Global ed conf web2where gail_sue 15 nov11


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Your Name and Title: Gail Casey: Classroom teacher, IT Co-coordinator and PhD student

School or Organization Name: Geelong High School and Deakin University, Australia.

Co-Presenter Name(s): Sue Dunlop: Classroom teacher, eLearning Trainer and Leader, Geelong High School, Australia.

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Australia

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Teacher Educators, School Leaders, Teachers of middle years and high school.

Short Session Description (one line): Web2Where: Online Social and Participatory Media for the Global Classroom

Full Session Description:

The use of social and participatory media around the world continues to grow and it has started to show some powerful signs for efficient and effective teaching and learning; but, teaching and learning can look very different in such environments. This session will look at two different perspectives on the use of such environments in the classroom and how they could be used as a global classroom. These will support concepts such as fostering digital citizenship, developing student global competency and other 21st century skills, designing projects for student motivation and creating authentic learning experiences as well as examining technical infrastructure and resources for the global arena.
Gail Casey has been exploring the use of social media, Web2.0 and global projects in her classes for many years. What does social networking and Web 2.0 have to offer the global classroom environment? Why use it? What does the average teacher need to know in order to effectively introduce their students to such an environment? What are the pitfalls? Gail will walk you through her online social and participatory media work from the last 18 months, which forms the core of her PhD data collection, showing a wide range of classroom examples leading to eleven global classroom projects. Gail is a classroom teacher and has taught in both public and private schools in Australia. Her passion for global classroom projects has taken her to South Korea during 2007 where she developed a range of global projects while teaching ESL for 12 months. She has been an ICT mentor and trainer for 15 years and is now finalising data collection for her PhD.

Sue Dunlop is not a major user or promoter of such online environments, coming from a maths and traditional IT background, and feels uncomfortable (inexperienced) using social media to such an extent. She greatly admires the way that Gail has worked with her classes to develop safe codes of conduct in these environments and is learning to slowly and selectively incorporate more into the classroom. As a consequence will provide a good balance to Gail’s discussion and perspectives; teacher educators and school leaders, in particular, will find this to be valuable. Sue has been responsible for all computer related infrastructure and training in the teaching and learning area at Gee

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  • accountabilityReinterpret access What is goodReassess why and what we want to get out of itKids->digital evidence of progress – great for assessmenteg: Skype in school time – where is your accountability. Social interaction is through the online forum
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  • Gail:No. 1 greatest hurdle for me (years ago) – I was scared of having my students publish & do a bad job (I could look bad and my school looks bad – I am accountable)This leads to extra work such as checking all student email posts when working with other countries – teacher does all the work zone (Gail): I invite a bit of chaosClear picture - Students as valued resources to their peers and their teacherTime constraints – The need to do things differently including correction/assessmentAccountability – taking things to the next level knowing I can tick the boxes.Sue:No. 1 greatest hurdle – Need a clear picture of how this fits into everything else you have to do (parents, school, curriculum etc) - must question, then why do it?Comfort Zone (Sue):don’t hide feelings of uncomfort, I have plenty of skills – pick out the best things & build up to itFuture: Not standing doing PowerPoint but doing a blog or SkypeExtra example discussed: reading books in class.
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  • Local Streets – You basically feel comfortable travelling in these areas. Close to home, little risk taking but at times you take some different routes. Mostly familiar ground, safety in friends and neighbours around you to call in on if you need help. This could involve one small and short activity that has a traditional alternative (if things don’t work as expected) BUT something new is attempted. A bit like trying the GPS for the first time but having the paper map in case.City to City travel – Heading to the next big city with some sight seeing on the way.Off Road Adventuring – pack your first aid kit and setup all a plan to obtain all of the resources you may need. Give your travel details to friends and keep in touch with them during the journey.
  • Privacy, Privacy and more Privacy – ongoing discussions with both students, parents and staffWhat do you do if the internet doesn’t work?Will the wireless cope?Do you have cable as a backup for the wireless?Skype:Check the country time difference carefully – check for daylight savings.Is the with skype small groups(2 or 3 students) or whole class?Other activities are needed while Skype is occurring (can be boring for those not directly involved).Need projector, speakers, extension lead and usually a spare table for the laptop/computerDo you want to record the skype session?
  • School databases need to be current and timely – manual student data input is not good enoughEvery student should have an active and updated electronic school identity - email
  • GlobalEd Links for Web2Where slides:Slide 3 - get creative Slide 4 - Why use it? Slide 5 - Global is the new LocalBlog Slide 6 - Different PerspectivesSafe option - Teacher does all the work eg.  Slide 7 - Tips to get startedSuggested list mini - Slide 11 - Work through an action research cycleStudent Work11 current & active global projects using social and participatory media: 
  • Global ed conf web2where gail_sue 15 nov11

    1. 1. Web2Where:Online Social and ParticipatoryMedia for the Global Classroom By Gail Casey Classroom Teacher/Action Researcher Geelong High School & Deakin University, Australia Sue Dunlop eLearning Leader, Geelong High School, Australia Global Education Conference 15th Nov 2011
    2. 2. Overview – This session will cover Using Social and Participatory Media to support Global Learning: (A PhD action research study)What does Environments for learning that are: global, flexible, creative & active. it offer? Knowledge building, authentic & peer-to-peer learning possibilities.Why use it? Fostering digital citizenship & global competence. 21st century skills. Global Nings, Blogs, Wikis, Skype, email – clothes, food, hobbies & virtual tours. Examples Different Sue and GailPerspectives Tips to get Action research, personal comfort levels & start small. started Road Map Which road to take? What to do if break-down occurs?Infrastructure Active school email accounts & seamless databases. 2 By Gail Casey and Sue Dunlop
    3. 3. What does social & participatory media offer? Web 2.0 - 3 By Gail Casey and Sue Dunlop
    4. 4. Why use it? Endless Possibilities to Enhance Teaching and Learning • Peer-to Peer • Authentic • Knowledge Learning Learning Building • • • http://webtowhere.ning.c gavins-news?xg_source=activity oup/globalclassroomprojects om/groups Samples: • • By Gail Casey and Sue Dunlop
    5. 5. Global is the new Local Samples of student workBlog• Wiki • • • Ning • • Skype/Video Conferencing5 By Gail Casey and Sue Dunlop
    6. 6. Different Perspectives Sue and GailSocial and Participatory media: 1. Why do it when I have other skills to offer? 2. What learning do I have to support me? 3. Is there a clear picture? 4. Accountability issues 5. Comfort zone issues 6. Time constraints issues Safe option - Teacher does all the work eg. /One-Day-One-World How boring would the world be if we were all the same? 6 By Gail Casey and Sue Dunlop
    7. 7. Tips to get startedIdentify the Environment you wish to use and work through your own cycle of action research – Plan, Act, Analyze, Reflect (build resilience): • Make this environment consistently part of your day to day class work over time: • Iron out any issues/problems over time • Build your student’s confidence (Web 2.0) • School rules always apply • Go Global - Invite other classes to join you: • Let them see your day to day work • Be prepared for them to ‘lurk’ • Don’t expect students or teachers to read all instructions – be flexible (ESL issues) • Be brave and invite at least 3 other schools/classes (safety net – too many things can go wrong with only 1 school)7 By Gail Casey and Sue Dunlop
    8. 8. Road Maps to prepare for the journey OFF ROAD ADVENTURING CITY TO CITY TRAVEL TRAVEL THE LOCAL STREETS• Social Media & Web 2.0 • Join a project where • Join one 2-4 week global • Ning, chats, forums, apps students are responsible project where the teacher • Teachers are facilitators & for working in active generally checks & publishes moderators global groups. the work.• Groups/forums for each task • Students are • Online Postcard project • Topic forums producers & • Teddy bear project • Students as resources publishers • Digital Dan project • Models for learning• Student directed groups • Teacher facilitates & • Students take a few • Informal learning checks published pictures and share • Students as resources work some writing.• Teacher Critical friends • Blog or Wiki project • Other learning areas• Rewards • Student cycle of learning • Student control/Active learners • Critical thinkers • Students check work • Students as producers, publishers & designers • 21st Century life skills 8 By Gail Casey and Sue Dunlop
    9. 9. What do you do if break-down 0ccurs? Elements that can cause ongoing breakdowns: Skills Internet Partnership Privacy Expectations Mixed Timelines abilities9 By Gail Casey and Sue Dunlop
    10. 10. School Infrastructure Major elements needed to make things work smoothly: Internet Email Databases Support10 By Gail Casey and Sue Dunlop
    11. 11. Plan, Act Analyze, Reflect A continuous cycle of teacher professional learning through action research. Student Work 11 current & active global projects using social and participatory media: balclassroomprojects Remaining open, listening to ‘student voices’ and remaining flexible helps to find new possibilities which can help to take student learning to the next level.11 By Gail Casey and Sue Dunlop