DIL’s latest innovation, TEAL, uses video to give ballast to core subject instruction in the classroom. It’s been piloted with 407 Grade 6 students with great success, and is presently being rolled out for Grade 7 and 8 students.
As shown in this brochure, the main purpose of TEAL is to enable students to construct their own understanding of a concept through a combination of video, student-centered learning activities, and assessments. It has recast the way teachers teach and students learn by shifting (a) the teacher’s function from direct instruction to guiding student progress, and (b) the students from passive to active learners.
As newly learned concepts constellate in students’ minds, teachers use scripted, activity-based lesson plans to support students in creatively applying those concepts. Here’s how it works:
● Teachers introduce a lesson objective
● Teachers gauge each student’s prior knowledge of the subject, then conduct a formal pre-lesson assessment
● Students view a video lesson presented on an individual android tablet with earphones
● Teachers assign individual and group learning activities so students can creatively apply the new concept(s) learned
● Students take a quick formative assessment, receiving immediate feedback on their mastery of the lesson
● Lastly, teachers receive a simple assessment report that shapes their strategy for ensuring that every child is learning.