Published on July 18, 2013
Country Education Project - Rural Education Conference “Improving Student Outcomes in Blended Learning Environments” Britt Gow Moonee Valley Racecourse 18th and 19th July, 2013
How is it different? • Very fast – almost instant – sharing of audio, text and images. • Much more data stored in smaller spaces. • Visual data are more prominent. • Global access – few restrictions to communication across the world. • 24/7 – not restricted to 9-to-5 on weekdays ‘school’ or ‘working’ hours. • Anyone can publish – not just the ‘experts’. • Many more opportunities to find people of similar interests.
What does this mean for teaching and learning? • Teachers are no longer the “font of all knowledge”. • Students don’t need to memorize facts. • Questions shouldn’t be easily ‘googled’. • Instead of rote learning; analysis, evaluation inquiry, problem-solving and creation should be the focus. • Students need to be taught to evaluate the reliability of information. • Opportunities for peer collaboration with like- minds
Which of the following are characteristics of 21st C learners? A. Multi-taskers and digitally literate B. Sociable, mobile and connected 24/7 C. Visual / spatial learners with fast response times & short attention spans D. All of the above
Which is the best reason for uptake of technology in classrooms? A. The power to engage students B. Students use technology already C. It's not going to go away...it will only grow & employers want skilled workers D. Professional development
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
How do we CONNECT, COMMUNICATE, COLLABORATE and LEARN COLLECTIVELY at HAWKEDALE P12 COLLEGE?
At Hawkesdale P12 College we CONNECT with experts all over the world..............
@genegeek Catherine Anderson, a geneticist from Canada.
@ScienceMags Magdeline Lum, a Metallurgist, photographer and science writer from Perth
Our students COMMUNICATE with teachers, peers, parents and others with their global2 blogs.
We use Facebook pages to COMMUNICATE with students, parents and the community.
We COLLABORATE with schools around the world to learn 21st century skills.
Teachers and students are LEARNING COLLECTIVELY with our online VCE Environmental Science classes.
1. Are some students more likely to complete their studies and achieve good outcomes by participating in an online learning environment? 2. What characteristics of students are likely indicators of success in an online learning environment? 3. Is virtual, blended provision just a different way of doing the same things?
4. What teaching strategies are more effective in an online learning environment? 5. What aspects of virtual classrooms are advantageous to student learning? 6. What can schools do to support new ways of teaching and learning? 7. How can online learning environments impact school organisation?
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
Thank you! Email - Brittgow@gmail.com Twitter - @brittgow Technoscience blog - http://technoscience.global2.vic.gov.au Digital toolbox – http://digitaltoolbox.wikispaces.com
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