Digital Toolbox for Blended Learning

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Published on December 6, 2012

Author: brittgow



Presentation at the "Perfecting the Blend" conference in Ballarat, 2012.

Perfecting the Blend Conference“Digital Toolbox for Blended Learning” Britt Gow Mt Clear College Friday, 7th December, 11.30am

Science, Maths and VCEEnvironmental ScienceOnline teacher atHawkesdale P12 CollegeSW VictoriaTechnoscience blog since2008Twitter

In 2011 and 2012 I have usedBlackboard Collaborate to teachUnit 3 and 4 VCE EnvironmentalScience to students fromdifferent schools around thestate. We connected for 90minutes each weeksynchronously and used myblog, email and Facebookasynchronously.We have met at Ecolinc, BacchusMarsh in term 1 and atEcoBeach Apollo Bay YHA duringterm 3 holidays.

• Audio and video• Interactive whiteboard• Text chat• Polling tools• Emoticons• Web tours• Application sharing•

“Hi Britt,I just wanted to thank you for everything this year. Iwouldnt have been able to do Environmental Sciencewithout you and youve made it so easy and enjoyable.Really do appreciate all the work youve put in, thank you!!I was also wondering if I can put you down as a refereewhen Im applying for jobs. The letter of recommendationyouve already written me is awesome.Regards, Dannielle :) ”

“Britt, i would just like to thankyou for being such a greatteacher this year, even if it was only via blackboard collaborate.the classes that you provide for students like me, that dont havethe oppotunity to study enviromental science at their ownschool really benefited me in the long run. Your classes are verysucessful and give great oppotunites. so thankyou once again. and thankyou for offering to be a referance for me, and i will besure to take that offer up in the near future.thanks so very much britt, and i wish you well, for you nextblackboard collaborate year, i will be sure to highly reccommedenviromental science to anyone, looking at the course.”

What framework to use?• PoLT?• e5 (engage, explore, explain, evaluate, elaborate)?• Bloom’s taxonomy?• Collective Knowledge Construction (IdeasLAB)?• Quality task, Learning intentions, Success criteria and Feedback?

Content – CSF, VELS, national curriculum The 21st Century Learner – Multi-taskers, connected 24/7, sociable, visual. Context – Platform and Teacher – Flexible,strategies - classroom, outside, experienced, knows student online interests & needs

Learning Model by Illeris (2207)Content - Incentive – Interaction – Cognitive Affective Social component componentcomponent

How do you define blended learning?

How do we define Blended Learning?“Blended learning refers to any time a studentlearns, at least in part, at a brick-and-mortarfacility and through online delivery with studentcontrol over time, path, pace or place.”

Findings from brain research:• Brains are unique, specialized and not equally good at everything• Brains are designed for fluctuations rather than constant attention – searching for changes• Emotions are critical to successful learning – threat and anxiety impair learning• Multi-sensory input is desired by our brains• Brains continue to change throughout our lives

How does brain research impact on your teaching in the face to face classroom?

Enriching the online environment• Positive emotional support• Encourage social interaction• Allow active participation• Multi-modal presentations (text, images, voice, other audio, video, web tours, application sharing, drawing tools, clip art and icons, quizzes, maps)

Which is the best reason for uptake of technology in classrooms? A. The power to engage students B. Students use technology already C. Its not going to go will only grow & employers want skilled workers D. Professional development

Which of the following are characteristics of 21st C learners?A. Multi-taskers and digitally literateB. Sociable, mobile and connected 24/7C. Visual / spatial learners with fastresponse times & short attention spansD. All of the above

“Teaching is an art form nota delivery system.”“A tool is only as powerfulas the creativity of theperson who uses it.”“A cupboard full ofinstruments does notproduce music – a suitcaseof web tools does not leadto creativity on it’s own.”Sir Ken Robinson

and• social bookmarking• register• create a profile• connect with like-minded individuals & groups• Join a conversation• Share an artefact (link,photo, screenshot, wordleconcept map, video…….

for word clouds for concept maps

We use Skype and Blackboard Collaborate toconnect with our Scientist in Schools partner, Melissa Toifl, from CSIRO Land and Water Technologies, in Highett and Clayton.

@genegeekCatherineAnderson, ageneticist fromCanada.

@ScienceMags Magdeline Lum, aMetallurgist, photographer and science writer from Perth

“Each of the three pre-service teachers worked with threedifferent mentor teachers and spent time with the ICT expertteacher to learn how to use various online programs. Theyalso had welfare support from a leading teacher, andparticipated in full staff meetings, school camps andexcursions. These were all valuable experiences that allowedthe PSTs to have contact with many, if not all, the staff of oursmall, rural school.”

“If our kids are going to live longer than us, they need to have a passion for learning to sustain them. Not content knowledge, but learning to learn. One eighth of the 21st century is gone already – get cracking with 21st century learning” Prof. Stephen Heppell

Memory and retrieval• Mnemonics – acronyms or rhymes• Humour – cartoons and YouTube• Famous quotes that resonate• Chunking (5, 7 or 9 points)• Movement and colour• Mystery & surprise• Use patterns• Mix it up

Mnemonic - CHIPPORemembering factors causing biodiversity loss:• Climate change• Habitat destruction• Introduced species• Pest plants• Pollution• Overharvesting

Practical considerations• Technology does not replace experiments• Does every student have access to devices?• Does every student have internet access?• Preferred learning styles?• Concentration span – mix it up!• Plan B and Plan C• Best tool for the job of learning 2/12/12

REFERENCES• Clemons, Stephanie A. (2005) “Brain-based learning: Possible Implications for Online Instruction”• Illeris, Knud (2007) “How We Learn: Learning and Non-learning in School and Beyond”• Olsen, Richard (2011) “Understanding Virtual Pedagogies for Contemporary Teaching and Learning”

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