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Some thoughts on eLearning and online learning environments<br />Donal O’ Mahony<br />Portmarnock Community School<br />Du...
The DCU vision…<br />Learning as relational, as dialogic<br />Using ICT in a creative way<br />
The key players...<br />The Department of Education and Skills<br />The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment<br ...
The ICT framework<br />The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment<br />
National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) – support teachers – eLearning roadmap – plan – draw down money!<br />
The State Examinations Commission <br />ICT competencies are tested in <br />LC Music<br />LC Design and Communication Gra...
Traditionallally<br />ICT was placed in Computer Rooms, ECDL, MS Office skills, project based, some programming, maths and...
Moving on<br />It is now to be integrated in every classroom, in every teachers practice<br /> All about enhancing teachin...
A presumption<br />Broadband<br />Data-projector / screen / blind<br />Reasonably modern computer  / laptop<br />Small pai...
From <br />Pre-prepared teacher presentations<br />Usually PowerPoint<br />To<br />eBooks from the publishers<br />Scoilne...
To<br />Resources from in-services e.g. Project maths, Cork Multi-Text project, <br />Skoool.ie, Teachnet.ie, <br />iTunes...
Much of this digital-content is “free” and readily available to the teacher <br />The minimum use of the equipment<br />Ta...
....but that’s not where its going!<br />
A move away from content.....or away from how we traditionally teach content<br />
Using the communicative aspects of ICT for  teaching and learning<br />Using Social Software for teaching and learning <br...
Virtual Space<br />Social geographers are looking at how people are living online<br />Interaction with friends<br />Gener...
Virtual space<br />What does it mean to be Irish in 2007?<br />
That I was able to encourage Critical Thinking – able to establish cognitive presence online<br />That Moodle enhanced the...
So what is this Moodle?<br />
Online technology to assist teaching and learning<br />Learning Platform<br />Virtual Learning Environment<br />Technology...
Developed by Martin Dougiamas<br />Moodle is built on the principles of Constructivism<br />
Constructivism<br />Active involvement in learning and knowledge construction <br />Understanding that there can be many p...
Teacher example<br />An English Class<br />My History Class<br />
Open Source <br />Hugely popular from primary schools to universities<br />Huge community of practice / support through it...
Technical – the back end<br />You could host it yourself (“free”) <br />or engage (pay) a Moodle Partner to host it for yo...
Portmarnock:<br />We gave the back end of Moodle to Enovation Solutions<br />I received further Administration Training<br...
Portmarnock<br />Need a motivated teacher to drive the Moodle project! Not necessarily the ICT coordinator<br />Slow stead...
Student access<br />Primarily at home<br />In a computer room<br />In the school library<br />Viewed in the classroom<br />
Fun time!<br />What about copyright?<br />My notes...online!<br />Safety and responsibility<br />Training – teachers and s...
Other benefits!<br />Can bring your work with you to another school<br />Popular in Ireland<br />Prepares a student for co...
Introducing Moodle<br />...will motivate some teachers “no going back”<br />...will start a debate on teaching and learnin...
Other routes<br />Other online environments e.g. Fronter, Drupal and Studywiz<br />Blogging – school, class, teacher<br />...
Moodle Users Group – Secondary<br />Portmarnock Community School<br />Thursday 10th March at 5PM for one hour<br />
www.elearningisland.ie<br />domaho@gmail.com<br />
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  1. 1. Some thoughts on eLearning and online learning environments<br />Donal O’ Mahony<br />Portmarnock Community School<br />Dublin City University<br />
  2. 2. The DCU vision…<br />Learning as relational, as dialogic<br />Using ICT in a creative way<br />
  3. 3. The key players...<br />The Department of Education and Skills<br />The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment<br />The National Centre for Technology in Education<br />The State Examinations Commission<br />
  4. 4. The ICT framework<br />The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment<br />
  5. 5. National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE) – support teachers – eLearning roadmap – plan – draw down money!<br />
  6. 6. The State Examinations Commission <br />ICT competencies are tested in <br />LC Music<br />LC Design and Communication Graphics<br />LC Applied Modules<br />LC Vocational Programme<br />
  7. 7. Traditionallally<br />ICT was placed in Computer Rooms, ECDL, MS Office skills, project based, some programming, maths and science teachers and some “...you are doing something with computers” type teachers<br />
  8. 8. Moving on<br />It is now to be integrated in every classroom, in every teachers practice<br /> All about enhancing teaching and learning<br />
  9. 9. A presumption<br />Broadband<br />Data-projector / screen / blind<br />Reasonably modern computer / laptop<br />Small pair of loud-speakers<br />In every classroom <br />Perhaps a wireless keyboard and mouse – for student use<br />Maybe an eBeam – a scaled down Interactive Whiteboard<br />
  10. 10. From <br />Pre-prepared teacher presentations<br />Usually PowerPoint<br />To<br />eBooks from the publishers<br />Scoilnet and its content, World-Book, Irish Times digital archive, OS Maps etc<br />
  11. 11. To<br />Resources from in-services e.g. Project maths, Cork Multi-Text project, <br />Skoool.ie, Teachnet.ie, <br />iTunes University, YouTube, RTE/TG4 Player, BBC learning, History.com..........<br />
  12. 12. Much of this digital-content is “free” and readily available to the teacher <br />The minimum use of the equipment<br />Take some time <br />Teacher will gain in confidence<br />
  13. 13. ....but that’s not where its going!<br />
  14. 14. A move away from content.....or away from how we traditionally teach content<br />
  15. 15. Using the communicative aspects of ICT for teaching and learning<br />Using Social Software for teaching and learning <br />Dialogue <br />Collaboration<br />
  16. 16. Virtual Space<br />Social geographers are looking at how people are living online<br />Interaction with friends<br />Generation of online identity<br />Constant feedback<br />Using Web 2.0 technologies, social-media, free and easy to use e.g. Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, YouTube, <br />Increasingly on all our phones <br />
  17. 17. Virtual space<br />What does it mean to be Irish in 2007?<br />
  18. 18. That I was able to encourage Critical Thinking – able to establish cognitive presence online<br />That Moodle enhanced the teaching and learning of Leaving Certificate History<br />
  19. 19. So what is this Moodle?<br />
  20. 20. Online technology to assist teaching and learning<br />Learning Platform<br />Virtual Learning Environment<br />Technology Mediated Learning Environment<br />
  21. 21. Developed by Martin Dougiamas<br />Moodle is built on the principles of Constructivism<br />
  22. 22. Constructivism<br />Active involvement in learning and knowledge construction <br />Understanding that there can be many perspectives to knowledge<br />Embedding learning in realistic settings<br />Offering the students a voice in, and ownership of, the learning process<br />Placing learning within social experience<br />Offering the opportunity of multiple modes of representation<br />Encouraging self awareness of how students come to know and understand <br /> (Cunningham, Duffy and Knuth 1993).<br />
  23. 23. Teacher example<br />An English Class<br />My History Class<br />
  24. 24. Open Source <br />Hugely popular from primary schools to universities<br />Huge community of practice / support through its website - moodle.org<br />
  25. 25. Technical – the back end<br />You could host it yourself (“free”) <br />or engage (pay) a Moodle Partner to host it for you<br />Enovation Solutions are the official Moodle Partner in Ireland<br />Lets Host, Hosting 365, Blacknight for smaller installations<br />
  26. 26. Portmarnock:<br />We gave the back end of Moodle to Enovation Solutions<br />I received further Administration Training<br />Enovation trained ten teachers<br />Small focussed plan: <br /> that these ten teachers carry out one significant piece of work with one of their classes over the coming academic year. <br />
  27. 27. Portmarnock<br />Need a motivated teacher to drive the Moodle project! Not necessarily the ICT coordinator<br />Slow steady steps – maintain the database of students yourself at first<br />Think about teaching and learning<br />Moodle Mondays<br />
  28. 28. Student access<br />Primarily at home<br />In a computer room<br />In the school library<br />Viewed in the classroom<br />
  29. 29.
  30. 30. Fun time!<br />What about copyright?<br />My notes...online!<br />Safety and responsibility<br />Training – teachers and students<br />Password privacy<br />Data-protection<br />Do I check Moodle at night? Weekends?<br />Parents expectations!<br />It won’t work<br />My broadband is broken<br />The cat ate my laptop<br />Software not up to date<br />Inappropriate content - An expensive dumping ground for content<br />Technology avoiders<br />Technology advocates<br />Etc etc<br />
  31. 31. Other benefits!<br />Can bring your work with you to another school<br />Popular in Ireland<br />Prepares a student for college<br />Moodle Two – a nicer look<br />Lots of support<br />Reasonably intuitive<br />Great for subject planning<br />
  32. 32. Introducing Moodle<br />...will motivate some teachers “no going back”<br />...will start a debate on teaching and learning – the debate may be very important<br />...will encourage new ways of imagining content<br />...will help the teacher understand the hyperlinked world<br />...is relevant to the world<br />
  33. 33. Other routes<br />Other online environments e.g. Fronter, Drupal and Studywiz<br />Blogging – school, class, teacher<br />Podcasting – Podbean to iTunes<br />Digital video<br />Digital animation<br />A school You-Tube Channel<br />Programming - Scratch<br />Encourage digital creativity<br />
  34. 34. Moodle Users Group – Secondary<br />Portmarnock Community School<br />Thursday 10th March at 5PM for one hour<br />
  35. 35. www.elearningisland.ie<br />domaho@gmail.com<br />

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