myDragonNet & Learning Platforms Part 2/2


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An introduction to the myDragonNet Learning Platform one schools answer to a crucial issue facing schools today: how do they build and maintain a electronic Learning Platform that will help them carry out their educational mission. In this half of the presentation we explore the myDragonNet system and explore what it does for all members of a learning community.

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  • We want to put students at the center of learning Learning Platforms are relevant to all schools because the world is digital, increasingly technology mediates our our experiences. (technology connects you to things that you value) Digitally connect students and teachers with resources in a variety of forms and across various media, expand opportunities for connection building within and outside the school and across the globe, use of creative multimedia tools to create and share ideas. Learning Platforms provide all members of the learning community with a personal digital space, through which learning can be personalized.
  • myDragonNet & Learning Platforms Part 2/2

    1. 1. Integrating Classroom Management, Curriculum Development and Electronic Portfolios Learning Platforms & On-line Learning Communities Karen Moffat South Island School (Hong Kong) Justin Hardman Hong Kong International School Part 2/2
    2. 2. is designed to personalize learning and to give each member of the online learning community an individual digital identity
    3. 5. How does work? It is an integrating framework that links three main structural components:   Class & Group Homepages Portfolio Curriculum Library Personal Digital Identity
    4. 9. Personalized address book allows communication with all stakeholders in a student’s education Students Parents Student Services Homeroom Teacher Entire Class Individual Students
    5. 10. Curriculum: Unit Plan Organizer <ul><ul><li>UbD ‘backwards design’ unit and lesson planning framework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to active classroom curriculum </li></ul></ul>Collaborative potential, features such as: multiple editors, shared access
    6. 11. <ul><li>Reflect on taught units </li></ul><ul><li>Facility for anyone to drop resources into a curriculum area </li></ul><ul><li>Copy into classes </li></ul>
    7. 12. Understanding by Design Unit Template Unit design based on work by Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins and their &quot;Understanding By Design&quot; books (ed 1 & 2) Example Template Assessment: What is the Evidence of student learning? Learning Activities: How do we get there? Standards and Benchmarks: What are the big ideas?
    8. 16. Curriculum Archive Archive tracks development of curriculum over time Class Homepages Portfolio 2005-2006 Curriculum 2007-2008 Curriculum 2006-2007 Curriculum Curriculum Library Captures the continual curriculum development by faculty
    9. 17. What is <ul><li>For students… </li></ul><ul><li>A way to organize the many activities they are involved in </li></ul><ul><li>Access to greater variety of resources and activities </li></ul><ul><li>Connect to class resources anywhere, anytime </li></ul><ul><li>Tools to communicate and collaborate for formal and informal interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Can articulate and customize their on-line identity </li></ul>
    10. 18. <ul><li>For teachers… </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitates collaboration with colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Captures planning and resources for future use and sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Saves teacher time </li></ul><ul><li>Enhances dialogue with students and parents </li></ul><ul><li>Connects with ‘real world’ resources </li></ul><ul><li>Provides dynamic tools such as discussion forums and blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Provides access to richer student profile data </li></ul>What is
    11. 19. <ul><li>For administrators… </li></ul><ul><li>Provides data rich view of the curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Informs data-driven decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Supports shared inquiry about teaching practice </li></ul><ul><li>Increases communication channels to community </li></ul>What is
    12. 20. <ul><li>For parents… </li></ul><ul><li>Increases communication channels to and from school </li></ul><ul><li>Provides potential for greater involvement and access in their children's education </li></ul><ul><li>Gives parents an overview of the educational process </li></ul>What is
    13. 21. “ I get my HW and assignments off of it when I'm sick (or if I lost them, oops), also it helps me plan how to study for tests. I also look to it for updates on school events. I also liked how, at the beginning of the year, I could check my schedule when I was unsure.” “ DEFINITELY continue using it.” “… keep up the good system and I'm hoping to see a new version of myDragonNet next year!” “ myDragonnet is a great communications system and it's helped me out so much this year. Keep up the good work!” Quotes from student feedback it sucks Stop myDragonNet!