Opening The Doors to Contemporary Learning


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Opening The Doors to Contemporary Learning

  1. 1. Opening the Doors to Contemporary Learning Jo McLeay VITTA office
  2. 2. Journey of discovery Our students need? Our students use?
  3. 3. Therefore • Teachers need: • in order to:
  4. 4. It’s not just skills but a way of thinking and learning We can model what students do and what we want students to do: Planning, creating, sharing with community, feedback, review, collaboration
  5. 5. Networking • Creating a community • VAGTC • Twitter • blogs • lots of other tools Diigo, delicious
  6. 6. • a community of like minded educators sharing what they’re learning in real time on a daily basis
  7. 7. This morning I tweeted...
  8. 8. Start a personal/professional learning network on twitter. Join and get followers. Start with:
  9. 9. GOOGLE Google custom search: Make a custom search engine to guide students in searching with more academic rigour
  10. 10. Google sketchup Google SketchUp is software that you can use to create 3D models of anything you like. You can build models from scratch, or you can download what you need. People all over the world share what they've made on the Google 3D Warehouse. It's a huge, searchable repository of models, and it's free.
  11. 11. Google Earth Google Earth: Google Earth lets you fly anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, from galaxies in outer space to the canyons of the ocean. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places, and share with others.
  12. 12. Google docs Google docs: Create and share your work online # Upload from and save to your desktop # Edit anytime, from anywhere # Pick who can access your documents # Share changes in real time # Files are stored securely online
  13. 13. is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online. One of the top 100 tools • Create colorful mind maps online • Share and work with friends • Embed your mind map in your blog or website • Email and print your mind map • Save your mind map as an image
  14. 14. Teaching with TED
  15. 15. Quest atlantis Quest Atlantis is an international learning and teaching project that uses a 3D multi-user environment to immerse children, ages 9-15, in educational tasks.
  16. 16. “Activity in Quest Atlantis is designed to sit at the intersection of education, social commitment and entertainment. Students are involved in activities, communication and collaboration based around quests (like those in web quests). These quests draw students into research and the 'development of, wisdom' to be shared with the mythical people of Atlantis. Unlike many other online "games" students do not gain stature of points from killing things, quite the opposite. Points are gained from completing and collaborating on quests.”
  17. 17. Spore: “How will you create the universe?”
  18. 18. Hi Mrs McLeay, Just letting you know that my blog is up and running again. Its new URL is I’m so glad the posts could be retreived. Thanks so much for your help =) Would you be able to pass the URL onto the teacher from the US who has been using my blog for his presentations? Thanks, Zoe
  19. 19. Diigo: social bookmarks
  20. 20. Google Lit Trips
  21. 21. Some examples
  22. 22. Creating your digital footprint Filtering and blocking