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