Episode 21: Break Up Your Lecture with These 5 'Unplugged' Teaching Strategies
For the past decade, I’ve been traveling around the country facilitating workshops and talking with educators, and I have observed that some of the most powerful learning experiences sometimes happen when we step back, put down the clicker to our slide decks, and focus on interacting with each other and sharing ideas without the use of technology.
And that’s why I wanted to do one episode on this podcast about breaking up your lectures with what I call “unplugged” teaching strategies. I call them “unplugged” because they don’t require the use of technology. Tools like index cards, whiteboards, flip charts, and sticky notes don’t need to be plugged in to work effectively!
This episode is based on my book, 101 Unplugged Flipped and Active Learning Strategies which I wrote about 3 years ago after reflecting on a workshop I thought was a complete disaster.
In this episode, I share:
My story about what I thought was my worst lecture ever and how that experience inspired me to re-think how I design my lectures.
3 reasons why you might want to consider stepping away from the technology for part of your lecture.
- 5 unplugged strategies which I hope will inspire you to try these ideas in your own classes.
Challenge yourself and your students to put away the phones, laptops, and tablets and connect with each other in a different way. You may find you connect with each other even more when you disconnect from the devices!
- Get more unplugged strategies! Buy the book 101 Unplugged Flipped and Active Learning Strategies to Engage Students. Available in these formats:
-Printed hard copy format
-E-book format (pdf)
- Get your own We! Connect cards* (Get free shipping when you use the code lecturebreakers)
- Listen to Chad Littlefield's episode about connecting with students.
Learn more about cognitive overload in these two articles:
Adesope, O. & Nesbit, J. (2012). Verbal redundancy in multimedia learning environments: A meta-analysis. Journal of Educational Psychology. Vol. 104. No. 1. Pgs 250-263. Available online: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232469670_Verbal_Redundancy_in_Multimedia_Learning_Environments_A_Meta-Analysis
Madda, M. (January 19, 2015). Why your students forgot everything you're your Powerpoint slides. EdSurge. Available online: https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-01-19-why-your-students-forgot-everything-on-your-powerpoint-slides
- Roll virtual dice using this link or this one.
- Read more! Here's my blog post about 3 Ways to Use Sticky Notes as an Unplugged Strategy.
- Get tips on how to design effective slides that don't overload students with too much information. Listen to episode 14 with Dr. Echo Rivera.
- Join the free Lecture Breakers Facebook group
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