# RSCON How To Turn Your Learning Management System Into An Online Playground.


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# RSCON How To Turn Your Learning Management System Into An Online Playground.

  1. 1. Page 1 Name Of Presentation by Mr X
  2. 2. Page 2 What?? • SCUBA? No, this is not a “Scholarly Collaborative Underwater Brain Apparatus.” (Quote Fluency MC) It’s a very significant metaphor
  3. 3. Page 3 Scuba • Streamline Creative User-driven Brain-friendly Activities
  4. 4. Page 4 Breaking the surface
  5. 5. Page 5 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.
  6. 6. Page 6 Simplicity & the 80/20 rule : • Simple environment • Chaotic inspiration 20% of your activities yield 80% of your results. • Streamline tools • Nurture connectivity 80% of your actions have little impact.
  7. 7. Page 7 Learning management systems Use an LMS to connect students globally Turn it into a fun playground with multi-media Apply Brain-friendly principles
  8. 8. Page 8 Whatfeatures are important in the LMS? Flawless notification system Cool tools User- friendly
  9. 9. Page 9 Simple systems Wikis & NINGS Edmodo ClubEFL • Digikids • EFLclassroom 2.0 • Networking • Collaborating • Playground • Blog - ESMS
  10. 10. Page 10 Designing the LMS • Does it look like a playground? • Does it have brain- friendly colours and visuals? • Does it have a clear, simple interface? • Does it have a minimum of user- friendly collaborative tools?
  11. 11. Page 11 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.”
  12. 12. Page 12 A NING as an LMS 2 • 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. 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)
  13. 13. Page 13 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.
  14. 14. Page 14 ClubEFL 1 Some Features. 1) User-friendly 2) Attractive 3) Blogging 4) Great messaging system 5) All interactive tools onsite. 6) Safe for children
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  16. 16. Page 16 Creative Activities • Artistic book clubs. • Journalling • Collaborative poetry • Music • Special needs or emotional intelligence lesson using Make Belief Comix. • Real life projects • Citizen Journalism
  17. 17. Page 17 Creative Activities • Citizen Journalism ideas with ELT news websites for inspiration. • Include collaborative online project work as part of the course, as if you want students to choose their own topics so as to explore, do research, embark on web quests to become citizen journalists of the world. As a follow-up students would present their projects online. Excellent training for the world of business, work and academia in English. -
  18. 18. Page 18 Creative Activities • Example of a real life project
  19. 19. Page 19 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
  20. 20. Page 20 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
  21. 21. Page 21 Transformative learning Outcomes • Global collaboration develops: • a) Empathy b) Mindsight • C) Social Intelligence • D) The nature of empathy
  22. 22. Page 22 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
  23. 23. Page 23 When I see a dolphin, I know it's just as smart as I am. Don Van Vliet quotes
  24. 24. Page 24 Contact Details • Website: • Sylvia’s English Online Blog • SEO Blog • My WiziQ Guest blogs • Fair Languages column • Facebook @ESLbrain