I was part of a fascinating Google+ Hangout today with several congregation-based faith formation leaders. The group was brought together by a post on the Forma Facebook group in which Nurya Love Parish asked the following question:
Is anyone trying, or has anyone tried, mastery-based learning in combination with online resources —by which I mean that students progress at their own pace through a series of lessons which are arranged so they build on one another? I ask because I am noticing both that I gave a quiz on world religions and most students didn’t know much (which was fine, it was a pre-test) and that the same students are VERY inconsistent in attendance—how can I ensure they learn anything?
Our wide-ranging conversation centered around two observations:
We were particularly excited about the ability to offer a range of options to faith learners. So to some kids we could say,
Wanna compete with each other via online quizes and games? Set up a Socrative account on your smart phone and hop into our classroom. (At first glance, these other recommended tools from the Edutopia forums also looked promising: QuizStar, QuizBean, and Quia.)
And to other kids we might say,
Imagine how this could take off if teachers started getting together and sharing lessons and projects they’ve come up with (school teachers are already doing this). Imagine catechism quizes and Bible games that could be traded among teachers in different congregations.
Where will all this take the folks who hung out today? I don’t think any of us knows. But we wanted to share a bit about what we’ve been thinking—and put out a call to anyone having similar thoughts or wanting to take the plunge and try creating something new with us.