Digital Toolbox for Blended Learning


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Digital Toolbox for Blended Learning

  1. 1. Digital Toolbox forBlended Learning Britt Gow
  2. 2. Science and Maths teacherHawkesdale P12 CollegeSW VictoriaTechnoscience blog since2008Twitter
  3. 3. “A decade ago, areview of Australianscienceeducation, revealedmany students weredisappointed withtheir high schoolscience. Today, thisdisenchantmentcontinues, asevidenced by thedeclining number ofstudents choosing tostudy science insenior secondaryschool.” Prof. S. Cory
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  5. 5. “If our kids are going to live longer than us, they need tohave a passion for learning to sustain them. Not content knowledge, but learning to learn. One eighth of the 21stcentury is gone already – get cracking with 21st century learning” Stephen Heppell
  6. 6. Today’s learner’s are:• Multi-taskers• Digitally literate• Mobile and connected 24/7• Experiential and Social• Visual / spatial learners with• Fast response times & short attention spans
  7. 7. • The Power to Engage• Students use technology already• Its not going to go will only grow• Professional development• Employers want their workers to use internet tools
  8. 8. “Teaching is an art form nota delivery system.”“A tool is only as powerfulas the creativity of theperson who uses it.”“A cupboard full ofinstruments does notproduce music – a suitcaseof web tools does not leadto creativity on it’s own.”Sir Ken Robinson
  9. 9. I get overwhelmed by all the choices –there are so many different web2.0 toolsand informative resources to use! Try a social bookmarking site:
  10. 10. How can I get to know my students betterat the beginning of the school year? Try using Survey Monkey or Google Docs to create a student survey about their strengths, interests and concerns.
  11. 11. How can I introduce a new topic with web2.0 tools? You can use Flickr and PowerPoint to create slideshow of interesting images around your topic.
  12. 12. How can I connect withexperts using web2.0 tools? Use Skype or Blackboard Collaborate to participate in presentations, ask questions and connect with scientists.
  13. 13. We use Skype and Blackboard Collaborate to connect with our Scientist in Schools partner, Melissa Toifl, from CSIRO Land and Water Technologies, in Highett and Clayton.
  14. 14. Peter Barnett, Geologist from Hot Rocks Ltd. Connecting with experts in the field increases motivationand engagement by allowing students to ask questions and actively participate in presentations.
  15. 15. Participation in web conferences with ActWild,facilitated by the Melbourne Zoo, develops student knowledge and empathy for our wildlife.
  16. 16. Students collect dataabout tree growth toupload to theSmithsonian Institutewebsite, wherescientists use the datafor climate changeresearch.
  17. 17. In 2011 and 2012 I have usedBlackboard Collaborate to teachUnit 3 and 4 VCE EnvironmentalScience to students fromdifferent schools around thestate. We connected for 90minutes each weeksynchronously and used myblog, email and Facebookasynchronously.We have met at Ecolinc, BacchusMarsh in term 1 and atEcoBeach Apollo Bay YHA duringterm 3 holidays.
  18. 18. How can I find out what my students already know about a topic? Try creating a group word cloud using Google Docs and Wordle or Tagxedo.
  19. 19. How can you encourage students toconnect different concepts or show theirunderstanding of how ideas are related? Inspiration (edustar), (online) and Freemind (download) are free digital mind mapping tools that are easy to use and display on blogs.
  20. 20. How can mobile devices be used effectively toenhance science learning? Use mobile phones to scan QR codes, take pictures or record data during excursions and trips outside into the school garden.
  21. 21. Students can create their own webpage in a wiki anduse the URL to create a QR (quick response) code thatdirects the user to the information in their webpage.
  22. 22. How can you encourage students to work together,collaborate on projects and share their results? Google Docs and Wikispaces are free tools that allow students to work together online.
  23. 23. International Energy Challenge 150 students, five schools, three countries and 12 energy sources.
  24. 24. How can students describe experiments or worktogether to explain the results of investigations? Voicethread is a simply wonderful way to use images with audio and text.
  25. 25. My students have difficulty rememberingdefinitions of scientific terms – how can I help? Quizlet and Flashcards db are online tools where students can create digital Flashcards, which can be used online or printed out. There is a similar app for iPods and iPads called Flashcardlet.
  26. 26. How can I help my studentsrevise effectively for tests? Quiz Revolution (formerly My Studiyo) is a free tool for creating online multiple choice quizzes. It is simple for students to create their own quizzes and send a link byemail to their friends and teacher or embed the quiz into a blog. Quizlet is similar.
  27. 27. How can students demonstrate their understanding of a topic? Ask students to create a digital story using Animoto, Slideshare, Photostory, Win dows Movie Maker or iMovie.
  28. 28. Your students can enter the 60 second sciencecompetition by explaining a scientific concept.
  29. 29. How can students ask questions or give you feedback about lessons? Use student, teacher or class blogs toconnect, communicate, collaborate and learn collectively.
  30. 30. How can I find out what studentslearnt during a lesson or what they may not have understood? Wallwisher can be used as an exit slip – a short, low-stakes, assessment task. A prompted (or unprompted) written reflection that is posted online.
  31. 31. • What did you learn about cells today?• How could you get a magnification of x400?• What is the difference between a light microscope and a stereo microscope?
  32. 32. REFERENCESProf. Suzanne Cory’s National Press Club Addresson 28th September, 2011 by STA and Academy of Science at the 21st Century Learner at