ICT and teaching: Collaborating to build knowledge?

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  • Traditional View of Learning Learning is a process of information transfer and reception. Learning is facilitated by breaking content into isolated units. Learning is a linear process. New theories of learning New theories of learning are based on the assumption that learners are active agents, purposefully seeking and constructing knowledge within a meaningful context. Constructivism theory
  • Transformation-I create a rich learning environment in which students regularly engage in activities that would have been impossible to achieve without technology. Students use technology to construct, share, and publish knowledge to a worldwide audience.
  • ELT + Technology: Lesson Ideas Using Tellagami App : Tellagami is a free, user-friendly app which allows users to create a short video (or 'gami') with an animated character. It turns you into a cartoon storytelle "You can create all of your friends and even send an animated picture of the avatars via iMessage!!" "The characters are totally adorable and you can make virtually anyone!" "Love this app so much fun, creating mini version of my friends and family." "Get it! Best app EVER!!!!!!!!" r.
  • I set up a second facebook account just for students (or parents) . Last year I used to “friend” my oldest students (17/18 years old and adults). It all went smoothly, but I felt a little too exposed. I know there are ways to limit what your students can see but I never learnt exactly how to do it. That’s why I created a different account this year and could finally relax. Now, I can “friend” anyone because I can choose exactly what I want them to see. However, from time to time, I make a point of posting something personal or a little silly (such as a funny picture of myself). Why? Because I don’t want them to feel this account is “cold” or “too academic”. For example, on St. Patrick’s Day I wrote some information on the celebration and I uploaded a picture of myself wearing a green wig. Students loved it (and had a good laugh!).  What do I share with my students? Useful links, photos of things we’ve done in class (so that they can show them to their parents and other friends), videos, and anything that can be useful or interesting. I also remind them of homework assignments and deadlines.  I create groups. Each class has its own. Groups may be open (anyone can become a member and see what’s in it), closed (you have to be invited to join the group and see what members post) or secret (only members see the group, who's in it, and what people post there). What I always choose is “closed” so that only students in a particular class can become members. What are some of the advantages of having a group? Well, if some students don’t want to “friend” me they can be added to the group by one of their classmates and still interact with me and the rest of the people there. 
  • ICT and teaching: Collaborating to build knowledge?

    1. 1. - Entry-I use technology to deliver curriculum content to students. - Students begin to utilize technology tools to create products, for example using a word processor to create a report

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