Digital Futures in Education Michael Payton-Greene Wales High Schoolhttp://whsteachingandlearning.wordpress.com
Some context . . .• MA APSE at the University of Sheffield, exploring digital literacy• Dissertation accepted that social networking and the collaborative phase of the internet (Web 2.0) could change the way we think, learn and behave.• The study aimed to explore if social networking could be used to help the way students learn, enabling them to make learning easier and help them make better progress.• The study worked on the assumption that the way we are literate is increasingly important; in particular, the need to be digitally literate is increasingly important for the current market place and to be socially active as a digital citizen.
The Dissertation• Teachers at WHS participated in a pilot focussed on sharing and reflecting on good practice.• VI form Economics and English Literature students were set and submitted homework on Facebook, contributed to online dialogues with their peers/teachers, shared their own content and read articles/watched clips that contributed to further discussion in lessons.• The study found that Web 2.0 platforms had the powerful potential to:- enhance communication- increase engagement- use cognitive processes that were enabled by being ‘digitally literate’ in a digital space.
Designing a case study - Digital Literacy - OERs- What about a teacher focussed case study?
WALES HIGH SCHOOL• Outstanding 2006 – no OFSTED inspection since• Senior Management Team - Chief Executive 20yrs, Head teacher 42yrs, Deputy Heads – at least 12years service, 50% of staff 20 years + service at WHS.• Key Measure – 5A*-C (inc. English and Maths) = 58% 2012 – compared with 80% with neighbouring schools with similar cohorts. CONTEXT• Departments work independently• No mechanisms for sharing good practice across the school• Outstanding and Good practice in areas of the school, but not seen by those outside the department.• SCHOOL PRIORITY – Improving Teaching and Learning
What DfT wanted:- Digital Literacy- OERs What WHS wanted:- Improved teaching and learning- Professional Dialogues and sharing good practice- Foundations for a system of collaboration
QR CODE GENERATORS • Write information about your area of school • On a laptop create a QR code • Test it using an ipods • Print it • Try them out!Group 1: PE / Group 2: Reception / Group 3:Library / Group 4: Dinner Hall / Group 5:HOY / PSA Group 6: Learning SupportGroup 7: Digital Day / Group 8: Digital Day
• Easy to use – similar to a normal website or Open Educational Resource already used by staff.• Professional Dialogues take place which enable and encourage the sharing of good practice – the collaborative element enhances cognitive approaches to pedagogy and practice.• Easy to access resources using the drop down menu. The ability to ‘categorise’ and ‘tag’ resources is key – resources are easy to use and find.• The benefit of comments attached to resources is valuable; it enhances the resources with guidance about how it may be used, and, enables different perspectives that make the outcome of the resource clear.• Enables teachers to explore the benefits of digital literacy themselves.• Provides possibility for wider access – i.e. primary schools, learning community partners, Universities etc
• Difficult to initially get signed up to. An external website, separate to the main VLE and website.• Not placed in a prominent place to enable more traffic to the space. The majority of users will be those directed or encouraged to go to the site.• Any resources or videos etc need to be on a separate share filing website – i.e. slideshare. This is problematic in terms of being re-directed if items need to be printed etc. There are also issues related to aspects of safeguarding.• Student work, videos and pictures are not currently on the space, but it would make the sharing of good practice much more fruitful.
TO BE DEVELOPED FURTHER AT WALES . . .• to widen participation so that every department has a representative to contribute towards the blog;• to have half-termly ideas/strategies/policies posted on to the space and used/reviewed by departmental areas;• to work with NQT/ITT students to help their professional practice via the online space;• to enable the blog to be used as a performance management / coaching tool, as required;• to share student work and lessons using photos/videos;• to focus content on school priorities and important moments i.e. literacy, T&L policies, creative approaches during Arts Week, drama approaches during school performance period, lesson observation week resources, 6th form teaching strategies etc.• to create a termly magazine in paper and electronic format highlighting good practice to share with staff, highlighting best practice.• to explore ways to improve the digital literacy skills of students and staff through workshops and INSET exploring digital learning tools and applications.