Published on May 15, 2008
Using Technology to Support Learning: Getting IT right in Docklands Schools Prof. Chip Bruce Abi Reynolds for National College of Ireland 20 May, 2008
Learning to change / Changing to learn: http:// youtube.com/watch?v=tahTKdEUAPk Not on the Test: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=8dAujuqCo7s
Future of Education • Technology-based economy & society • Equity in education • Engagement in integrative learning
This Study • 24 Docklands schools, all levels, DEIS • Meeting with Principals => technology needs, teaching with technology • Interviews, observations, online survey => • Examples (scenarios) of use • Strategies (scenarios) of support
Research Questions • What good practices already exist to enhance learning? • What is needed to get there? • What additional issues need to be addressed, especially those particularly relevant for Docklands schools?
The Digital Dog • Students use multiple media--clay, drawing, digital camera, Photostory • Problem-solving, collaboration, careful reading, writing, expression • A product that can be shared with the school, community
My place • Digital cameras to document neighborhood • Learn history, geology • Could extend to GIS GPS
Lost in Space • Research on solar system, evolution, space travel • Music selection, narration • Physical models • Video to bring it together
Learning together • Interactive whiteboards • Whole class learning • All subjects • Interactive, visual, kinesthetic
Community Connections • School newsletter • School website • Community centre
Strategies for Support • Technology coach--knows each school, models teaching with technology • Technology network--face-to-face, supplemented by website • Formal professional development--e.g., MA in teaching & learning • Designated budget for technical support • Community media centre, e.g., Bridge to College, St Andrews Resource Centre, NCI
Conclusion • Media-rich world: • Involve all stakeholders challenge & opportunity • Special situations, but • 21st-century skills common needs • “Technology as snake oil”? • Some excellent practices • Art of teaching still • Potential strategies crucial
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Using Technology to Support Learning: Getting IT right in Docklands Schools! ! ! Prof. Chip Bruce Abi Reynolds for National College of Ireland 20 May, 2008