How To Turn Your Learning Management system Into An Online Playground.


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This presentation for #RSCON Reform Symposium 2013 explores the power and potential of creative learning spaces online for collaborative, global impact in learning.

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How To Turn Your Learning Management system Into An Online Playground.

  1. 1. Name Of Presentation by Mr X Page 1
  2. 2. Scuba • Streamline Creative User-driven Brain-friendly Activities Page 2
  3. 3. Breaking through to the surface Page 3
  4. 4. How does collaboration stretch the imagination? • How do we channel student creativity? We’ve got to feed our students with quirky brain bites & then sit back and watch the language and communication flow. Page 4
  5. 5. Simplicity & the 80/20 rule : 20% of your activities yield 80% of your results. 80% of your actions have little impact. • Simple environment • Chaotic inspiration • Streamline tools • Nurture connectivity Page 5
  6. 6. Learning management systems Use an LMS to connect students globally Turn it into a fun playground with multi-media Apply Brain-friendly principles Page 6
  7. 7. What features are important in the LMS? Flawless notification system Cool tools Userfriendly Page 7
  8. 8. Simple systems Wikis & NINGS • Digikids • EFLclassroom 2.0 Edmodo • Networking • Collaborating ClubEFL • Playground • Blog - ESMS Page 8
  9. 9. Designing the LMS • Does it look like a playground? • Does it have brainfriendly colours and visuals? • Does it have a clear, simple interface? • Does it have a minimum of userfriendly collaborative tools? Page 9
  10. 10. A NING as an LMS 1 • I started thinking about NINGs as • learning management systems after joining the EFLclassroom2.0 community. • As a member there you can set up private class accounts for your students and use it as a blogging, multi-media and communication network. Quote from David Deubelbeiss, founder of EFL classroom 2.0 “ For me, it is a labor of love and curiosity. Yes, we definitely need spaces where students can collect and have a home, a home for their mind. It's all about curation for me and stirring the soup and for teachers to have a place that doesn't die and has history and depth.” Page 10
  11. 11. A NING as an LMS 2 The most interesting thing about the NING format for me is that the "story", or evidence of learning and growth, accumulates as time goes on. The teacher is posting assignments as forum topics, and each student its to respond to that post. All students can read each other's thoughts, and build on them. (copied from a thread discussion) • I find it interesting to see who dares to post first, and who tends to wait until the last minute to take advantage of the accumulated wisdom (I assume that's why the late posts - not because they forgot to do their homework!) Plus, a NING page can be (visually) beautiful. I think that's a big plus for kids. It LOOKS interesting and inviting. Page 11
  12. 12. ClubEFL 1 This online playground is based in Greece and created by Dimitris It’s a fine example of how creativity through collaboration can work online. Page 12
  13. 13. ClubEFL 1 Some Features. 1) User-friendly 2) Attractive 3) Blogging 4) Great messaging system 5) All interactive tools onsite. 6) Safe for children Page 13
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  15. 15. Creative Activities • • • • Artistic book clubs. Journalling Collaborative poetry Music • Special needs or emotional intelligence lesson using Make Belief Comix. • Real life projects • Citizen Journalism Page 15
  16. 16. Creative Activities • Citizen Journalism ideas with ELT news websites for inspiration. • You can include collaborative online project work as part of your. Course. If you want students to choose their own topics so as to explore, do research, or embark on web quests to become citizen journalists of the world. As a follow-up students could present their projects online or in class. Excellent training for the world of business, media, the arts, work and academia in English. - Page 16
  17. 17. Creative Activities • Example of a real life project Page 17
  18. 18. Tools and ideas Tools • Tools are only as good as your imagination. • These are all tools that promote collaboration and creativity. Tools • Prezi • Eduglogster • Go animate • Bitstrips/Pixton • Storybird • Mindmapping • Video-making tools Page 18
  19. 19. Social and Emotional Glue • BE someone Our students can develop wonderful confidence and tap into the magic of life through creative online learning management systems because we empower them to have a voice. “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist Page 19
  20. 20. Transformative learning Outcomes • Global collaboration develops: • a) Empathy b) Mindsight • C) Social Intelligence • D) The nature of empathy Page 20
  21. 21. Peace & Connectivity • Using your creative learning space to make a difference beyond the four walls of your classroom. • • • • • Teach UNICEF Global lessons Peace poems Project Peace Social network peace projects Page 21
  22. 22. When I see a dolphin, I know it's just as smart as I am. Don Van Vliet quotes Page 22
  23. 23. Contact Details • Website: • Sylvia’s English Online Blog • SEO Blog • My WiziQ Guest blogs • Fair Languages column • Facebook @ESLbrain Page 23