Authentic
Instruction and
Technology
Jade Ballek
Learning Consultant – Sun West School Division
July 2013
The Goal(s)
• Design meaningful learning experience
• Incorporate interactive learning strategies
• Investigate authentic ...
What questions do you have
about authentic learning and
the role of technology in
supporting instruction?
Determining Prior Knowledge
• On a scale from 1-5, how would you rate your
background knowledge in terms of:
• a. authenti...
What is Authentic Learning?
• In Partners: Interview your partner using the questions
provided as a starting point.
• Ques...
Defining Authentic Learning
• Question 1: How might you describe/define authentic
learning?
• Marilyn Lombardi –
• Focuses...
Defining Authentic Learning
• Lynne Hilt: Powerful Learning Practice
• Learning goes deep
• Evidence of higher order think...
What Makes Authentic
Learning Effective?
• Question 2: Why might this be considered the most
effective way to learn?
• Res...
An Authentic Classroom
• Question 3. What might you see if you walked into a
classroom where “authentic learning” was taki...
Walk Through Look Fors …
•Inquiry Learning
•Problem Based Learning
•Project Based Learning
•Challenge Learning
•Passion Based Learning
(20% time)
Personal reflection
• Recap:
• What is authentic learning?
• Why is it important?
• What might this “look like” in the cla...
The Role of Technology in an
Authentic Learning Environment
• Multiple sources of
information
• Primary source
documents a...
Strategy: Think Pair Share
Meaningful, Purposeful Use
It is not the technology tool that is important;
it is how that tool is used.
Shifting Pedagogy
• "If you're not changing the pedagogy, you
won't be improving anything when
introducing the technology....
Leading a Successful Shift
• What supports might
you need to
incorporate
authentic learning in
your school?
• … to ensure ...
Who in your school has made (or is
starting to make) this shift in your
school?
What role might these educators play
in su...
Technology Tools “Smackdown” for
the Authentic Classroom
Retrieving Information
Accurate Information
Collaborating/Sharing
Communicating
Communicating/Sharing
A Final Reflection
• How has your thinking
changed,
shifted in a new direction
or been validated
as a result of today’s di...
Thank you! Good Luck!
• Jade.ballek@sunwestsd.ca
• @jadeballek
Authentic Tnstruction and Technology July 2013
Authentic Tnstruction and Technology July 2013
Authentic Tnstruction and Technology July 2013
Authentic Tnstruction and Technology July 2013
Authentic Tnstruction and Technology July 2013
Authentic Tnstruction and Technology July 2013
Authentic Tnstruction and Technology July 2013
Authentic Tnstruction and Technology July 2013
Authentic Tnstruction and Technology July 2013
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The internet and other emerging technology tools make it possible to offer learning experiences whereby real-world problems can be explored through discovery and inquiry. Learn to authentically enhance instruction through the use of technology.
Presentation for Saskatchewan Principals' Short Course - Saskatoon, July 4, 2013

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  • First question I ask “What is the purpose of the technology? How do you want to use the tool?”
  • Authentic Tnstruction and Technology July 2013

    1. 1. Authentic Instruction and Technology Jade Ballek Learning Consultant – Sun West School Division July 2013
    2. 2. The Goal(s) • Design meaningful learning experience • Incorporate interactive learning strategies • Investigate authentic instruction and the role of technology in supporting instruction • Allow opportunity for you to reflect on what this means for you, in your school, with your teachers … • And do this all in 60 minutes • Google Doc • http://tinyurl.com/nzoph7u
    3. 3. What questions do you have about authentic learning and the role of technology in supporting instruction?
    4. 4. Determining Prior Knowledge • On a scale from 1-5, how would you rate your background knowledge in terms of: • a. authentic learning • b. role of technology in supporting learning • 5 – considerable knowledge • 1 – fairly new to me
    5. 5. What is Authentic Learning? • In Partners: Interview your partner using the questions provided as a starting point. • Questions: • 1. How might you describe/define authentic learning? • 2. Why might this be considered the most effective way to learn? • 3. What might you see if you walked into a classroom where “authentic learning” was taking place? • At the signal, reverse roles • Form quartets: Introduce each other and share your partner’s responses. • As a group, develop generalizations to share with full group. • Full group share: • Strategy: Three Step Interview – template on Google Doc
    6. 6. Defining Authentic Learning • Question 1: How might you describe/define authentic learning? • Marilyn Lombardi – • Focuses on real-world, complex problems and their solutions • May use role-playing, problem-based activities, case studies • Involves questioning and critical thinking
    7. 7. Defining Authentic Learning • Lynne Hilt: Powerful Learning Practice • Learning goes deep • Evidence of higher order thinking • Real and substantive conversations – share with authentic audiences • Personal learning • Autonomy, mastery, purpose, choice, self-direction • 21st century skills integration • Everyone is reflecting, all of the time • Active, Participatory Learning
    8. 8. What Makes Authentic Learning Effective? • Question 2: Why might this be considered the most effective way to learn? • Research says … • Learn to do by doing allows learners make connections to previous knowledge which leads to real learning (George Siemens and Stephen Downes– connectivism)
    9. 9. An Authentic Classroom • Question 3. What might you see if you walked into a classroom where “authentic learning” was taking place?
    10. 10. Walk Through Look Fors …
    11. 11. •Inquiry Learning •Problem Based Learning •Project Based Learning •Challenge Learning •Passion Based Learning (20% time)
    12. 12. Personal reflection • Recap: • What is authentic learning? • Why is it important? • What might this “look like” in the classroom? Based on our discussions, what role might you have in supporting authentic learning in your school, with your teachers? Has your thinking changed, shifted in a new direction, or been validated as a result of our conversations?
    13. 13. The Role of Technology in an Authentic Learning Environment • Multiple sources of information • Primary source documents and digital archives • Simulations • Community of learners • Experts
    14. 14. Strategy: Think Pair Share
    15. 15. Meaningful, Purposeful Use It is not the technology tool that is important; it is how that tool is used.
    16. 16. Shifting Pedagogy • "If you're not changing the pedagogy, you won't be improving anything when introducing the technology." - BernaJean Porter
    17. 17. Leading a Successful Shift • What supports might you need to incorporate authentic learning in your school? • … to ensure the purposeful use of technology in classrooms? • Infrastructure • Access to Technology • Managing the Classroom • Supporting the “Shift” through Professional Development • Collaborative Opportunities Strategy: Think, Pair, Share
    18. 18. Who in your school has made (or is starting to make) this shift in your school? What role might these educators play in supporting other staff as they begin to create authentic learning environments for their students?
    19. 19. Technology Tools “Smackdown” for the Authentic Classroom
    20. 20. Retrieving Information
    21. 21. Accurate Information
    22. 22. Collaborating/Sharing
    23. 23. Communicating
    24. 24. Communicating/Sharing
    25. 25. A Final Reflection • How has your thinking changed, shifted in a new direction or been validated as a result of today’s discussion?
    26. 26. Thank you! Good Luck! • Jade.ballek@sunwestsd.ca • @jadeballek

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