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Nanjing Normal University of Special Education

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Nanjing Normal University of Special Education (NNUSE) is the only ordinary higher education institution in China that is independently set up to train special education teachers. Since 2018, the school has established a series of TEAM Model Smarter Classroom, including 63 Mobile classrooms and 10 IRS classrooms. In addition, the school introduced the establishment of AI Sokrates services, and promoted the subject development of special education schools and the refinement of professional courses in normal colleges through artificial intelligence. The school organized the "Young Teacher Smart Teaching Contest" to showcase the charm of TEAM Model Smarter Classroom. All teachers and students of the school participated in it, and used the IRS feedback device for real-time scoring, using smart technology to stimulate classroom vitality and wisdom. The school uses this to create a new teaching model, build precise teaching, and create a "golden lesson" with NNUSE characteristics.

The construction process of TEAM Model Smarter Classroom

Construction-Phase 1

In 2017, the school invested RMB 1.057 million to install 20 sets of smart blackboards(smarter touchscreens) in the Boya Building of the school. However, due to only upgrading the hardware, the teacher lacks a feedback interaction mechanism between teachers and students during the teaching process. These smart blackboards only act as a display effect. In response to the limitations of hardware use of smart blackboards and poor interactivity, the school launched the first phase of the smart classroom construction project in September 2018. Based on the original 20 sets of smart blackboards, the school introduced an IRS interactive response system, smart education software, and a big data analysis system for teaching behavior, invested RMB 3.4 million to build 20 smart classrooms, and 7 smart micro-teaching classrooms.

 Smart classroom in NNUSE

Construction-Phase 2
After the first phase of the smart classroom project was put into use, through the use of the IRS response system and the smart classroom system, a new smart teaching model was gradually formed. The participation of students in the classroom has been significantly improved, and the classroom atmosphere in the classroom "lives". In the spring semester of 2019, a total of 141 teachers have activated smart classroom accounts and 1923 students have activated student accounts. The total number of courses uploaded to the cloud platform has reached 357 sessions. In 2019, on the basis of 20 smart classrooms, RMB 4.97 million was invested to construct the second phase of smart classrooms, so that NNUSE teacher has 56 smart classrooms, 7 smart micro-teaching classrooms, and 1 TEAM Model AI Lecture Observation Lounge (LOL). Smart classrooms' coverage rate reaches 65%.

 NNUSE systematically manages and develops through the TEAM Model cloud platform

TEAM Model Smarter Classroom Application practice
Course training series

 Introduce a series of courses from the Global TEAM Model Education Institute to help the school's development.

1. TEAM Model series courses
Cultivate smart teachers to use the professional technology and application capabilities of the TEAM Model smart teaching support system, including teaching and learning activities before, during and after class, smart evaluation and data collection, cloud diagnostic analysis and automated learning remediation, smart schools, and smart district, smart city integration plan, etc.
2.TEAM Model Based Smarter Learning(TBSL) Series Course
Assist smart teachers to refine TBSL lesson examples with data decision-making, computational thinking, interaction, differentiation, and autonomy. Using a large number of classic TBSL lesson examples on the Sokrates channel of the Global TEAM Model Education Research Institute(GTERI), let the curriculum have ideas, cases, and practices, and accelerate the development of a smart and innovative classroom state.
3. Teacher Professional Development Series course
With the promotion of teachers' professional development as the core, the theory and practice of deep integration of new technologies (T), new pedagogies (P), and new contents (C) are studied. Use AI artificial intelligence to assist teaching research and refinement in various subjects, and study modern classrooms that can be replicated such as TBL, PBL, one-to-one, and precision teaching.
4. Smart school series courses
Guide the development of AI smart schools to form a systematic, large-scale, and normalized healthy development. The practical teaching system can be used in the classroom, frequently used, and universally used. And based on teaching and learning big data, through AI artificial intelligence training, coaching, and collection of lesson examples, it can achieve a high-quality, high-performance new modern education ecology.
5. Smarter Education Idea Series Courses
Integrate and use the resources of teacher professional development research, teaching behavior big data norms, smart classroom database lesson examples, international cooperation and exchange mechanisms provided by the Global TEAM Model Education Research Institute, and invite experts to hold master lectures to share and exchange practical experiences in smart education, smart district, smart school, and smart classrooms.

In 2018-2019, the Smart Blackboard Teaching Competition for Young and Middle-aged Teachers and Smart Lecture Demonstration Shows were held for two consecutive years

In 2018 and 2019, the school held the Smart Blackboard Teaching Competition for Young and Middle-aged Teachers and Smart Lecture Demonstration Shows for two consecutive sessions. The activity uses the IRS interactive response system for class, uses smart technology, integrates the smarter education big data platform, and presents a wonderful class. The scoring method of the finals of the competition innovatively uses the AI Sokrates system artificial intelligence scoring, plus the scoring method that combines expert judges and on-site observation of teachers and students. The grading items include instructional design and classroom presentation effect, courseware production format specification and innovation, etc.
The novel competition format and scoring method aroused the interest of the teachers and students of the school. Jiangsu Education Channel, Nanjing Daily, Litchi News, and many other media reported on this. The first phase of the smart classroom construction project has achieved good use efficiency and extensive social impact.

 The Smart Blackboard Teaching Competition for Young and Middle-aged Teachers and Smart Lecture Demonstration Shows development

The 1st Teacher Smarter Teaching Competition of Normal Colleges in the Yangtze River Delta

The 1st Teachers' Smart Teaching Competition of Normal Colleges in Jiangsu Province and the 1st Teacher Smarter Teaching Competition of Normal Colleges in the Yangtze River Delta in Jiangsu Division, adhering to the concept of "student-centered, smart teaching, creating golden lessons", and adopting mixed teaching through rational use of smart teaching platforms to promote the interaction and communication between teachers and students, arouse students' enthusiasm for inquiry learning, and enhance students' autonomous learning ability. The competition is sponsored by the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education and consists of four groups: humanities and social sciences, science and engineering, art, and sports. The competition is mainly composed of three parts: resource construction of smart teaching courses, teaching design and classroom teaching.
The event was attended by 58 full-time teachers from 16 teachers' colleges in Jiangsu Province. NNUSE sent 4 teachers to participate in this competition. In preparing for the competition, the TEAM Model team gave a lot of support and guidance. After competing on the same stage with normal colleges and universities across the province, teacher Wang Yiyue from NNUSE won the first prize and will represent the Jiangsu division to participate in the science and engineering competition of the Teacher Smarter Teaching Competition of Normal Colleges in the Yangtze River Delta; Xu Mengyang, Liang Juan, and Tong Wei respectively won the second prize in the Art Group, Humanities and Social Sciences Group, and Sports Group. On behalf of Jiangsu Province, Mr. Wang Yiyue won the second prize of the Science and Engineering Group in the 1st Teacher Smarter Teaching Competition of Normal Colleges in the Yangtze River Delta.

 Teachers participate in the smart teaching competition to win awards to show development results

2019 NNUSE Students' Smarter Teaching and Research Activities

In order to better promote the development of smart schools under the big data environment and promote the application model of the deep integration of teaching with education and information technology, NNUSE and the Global TEAM Model AI Smarter School Alliance and other units jointly organized in December 2019 "2019 NNUSE Students' Smarter Teaching and Research Activities". The theme of this event is: academic guidance, smart classroom, artificial intelligence, smart teaching and research. The well-known professor Power Wu is invited to conduct academic guidance, dissemination of teaching ideas and analysis of the development of teacher education. At the same time, the event also invited TEAM Model smarter teachers from Chengdu to share on-site lectures, show Heterogeneous Pedagogy Lecture in the same class, and improve the basic teaching ability and information competencies.
Nearly 500 teachers from Nanjing Changjiang Road Elementary School and Nanjing Dingjiazhuang Elementary School, teachers of various normal professional courses and pedagogy of NNUSE, and students majoring in elementary education, special education, mathematics and applied mathematics participated in the observation and gave class comments.

 Group photo of the management team and Professor Power (3rd from the right) in the 2019 NNUSE Students' Smarter Teaching and Research Activities

Yang Feng, Director of the Academic Affairs Office of NNUSE, and Professor Power Wu from the Global TEAM Model Education Research Institute(GTERI) signed a cooperation agreement on the "Future Good Teachers (normal college students) Public Welfare Program". The signing of this cooperation agreement means that the "Future Good Teachers (normal college students) Public Welfare Program" is officially launched, and the GTERI will provide expert academic guidance, a teaching exchange platform, and teaching review research for NNUSE students who are about to enter the society and will work as teachers. This project will enable normal students who graduated from NNUSE school to win on the starting line when they enter the campus under the background of the "Education Informationization 2.0" era, be able to enjoy easy teaching, and excel in others. NNUSE has also incorporated smart classroom teaching into the professional courses of normal schools and set credit assessments.

 Director Yang Feng of NNUSE signed a cooperation agreement with Professor Power Wu, Dean of Global TEAM Model Education Research Institute

Future Plans for Smart Education Research

In the future, "Internet + Education" requires multi-domain, multi-level, multi-modal cooperation and exploration, as well as in-depth integration and development. NNUSE will use technology to realize modern education concepts, innovative teaching methods, flipped teaching, establish a new model of education, and accelerate teachers' professional development. Responding to the call of the Ministry of Education of the Mainland China to implement the "Education Informationization 2.0 Action Plan", through the construction of the AI smarter school, a systematic, large-scale, and normal application environment is formed, and achieves the smart teaching systems to be used in classrooms, frequently used, and commonly used. Based on the big data of teaching and learning, NNUSE will use AI to train, coach, and collect on-site teaching models to develop a new high-quality, high-efficiency modern education ecosystem.

Construction-Phase 3

In order to implement the goals and tasks of the NNUSE's first school affairs meeting, the Academic Affairs Office and the Information Construction and Management Center jointly formulated a three-year construction plan for smart classrooms. Based on the completion of 20 smart classrooms in 2018, through the construction of the second phase in 2019 and the third phase in 2020, the school's multimedia classrooms have been comprehensively upgraded and transformed to achieve full coverage of classrooms for the development of smart education. In the future, NNUSE will promote the in-depth integration of education, teaching and technology through professional teacher training, and effectively enhance teachers' application ability in teaching technology, thereby enhancing teachers' teaching effectiveness and students' learning achievements. In this way, it will be possible to promote the formation of a new normal of information-based teaching of "classroom use, regular use, and universal use", thereby building a smart classroom model with NNUSE characteristics and creating a "smart education demonstration zone."

NNUSE builds a large-scale TEAM Model Lecture Observation Lounge (LOL), collects data related to classroom interaction and teaching pedagogical application through the AI artificial intelligence Sokrates system, and uses the Lecture Observation App to gather the opinions of experts and teachers in the class to automatically generate professional teaching analysis report. These mechanisms can provide a more focused reference for class-reviewing discussion and classroom reflection, and assist teachers' professional growth through AI technology. In addition, NNUSE can understand the real-time usage status and historical statistical data of smart classrooms through the big data dashboard of TEAM Model Smarter School, which is convenient for administrative team management. In addition, the dashboard can also display offline classroom teaching activities in the school, the status of online learning activities, and the output of teaching resources are used as the basis for evaluating the development of smart schools.

 The TEAM Model Lecture Observation Lounge will help teaching professional seminars

 NNUSE's exclusive Sokrates lesson examples channel to help teachers' professional development and global exchanges

NNUSE will also promote the in-depth integration of informatization and teaching applications, the innovation of educational concepts and educational models through on-site demonstrations, classroom observations, expert guidance, and experience sharing through exchange activities between special education and normal education institutions. It also uses this to build a communication and exchange platform for education experts, supervisors, principals, teachers, and education information workers in the special education and normal education industries.

The most authoritative education media in China reported on NNUSE cases
NNUSE's experience in successfully building a smart classroom and the results of developing smart education have also been reported vigorously by China Education News, the most authoritative and influential education news media in mainland China. In the report, the history of introducing the TEAM Model Smarter Education support system uses the four parts of Smart Education to illustrate the wonderful chapter of NNUSE.

NNUSE Smart Education Four Parts: Waltz, Symphony, March, Sonata(AI, Data, Pedagogical Review, Teacher training).
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Playing "interactive" Waltz, AI adds wings to the smart classroom.
It is necessary to adapt to the changes in the technological age, start with the construction of smart classrooms, and use the engine of modern education technology to create student-centered, efficient and interactive smart education classrooms. Construct a teaching form of "artificial intelligence + higher education" and promote the overall improvement of the quality of talent training.
 Teacher's teaching behavior data analysis system report interpretation training
Play the "Feedback" Symphony, and smart data will create a new ecology for the "Golden Lesson".
Using big data and AI technology, the teacher's teaching and students' learning control are clearly presented with data. Therefore, if teachers can accurately grasp the students' academic conditions, they can adjust the teaching progress and difficulty at any time, thereby improving the quality and effectiveness of teaching.
 Smart Teaching Innovation Competition-Sign Language Course

Play the "Pedagogical Review" March, smart coaches accelerate the professional growth of teachers.

NNUSE puts the classroom on the stage and turned the curriculum into a repertoire. The teachers on the stage were enthusiastic and charming; the audience was mesmerized and applauded.
The regularly held Smart Blackboard Teaching Competition and Smart Education Inter-School Exchange Exhibition Activities not only have teachers from NNUSE compete on the same stage, but also exchange and display teachers from Beijing Normal University and Zhejiang Normal University.
 Hold a smart teaching display for the winners of the school competition
Play the "Growth" Sonata, and practice wisdom to light up the career dreams of normal students.
Play the "Growth" Sonata, and practice wisdom to light up the career dreams of normal students.
In order to further improve the scientific and technological literacy of normal students, NNUSE has launched the "Same Class and Heterogeneous Pedagogy Lecture" smart pedagogical review activities for normal students and basic school teachers. This is an epitome of the school's innovative teacher education talent training model and the promotion of the deep integration of teacher education ability training with smart technology. It is also an important measure for teacher education, talent training, and meeting the needs of the rapid development of smart education.
 Student Lu Xinrong shows her smart classroom teaching practice

TEAM Model Smarter Education Support System uses smart education big data and AI artificial intelligence to help Nanjing Normal University of Special Education (NNUSE) successfully reform the classroom environment and transform into an AI smart school. It is a successful case of TEAM Model Smarter Education Support System in higher education, and it is also the best example of smart education in China's education field.