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It made me think about the notes I take during lectures. Most of the time I write down what the lecturer says without giving much thought about it and leave the notes unopened unless I need to do an assignment or study them.
So, what if I was to summarise each lecture I attended when it finishes? Would this help more? Obviously, in this way I would be able to learn more, better grasp the topic and evaluate it. In fact, George Couros says: “I think content is important, but it is what you do with that content that really leads to learning.”
Thus, I started to think of various ways of how to relate this to teaching and make the content of a lesson be more of aid to students. Probably a blog is the best option nowadays since a class blog would enable students to share their thoughts, find videos and other resources as well as for solving difficulties. The latter can be helpful if for example, the subject has only a lesson or two per week. Some good blogs I found are Edublog, Edmodo and WordPress. However, Edmodo is not a just a blog, it provides more features specifically for teachers and students.
Quizzes, appropriate homework and maybe even research can help to better grasp a subject and make better use of notes. For example a way to implement research in the classroom can be done by dividing the class in groups and search about a particular topic online then writing down some points or notes. Afterwards, the notes they found can be discussed and corrected if needed in the classroom. This method makes the students more autonomous which I think it is the best way for them to learn new content and ultimately make sense of it.
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