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EdComs Classroom Everywhere -  Jan Webb

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  • Learning like stones in a stream which are rough and sharp – being knocked against each other refines them, makes them smoother, even beautiful – learning is like this and happens through relationshipsWe’ve been using collaborations in my class – using ICT can equip our students for the future so they can work effectively with others – that’s the reality of life(click for book title and authors) "..technologies and organisational innovations are not threats. They are exciting opportunities to make learning intrinsically motivating, that make teaching professionally rewarding and transform our schools from being economic and political liabilities to sources of solution and strength
  • Friendship forum – writing, e-safety, avatars, relationship building (in subsequent projects we have used skype – eg with Henrick – question about “Do you have the same God as us?”)Healthy living wikis – co-constructed knowledge, peer editing, self reviewShared science experiments – collecting data…sharing excel workbooks
  • Sharing documents can be important part of collaborationsUse of skydrive for sharing documents in our Shavington Cluster transition projectLive essentials has all sorts of useful tools - awesome photo gallery tools, but lots of schools using blogging now as a way of encouraging pupils to write for authentic audience
  • One note is great – can use as online web app as just shown or can share via dropbox
  • Great way to share what we are doing and enhance explanations is to use short video clips – screen capture with commentary via community clips is useful
  • Learning is relational Seymour Papert described how learning COULD be revolutionised 20 years ago in The Children’s Machine – he talked about how we need a mega change in education system so children can learn in a way that empowers them rather than stifling them; Fullan in his 2011 paper “choosing the wrong drivers for whole system reform” talks about how it’s intrinsic motivation, engagement in improvement, collective/team work that are LEAD drivers for change NOT accountability/individuality/tech/fragmented strategiesWhat we’ve been using in my class isn’t just collaboration within the class – but with classes from all over the world. We started from intrinsic motivation, engaging all of us (me and the children) in improving what we were doing in collaboration with others…. It was using the tech that made the collaborations possible
  • Sharing learning, sharing ideas is like snowballImportant to share what we are doing in our classWhy do we share what we are doing?….
  • Another project
  • Photosynths and panoramas are going to be an increasingly useful tool for us moving forward – great to share with those we are working with… great for virtual tours etc – video also useful but range of options important!
  • Sharing pictures and photos can be done in a range of ways…
  • Use of audacity to record radio advertsProblem of copyright with music – overcome since initial project by using SongsmithWe shared pictures – digital photos first time round, but last year we used voicethread with school in Australia for 2 stars and a wish for aboriginal dot paintingsThis isn’t the only way we have used sound – scribbling with sound as part of a formative creative process can be v powerful – have favourited the shirt machine recordings
  • Include apps4classVoicethreadLinoit
  • Whatever tools you choose to use – it’s important to make sure it fits with what you want your learners to achieve… not tech for tech’s sake, tech for the sake of learning; not just to replicate what is done in class but to enhance, extend, transform
  • Cues in intonation, expression, hand and facial gesturesetc;But our youngsters are growing up with online communication as a norm! we need to be able to speak the same language; need to harness the potential; need to TEACH skills of communication online when we are missing these cues
  • Seth Godin – Linchpin – it’s the human aspects, not being an automaton that make a difference to what we do…These children have a different way of learning to the way I did when I was at school – or even when I first started teaching! Time, place make no difference to them – they get on their phone even when we are out and about as a family to find things out or to communicate with their friends! Alastair is using digital learning dialogue all the time when he uses his games console online to play games with his friends – headset on, communication, relationship building, common ground, negotiations and navigations
  • What helped what was happening in my classroom? Networking, learning from other professionals,

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