Clare here, over the summer holidays we have been working on a simpler way to teach in Stile. We believe that teachers get the most value out of Stile when they use it as a ‘blended learning’ tool within the classroom. In the past, teachers would have three different tabs to access all the teacher controls and information to use Stile as a blended learning tool. We’ve transformed the previous pages into a single tab: Teach Mode to make it easier to use Stile as a blended learning tool and implement the high-impact teaching strategies you already use in the classroom (see below).
Prepare Mode is ideal to use before class. You can read through the lessons you will be teaching, review the teacher notes and edit lessons to differentiate the content for your class.
“Preview as student” is still available but only from the Prepare tab.
Teach Mode combines the previous three pages: analytics, student view and teacher view, into a single page with all the information and controls to more easily use Stile as a true blended tool.
Teach Mode is a presentation mode that allows you to model the lesson with students and view per question analytics. You can see where students are up to and what they’re having difficulty with. It aims to enhance the collaborative nature of teaching with Stile and will even prompt you to add students to a class and release the lesson.
Some examples of Teach Mode in action might be
- Presenting content within Stile, for example, a video, up on the projector, while the students have their devices closed.
- Running a poll or brainstorm. In this case, the students are participating on their devices, while you are looking at the real-time results on your screen.
- Students working independently through a section of a Stile lesson, and you walking around to help people. Prior to or during the time, you might want to demonstrate how to complete a question to your students, particularly if it's an interactive canvas question.
- During or after periods of independent work,
- You may want to discuss student answers to particular questions up the front of the class or talk through the model answer with the class.
- You might want to get a snapshot of student understanding by looking at per-question analytics.
- See how far along students are through the independent work that has been set.
Analyse Mode remains as useful as ever and provides a snapshot of how students are travelling in the lesson.
We really hope Teach Mode makes it easier to collaborate and facilitate scientific discussions with your students, unveil misconceptions in real-time in your science classroom and incorporate high impact teaching strategies. Thanks to all the teachers that have given us their feedback, we really appreciate it and always welcome it.