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Wednesday, July 31 • 10:05am - 11:35am
Self-pacing with Playlists in the Secondary Classroom (90 min)

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In this session I will outline how effective use of technology transformed my classroom from a traditional, teacher-centered environment to one where individual student needs are met. Students in my high school mathematics classes work through playlists at their own pace, receiving real-time targeted intervention from me and instant feedback from a variety of sources including: Formative, EDPuzzle, Khan Academy, Quizizz, Socrative & Kahoot. While I will showcase how the model works in a mathematics classroom, audience members will leave understanding how to adapt it to fit just about any subject or grade level.

In this model, students enter the classroom, open their devices (we are 1:1 with Chromebooks), access our class planner, and start working on a playlist. Playlists are built using Formative (goformative.com) and consist of short videos and web sites introducing new content, links to skill practice exercises on a site like Khan Academy, questions that promote critical thinking and problem solving through the application of new skills combined with prior knowledge, and extension questions or tasks for those who demonstrate mastery more quickly. The teacher is able to monitor student progress through a teacher account on Formative. Students choose how they work. Some start out working independently, checking in with classmates as needed. Others prefer to begin working with a partner or small group, watching videos together and collaborating throughout the learning process. Seating is free-form. Whatever arrangement helps them learn is fine. Some sit on the floor. Some stand. Some bring in yoga mats.

Data I collect consistently shows that students perform as well as or better than their peers, while not being assigned traditional homework. They report enjoying the class and feeling significantly less stressed than in other classes. Two-thirds consistently say they prefer a playlist model to a traditional classroom.

Participants will leave this session:
-Ready to create their own playlists suitable for any subject or grade level.
-With ideas for using playlists in their own classrooms using any available technology: one-to-one, BYOD or an old computer in the corner.


Jason Appel

Jason has twenty-three years of experience teaching mathematics at the middle and high school levels. Eleven of those years in New York City public schools, and the last twelve in Rhode Island. He is a high school mathematics teacher, a Fuse RI Fellow with the Highlander Institute... Read More →

Wednesday July 31, 2019 10:05am - 11:35am EDT
NHS - RM 610 Narragansett High School