Classroom 2.0
   september 2007 - a reflection
dean groom www.cannedteacher.com
Discovery

• Where was my starting point
• What did I do to upgrade my classroom
• What effects on MY classroom
• What too...
starting point

“90% or more of PMHS students have
published online and are living at least a
part of their lives digitall...
learnscope context

• find ways to engage n00b teachers in the
  web2.0 discourse - gently
• foster the idea that our stude...
classroom upgrade

• live without Office ... find new ways of
  doing simple tasks and move up.
• promote creativity and lit...
classroom upgrade
• abandon CeNet as the knowledge
  platform, use a wide range of Web2.0
  tools instead
• Be open and pe...
classroom upgrade
• Demand lesson on lesson journaling.
  Make writing a consistent normal habit.
• Use email/comments as ...
what effects?
what effects

• year 9 use it differently to year 11/12
• year 11/12 use it to make notes - focused
  on their HSC note ta...
year 12 effects

• makes them write and boosts literacy,
  promotes note-taking
• centralises resources for them
• reduces...
year 12 benefits

• at home/in school journaling -
  summarise classroom theory via journal
• they know everything I give t...
year 11 use
• Cert 2 - project based learning methods
  are easily facilitated using Web2.0
• Work placement - daily journ...
effect summary

• year 9 students adapt and engage very
  quickly.
• spend less time learning how to use
  things and more...
effective tools
toolkit
• Wordpress - journaling and reflection
• Photobucket - photos, videos
• Slideshare - presentations
• Zoho - writin...
What I learned
I learned

• Launch assessment tasks up front (PBL)
• Avoid pre-teach, assess (re-teach)
• Demand journaling! boosts liter...
guerilla movements
• give the kids the same tools in class that
  they like to use at home.
• drop the firewall, let kids a...
i learned
• teachers are too stuck in Teacher 1.0
  mentality (I learned Office, thats
  enough)
• teachers focus on regurg...
what i learned
• Ask questions that they can’t Google
• Fast tracks content - spend less time
  learning skills, and allow...
what i learned
• Your peers are probably not in your school.
  Colleagues are suspicious of change - maybe I
  can hold ou...
next steps

• keep working with pro-active staff to
  consolidate methods/tools to establish
  them as the norm. Tolerate ...
Classroom 2.0 - Learnscope Project Review PMHS
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Classroom 2.0 - Learnscope Project Review PMHS

  1. 1. Classroom 2.0 september 2007 - a reflection dean groom www.cannedteacher.com
  2. 2. Discovery • Where was my starting point • What did I do to upgrade my classroom • What effects on MY classroom • What tools did I find effective • What did I learn • What will I do next
  3. 3. starting point “90% or more of PMHS students have published online and are living at least a part of their lives digitally” “take the skills and methods they select as most relevant to them, and use them to add relevance to their learning”
  4. 4. learnscope context • find ways to engage n00b teachers in the web2.0 discourse - gently • foster the idea that our students are creative and many tasks we ask them to do are too simplistic, read only and lack a creative dimension that they enjoy • Deliver a tried and tested ‘roadmap’ for n00b teachers to deliver Classroom 2.0
  5. 5. classroom upgrade • live without Office ... find new ways of doing simple tasks and move up. • promote creativity and literacy as key facets. Tell students I value these things in their work • Continuous assessment and feedback • Encourage self-directed learning
  6. 6. classroom upgrade • abandon CeNet as the knowledge platform, use a wide range of Web2.0 tools instead • Be open and personal. Include ‘out of world’ tidbits. Post things that are out of context - this makes me stuff ‘sticky’ • Encourage students to add personal facets to their blogs
  7. 7. classroom upgrade • Demand lesson on lesson journaling. Make writing a consistent normal habit. • Use email/comments as a primary communication tool for 1-to-1 relationship building • Tell students where we are going. Offer them shortcuts to success. • Find the fastest route to gratification
  8. 8. what effects?
  9. 9. what effects • year 9 use it differently to year 11/12 • year 11/12 use it to make notes - focused on their HSC note taking • year 9 use it show what they are doing. • year 9 less interested in factual notes and more interested in experimentation and discovery learning
  10. 10. year 12 effects • makes them write and boosts literacy, promotes note-taking • centralises resources for them • reduces ‘knowledge leaks’ - no lost notes. Even poorly prepared students can keep notes more effectively • Allows peer knowledge sharing
  11. 11. year 12 benefits • at home/in school journaling - summarise classroom theory via journal • they know everything I give them is online for them to share ... more focused students in theory discussion • HSC VET means regurgitate facts, so students focus on this in their work
  12. 12. year 11 use • Cert 2 - project based learning methods are easily facilitated using Web2.0 • Work placement - daily journals (no fudging) - reflective students • Demand literacy - make them write! VET students are poor writers • Allows student review of material for slower or special need students
  13. 13. effect summary • year 9 students adapt and engage very quickly. • spend less time learning how to use things and more time learning why to use things • selects a range of solutions effectively • Higher end Blooms accessed rapidly
  14. 14. effective tools
  15. 15. toolkit • Wordpress - journaling and reflection • Photobucket - photos, videos • Slideshare - presentations • Zoho - writing/application development • Wufoo - form building • Bloglines - Aggregator • YouTube/Teacher Tube - video host • Vodpod / Delicious - bookmarkin
  16. 16. What I learned
  17. 17. I learned • Launch assessment tasks up front (PBL) • Avoid pre-teach, assess (re-teach) • Demand journaling! boosts literacy • Give access to all MY resources all the time • Move fast - they will keep it • Don’t bother teaching skills
  18. 18. guerilla movements • give the kids the same tools in class that they like to use at home. • drop the firewall, let kids access rich media and creative tools. • appoint a select group of students to be the advocates of change with special projects that impact all KLAs. • give students the best hardware when they want it.
  19. 19. i learned • teachers are too stuck in Teacher 1.0 mentality (I learned Office, thats enough) • teachers focus on regurgitate methods, issuing ‘content’. Creativity is dulled. • teachers are ‘holding out’ • teach the kids, they put upward pressures on the curriculum to change
  20. 20. what i learned • Ask questions that they can’t Google • Fast tracks content - spend less time learning skills, and allow more time to learn about content. • Cover more content faster and with increased literacy and creativity • Removes ‘boredom’ and classroom behavior problems like magic
  21. 21. what i learned • Your peers are probably not in your school. Colleagues are suspicious of change - maybe I can hold out to retirement the old way! • students are the best advocates for change • the system and curriculum is not designed for Web2.0, you have to change the methods of learning and assessment. Chalk and talk is ineffective. Discovery Learning is better. • PBL (social contructavism) is ideal vehicle
  22. 22. next steps • keep working with pro-active staff to consolidate methods/tools to establish them as the norm. Tolerate the rest. • Launch projects/assessments at the outset - forget pre-teach methods. • Add Second Life as a communication and collaboration tool (expect massive resistance and poo-pooing from staff)

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