Blended Learning – FTE & Gooru
Blended Learning: Technology Opens New Opportunities to Teach the Economic Way of Thinking
Over the past year, teachers in FTE programs have reported their interest in what’s known as “the flipped classroom” – that is, the use of blended-learning pedagogy. For many, that interest is driven by school or district pressure and policies in addition to a professional desire to acquire a pedagogy that has shown great promise for increasing student mastery and leveraging teacher effectiveness in an era of growing class size.
Phase I: Collections for Teachers
Therefore, when FTE trustees introduced the staff to Gooru, we discovered an opportunity to assist you in this endeavor while advancing our mission of teaching the economic way of thinking. In 2012, we entered into what we believe to be a very productive partnership with GooruLearning.org. Gooru is a non-profit dedicated to the “universal right to education,” and is perhaps most simply described as an educational search engine for the assembly of “collections” of internet resources on any educational topic. Gooru started with the STEM topics – science, technology, engineering, and math. FTE joined in as Gooru was looking to expand beyond STEM into the social sciences, and our first joint project, “Introduction to Economics” was completed and made public earlier this year.
“Introduction to Economics” is a Gooru course - or set of collections - keyed to a taxonomy of topics that constitute a semseter-long, standards-based economics course for secondary school students of all levels. Until “Introduction to Economics,” the intended audience for Gooru collections was students. Econ Eddie introduced a new focus in that the “Introduction to Economics” collections are intended for teachers. These collections were compiled from existing FTE resources and combined with resources produced by organizations that have partnered with the FTE and/or share the FTE’s commitment to fostering economic literacy by teaching economic reasoning skills.
Click “FTE – Gooru Collections for Teachers” in the navigation bar to the left to access the ”Introduction to Economics” collections.
Phase 2: Facilitating Blended Learning
In 2013, FTE received funding from the Jaqueline Hume Foundation to continue development of blended learning tools using the Gooru interface. In Phase II, Gooru sessions will be incorporated in summer, 2013 Economics for Leaders programs, and Econ Eddie will produce a series of Hot Topic Gooru collections ready for next-day use in the classroom. . Phase 2 also includes teacher surveys and evaluation of the effectiveness of the materials in promoting student mastery of economic reasoning. Our intent is that throughout the spring semester of the 2012-13 school year and the fall semester of the 2013-14 school year, teachers working to implement blended-learning will receive a continuing stream of ready-to-use collections that teach the critical thinking skills of economic reasoning through analysis of current events.
The Hot Topics are accessible from the red Teacher Resources pull-down menu at the top of the FTE website, and from the red link in the navigation column to the left of this page.
Click “How to Use FTE – Gooru Collections” in the navigation bar to access a brief tutorial and links to ready-to-use Hot Topic collections for students.
Blended Learning Links: Make This Your Base of Operations
From this site, you can access everything you need to venture into the world of blended learning – where students receive direct instruction online and come to your classroom for practice, coaching, and enhancement of their learning. Explore the links to the left to learn more about Gooru, to find how-to support for your initial forays into blended learning, and to access ready-to-use, high-interest student lessons in the economic way of thinking.
Click “How to Make FTE – Gooru Collections Your Own” in the navigation bar to access a brief tutorial on how to copy, edit, and customize Hot Topic collections to fit your varied classroom and student characteristics.
|About Our Partner Gooru (www.goorulearning.org)|
|Gooru is a free search engine for learning. Teachers and students can use Gooru to search for rich collections of multimedia resources, digital textbooks, videos, games and quizzes created by educators in the Gooru community. Collections are aligned to standards and currently cover every math and science topic from 5-12th grade, with other subjects coming soon.Gooru is free (of cost and ads) and developed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the human right to education. To get started, watch this video introduction to Gooru. For additional training materials, check out this short demo , which outlines all of Gooru’s key features, or review these FAQs.|