It is important to remember that the tools shared here do not support student learning and mastery on their own. As a colleague of mine, Geoff Schmit, once wrote...
"Any given piece of technology on its own isn’t effective or not effective. Whether technology is effective or not depends as much on its application as the technology itself. It depends on the teacher and the students and the class."
For the Self-Paced classroom to be successful, it must be built on a solid learning framework with a focus on pedagogy over technology. Below, I will briefly explain the "Grid Method" framework on which my Self-Paced course is based so that you might better understand how the technology tools presented here work to support student learning and understanding. This is in no way intended to educate you on all the componets of the "Grid Method", but I will include links for you to explore further.
The "Grid Method" is a student centered, competency based system, created at the classroom level and designed to fit any teacher’s style, within any curriculum, in any classroom. Most importantly, it was built to reach all students…not just some.
Utilizing teacher created Mastery Grids with easy-to-implement routines, The Grid Method allows students to find success at their own pace and take ownership of their learning. The targeted design of the Grids allows teachers to focus on student success and progress instead of day-to-day planning.
Essentially, teachers design learning activities that take students through learning standards laid out in a "Grid" format. Students work at their own pace through each activity (square) on the grid starting at the lowest level and working towards the highest level. Each level's activities are targeted based off of Webb's Depth of Knowledge structure. As students demonstrate mastery of each activity, they move further and further into Webb's Depth of Knowledge.
This is a very simplified look at how the "Grid Method" works. I would strongly encourage anyone looking to implement self-paced learning to research the "Grid Method" in greater detail. There is an online course you can take to better understand it, or you could reach out to any of the TeachBetter team for more information.