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Teaching in a Blended Environment. Jill French. Who am I?. Masters of Educational Technology through UBC (2005) I teach grade 5 using a blended environment guiding question is always: which technology best supports my students learning ( high/low ) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Jill French

  • Who am I?Masters of Educational Technology through UBC (2005)I teach grade 5 using a blended environmentguiding question is always: which technology best supports my students learning (high/low)goal: to use technology purposefully & seamlessly throughout the day

  • What is a blended learning environment?face-to-face + computer mediated learning (Charles Graham)

  • Why use digital technology in the classroom? changes is societyonline Connectivity Conference 2007 changes in learning leads to some changes in teaching practices

  • Benefits I Have Noticedengagement levelsaccess to expertstransparencyindependent learning skillsnew ways to teach, model, extend student learning

  • Challenges I Have Encounteredtime classroompersonal learningsufficient equipmentreliable equipmenttechnology support (everyone busy)displacement of other resourcesusing computers in diverse ways

  • Classroom Support Onlineown class websiteexample: Mrs. Frenchs http://www.sd91.bc.ca/frenchj benefits: transparencydisseminated informationasynchronous accesssupports independent learning (e.g. PS)

  • Synchronous, Asynchronoussynchronous: information or learning occurring at a specific timeexamples: V-class lessonslive interviews benefits:ideas and thoughts can be exchanged immediately

  • Synchronous, Asynchronousasynchronous: information and learning not dependent on a specific timeexamples: video cams (San Diego Zoo)current events (CBC news) follow a researcher (Catt Trax 2 )benefits:information accessed at the convenience of the learner information can be revisited at a later date

  • Elluminate in the classroomElluminate vRoom free for 3 participantsfor example:conference session videobenefitssupports real-time collaboration and construction of learning between students not in the same physical location

  • Daybook Onlineinteractive daily schedule example daily schedulebenefits schedule is archivedaccessible to parents (homework, child away)accessible to teacher to revisit a lessonaccessible to students to revisit a lesson

  • Cross Curricularholistic instructionfor example: CattTrax2: BC researcher exploring global connection i.e. economic, environmental (project) benefits: constructed knowledgenon-linear learning

  • Language Arts vocabulary vocabulary: easy access for daily vocabulary buildingfor example: vocabulary building Daily Buzz Wordbenefits: dynamic: new word dailysocial construction

  • Language Artsmini-lessonsaccess mini lessons quickly and efficientlyexample: mini-lessons onlinespelling rules benefits:students can access at any timeteacher faces students, easily monitoring participation levelminimal time used to access, discuss lessons

  • Language Arts novel studiesexample: novel studybenefits: enhances the ability to explain the activity (hyperlinks provide further information)can be linked to mini-lessons chapter summaries

  • FrenchTeaching French can also be supported with interactive sitesexamples:support teaching (resources, lesson plans)support learning (resources)benefits:online pronunciation (essential phrases)

  • ScienceSturgeon Recovery Projectreal life, current and relevant science unitsexample: Sturgeon Unit benefits: current, relevant text can provide the information Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiativeconnections to local field trip opportunityreview material e.g. Jeopardy

  • Science & Social Studies Catt-Trax2access current scientific researchexamples:Catt-Trax2Units with goals, vocabulary, assignments, and support links onlinebenefits: real-life, current researchrelevantconstructed knowledge (wiki) networks students with global issues

  • Mathsupporting students learning in math examples: visualization tools (addition with regrouping)math term definitionspost lessons and quizzes online benefits: instruction: diverse toolshelps address different learning styles: visual learnersaccess by students and parents at any time

  • Fine Artssupporting our Fine Arts contentfor example: music theory how to play online lessonsbenefits: provides support material supports independent learning

  • Examples from the Classroome-journals (private blogs)Show What You Know: representing new knowledgePower Point Presentation Socially Constructed Knowledgewiki

  • Technology Used to Support These Activities HardwareSMART Boarddigital projectorComputersDigital camerasSoftwareAll The Right Type Macromedia DreamweaverElluminate (free access online)Office PowerPointWiki (open-source)..watch carefullyOtherInternetweb space (provided by my local school district)

  • Further ResourcesLearning Theorieshttp://www.emtech.net/learning_theories.htm http://tip.psychology.org/theories.html http://www.learningandteaching.info/ http://www.emtech.net/learning_theories.htm

    Instructional Strategies http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/categ.html http://www.edtech.vt.edu/edtech/id/models/ http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/categ.html

    Other Professional Development links (more on my list)

    Blended Learning Environment (video) http://video.google.de/videoplay?docid=-4338441514462445595&hl=de

  • Further Resources ContinuedSocial Networking ToolsGlobal Learning CommunitiesCurriki http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome Taking it Global http://www.takingitglobal.org/ Learning Circles http://www.iearn.org/circles/ (video clip) more.

  • Social Networking ToolsTechnology software available onlineSMART Technologies http://education.smarttech.com/ste/en-us/ Elluminate: http://www.elluminate.com/vroom/ Wiki: open-source software http://c2.com/cgi/wiki moodle: open-source software http://moodle.org/Blogging: open-source software http://wordpress.org Blogger.com http://www.blogger.com

  • Social Networking Tools continued Questions & Answers: Teacher Magazine hosted this chat with Will Richardson, author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms and founder of Connective Learning. http://www.edweek.org/chat/transcript_10_10_06.html

  • Ideas in Practiceworking with the experts: Virtual Astronomy Pro D Connectivity global conference (52 countries, 1000 registered participants) at home: University of Manitobadaily technology use (example from my class)

    grade 5: a blended learning environment = face-to-face + computer mediated learning high technology e.g. computers, Internetlow technology e.g. pencil & papergoal: to use variety of technology, the best technology for the activity

    my hope for today: that you will see something that sparks a vision of how you might use technology in a new way * recently attended an online Connectivity Conference..Is Connectivism a learning theory? (online conference , Winnipeg, diverse speakers, 52 countries, 1000 registered participants, many unregistered viewers) explored changing world with respect to learning & the impact of teaching changes in society e.g. youth multi-taskingconstantly connectedTechnically confident & flexible (not experts) changes to learning non-linear: web searches provide choices of direction experts outside of the classroom personal: access supports choices location: inside & outside the classroom impact for teaching: new practices changes to teaching practices unlimited resources teacher/student roles fluid blended learning environment helps with some of these changes* recently attended an online Connectivity Conference..Is Connectivism a learning theory? (online conference , Winnipeg, diverse speakers, 52 countries, 1000 registered participants, many unregistered viewers) explored changing world with respect to learning & the impact of teaching changes in society e.g. youth multi-taskingconstantly connectedTechnically confident & flexible (not experts) changes to learning non-linear: web searches provide choices of direction experts outside of the classroom personal: access supports choices location: inside & outside the classroom impact for teaching: new practices changes to teaching practices unlimited resources teacher/student roles fluid blended learning environment helps with some of these changes some benefits using blended learning environment engagement levels: all of students much of the time access to experts: I dont have all the answers but I can help my students find out where to go to get some creditable answers transparency: parents, peers, administrators can see what we are doing, thinking, exploring (I dont think many peers and administrators have time to do much looking ) independent learning skills: probably the most exciting and valuable benefit: I see development in each and every child new ways: my guiding question: Which technology will help my student learn whatever it is we are exploring? in a new way, learn more effectively, extend what they already know, model a process for them, help them see, to questions, to hear, to process some challenges using blended learning environment time:ClassroomEnsuring daily accesspersonal learning 28 students, 1 lab 10 computers, 4 in my room sufficient equipmentAll computers must work reliable equipment diverse computer ages = some struggle with programs technology support tech supports extremely busy, sometimes a long wait displacement of other resources outdated encyclopedias of limit use for some current issues using in diverse ways to provide drill & practice (Math Blaster) to help evaluate & diagnose student learning (CCC) to provide open-ended learning opportunities (research)

    own website helps mediate a blended learning environment provides a location to access and contribute information one form of social construction: not a perfect site, work in progress, reflects my learning errors frequently result from quickly added entries or thoughts students point out errors, add examples, provide weblinksbenefitstransparency: parents, public can see what we are doing in the classroomdisseminated information or distributed learning to parents, students, peersasynchronous access: access for parents and students, with Internet, at anytime from any placeindependent learning: students can take responsibility for reviewing and extending their learning independentlye.g. rereading a lesson, running off the spelling list, checking work missed do to illness or traveling

    a blended learning environment provides for both opportunitiessynchronous: specific time critical real-time, access to event occurring at a specific time

    examples my conference on Connectivity with Danny Catts: a researcher from BC benefits asking the experts personal connection with current research asynchronous: time not an issue convenient students, parents can revisit a site for information or review at a later time

    a blended learning environment enables synchronous learning where participants can listen to a lesson ask questions socially construct knowledge work on a group project

    daily schedule (to plan for a blended learning environment for me, probably the single most exciting, engaging example of interactive technologysupports my teaching students run the scrolling, activation of links etc my eyes are on the class I can constantly monitor engagement level I can access my teaching material instantly if the Internet is down, I can hook my laptop to digital projector and at least access all of my own personally created teaching material benefits accessible to parents check what their child missed that day read lessons, see homework assigned accessible to teacher check back on an old lesson plan and upload from home accessible to students revisit a lesson/ activity sheet, old quizzes

    blended environment supports holistic instruction: interdisciplinary content: teaching reading, writings, Math, Social Studies, and Science together math: working with large numbers, tracking distances traveled reading: blog, information for research writing: notes, e-journal, research report SS: geography, peoples actions can have global affect Science: global connections i.e. environmental sustainability example: Danny Catt e-journals, research, notes on blogs, global issues benefitsconstructed knowledge through.. group research, paired reading, wiki site non-linear learning: students wrote e-journals (their own blog) twice weekly reflected on areas from CattTrax2 they explored what they did, what they learned, questions for Danny, what they are still wondering

    a blended learning environment helps create a dynamic environment: interactive student run social construction: discuss word use the word in a sentence explore word uses and history encouraged to spell word or use in sentence providing meaning (added to our green word list)

    a blended learning environment enables me to make my teaching more efficient e.g. by providing instant access to teaching materials can go over assignment with hot-linked examples or clarifications mini-lessons can include samples of student work examples:mini-lesson & spelling rules once online, access available for class instruction, one-on-one teaching benefits:student access students can revisit lessons, rules at anytime (from home or school) teacher faces class teacher can check engagement, check for puzzlement transition fluency smooth flow between schedule, lesson, discussion, task blended learning environment greatly enhances assignment instructions all students can see, read, discuss the assignment no one needs to be lost supports e.g. shared reading, discussion quick links to mini-lessons helps clarify assignment parts

    the blended learning environment is particularly appreciated when I teach French (or even Fine Arts) not my strong areas helps model correct pronunciation and extra class or independent practice a blended learning environment eases the challenge of accessing current, relevant material for example, if you want to teach a unit around a local event

    benefits: supports local studies e.g. Sturgeon Unit current this unit led up to the local sturgeon release initiative text located on web connections (helped students make connections) local event sturgeon live in our town river stories told by elders about fishing the sturgeon global issues: sustainability, conservation

    a blended learning environment also supports access to these same current research projects

    example: our class study of Catt-Trax2

    benefits research information fresh, new blogs posted regularly relevant, helps students make connections between Canadian practices and South American practices e.g. forestry wiki provides opportunity for us to build our collective knowledge (similar to a KWL) raises awareness of world geography, global connections, human impact

    - blended learning environment strongly supports teaching and learning math concepts enhances instruction use visualization tools, explore definitions, go over a quiz immediately hot-links to lessons (printed and provided to students) helps provide differentiated instruction to support different learning styles visual learners auditory learner fosters independent learning skillsclassroom material or online tutorials old quizzes & answer keys

    just as with French, a blended learning environment greatly assist instruction in areas we may not feel skilled in examples: teaching music recorder: SMART Board to post music and lead benefits provides support material for areas supports independent learning as students access for further study clarification follow up an interest guide students through the music using SMART Board

    examples e-journals invaluable tool for understanding students learning, insights, questions, need for support helps engage many on our reluctant writers send me a copy, easy to mark Show What You Know over 100 ideas to choose from students add to it provides students with different learning styles to represent their knowledge in their own way Socially Constructed Knowledge website: the focus for stimulating discussions about numerous topics wiki: enables us to construct a document reflecting our community knowledge (we question & edit as needed) students teach each other how to use programs how to find information

    Hardware SMART Board (not essential) digital projector computersSoftware All The Right Type: students expected to use for all typing e.g. e-journal Dreamweaver Elluminate (free access online) listed on resource page Office PowerPoint Wiki (open-source) listed on resource pageOther Internet web space (provided by my local school district) essential only if you want students to access site at other times

    Still need to try: e.g. digital camera, ppt lessons for creating webpages etc.Virtual Astronomy- enlist the help of students and other novice stargazers in sifting through data in search of the next great breakthrough Pro D: just like this, just a bit larger . key: at home, no travel, access/process of material in familiar places cost dramatically lower, return for me was dramatically higher access to script, slides etc for revisiting, invaluable

    My Classroom: how I try to use technology seamlessly throughout our day


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