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eLearning in an Irish Secondary School


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A presentation on how realistic it is, to integrate ICT into an Irish Classroom using the NCCA's (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) ICT framework.

There are also some pointers to digital content.

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eLearning in an Irish Secondary School

  1. 1. Some ‘online’ ideas … Portmarnock Community School September 2009
  2. 2. <ul><li>… my research question </li></ul><ul><li>… some policy </li></ul><ul><li>… research with pupils in the school </li></ul><ul><li>… a response to the policymakers </li></ul><ul><li>… Scoilnet…Worldbook </li></ul><ul><li>… Digital school-book publishing </li></ul><ul><li>… YouTube…iTunesU </li></ul><ul><li>… safety </li></ul>
  3. 3. My research question <ul><li>How can I improve teaching and learning through engaging with the communicative, creative and collaborative nature of social software? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Social Software <ul><li>… technologies that are easy to access and relatively straightforward to use. They allow people to connect with each other using a variety of media. </li></ul><ul><li>The term social-software was first used in 2002 </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter, FaceBook, YouTube, Discussion boards on Sports sites etc., Blogs, Flickr etc </li></ul>
  5. 5. Action Research <ul><li>… a form of self-reflective enquiry undertaken by participants in social situations in order to improve the rationality and justice of their own practices, their understanding of these practices, and the situations in which the practices are carried out (Carr and Kemmis 1986). </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Action Research can be messy, can call for inventiveness, is unique to the particular area that is researched </li></ul><ul><li>A study of singularity </li></ul><ul><li>Carried out over cycles of research – continues over and over… </li></ul>
  7. 7. Some policy – National Council for Curriculum and Assessment <ul><li>Benefits in using ICT in teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Student’s active involvement in learning </li></ul><ul><li>development of higher order thinking skills </li></ul><ul><li>learning in authentic environments </li></ul>
  8. 8. Benefits in using ICT in teaching and learning <ul><li>interest and engagement in learning </li></ul><ul><li>differentiated learning </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>assessment of and for learning </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(NCCA 2007). </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. NCCA - ICT Framework of four headings
  10. 10. Learning opportunities <ul><li>Creating, Communicating and Collaborating </li></ul><ul><li>Developing foundational knowledge, skills and concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking critically and creatively </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding the social and personal impact of ICT </li></ul>
  11. 11. But who is to do this? <ul><li>The ICT teacher? </li></ul><ul><li>Or </li></ul><ul><li>The subject teacher? </li></ul>
  12. 12. The subject teacher <ul><li>…is doing this as they teach their own English, Maths, Gaeilge, Science etc. class… </li></ul><ul><li>…ICT not as an extra subject (though it still can be) but as integrated into everyday teaching and learning </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>…huge expectation from policymakers </li></ul><ul><li>…that expectation now beginning to appear at </li></ul><ul><li>…school-level policymaking </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>The e-Learning Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating ICT into everyday teaching and learning </li></ul>
  15. 15. National Centre for Technology and Education
  16. 16. NCTE <ul><li>good practice in using ICT for teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Examples on their website - Integrating ICT across the post primary curriculum </li></ul>
  17. 17. Some ‘online’ ideas … Some practical research
  18. 18. 10X…as a subject teacher <ul><li>Timetabled for 3 History Classes per week </li></ul><ul><li>Two in BX, one in HX by arrangement </li></ul><ul><li>A lot of distractions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passwords: school and moodle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students email addresses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web filtering by the NCTE not allowing certain actions to be carried out in relation to Web 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety – the need to stop and teach about issues as they arose e.g. tagging (and geo-tagging) </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Specific issues <ul><li>Using the HTML editor in Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>Uploading / copying / pasting photos </li></ul><ul><li>Various levels of confidence using ICT </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia </li></ul><ul><li>Good search practices </li></ul><ul><li>Writing in your own words </li></ul>
  21. 21. Outcomes <ul><li>All can use Moodle e.g. class glossaries, simple discussion forums </li></ul><ul><li>Attempted a project using Babberize to create a talking picture </li></ul><ul><li>Created 2 history websites each using Google sites </li></ul>
  22. 22. 20X a new cycle of research <ul><li>Blogging…see where it takes us! </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[WordPress]. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 23. NCCA
  24. 24. How realistic are policymakers expectations? <ul><li>BX: Laptop / data-projector / broadband / speakers </li></ul><ul><li>HX: Fully equipped computer room </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive principal, parents and colleagues </li></ul>
  25. 25. How realistic are policymakers expectations? <ul><li>Teacher Training </li></ul><ul><li>Student training </li></ul><ul><li>ICT and pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Digital literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Wanting to do it - enthusiasm </li></ul><ul><li>With every class? </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>This is done during your three class periods per week! </li></ul>
  27. 27. Some ‘online’ ideas … Scoilnet/World book
  28. 28. Scoilnet <ul><li>Department of Education and Science portal for primary and secondary level </li></ul>
  29. 29. Digital content <ul><li>World Book </li></ul><ul><li>The World Book Online which is available to schools contains the entire text of the 22-volume Encyclopaedia, plus illustrations, video clips, 3D panoramic views, and sound files. Articles bring together a complete story with multimedia content, as well as research aids and links to related information. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Digital school-book publishing <ul><li>In a digital future textbooks are history </li></ul><ul><li>NY Times </li></ul><ul><li>EdCo </li></ul>
  31. 31. Digital content – YouTube and iTunesU <ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube-EDU </li></ul><ul><li>Apple and Education </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes </li></ul><ul><li>iTunes Podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>iTunesU </li></ul>
  32. 32. Being sensible! <ul><li>Stay within the school’s network – robust </li></ul><ul><li>Need to educate…need to monitor… </li></ul><ul><li>Children and time spent online </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging, tag-clouds and geotagging </li></ul>
  33. 33. Tagging – words to define yourself by
  34. 34. Tag-cloud: the word content of a site
  35. 35. Geotagging <ul><li>Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification to various media such as photographs…. </li></ul>