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Digital toolbox for 21st Century Learning


Presentation at Al-Taqwa College, Truganina, Victoria on 16th December, 2013.

Presentation at Al-Taqwa College, Truganina, Victoria on 16th December, 2013.

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  • 1. Digital Toolbox for st Century Learning 21 Britt Gow Al-Taqwa College 2013
  • 2. How is it different? • Very fast – almost instant – sharing of audio, text and images. • Much more data stored in smaller spaces. • Visual data are more prominent. • Global access – few restrictions to communication across the world. • 24/7 – not restricted to 9-to-5 on weekdays ‘school’ or ‘working’ hours. • Anyone can publish – not just the ‘experts’. • Many more opportunities to find people of similar interests.
  • 3. Today’s Learners are: • • • • • • • Multi-taskers Digitally literate Mobile and connected 24/7 Experiential Social Visual/spatial learners Fast response times, short attention spans © 2006 “Teaching the 21st Century Learner”
  • 4. What does this mean for teaching and learning? • Teachers are no longer the “font of all knowledge”. • Students don’t need to memorize facts. • Questions shouldn’t be easily ‘googled’. • Instead of rote learning; analysis, evaluation inquiry, problem-solving and creation should be the focus. • Students need to be taught to evaluate the reliability of information. • Opportunities for peer collaboration with likeminds – “Collective Knowledge Construction”
  • 5. Voice recording • For reluctant writers and students with literacy difficulties • Assess the understanding of concepts in science (predict, observe, explain) • Tell stories and then convert to text • Blabberise • Voki • Voicethread
  • 6. Notice boards and sticky notes • • • • • • • Brainstorming Exit slips – what have you learnt? Questions students have about a topic Surveys – what do you want to learn? Reminders Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) Linoit
  • 7. Wallwisher at
  • 8. Linoit for student feedback
  • 9. Word clouds • Wordle and Tagxedo • Brainstorming at the beginning of a unit • As a check that students have understood all the terms used in a topic • A summary of a unit of work
  • 10. Tagxedo for word clouds
  • 11. Concept maps •, Freemind and Inspiration • At the beginning of a unit to outline the scope • Student-created product to demonstrate understanding of a topic
  • 12. for concept maps
  • 13. Socrative at • Student response system via smartphones, laptops and tablets (apps for iPads). • Collate data, gain feedback and revision questions.
  • 14.
  • 15. Thinglink • Create annotated images that contain links to websites, videos, cartoons, other images etc. • Not just a static image, but a dynamic, interactive display. • Use for student research projects, extension work and introductions to new topics.
  • 16. Voicethread • • • • • • • • Voice Text Annotations with colour Can be embedded in blogs, wikis etc. Multiple people can comment on images Can upload photos or videos from files, Flickr Searchable Assessment tool
  • 17. Quizlet at
  • 18. Quiz revolution
  • 19. Quizzes • • • • • Terms and definitions Student created for peer assessment Quizlet has options (flashcards, study, test) Can add images with Quiz Revolution Saved online and searchable
  • 20. Google Drive
  • 21. Google Drive • • • • Shared documents Shared presentations Create forms (for student surveys) Embed into blogs and wikis
  • 22. Students can create their own webpage in a wiki and use the URL to create a QR (quick response) code that directs the user to the information in their webpage.
  • 23. QR codes • Treasure hunts • Mystery organs/systems/animals/plants • Link to student-created quizzes, videos, wiki pages • Add to school magazine to show student work online • QR code generator at
  • 24. Comics and cartoons
  • 25. "Pivot" is software that allows creation of stick figure animations that can be converted to video.
  • 26. Your students can enter the 60 second science competition by explaining a scientific concept.
  • 27. Tools for connecting with experts How can I bring experts into the classroom to connect with students? • Twitter • Skype • Blackboard Collaborate • Facebook
  • 28. @genegeek Catherine Anderson, a geneticist from Canada.
  • 29. @ScienceMags Magdeline Lum, a Metallurgist, photographer and science writer from Perth
  • 30.
  • 31. We use Skype and Blackboard Collaborate to connect with our Scientist in Schools partner, Melissa Toifl, from CSIRO Land and Water Technologies, in Highett and Clayton.
  • 32. Products for Assessment • • • • • • • • • Blogs > global2 or edublogs Slideshows > Slideshare Animations > ToonDo Cartoons > ComicLife E-Posters > Glogster Digital stories > Photostory Team work > Wikispaces Mash-ups > Windows Movie Maker; iMovie Videos > You-Tube; Vimeo
  • 33. Practical considerations • • • • • • • Technology does not replace experiments Does every student have access to devices? Does every student have internet access? Preferred learning styles? Concentration span – mix it up! Plan B and Plan C Best tool for the job of learning
  • 34. Thank you! Email - Twitter - @brittgow Technoscience blog Digital toolbox –