Implementation

Implementation

The ‘Rebooting’ applications have been designed with flexibility top of mind, to allow for maximum adaptability for teachers and parents targeting individualized lessons for students at any age:

As a remediation tool

The various instructional objectives which are addressed by the various nodes of a specific module are transparent to the teachers. Therefore, the teachers can prompt their students to work on particular nodes, depending on what has been taught in the class, in order to reinforce the students’ learning process.

As an additional learning resource.

Since the ‘Rebooting’ application is compatible with most Greek language learning curricula used by the schools in the diaspora, they can be used as an additional resource in the classroom, along with textbooks or other teaching resources that may be used by the educators.

In a “flipped classroom” approach.

This is a highly popular approach to adopt in a language learning classroom. Before the regular class, the students are prompted to complete one or more nodes of a particular module. In that way, they are preparing for a specific activity that has been planned by the teacher for that class, by accessing study material, learning activities and assessments for skills and competences relevant to the particular task.

Blended Learning Models

Particularly for the last mode of implementation (using the applications as additional learning resources), there are multiple approaches on how to seamlessly integrate the use of these applications in the classroom, depending on the equipment available in the school (computer lab, tablets, small number of computers or a single computer) and the individual differences of the students. Here are some examples:

1) Face-to-Face Driver Model.

This model is the closest to a typical classroom setting. The implementation of the application is decided by the teacher on a case–by–case basis. In particular, students who face the greatest challenges, or students who are ahead of their peers can benefit by progressing at their own pace while using the app. This blended learning example is appropriate for student classes with diverse language proficiency, as it allows for working at different skill levels.

2) Rotation Model

In classes using this particular approach, students rotate between various stations on a fixed schedule, which may include face-to-face interactions with the teacher, collaborative activities and working with the applications. The specific model works best with project-based lesson plans, where the students will rotate through different stations, developing the necessary skills for completing a complex learning task or project.

3) Flex Model

The Flex Model relies heavily on the online learning component, with the use of the application at the core of the learning process. The teacher in this model becomes the facilitator of the learning process, intervening in cases where the student is struggling with the content. This approach is appropriate for classes that have the necessary equipment, in order to provide a 1:1 student to device ratio.

4) Enriched Virtual Model.

This blended learning approach is an alternative to a fully online distance education course. The students perform the majority of their learning in an online environment, but they also need to attend face-to-face learning sessions with a teacher. These sessions focus on certain areas where the students encounter the most challenges and allows for more interaction beyond what is available in the virtual learning environment.This model is ideal for students who do not attend school on a regular basis, so their learning cannot be based on an in-class curricular framework.
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