How is it different?
• Very fast – almost instant – sharing of audio, text
• Much more data stored in smaller spaces.
• Visual data are more prominent.
• Global access – few restrictions to
communication across the world.
• 24/7 – not restricted to 9-to-5 on weekdays
‘school’ or ‘working’ hours.
• Anyone can publish – not just the ‘experts’.
• Many more opportunities to find people of
What does this mean for teaching
• Teachers are no longer the “font of all
• Students don’t need to memorize facts.
• Questions shouldn’t be easily ‘googled’.
• Instead of rote learning; analysis, evaluation
inquiry, problem-solving and creation should be
• Students need to be taught to evaluate the
reliability of information.
• Opportunities for peer collaboration with like-
Which of the following are
characteristics of 21st C learners?
A. Multi-taskers and digitally literate
B. Sociable, mobile and connected 24/7
C. Visual / spatial learners with fast
response times & short attention spans
D. All of the above
Which is the best reason for uptake of
technology in classrooms?
A. The power to engage students
B. Students use technology already
C. It's not going to go away...it will only
grow & employers want skilled workers
D. Professional development
Memory and retrieval
• Mnemonics – acronyms or rhymes
• Humour – cartoons and YouTube
• Famous quotes that resonate
• Chunking (5, 7 or 9 points)
• Movement and colour
• Mystery & surprise
• Use patterns
• Mix it up
LEARN COLLECTIVELY at
HAWKEDALE P12 COLLEGE?
At Hawkesdale P12 College we
CONNECT with experts all over the
a geneticist from
Magdeline Lum, a
and science writer from
Our students COMMUNICATE with
teachers, peers, parents and others with
their global2 blogs.
We use Facebook pages to COMMUNICATE with
students, parents and the community.
We COLLABORATE with schools around
the world to learn 21st century skills.
Teachers and students are LEARNING
COLLECTIVELY with our online VCE
Environmental Science classes.
1. Are some students more likely to complete
their studies and achieve good outcomes
by participating in an online learning
2. What characteristics of students are likely
indicators of success in an online learning
3. Is virtual, blended provision just a different
way of doing the same things?
4. What teaching strategies are more effective
in an online learning environment?
5. What aspects of virtual classrooms are
advantageous to student learning?
6. What can schools do to support new ways
of teaching and learning?
7. How can online learning environments
impact school organisation?
• Technology does not replace experiments
• Does every student have access to devices?
• Does every student have internet access?
• Preferred learning styles?
• Concentration span – mix it up!
• Plan B and Plan C
• Best tool for the job of learning
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Twitter - @brittgow
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