Digital toolbox for 21st Century Learning

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Published on December 15, 2013

Author: brittgow



Presentation at Al-Taqwa College, Truganina, Victoria on 16th December, 2013.

Digital Toolbox for st Century Learning 21 Britt Gow Al-Taqwa College 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.

Today’s Learners are: • • • • • • • Multi-taskers Digitally literate Mobile and connected 24/7 Experiential Social Visual/spatial learners Fast response times, short attention spans © 2006 “Teaching the 21st Century Learner”

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 likeminds – “Collective Knowledge Construction”

Voice recording • For reluctant writers and students with literacy difficulties • Assess the understanding of concepts in science (predict, observe, explain) • Tell stories and then convert to text • Blabberise • Voki • Voicethread

Notice boards and sticky notes • • • • • • • Brainstorming Exit slips – what have you learnt? Questions students have about a topic Surveys – what do you want to learn? Reminders Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) Linoit

Wallwisher at

Linoit for student feedback

Word clouds • Wordle and Tagxedo • Brainstorming at the beginning of a unit • As a check that students have understood all the terms used in a topic • A summary of a unit of work

Tagxedo for word clouds

Concept maps •, Freemind and Inspiration • At the beginning of a unit to outline the scope • Student-created product to demonstrate understanding of a topic for concept maps

Socrative at • Student response system via smartphones, laptops and tablets (apps for iPads). • Collate data, gain feedback and revision questions.

Thinglink • Create annotated images that contain links to websites, videos, cartoons, other images etc. • Not just a static image, but a dynamic, interactive display. • Use for student research projects, extension work and introductions to new topics.

Voicethread • • • • • • • • Voice Text Annotations with colour Can be embedded in blogs, wikis etc. Multiple people can comment on images Can upload photos or videos from files, Flickr Searchable Assessment tool

Quizlet at

Quiz revolution

Quizzes • • • • • Terms and definitions Student created for peer assessment Quizlet has options (flashcards, study, test) Can add images with Quiz Revolution Saved online and searchable

Google Drive

Google Drive • • • • Shared documents Shared presentations Create forms (for student surveys) Embed into blogs and wikis

Students can create their own webpage in a wiki and use the URL to create a QR (quick response) code that directs the user to the information in their webpage.

QR codes • Treasure hunts • Mystery organs/systems/animals/plants • Link to student-created quizzes, videos, wiki pages • Add to school magazine to show student work online • QR code generator at

Comics and cartoons

"Pivot" is software that allows creation of stick figure animations that can be converted to video.

Your students can enter the 60 second science competition by explaining a scientific concept.

Tools for connecting with experts How can I bring experts into the classroom to connect with students? • Twitter • Skype • Blackboard Collaborate • Facebook

@genegeek Catherine Anderson, a geneticist from Canada.

@ScienceMags Magdeline Lum, a Metallurgist, photographer and science writer from Perth

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

Products for Assessment • • • • • • • • • Blogs > global2 or edublogs Slideshows > Slideshare Animations > ToonDo Cartoons > ComicLife E-Posters > Glogster Digital stories > Photostory Team work > Wikispaces Mash-ups > Windows Movie Maker; iMovie Videos > You-Tube; Vimeo

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 - Twitter - @brittgow Technoscience blog Digital toolbox –

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