Ladies and Gentlemen, may I have your attention please. Thanks you. I would like to share my last TELL-assignment blog with you, and it is about a the wonderful Ixperium Ixperience. With a name like that it has to be interesting right?!
To the point, the Ixperience is a workshop about all the great advantages of technology in teaching. We were able to discover some of the greatest tools, from Virtual Reality to a program called Prowise Presenter (https://www.prowise.com/nl/).
First, what is Prowise? Prowise could be used as a smartboard program, but it could also be used to do assessments and for homework. The teacher has multiple options when teaching with Prowise. I have to be honest and mention that I still have to do a lot of discovering to fully understand everything you are able to do with Prowise.
In the iXperium we designed a small lesson about the States of the United States of America. We started with a clip that the students could watch on their own device. Then we moved on to a wordweb. We asked the students to fill in as many states as they could remember. The great thing about Prowise is that the student only sees his own input. As a teacher you can always pause a student, or show on the big screen what a certain student is filling in at that moment. Moving on with the lesson we wanted the students to practice with the states. As you see in the picture above. A student has to come up to the smartboard and pick the corresponding state. This activity can’t be done on the tablets or phones of the students. Prowise is still developing and improving its capabilities.
In my opinion Prowise is a tool that supports and enhances the way a teacher could give his lessons. It still needs a lot of expanding, but according to the website they’re doing the best they can.
Tip to my fellow teachers: Visit the Ixperium!