr 1 Comprehensive eMINTS. Watch for those winning announcements! We'll keep you posted.
.With both business and educational meetings going online, people of all ages are gathering virtually. Apply these ten tips to help make your video conferences even more successful.
1. First of all, BE PATIENT with yourself and others during the video conferencing session. Remember that it is a new communication platform for many people and tech glitches and/or troubleshooting may occur. Take it all in stride.
2. You will also want to MAINTAIN the same behavior EXPECTATIONS during an online session that you would normally follow if you were meeting face-to-face. If you already have meeting standards, consider how they might translate or be modified to better fit an online environment. No meeting standards in place? Collaborate with all participants to generate virtual meeting norms. Having those behavior expectations in place is always a good idea.
3. When joining a meeting remotely, it can be easy to forget that people who are not in the room can still see and hear you. BE FULLY PRESENT, and remember that you are on camera. Be aware of what your tone and expressions may be communicating to others. Note: Need to blow your nose? Temporarily mute your mic and pause your video feed.
4. As a companion tip to #3, BE MINDFUL of others’ facial expressions, body language, inflection, and tone of voice. In addition to the words being spoken, we rely on all of those things to get the full message being communicated.
5. In online meetings, it will be more important than ever to COMMUNICATE your ideas as CLEARLY as possible. Strive for clarity. Practice wait time to give others time to form their thoughts, and take time to think before you respond as well.
6. When leading the meeting, PROVIDE all participants OPPORTUNITIES to contribute to the discussion and share ideas. As a meeting participant, you can also help by not dominating the conversation or by asking someone else for his/her thoughts.
7. As inferred in tip #6, all voices are heard and valued in a productive online session, so plan to BE an ACTIVE participant. Be ready to share your ideas, wonderings, and expertise. David Weinberger, author of Too Big to Know, said that the smartest person in the room IS the room. Contribute to that collective intelligence!
8. After an initial brief welcome and niceties, stick to an agenda and KEEP all conversations FOCUSED on the established purpose of the meeting. (Leaders, make sure to plan/outline/share that purpose ahead of time!) Lengthy online sessions can be exhausting. Depending on the age of your group, start with 20 to 40 minutes. Even adults should never meet longer than two hours virtually.
9. When you participate in any meeting, face-to-face or online, it's critical to always BE RESPECTFUL of other participants. Practice a growth mindset. Be flexible and open to ideas other than your own. Presume positive intentions from all involved and see how productive a meeting can be.
10. Finally, LISTEN to understand. When you are participating in a virtual meeting, it is not the time to multitask or to focus only on what you have to contribute. If you do either of those things, you may find that you just missed out on something really important.
Need one more? Here's a BONUS TIP. Another way to show respect for all online meeting participants is to avoid posting snippets of any recorded session that could be taken out of context. Not cool.
As we practice physical distancing both personally and professionally, remember that it is still important to see and hear one another. We are social creatures. Stay safe as you connect remotely! Please feel free to save the 10 Video Conferencing Tips poster below, and use it during your next online meeting!
Many workers and students have been required to make an unexpected pivot to connecting remotely. These two eMINTS Tip Cards contain suggestions to help make the transition to working & learning outside your norm a little more productive. What are your ideas for making online learning more effective? What are your tips for working remotely?
The annual eMINTS Closer Challenge is now open! Accept this challenge for a chance to be featured in an upcoming eMINTS module! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3.
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Do you want to structure learning experiences where students develop content, social, and communication skills? These cooperative learning strategies will help! This pack includes directions for 70 cooperative learning structures. Purchase for $9.95 per pack at http://bit.ly/BuyPack.
Michelle Kendrick, eMINTS program coordinator, was awarded the September Porter Graham Staff Excellence Award by the University of Missouri College of Education Professional Staff Council. Kathryn Chval, Dean of the College of Education, presented the award to Michelle on September 30. This award recognizes the dedication, resolve, leadership, and excellence of individuals who make significant contributions to the college. Michelle has been instrumental in the development of eMINTS materials as well as in writing several grants that have impacted administrators, teachers and students across the country.
The new eMINTS Portal officially launched today, June 1, 2019! Are you an educator, administrator, instructional coach, or trainer? Our hope is that you will access resources here that will equip you to transform educational practices. Are you an eMINTS Affiliate Trainer? This is now your go-to spot for all things #emints. Welcome one and all!
REad Letter from TAd
Dear eMINTS family and friends,
I am very excited to be joining the eMINTS family as the new director. I want to thank Christie Terry and every member of the eMINTS staff for working hard every day to make a difference in the lives of students and teachers. I was attracted to this job because of the mission of eMINTS, the dedicated staff, and the future opportunities that exist for all stakeholders.
My background is different than that of the eMINTS team. I am not a certified teacher but have spent the last 18 years in higher education after an 8 year corporate career. I also spent 4 years teaching at the middle school level at several public schools in Japan, so I can appreciate the impact teachers make in the lives of students. I approach this position at eMINTS with more of a business perspective than has existed in the past, but I am still firmly committed to the eMINTS mission.
Technology and students have changed greatly in the last few years and we will need to change as well. Over the next several months, I will be listening to and learning from all our stakeholders – from students to corporations – to understand what our operating model should look like and to search for future opportunities that will allow us to continue operating long into the future.
I hope to connect with many of you in the next few months and start that process of defining our future together. Please feel free to reach out to me as well with your thoughts, ideas and innovations. Email: brinkerhoffc@missouri or cell phone 801-319-4692. Thank you.
C. Tad Brinkerhoff
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