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Remote Teaching? Plan Ceibal English

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Remote teaching, distance learning or team teaching?
Webinar hosted by TeachingEnglish
Monday, December 15, 2014

Due to a lack of of qualified and experienced teachers in Uruguay, English is being taught in 2000+ primary classes all across the country via video conferencing, using teachers from elsewhere (including Argentina, the Philippines and Mexico). Because there are two teachers, a classroom teacher (CT) and a remote (RT), a new type of methodology is being developed that combines elements of distance learning, team teaching and blended learning, but which also requires a unique approach.

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Remote Teaching? Plan Ceibal English

  1. 1. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Graham Stanley graham.Stanley@britishcouncil.org
  2. 2. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? • The British Council works in 6 continents and 110 countries, with the aim of bringing high quality English materials to every learner or teacher who wants them. • We have 2,400 staff teaching English directly to more than 350,000 students and trainee teachers a year in over 80 centres, partnership branches and on English http://www.britishcouncil.org/about projects around the world.
  3. 3. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? What happens when you attempt to use cutting-edge online technology and post-method pedagogies to solve specific educational problems? •What solutions are there? •How successfully can they be implemented? •What does it mean for learners? •What about teacher training? •What about teacher development? •What does it mean for teachers?
  4. 4. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Plan Ceibal is a Uruguayan project, developed by MEC, the Uruguayan Ministry of Education and Culture; the National Telecommunications company ANTEL, (Administración Nacional de Telecomunicaciones); the Board of Public Education, ANEP (Administración Nacional de Educación Pública); and LATU (Laboratorio Tecnológico del Uruguay). Plan Ceibal http://www.ceibal.edu.uy
  5. 5. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? • Started 2007 with distribution of XO-1 laptops (ceibalitas) • By 2009 Uruguay became first country in world to have given one laptop to every primary school student • By 2009, 350,000 children & 16,000 teachers had received ceibalitas • No cost wireless Internet connection in all state schools • Fiber optic connections progressively replacing these • Video conferencing equipment being installed in all schools Plan Ceibal http://www.ceibal.edu.uy
  6. 6. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? • In 2012 the British Council was selected by Plan Ceibal to project manage Ceibal en Inglés (Ceibal English), delivering remote teaching via video conferencing in Uruguayan primary schools. • Goal = provide access to English language learning to primary students (grades 4-6) and their teachers all over Uruguay. • Because of a lack of trained/qualified English teachers, Ceibal English uses remote teachers (RTs) via video conferencing • Additionally, classroom teachers (CTs) are taught English via moderator-supported English course (LearnEnglish Pathways) Ceibal English http://uruguay.britishcouncil.org
  7. 7. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? • Proof of concept pilot phase 2012 - 20 primary schools; 1,000 Year 4 learners (aged 10-11) • March 2013 expansion: 500 classes; 96 schools; Years 4,5 & 6 • July 2013 expansion: 1,000 classes • March 2014 expansion: 2,100 classes • By June 2015: Total of c.4,000 classes (c. 100,000+ learners) Ceibal English http://uruguay.britishcouncil.org
  8. 8. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? 3 x 45 minutes per wk. Lesson A – RT via VC Lessons B & C – CT RTs from Uruguay, Argentina, Philippines, UK Team Teaching CTs learning English through self-access course Remote Classes
  9. 9. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Detailed scripted lesson plans for A, B & C Coordination to allow CT to do the B & C practice lessons RT & CT have weekly coordination in Spanish Materials
  10. 10. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Online technology is becoming more commonplace in language education. How does this change the role of the teacher? •Remote teaching •Distance learning •Blended learning •Team teaching
  11. 11. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Distance learning a method of studying in which lectures are broadcast or classes are conducted by correspondence or over the Internet, without the student's needing to attend a school or college.
  12. 12. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Blended learning a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path or pace
  13. 13. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Team teaching coordinated teaching by a team of teachers working together
  14. 14. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Remote teaching teaching of learners using an instructor based in another physical location
  15. 15. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Technology requirements for teaching live online
  16. 16. Maria Bossa (Argentina) and Ayat Tawel (Egypt) Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? http://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/innovations-learning-technologies-english-language-teaching
  17. 17. New skillset required for teachers Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning?
  18. 18. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? The importance of ‘presence’ The importance of teamwork RT Daisy & CT Omar RT Maria Eugenia
  19. 19. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Supporting teachers
  20. 20. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Supporting CTs and RTs: face-to-face training
  21. 21. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Supporting CTs and RTs: online training and observation
  22. 22. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Sharing student work Between classes
  23. 23. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? RT Mariela Masuyama and CT Maria Ines Cuadrado and CT Andres Amilivia
  24. 24. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning?
  25. 25. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning?
  26. 26. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning?
  27. 27. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Results: Assessment and Evaluation: surveys Evaluation of digital materials of the programme (songs, videos, games, images)
  28. 28. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Results: Assessment and Evaluation: Testing August 2013 (baseline) and December 2013 Aims: Evaluate differences:- Pilot groups March 2013 groups July 2013 groups Groups not studying English grammar/vocab test only Excluded children studying English outside school
  29. 29. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Results: Assessment and Evaluation: Testing Average scores by grade and time of test
  30. 30. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? “Times have changed, teachers have evolved…And that is just the beginning – because just as technologies have begun to change the way that English is learned in the classroom, even bigger changes seem to be taking place outside it.” Martin Peacock, in Motteram, G (Ed.)(2013) Innovations in learning technologies for English Language Teaching, London: British Council
  31. 31. Remote teaching, distance learning, team teaching or blended learning? Thank you! Graham Stanley graham.Stanley@britishcouncil.org

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