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Digital Toolbox for Blended Learning


Presented at "ReThink, ReImagine" conference, Deakin University, January 2013.

Presented at "ReThink, ReImagine" conference, Deakin University, January 2013.

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  • Black and white photo album
  • Colour photographs
  • Digital cameras
  • Photos with cameras
  • Photos shared online with Instagram, Twitter, Flickr and Facebook
  • (Social networking) is like a “group brain”.
  • Richard Olsen’s IdeasLAB
  • www.wordle.com


  • 1. ReThink…ReImagine Conference“Digital Toolbox for Blended Learning” Britt Gow Deakin University, 30th January 2013
  • 2. Science, Maths and VCEEnvironmental ScienceOnline teacher atHawkesdale P12 CollegeSW VictoriaTechnoscience blog since2008Twitter @brittgowbrittgow@gmail.com
  • 3. 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.
  • 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 like- minds
  • 5. 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” http://depd.wisc.edu/series/06_4168.pdf
  • 6. “It is not where or how theinformation (text, images, audio) isstored, or the device or speed withwhich that information is accessed, but what the student does with that information that matters most.”
  • 7. “Teaching is an art form nota delivery system.”“A tool is only as powerfulas the creativity of theperson who uses it.”“A cupboard full ofinstruments does notproduce music – a suitcaseof web tools does not leadto creativity on it’s own.”Sir Ken Robinson
  • 8. “RSA Animate - Changing Paradigms” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U
  • 9. 10 Innovative Teaching PracticesFactors that simulate the development of skills for today:1. Reciprocal feedback2. Students reflect on their own learning3. Contributions to performance assessments4. Students revised their own work5. Learning is connected to the real world6. In-depth project work7. Freedom to choose which tools to use8. Freedom to choose which topics to study9. Cross-cultural contacts10. Exposure to global interdependency issues Myf Powell “From Replacement to Transformational” at Perfecting the Blend Conference, 2012
  • 10. FIVE web2.0 tools for learning…(1) Thinglink – annotating images(2) Wallwisher – digital pinboard(3) Tagxedo – word clouds(4) Flickrstorm – finding images(5) Google Drive – shared documents, forms, presentations
  • 11. What framework to use?• Gardener’s Multiple Intelligences?• Bloom’s taxonomy?• PoLT?• e5 (engage, explore, explain, evaluate, elaborate)?• Quality task, Learning intentions, Success criteria and Feedback?• Collective Knowledge Construction (IdeasLAB)?
  • 13. At Hawkesdale P12 College weCONNECT with experts all over the world..............
  • 14. and• social bookmarking• register• create a profile• connect with like-minded individuals & groups• Join a conversation• Share an artefact (link,photo, screenshot, wordleconcept map, video…….
  • 15. @genegeekCatherine Anderson,a geneticist fromCanada.
  • 16. @ScienceMags Magdeline Lum, aMetallurgist, photographer and science writer from Perth
  • 17. http://magdelinelum.com/
  • 18. for word clouds
  • 19. Bubbl.us for concept maps
  • 20. Our students COMMUNICATE withteachers, peers, parents and others with their global2 blogs.
  • 21. We use Facebook pages to COMMUNICATE with students, parents and the community.
  • 22. We use Skype and Blackboard Collaborate toCOMMUNICATE with our Scientists in Schools partner,Melissa Toifl, from CSIRO Land and Water Technologies.
  • 23. We COMMUNICATE with scientists at theSmithsonian Institute as part of the SHOUT tree banding project.
  • 24. We COLLABORATE with schools around the world to learn 21st century skills.
  • 25. http://energychallenge.wikispaces.com/ We use wikis and webinars to COLLABORATE with 150 students from five schools and three continents in the “International Energy Challenge”.
  • 26. Teachers COLLABORATE on the school blog which is shared with students, parents and the world!
  • 27. We LEARN COLLECTIVELY with teachers around the world by participating inTwitter networks, blogging challenges and other online professional development opportunities.
  • 28. Our students LEARN COLLECTIVELY – theyparticipated in a competition about cybersafety titled: “What Does Your Digital Footprint Say About You?”
  • 29. Teachers and students are LEARNING COLLECTIVELY with our online VCE Environmental Science classes.
  • 30. In 2011 and 2012 I have usedBlackboard Collaborate to teachUnit 3 and 4 VCE EnvironmentalScience to students fromdifferent schools around thestate. We connected for 90minutes each weeksynchronously and used myblog, email and Facebookasynchronously.We have met at Ecolinc, BacchusMarsh in term 1 and atEcoBeach Apollo Bay YHA duringterm 3 holidays.
  • 31. • Audio and video• Interactive whiteboard• Text chat• Polling tools• Emoticons• Web tours• Application sharing