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eLearning and Secondary Futures Thinking

eLearning and Secondary Futures Thinking



New Zealand Area Schools Association Conference 2009

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  • These partnerships were spared from a meeting between Dave Evans (ATTTO), Jon Bird (Catlins) and Allan Jon (Catlins). At a subsequent meeting between the group Dave Evans brought Elizabeth Valentine (ATTTO CEO) where the partnership was formalised, and Elizabeth introduced Catlins to Nextspace.Nextspace is a 3D visualisation industry catalyst and consultancy partially government funded and with a mandate to help improve digital literacy in New Zealand.  Nextspace has assisted us by providing sophisticated 3D software and 3D models for our students to work with. 
  • The ATTTO kindly invited us to attend the AIA conference, and paid for the transport and accommodation.
  • In 2008 the first course was offered through OtagoNET, free to OtagoNET member schools. Ken Pullar (the ePrincipal also kindly helped with setting us up through the VLN and providing support with enrolments. We are committed to maintaining those links and are running a group for OtagoNET again in 2009.
  • Jeff at Air Fiordland
  • Users are able to move models around in real time.You can pull it apart. You can slice it. You can play animations. You can even annotate it with text.
  • These tools let you “play back” complex 3D animations of real world usesPossible teaching, Describe the aircraftMix with a podcast Use to examine items in detail.
  • Deep Exploration reduces very complex models over 1/10th their original size while still retaining all of the graphical internal integrity of the model.
  • SmallWorlds is a new generation of virtual world that runs inside your web browser, without the need to download or install any other software. SmallWorlds combines media, web content, and casual games into a highly accessible & compelling 3D world that integrates seamlessly with the rest of the web, bringing Virtual Worlds into the mainstream.SmallWorlds allows users to create and customize their own rooms and worlds, and fill them with a wide variety of items and activities for them and their friends to enjoy together. With their online friends and acquaintances, they can share experiences like playing games, watching YouTube videos, listening to their favourite bands, browsing through photo galleries, and so much more. SmallWorlds brings together the best aspects of online games, instant messaging, social networks and digital media, and wraps them into a persistent virtual world that is never more than a hyperlink away.
  • Tremain Lucas, Jon Bird, Allan Jon and Dave Evans with some of the 2008 Aviation students at Safe Air in Blenhiem, 2008
  • Matt at Aim Proximity advertisingSquadron Leader Andy GriegDirector of Air Force Recruiting
  • CBHS RoboticsTeam travelled to Aucklandto competein the FIRST Robotics BootCamp (July 2008) Cluster approach to ICT Project based Learning led by CBHS. ICT Project Based Learning.
  • This Action Research, led by Christchurch Boys High School, aimed to evaluate thefactors that facilitate ICT Assisted Project Based Learning.
  • Practical applications for Area School students – robots to build fences.During the Research & Development phase, students complete a Robot Design WebQuest to guide their inquiry and foster higher order thinking - for example:http://www.msu.edu/~wetherb1/robots.htmlhttp://www.yarramanpark.vic.edu.au/webquest.htmlhttp://42explore.com/robots.htmhttp://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/robot.html
  • Practical applications for Area School students – robots to build fences.Programming Specs: The robot must be programmed in C to follow a black line on a light-grey background. If the robot sees a mid-grey “body” laid across the line, it should stop for two seconds (each second identified by a flash of its lights), and continue following the line until another “body” is encountered, when it repeats the stop-flash-continue sequence. ( US 5967 )
  • The camp includes 4:1 student/teacher ratios

eLearning and Secondary Futures Thinking eLearning and Secondary Futures Thinking Presentation Transcript

  • The Catlins Area School
    eLearning and Secondary Futures Thinking
    NZASA Conference 2009
  • Secondary Futures Principles
    • Students First
    • Inspiring Teachers
    • Social Effects
    • Community Connectedness
    • The Place of Technology
  • Secondary Futures Thinking is all about the school becoming a “Learning Hub”.
  • Successful students in the future will have:
    • Capacity to learn
    • The capacity to participate in a future society
    • The capacity to be part of the New Zealand tradition
    • The capacity to value self and others
    Helping to achieve this will be:
    • Customized learning pathways
    • Linked-up learning programmes
    • Multiple learning portals
    • Synchronized learning platforms
  • Links to eLearning Pedagogy
    Learning supported by or facilitated by ICT can:
    • Assist in making connections, especially through overcoming the barriers of distance and time.
    • Facilitate shared learning through creating communities of learners.
    • Create a supportive learning environment by providing resources that take account of individual, cultural or developmental differences.
    • Enhance opportunities to learn by providing virtual experiences and tools to take learning further.
  • Educational Partnerships for Aviation
    Meet real needs
    • Secondary Futures ideas
    • Engagement - authentic educational experiences
    • Career education
    • Address industry needs
    • School, community & business in partnership
  • Introduced at the AIA Conference 2008
    • Build industry links
    • Develop parts ‘library’
    Aviation Industry Association Conference
    Tauranga Aviation Careers Day
  • Linked with OtagoNET
    First delivered (as eLearning ) through OtagoNET
    Class still available to OtagoNET schools
    We drew on experience as an OtagoNET foundation school
    Ideas and framework for our eLearning Handbook
    Support with:
    • Enrolments
    • Video Conferencing
    • Audio Conferencing
  • What were the 2008 Courses?
    • Introduction to the industry
    • Basics of the theory of flight
    • Aviation career options
    • Encouraging further learning
    • Aviation Studies
    • Your Aviation Career
    • The Theory of Flight
    • Your Place in Aviation
  • How did they develop into 2009?
    • Extended accreditation
    • Three full year courses
    • Pitched at Levels 2 and 3 on the Qualifications Framework
    • Includes the material from the short courses
    • Covers compulsory units from the National Certificate
    • Broad introductory coverage to aviation concepts and issues
    • Counts towards NCEA
  • Short ‘taster’ courses for 2009
    • Your Aviation Career
    • Your Place in Aviation
    • The Theory of Flight
    • Count towards NCEA
  • Subject Knowledge, Industry Links and ‘Currency’
    • ATTTO - industry links, feedback and standards
    • Nextspace technologies
    • Air Fiordland industry currency visits and support
    • RNZAF partnerships and Base Woodbourne visits
    • Staff with a strong industry background, and sound pedagogical practice
  • The Learning Framework
    OtagoNET School
    Interactive 3D visualization
    3D Virtual Campus
    Power Points
    Images and diagrams
    VC / Audio Conferences
    PDF / Word documents
    “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand."
    Confucius (around 450 BC)
  • Deep View CompleteA free 2D and 3D graphics viewing application.
  • Communicate, collaborate and visualize dynamic product data.
    Using 3D allows students to “Demonstrate knowledge of…”.
    3D visualization empowers inquiry learning.
  • Using 3D to show the details*.rh models are web ready!
  • SmallWorlds and a Virtual Campushttp://www.smallworlds.com/
  • Optional Face2Face and Camps
    Meet the teacher
    Meet peers and develop a ‘class’
    Optional eHui days
    Optional Aviation Camp at NZRAF Base Woodbourne
  • Working in with RNZAF
    ‘Graduate Packs’ and the ‘Step Up’ challenge
    Working in partnership to link in with the Air Training Corps
    Ongoing links for the Camps
    Helping eLearners find out about these real career options
    Professional knowledge exchanges through dialogue and presentations
  • ‘In School’ OptionsLearn on full enterprise software solutions that top aviation companies around the world are using.
    Real aircraft parts
    Linked design and build
    Blended theory / practical
    Aircraft structures
  • Industry Links and Donations
    • JT8D Jet Engine donated by Christchurch Engine Centre
  • The Background Systems
    • eLearning Handbook
    • Integrated into the school QMS documentation
    • OtagoNET eLearning experience
    • Courses qualify for STAR funds
    • Cost recovery model
    • Trained Teaching Staff with Industry Experience
    • Regular staff professional development with industry
    • Student links to industry
  • Robotics and Object Based Programming at Christchurch Boys High
    Teach me how to think, not what to think
  • What is ICT Project Based Learning?
    “In ICT PBL, students work individually or in groups over an extended period of time to develop a product, presentation, or performance. Students gain increased skill in being independent, self-sufficient, intrinsically motivated learners.”
    Moursund (2006)
  • Action Research into ICT Project Based Learning
    The factors monitored include:
    • Student use of mind-mapping software.
    • Student use of programming software.
    • Student access to hardware.
    • Student to teacher / tutor ratio.
    • Student – student communication.
    • Project Environment. (home/school/University)
  • The Project – “The War Zone!”
    “In order to rescue victims, design a robot that must find its way through a hazardous area as quickly as possible, following a black line which has been marked with bodies, then very accurately identifying each “body” before advancing further along the line.”
  • Learning Tools
    Inspiration Software
    PCs with MPLAB IDE & Hi-Tech C compiler and a programmer.
    Robot kitset with gear box and IR sensors & PCB.
    Schematics and datasheets.
    Rescue course sheets
    Industry visits and links
  • Programming in C
    C is the chosen because:
    • C is used in a commercial applications.
    • C is a small language.
    • C has excellent library support.
    • There is good availability of C compilers.
    • C supports modular programming.
    • C translates into machine code efficiently.
    OCIString * name; OCINumber height; OCINumber weight; OCIDatehiredate; OCINumber fuel;
  • Successes and Solutions
    Due to the success of this PBL:
    The students will go for annual camps at University of Canterbury School of Engineering - to improve their programming .
    Industry links and visits including the Christchurch Engine Centre
    Students have the opportunity to enter in a Robotics Competition.
  • Future Steps
    The Ignition Programme
    Links with RTLB SouthWest Otago
    Links with Industry
    Links with ITOs
    Action Research into using 3D Learning to engage difficult students
    Expanding virtual departments
    Address roll issues in Area Schools
    Helps deal with staffing
    Alternate path for international students
    Alternate sources of resource development
    The New Zealand Virtual School
    Developed as an EOI for the Trade Academy Project
    A wide group of project partners
    Using new technologies to reduce barriers
  • Resourcing and the Ministry
    “There is a currently a critical knowledge gap in the MoE’s understanding of current schools costs and the potential benefits of virtualisation of schools services across high speed data networks.  Better knowledge of the real costs and potential savings is critical in the policy development for the future funding of ICT in schools.”
    Murray Brown 2008
  • The Catlins Area School
    We would like to acknowledge the staff of the ATTTO and Miranda Satterthwaite of Christchurch Boys High School. This presentation includes material originally developed by those people.