Abre’s Guided Learning App helps with distractions in the classroom. As teachers (and as students), we know there are times when you need to buckle down, turn the phone off, close the tabs, and get things done. In short, guide the learning.
Teachers are creative in their delivery of instruction. While there’s not necessarily a right way to use Guided Learning, I wanted to share a short post on the best practice we see in classrooms.
First, a very short tutorial on how Guided Learning works.
- A teacher creates a guided lesson. The lesson features up to 8 websites students can visit.
- A teacher sets the permissions of the lesson.
- Abre generates a coupon code for the lesson.
- Students launch the Guided Learning App (preferred method) or Guided Learning Extension (for BYOD). They enter the coupon code to start the lesson.
Students may now only visit the approved websites.
Common, Best Practice for Teachers
Your memory system lays its bets this way: if you think about something carefully, you’ll probably have to think about it again, so it should be stored. Thus you memory is not a product of what you want to remember or what you try to remember; it’s a product of what you think about.
My short rule of thumb for teaching: Students will remember what they think about; therefore spend time creating their narrative of thought.
In creating your Guided Learning lesson, take time to consider what information you want to have your students think about and put it in a narrative that’s easy to remember.
Start with your LMS (Google Classroom, Schoology, Moodle, Canvas, etc.). Build out your lesson in the LMS (the narrative) taking note of what resources you will use.
In Guided Learning, copy/paste the URL to your LMS as the first link.
At this point, you can call it good if you’re okay with the lowest restriction level in Guided Learning. Students won’t be able to type in URLs or open new tabs. But they could – in theory – click on a link within the LMS that then leads to another link which eventually brings them to Facebook!
I recommend the second restriction setting (only content available on the above website). This allows students to join the narrative and stay focused on the narrative. But in order to not run into you issues, you’ll need to add additional links in your Guided Learning lesson.
Say I have a social studies lesson built out in my Google Classroom. In Google Classroom I have students visiting:
- History Channel (https://history.com)
- Google Docs (to write an essay)
- Wikipedia (don’t judge – it’s a good starting point)
In my Guided Learning Lesson I would add the following urls:
And set the restriction level to only content available on the above website.
Now students can complete my lesson and not be able to visit websites outside of what I approved.
Are you using Guided Learning? We’d love to hear how. Let us know via Twitter (@abreplatform).