Projeto edi distance learninf for itinerant students

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Projeto edi distance learninf for itinerant students

  1. 1. VIRTUAL SCHOOLSCOLLOQUIUMSheffield, UKmay, 2012 a distance learning project for itinerant children and adolescents in Portugal fernando albuquerque costa | fc@ie.ul.pt
  2. 2. edi.blog.dgidc.min-edu.ptDistance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  3. 3. Description of the projectDistance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  4. 4. Reasons for establishing the virtual school EDI is a project designed to answer to the needs of students from traveller families of showmen and circus artists and workers. Students who would otherwise have to change schools throughout the year as a result of their families professional activities.Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  5. 5. The target group Children and adolescents (aged 10-17, from grades 5 to 12) The project can also cover other specific disadvantaged situations, such as hospitalized children or teenage mothers.Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  6. 6. Goals The goal is mainly directed towards the conclusion of compulsory education… Also to prepare students for the challenges of the digital age…Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  7. 7. The curriculum structure The different subjects of the Portuguese national curriculum are taught online following a similar timetable organization as it is done in the brick and mortar schools. In order to provide opportunities for success and prevent early dropout, curriculum design, instruction and assessment are adjusted to the students specific learning needs.Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  8. 8. The pedagogy The pedagogy followed is student-centered, – interdisciplinary subject areas… aiming at personalized – creation of tutoring periods… learning based on – close articulation between continuous feedback... teachers and tutors…Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  9. 9. The pedagogy The teaching activities are fully provided through online communication. Interaction have as basis a set of resources developed by teachers themselves addressing subject-based and cross-curricular competencies.Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  10. 10. The pedagogy Students have to be online according to a timetable organized by year/class. They interact synchronously with teachers and mates through chats and forums for analysis and discussion. Learning takes place during synchronous classes, and also in an asynchronous way when they are free to use ICT tools (e.g. YouTube, blogging, etc..) and other available digital resources.Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  11. 11. The pedagogy In order to avoid isolation and promote interpersonal competencies, itinerant students are also encouraged to take their laptops to the nearest school’s resource center or library – where their families are working at that moment – and access the virtual platform from there.Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  12. 12. The future... Some issues prompted by the practiceDistance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  13. 13. Some issues and questions It will be possible to transfer all the knowledge we have about adult distance learning when the target group is young people ? Given the specificity of the target group, is it possible to guarantee a stable, regular and effective learning process using online distance learning?Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  14. 14. Issues and questions Given the instability of their lives, what can be done to focus students in school activities? Should they have the same curriculum requirements and being assessed with the same criteria of the regular students?Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  15. 15. Issues and questions What kind of materials and learning resources fit better the learning needs of these students? Can a constructivist approach be adequate in this case?Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  16. 16. Issues and questions How can staff be supported to develop the required skills and competences to deal with this very particular group? Is it just a question to help them teaching online?Distance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens
  17. 17. Thank you! fc@ie.ul.ptDistance Learning Project for Itinerant Students in Portugal aprendercom.org/miragens

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