Type of technology: NEO
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: 7- 12
Subject area: All
Description of the lesson taught: Co-Teaching to Create a Paperless Course with NEO
If you’re tired of running off reams of photocopies, try using NEO to turn your class to a paperless one!
In the past, our 7th grade STEM Exploratory Tech classes, my colleague and I have been photocopying stacks of tired worksheets that oftentimes get lackluster engagement from students.
In order to liven things up, while holding students accountable, we came up with a way to collaborate and design an online learning environment that is student-centered, media rich, self-paced, and provides accountability via daily assessments—gateways to the next activity. As an added incentive, teams that complete a weeklong module successfully will become “certified” with digital badges or certificates to add to their Tech Portfolio.
First, my co-teacher Bill Gourley and I had to select one of our classes in NEO to co-teach. This allows both teachers equal access to edit content within the class. Then we divided the course into Units (Lessons)—inside of which we placed daily Assignments in a five-day sequence. Here is the typical sequence of assignments:
- An introductory reading activity
- An online quiz (which provides instant feedback)
- One or more instructional video
- Another NEO quiz
- 2 or 3 days of a hands on activity
The hands on activity includes design, construction, and analysis of the product. NEO allows one to turn quizzes into Gateway assignments—which allow you to set proficiency required to advance to next activity. We have used these as checkpoints for students to demonstrate content proficiency, including safety protocols before engaging in further activities.
To activate Gateway, select it in the Quiz main menu along with the Threshold %.
Time. Both of us needed time off from teaching to get fluent with the finer aspects of NEO. The biggest logistical glitch we found with NEO is that one can only add an assignment that they ‘own’ into the project, despite being co-teachers. Now that we have several prototype units designed, we will still need collaborative time to create a whole semester of lessons we can both be proud of and enrich students’ experience for years to come.