Foundations for eLearning


Published on

One of the reasons we believe our students are able to perform so highly using digital tools (belying their very low socio-economic status) is the careful scaffolding of ICT skills we provide for them in their first year of primary school. For one year we are very intentional in our approach to the integration of ICT to ensure that our students are confident in the digital environment we require our 21st century students to work in. Our approach for students in the following years is very different from this....
To find out more visit our school website

Published in: Education, Technology
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Foundations for eLearning

  1. 1. Year One Foundations for eLearning @ Pt England School
  2. 2. Foundations for eLearning @ Pt England School We have established a programme for our Year 0/1 students to begin their eLearning experience in a supportive and non-threatening environment. We accept that most of our Decile 1 children arrive at school with no computer experience, but because they live in a digital age, we do not want to delay their introduction to eLearning. To facilitate this we have co-constructed an approach which has been highly successful for Pt England students and has been adopted by many junior classes around the country.
  3. 3. To ensure that Pt England students are confident and successful in a 21st century digital learning environment we have developed an approach in Year 1 which will lay a strong foundation for successful eLearning through their subsequent years at PES. We have: identified a ‘Mother Tongue’ software programme for all our Year 1 students to use (Kid Pix) identified a set of essential foundation skills employed a university student as part-time ICT teacher aide to work alongside the Year 1 students in their classes provided appropriate computers in the classroom to enable this
  4. 4. The ‘Mother Tongue’ Concept This term was taken from what we have learned about students’ acquisition of English - that students who are fluent or literate in their Mother Tongue find it easier to learn a second language than those whose first language is a form of ‘Pidgin’. This is clearly the case with students coming late to the digital environment. If they learn foundation skills within the security of one software programme, they transfer their skills much more quickly to other programmes than students who have had a smorgasbord as their first computing experience. At Pt England School we have identified Kid Pix as our ‘Mother Tongue’ software because it not only is simple and inviting to use, but it also allows our students to become confident sisomo creators. They can learn to create content with sight, sound and motion all within the one programme.
  5. 5. Hyperstudio Web 2 I Can Animate Kid Garage Band iMovie Pix Photoshop Keynote Pixelmator
  6. 6. Kid Pix - Foundations for eLearning - Skills Check Set One Set Two Set Three Set Four Set Five Mouse and Paint skills Initial Drawing skills File Management skills Multimedia skills Options, Text, Keyboard Shortcuts Choose from option Open Kid Pix from Open slide show from Mouse control Click to select Click to select pencil bar Apple Menu/Dock Picker Mouse Control Choose Save from File Pick a picture from Select correct size of Use mouse to point Scroll through options menu own folder pencil Mouse Control Draw pattern freely on Select bucket to paint Select Text tool Type name of file Pick a transition screen Mouse Control Activate Text box on Select correct network Make ends meet so Select colour to paint Pick a sound/jingle screen (by clicking) folder to save to paint doesn’t ‘leak’ Mouse Control Click on screen to pour Colour using variety of Type own name Record a sound paint correctly shades / patterns Use Shift for capital Drawing straight lines Paint within lines Adjust slide length Select line tool letter Drawing straight lines Select correct size Select undo button Command Z to undo Save the show from options Drawing straight lines Choose appropriate Save as a Quicktime Use Shift key for Command Q to Quit colours movie straight lines
  7. 7. Pt England School students are creators of content, not merely consumers... At Pt England School we have a school-wide ban on the use of commercial clip- art. Children who create their own work from the time they begin school have been found to develop into much more metacognitive and confident adopters of eLearning than those who are taught to plagiarise at a young age. “If children are encouraged to use Image: Sue Brown commercial graphics, many will never feel For this reason we discourage the Tahatai Coast School satisfied with their own work.” use of the stamp feature in Kid Pix.
  8. 8. The role of the ICT teacher’s aide Two people are employed by the school to work with students as part of the eLearning team: The eLearning support teacher is a full-time position. This teacher works with Years 2-6 classes in the eLearning centre supporting the eLearning that is happening in the classrooms. The tasks the students do when they go to these lessons are closely linked with the eLearning the classroom teacher has planned The ICT teacher’s aide position is part-time and is funded by the PES board of trustees to give each of the Year 0/1 classes one hour of support a week. The intent of this funding is to ensue that each student acquires the foundation ICT skills we have identified as being essential for their future success in eLearning. Where possible this will align with the classroom programme, but time constraints mean that priority will be given to monitoring the progress of the students through the sets of foundation skills. These teachers are both members of the eLearning team and meet with the eLearning team leader
  9. 9. ICT teacher’s aide lesson design Students spend 10 minutes with the TA. Probably 2 students at a time. While they are acquiring Early confidence and very basic skills this time would be equally Stages shared between a ‘warm -up’ activity colouring a simple picture and drawing a component of the eLearning task the class teacher has designed. We are acknowledging the balance here between: 1.the importance of scaffolding and monitoring the students as they acquire confidence and important foundation skills 2.providing a 21st century eLearning environment where students expect their activities to lead to outcomes which can be shared as digital learning objects
  10. 10. Foundations for eLearning @ Pt England School Summary of Year 0/1skill sets: Gain initial confidence Type name onto a finished with the hardware graphic to gain confidence with text management Colour pictures to gain confidence with simple Save files onto the draw tools network to develop independence Draw and colour simple graphics to extend draw create a slide show to gain skills confidence with multimedia
  11. 11. PES eLearning Team 2009 eLearning Support Teacher Andrea Tele’a Music Teacher Max Jacobsen Technician Ashleigh Burt ICT teacher aide Courtney Brown Team Leader Dorothy Burt