Eating The Elephant (that is ICT) and eating it one bite @ a time!

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Published on March 4, 2009

Author: rachelboyd



Presentation on getting started in ICT by Rachel Boyd. From Learning@School Conference held in New Zealand in 2009

Facing the Elephant (that is ICT) & eating it one bite @ a time Rachel Boyd & Tania O’Meagher Nelson Central School Learning@School 2009

Abstract Are you overwhelmed by the spectrum of choice in Web2 and ICT? This quot;tasterquot; session will examine how to pick the cream from the crop of the field of Web2 and choose what will best support learning for your students. Great for beginners, we will also look at practical ideas for the management and implementation of ICT in your classroom.

Our Background Nelson Central School  City school  Decile 7  Roll approx 400 

What’s the best way to eat an elephant?

...One bite at a time!

Topics  Integration of ICT  Selecting elearning Opportunities  Classroom Management  Greatest Tips  ICT/elearning Ideas  Questions/Comments

eLearning Learning and teaching that is facilitated and supported through the smart use of information and communication technologies Enabling the 21st Century Learner An eLearning Action Plan for Schools 2006 - 2010

The underlying process Learn to see past the “ICT” and see and focus on the learning. Beneath every finished elearning activity or task, lies a lot of learning from class programmes that is not seen, but contributes to the final completed activity/task.

To get this...

We had to do this... …and a whole lot of learning before we even got to the storyboarding stage!

For example, when people think of blogging, they only think of this

For example, when people think of blogging, they only think of this When there’s a lot behind it...

Selecting elearning opportunities

There is a wealth of Web2.0 and other elearning opportunities and options out there…

How do you know what to choose?

How do you know what to choose?

These are what I keep in mind  Web 2.0 tools are like my personal smorgasbord of ‘possibilities’  I make it my business to know and experiment personally with ones I feel can benefit learning

Selection Criteria... Does the school have the programme? Is there a chance it can be purchased? Is the tool free? How free is it? Is there any catches?

How hard will the tool be to use/manage? Is it worth the effort? Is paper & pen more effective than using the tool?

The real value of [ICT tools] is not the tool itself. It’s what the tool enables. George Siemens, 2005

More questions to ask... Can the tool help students take ownership of their own learning? Can it capture the students’ learning and help them to reflect on it?

Can it assist in making learning accessible to everyone involved, regardless of any special/learning needs they have? Will it enhance what you are already doing in class learning programmes?

Can it build a learning community link between home and school?

Will it just be an add-on that is unsustainable? Will it assist with students’ learning & understanding of a concept/topic?

Are parents informed and keen to support elearning opportunities?

Remember that these questions are just a guideline to ask yourself! Choose the appropriate ICT tool (s) to best meet and enhance your learning programmes.

Classroom Management

The 4 B’s Be Prepared Back up Plan Buddy up Break up session

Be Prepared... Ensure you are thoroughly planned and prepared for ICT sessions. Know what you’re going to be doing, how it will be done and know the steps students will need to take to be successful. Be clear on what you want students to achieve by the end of the session.

Back up Plan... We all know technology is not 100% reliable! Always have a back up plan (or 2!) for what the class could do if something doesn’t work or takes time to fix.

Some ideas for when the Internet or technology in general fails you….

Buddy Up... Buddy students up into pairs or small groups to pool knowledge & skills as well as maximise what can be accomplished in short periods of time.

Break up Session... Break up your class into revolving groups & plan 2 other activities for groups to do. Technology E.g. session with Teacher Independent Developmental activity or Equipment worksheet

Visual Help Sheets

Seeking Help Using this technique ensures students have to see 3 others for assistance BEFORE seeking help from the teacher.

Class Experts Assign several ‘expert’ responsibilities to students with talent or patience. They can be the people for your ‘go to’ students when they get stuck.

Greatest Tips

Greatest Tips... Model & demonstrate Using the Data Projector

Greatest tips... Purpose Have a definite purpose in mind for using ICT tools - know what you want students to achieve/accomplish

Greatest tips... Scaffold the learning using ICTs - just like we do naturally in our classrooms

Greatest tips... Build on learning not stand-alone topics or activities based on skills etc. Base everything on your current classroom learning topics/programmes.

Greatest tips... Break teaching & instruction into manageable chunks

Greatest tips... Resist the urge to teach programmes, skills etc. ‘just in case’

Greatest tips... Resist the urge to teach programmes, skills etc. ‘just in case’ in time’ learning Work towards delivering ‘just

Greatest tips... Teach skills in authentic contexts Teach skills (e.g.. how to make capital letters etc) when they arise in learning opportunities. (but know the skills needed to complete the task so you can target these!)

Greatest tips... Keep Learning paramount

Digital Tablemat Ideas...

Web 2 Digital Tablemat Ideas

Final Thoughts “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” -John Dewey

Thanks! Feel free to email us if you have any questions or queries.

Image References • Title elephant image - 0315-big-eared-elephant-cartoon.jpg • Teeth - • Letter B - • Classroom Management image: • Preparation - • Back up cartoon- • Buddy up - • Choose • Paper & pen • Unsustainable N121PP/UnsustainableEconomy.jpg • Skills,0.jpg • Brain • Magnifying glass • Tips • Computer Expert • Final Thoughts - image hand & world -

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