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Taecanet - Sloan C Presentation


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Presentation given by Ian Nairn at the Sloan-C Symposium on Emerging Technology for online learning at Carefree, Arizona on 9th May 2008

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Taecanet - Sloan C Presentation

  1. 1. Presentation to Sloan-C Symposium 9 th May 2008
  2. 2. <ul><li>Introduction – Who we are. </li></ul><ul><li>Background – Why we did it. </li></ul><ul><li>Taecanet Knowledge Network – What it is. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Service components </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demonstration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lessons Learnt – What we have achieved </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions – What next </li></ul>Agenda
  3. 3. Background
  4. 4. <ul><li>UK Schools - $5bn invested in IT infrastructure in last 10 yrs </li></ul><ul><li>plus support for innovative content based services </li></ul><ul><li>Headteachers wanted technology to help: </li></ul><ul><li>inclusion at both ends of the ability range </li></ul><ul><li>independent / personalised learning agenda </li></ul><ul><li>primary / secondary school transition </li></ul><ul><li>assessment for learning </li></ul>UK Education & Challenges for Headteachers
  5. 5. <ul><li>Most useful source of e-learning material is the Internet * </li></ul><ul><li>BUT …five BIG problems for teachers… </li></ul><ul><li>No time - to find the best authentic material </li></ul><ul><li>No time - to create valid learning experiences </li></ul><ul><li>No time - for additional marking </li></ul><ul><li>Issues over open Internet access </li></ul><ul><li>Confidence in the use of ICT to teach the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Solve these and the Internet becomes a great learning resource </li></ul>Challenges faced by Teachers * Source DfES
  6. 6. Taecanet Knowledge Network
  7. 7. Taecanet – supporting & delivering Teacher & Student generated content Learning Journeys Levelling Tests Virtual Classroom & Mentoring Students Teachers 1. 2. 3.
  8. 8. Creating & Maintaining the Learning Journeys - the process Teacher Panel QCA Objectives Core Curriculum Stage 1 Stage 2 Internet – free Content plus Self publishing Chargeable? Content Teachers Create / maintain Lj’s teachers use LJs Improvement suggestions Learning Journey repository - Taecanet
  9. 9. Creating & Maintaining Learning Journeys - by Teachers for Teachers KS2 KS3 History Geography Science 2005 Teachers accessing that content >2000 LJ’s KS1 KS2 KS3 KS4 2008 Taecanet Repository Taecanet Repository Teachers creating and using content Teachers using content History Geography Science History Geography Science RE Citizenship >8000 LJs PE
  10. 10. <ul><li>Access to rich and diverse internet content 3,500+ learning journeys today & unlimited potential </li></ul><ul><li>Ease of use Teachers learn within 30 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Modern, fun and motivating material - curriculum related Covers all QCA objectives and students enjoy & engage </li></ul><ul><li>Safe & controlled access Teachers define “journey paths” </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the service anytime, anywhere School, home, library, ICT suite, or any internet point </li></ul><ul><li>A service that is adaptable to different teaching styles Whiteboard, 1:1, class work, homework, revision, exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced teaching workload Built in assessment and marking </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning that compliments other teaching methods Blends and integrates ICT into teaching and learning </li></ul>Taecanet’s response to teachers’ needs
  11. 11. Student & Teacher Feedback For video of teacher and student feedback please go to
  12. 12. The Taecanet Learning Journey - learning with assessment
  13. 13. What is Taecanet Springboard and how does it work? Teacher Admin Centre Student Service Allocating Work to students Viewing Progress Reports Revision Mode Peer Assessment Explore Mode Learning Mode
  14. 14. Demonstration For your own free account go to
  15. 15. The Taecanet Virtual Classroom – web based collaborative real time environment Shared access over the internet to common learning materials with the ability for both teachers and students to interact using voice, text and other functions Recording function
  16. 16. Mentoring & Tutoring through Virtual Classrooms – Bridekirk Dovenby Primary Example of how a Virtual Classroom connected a Gifted & talented student in Cumbria to a Science teacher in London
  17. 17. Lessons Learnt
  18. 18. <ul><li>Students think learning is “fun” Through the combination of IT, self paced & rewards </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers find the service easy to use In many cases schools are now subscribing for multiple years </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Impact on Exam Results increased grades at both Primary & Secondary SATs </li></ul><ul><li>Sustained & growing usage Over 1.6m learning journeys delivered & 100% year on year </li></ul><ul><li>Community starting to lead new developments Schools and subject organisations participating in growth </li></ul>Results
  19. 19. Taecanet Springboard – 1.6m LJs 2005 2006 2007 2008 Annual Totals 07/08 = 798k to 30 th Apr 06/07 = 694k 05/06 = 131k 04/05 = 11k Headlines – April 2008 New Record Month – 205,895 LJs On target for 100% year on year growth
  20. 20. <ul><li>The “Three Year” Cycle Schools can take 3 years to integrate new technology into </li></ul><ul><li>their teaching practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Year 1 – technically understand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Year 2 – part of the planning process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Year 3 – part of the teaching practice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teachers want “in-school” training With limited staff &/or Training days creates delays before use </li></ul><ul><li>Personalised Learning requires quality data to track & report progress of individual students requires </li></ul><ul><li>integration with school MIS systems &/or single user login </li></ul><ul><li>which need to be accurate </li></ul>Issues (1)
  21. 21. <ul><li>Impact of Learning Platforms Teachers are being asked to spend time creating new resources </li></ul><ul><li>to support teaching & learning &/or loading existing lesson </li></ul><ul><li>materials into the Learning Platforms. Increased support & </li></ul><ul><li>training needed. </li></ul><ul><li>Repositories of Learning Objects Significant efforts going into their creation but do all teachers </li></ul><ul><li>have the skills & time to turn these into lesson resources? </li></ul><ul><li>Rights Clearance If teachers want to reuse internet based resources as part of </li></ul><ul><li>their teaching & learning how can this be managed in a legal </li></ul><ul><li>& cost effective way? </li></ul>Issues (2)
  22. 22. Conclusions & Next Steps
  23. 23. <ul><li>Knowledge Network – “work-in-progress” In the last 3 years over 200 teachers have contributed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shared Knowledge through Learning Journeys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saved teachers time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaged students through 1.6m Learning Journeys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased exam results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teacher / Student generated content Teachers & students want access to tools to create new &/or </li></ul><ul><li>modify existing resources </li></ul><ul><li>Extension of Assessment & Mentoring/Tutoring To increase the delivery of personalised learning more work </li></ul><ul><li>needs to be done in creating feedback loops in these areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Extension to support Home & International Learning Support for individuals learning at home & other curriculums </li></ul>Conclusions & Next Steps
  24. 24. Thank you For further information: E – [email_address] T – 0044 774 019 4487