Published on May 10, 2013
“Digital Toolbox forCollective Learning”Britt Gow, 2013
Science, Maths and VCEEnvironmental ScienceOnline teacher atHawkesdale P12 CollegeSW VictoriaTechnoscience blog since2008Twitter @email@example.com
How is it different?• Very fast – almost instant – sharing of audio, textand images.• Much more data stored in smaller spaces.• Visual data are more prominent.• Global access – few restrictions tocommunication 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 ofsimilar 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”http://depd.wisc.edu/series/06_4168.pdf
What does this mean for teachingand learning?• Teachers are no longer the “font of allknowledge”.• Students don’t need to memorize facts.• Questions shouldn’t be easily ‘googled’.• Instead of rote learning; analysis, evaluationinquiry, problem-solving and creation should bethe focus.• Students need to be taught to evaluate thereliability of information.• Opportunities for peer collaboration with like-minds – “Collective Knowledge Construction”
CKC Model• Connect• Communicate• Collaborate• Learn Collectively• Richard Olsen’s white paper from “IdeasLAB”http://moourl.com/ideaslab
Connect, Communicate & Collaborate• Groups on Diigo, sharing Delicious links• Twitter• Padlet (previously Wallwisher)• Blogs – writing & commenting on posts• Creating and sharing slideshows, Voicethreadsand videos• Wikispaces• Shared documents/slideshows on Google Drive
Wallwisher is now Padlet
Padlet at http://padlet.com/
Learn Collectively“It’s like a group brain!”• Curation• Synthesis• Collective meaning-making
Tools for curation• ‘Scrapbooks’ that can be shared online• Digital ‘buckets’ for collection of resources• Diigo and Delicious• Pinterest• Scoop-it• Edcanvas• Thinglink
Edcanvas at http://www.edcanvas.com/Add web pages, videos, images,text, quizzes and other digital content to asingle site and share the link.A digital ‘scrapbook’ or collection ofresources.
Edcanvas• A “digital bucket”• For direct instruction/presentations• 1:1 and ‘flipped’ classrooms• Student assignments and PBL• Now includes “Add quiz” for formativeassessment and exit tickets.• Can be used for student surveys and feedback
Thinglink• Create annotated images that contain links towebsites, videos, cartoons, other images etc.• Not just a static image, but adynamic, interactive display.• Use for student research projects, extensionwork and introductions to new topics.
Tools for synthesis• Global2, Edublogs and Wikispaces - Blogs andwikis allow students to addcontent, reflect, comment, revise and discuss• Voicethread can also allow conversations(asynchronously)• Google Docs/presentations with input frommultiple sources.
Tools for collective meaning-making• Wikis• Shared Google docs• Blackboard Collaborate• Twitter• Skype• Google+?• Facebook?
@genegeekCatherineAnderson, ageneticist fromCanada.
@ScienceMagsMagdeline Lum, aMetallurgist, photographerand science writer fromPerth
We use Skype and Blackboard Collaborate toconnect with our Scientist in Schoolspartner, Melissa Toifl, from CSIRO Land andWater 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 - Brittgow@gmail.comTwitter - @brittgowTechnoscience blog -http://technoscience.global2.vic.gov.auDigital toolbox –http://digitaltoolbox.wikispaces.com
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