Digital Toolbox for Collective Learning

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Published on May 10, 2013

Author: brittgow



This slideshow was prepared for the 2013 ICTEV conference "IT Takes a Village" at Melbourne Grammar on Saturday 25th May.

“Digital Toolbox forCollective Learning”Britt Gow, 2013

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

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”

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”

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

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 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 - toolbox –

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