Effective learning in the virtual classroom


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This presentation was prepared for VITTA 2011 conference. The presentation was made virtually to interested participants. It demonstrates the use that tools like Black Board Collaborate can have on empowering learning. This is the classroom of the future, but it could be now!

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Effective learning in the virtual classroom

  1. 1. Effective Learning in the Virtual Classroom
  2. 2. <ul><li>Students could ask all those questions they have immediately ? </li></ul><ul><li>We could encourage the quietest of students to have ‘a voice’? </li></ul><ul><li>We could blend our classrooms vertically and horizontally? </li></ul><ul><li>Flip our classrooms? </li></ul><ul><li>Enable powerful 24/7 learning? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Classes could participate in virtual excursions? </li></ul><ul><li>Work with expert speakers without leaving our classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Offer a full range of subjects to all students across the state or district </li></ul><ul><li>Illness no longer prevents students attending school </li></ul><ul><li>Engage our students! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Web conferencing – some examples Ping Project 2009 Learning from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra saxophonist
  5. 5. Grade 3 meet the Minister for Finance
  6. 6. Cross adding 12+1 or 11+2 gives 13 Learning Vedic Maths from Sebastian Panakal Kerula India 11 +1 12 +2 2 11 +1 12 +2 13
  7. 7. Teaching anywhere, anytime to anyone!
  8. 8. Unpacking the virtual classroom- using Blackboard Collaborate !
  9. 9. Participants <ul><li>Ability to include class, local, statewide, national or global participants. </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to save a list of participants </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance roll </li></ul><ul><li>Can involve students, adults, experts, community </li></ul>THE AUSTRALIA SERIES Alicia NT (Participant) Carole (Moderator) Junita (Moderator) gayle (Participant) Liz (Participant) Pauline (Moderator) Sandra (Moderator) Ian (Participant)
  10. 10. The Whiteboard Used with permission from Delise Oldfield Education Officer Warrnambool Art Gallery
  11. 11. The whiteboard tool bar Year 11 IT students use the tools to draw their favourite technology
  12. 13. Interactivity
  13. 15. Collaboration
  14. 16. Application sharing
  15. 17. Sharing Student/Teacher screens
  16. 18. The backchannel – the chat! <ul><li>Students have a voice! </li></ul>Questions Share opinions Add to discussion Share knowledge
  17. 19. ....................... more chat! <ul><li>dont confuse me this tinme </li></ul><ul><li>i dont get why you have that 400 on the debit side </li></ul><ul><li>i always get confused between debtors and creditors, who do we pay, and who pays us?? </li></ul>
  18. 20. Stock turnover <ul><li>whats with the 3 times per anum?? </li></ul><ul><li>how do we know how many it is? </li></ul><ul><li>yes but how do you know how many per anum?? </li></ul>
  19. 21. You can’t ask questions of a textbook!
  20. 22. The Video <ul><li>Important to share what we look like </li></ul><ul><li>Share objects over web cam </li></ul><ul><li>Video use may pull down bandwidth </li></ul>
  21. 23. Student demonstrating skills learnt using youtube
  22. 24. File transfer to participants Sending files through elluminate
  23. 25. Web Tours http://www . (key in the web address to share)
  24. 26. Polls
  25. 27. The recording feature <ul><li>Revision </li></ul><ul><li>Fantastic feature for students who are absent </li></ul><ul><li>No-one misses out! </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding and revision - Allows rewind, fast forward, room is ‘live’ </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to flip classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>This session was recorded. To view the recording, please click the link below: </li></ul><ul><li>This session was recorded. To view the recording, please click the link below: </li></ul><ul><li>  https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2011-08-15.2337.M.2C8DB30F3348884020306CF1908350.vcr&sid=2007026 </li></ul>
  26. 28. The Breakout Rooms <ul><li>Small group work </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion groups </li></ul><ul><li>Interest based groups </li></ul><ul><li>Individual Students put in there for revision, or to complete tasks given </li></ul><ul><li>Time-out room for students who misbehave. </li></ul><ul><li>Technical help room – for participants who have audio issues etc </li></ul>
  27. 29. Sample Breakout Rooms
  28. 30. The timer <ul><li>Start on time – set for a countdown </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps conversations concise and to the point! </li></ul><ul><li>Sets time limit on tasks </li></ul>
  29. 31. Save...... <ul><li>Chat – urls are active </li></ul><ul><li>Whiteboards – pdf, png, wbd </li></ul><ul><li>Participants </li></ul>
  30. 32. And more.... <ul><li>Quiz making facility </li></ul><ul><li>Media upload </li></ul><ul><li>Remote desktop sharing </li></ul><ul><li>etc </li></ul>
  31. 33. Changing pedagogy <ul><li>The confused button is displayed as soon as a student misunderstands – need to re-teach to confusion and questions! </li></ul><ul><li>(Eg dont confuse me this tinme and </li></ul><ul><li>i always get confused between debtors and creditors, who do we pay, and who pays us??) </li></ul>
  32. 34. Constraints <ul><li>Mouse! (a real one!) </li></ul><ul><li>Access to the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Sound:- are you talking? cause i dont hear anything </li></ul><ul><li>Sorry, I am on a very bad connection tonight, so it is very slow. </li></ul>
  33. 35. Stories from the classroom!
  34. 36. Earth science week <ul><li>Two world experts speak to years 5 to 11 </li></ul><ul><li>Young C Y Ng from Hong Kong </li></ul><ul><li>on the Hong Kong GeoPark </li></ul><ul><li>in elluminate. </li></ul><ul><li>Classes from Victoria, interested </li></ul><ul><li>Experts/adults from Hong Kong, </li></ul><ul><li>China etc all in the classroom. </li></ul>
  35. 37. Ian Lewis on Kanawinka – Volcanoes and Caves
  36. 38. From the chat! <ul><li>Wow </li></ul><ul><li>Turtle: sick as </li></ul><ul><li>Ha look at that! </li></ul><ul><li>Turtle: been here </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 2/3 Woodford: Could you tell us more about the sink hole Ian? </li></ul><ul><li>Cara hawk: hey bj they probally go through records from when they first evoved </li></ul>
  37. 39. And also.... <ul><li>Joshua: i like red rock </li></ul><ul><li>i hAVE BEEN UP THEIR </li></ul><ul><li>we are going there soon </li></ul><ul><li>It's pretty :) </li></ul><ul><li>do you know where mt eccells?? </li></ul><ul><li>water looks awesome </li></ul><ul><li>Looks good to swim in ;) </li></ul><ul><li>wow thats blue, how did it get blue? </li></ul><ul><li>do you know where mt eccells is?? </li></ul><ul><li>How many years ago did the volcano at Mt Gambier erupt? </li></ul><ul><li>Theres heaps of thoose rocks in Hawkesdale and Penshurst </li></ul><ul><li>James to Turtle: caught a barracuda there </li></ul>
  38. 40. The Bats <ul><li>Cara hawk: his wing looks like it's going to brake </li></ul><ul><li>4B DGPS: what age do the bats learn to fly? </li></ul><ul><li>Billy-Jo Hawk: Did it try to escape from you? </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 2/3 Woodford: How many teeth do bats have? </li></ul><ul><li>Trevo hawk: what happen to it eye </li></ul><ul><li>Cara hawk: how easy is it to brake a bats wing </li></ul><ul><li>smithy: arent they posisoness </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 2/3 Woodford: What do bats feel like? </li></ul><ul><li>jasmine .j: do they hurt </li></ul><ul><li>scottinea: are the bats dead or did u catch them alive? </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 2/3 Woodford: What do bats eat? </li></ul><ul><li>4B DGPS: are they really blind? </li></ul><ul><li>Billy-Jo Hawk: Is there black bats, like full black? </li></ul><ul><li>Moderator (Miss Iro, Mrs Gow and year 6/7): do bats carry any diseases </li></ul><ul><li>Grade 2/3 Woodford: What sort of fauna and flora live in the sinkholes? </li></ul>
  39. 41. Friends of the Earth
  40. 43. Asian Connections - Malaus Taman Burkitt Maluri School, Kuala Lumpur
  41. 44. What skills are important to learn?
  42. 45. What symbol best describes your country? The emu
  43. 46. Pushing the Boundaries! <ul><li>Virtual Teaching Rounds for preservice practicum teachers </li></ul>
  44. 47. Techno Parents <ul><li>Broad representation of staff including Principal </li></ul><ul><li>Parents of Preps through to Year 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Students, staff, parents all learning in the one room </li></ul><ul><li>Share happenings in classroom and school </li></ul><ul><li>Darwin teacher linkup – toys exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul>
  45. 48. Boston Grade 6 student teaches year 10 IT class Halloween
  46. 49. A true global classroom – a student from Hawkesdale, two from China, two from Bangkok and one from USA are taught by an optician about the eye, using discoverE virtual classroom software.
  47. 50. Alternatives <ul><li>Back Channel or Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Chatzy </li></ul><ul><li>Tinychat </li></ul><ul><li>Todays Meet </li></ul><ul><li>Hootcourse </li></ul><ul><li>Google for more! </li></ul>
  48. 52. The video <ul><li>Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Oovoo </li></ul><ul><li>gchatVideo </li></ul><ul><li>Ichat </li></ul><ul><li>MS Communicator </li></ul><ul><li>And many more </li></ul>
  49. 53. An online whiteboard <ul><li>Scriblink </li></ul><ul><li>Skrbl </li></ul><ul><li>Jotspace </li></ul><ul><li>And many more </li></ul>
  50. 54. Virtual Classrooms
  51. 55. Flatclassroom Project Student Summit Global Education Conference
  52. 56. Online Webinars <ul><li>Tech Talk Tuesdays 4-5pm (gmt+10) </li></ul><ul><li>http://techtalktuesdays.global2.vic.edu.au </li></ul><ul><li>eT@lking Wed 8-9pm (gmt+10) </li></ul><ul><li>http://australiaseries.wordpress.com </li></ul><ul><li>ClassroomLIVE 2.0 series and many more </li></ul>
  53. 57. Web conference coaches <ul><li>4 coaches available for Victorian teachers, Australia </li></ul><ul><li>See Web conference centre of DEECD </li></ul><ul><li>Or Educators Guide to Innovation </li></ul><ul><li>To contact a web conference coach </li></ul>
  54. 58. Develop a Learning Network <ul><li>Online conferences – some samples </li></ul><ul><li>Reform Symposium Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Global Education Conference </li></ul><ul><li>K12 Online Education Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Learncentral ( http://learncentral.org ) </li></ul><ul><li>Webinars: ClassroomLIVE2.0 </li></ul>