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  1. 1. Digital resources in school modular educational system<br />Olga TuzovaORT de Gunzburg SchoolSt.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  2. 2. ORT de GunzburgSchool<br />Secular state school<br />About 400 students<br />4 classes in primary school (6-10 y.o. kids)‏<br />5 grades and 10 classes in middle school (11-15 y.o. students)‏<br />2 grades and 4 senior classes (16-17 y.o. students)‏<br />Advanced studies in foreign languages (English, Hebrew, French) and ICT<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  3. 3. ORT de Gunzburg: modern equipment<br />School network connects all computers and net facilities (about 150 computers)‏<br />Interactive boards in many classrooms<br />Computers in every classroom, library<br />HiTech laboratory, Robotics laboratory<br />3 modern computer classes <br />2 mobile computer classes (Apple iBook & HP ProBook)Mobile classes are used in Math, Science,History for testing, computer simulations, project work<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  4. 4. The need of educational reforms<br />The gap between the demands and challenges of the modern fast changing world and inadequate learning environment<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  5. 5. The reforms are slipping<br />The reforms haven't revolutionized learning environment yet<br />The reforms have focused too much on technologies and not enough on the rebuilding of learning environment as an integral system<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  6. 6. The approach to the problem <br />Learning environment has a high-tech appearance, but is out-of-date in essence and doesn't correspond to the realities of the modern world<br />The approach should be system, but the experiment may be local (we started with just two subjects — ICT and English language)‏<br />The approach should be based on ICT and digital resourses, but technology should "take on a life of its own".<br />The approach should be based on the best forward-looking studies of innovations in education<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  7. 7. Available world experience <br /><br />RISC: Re-Inventing Schools Coalition (USA)<br />5 Islands School, New Line Learning (GB)<br />Kunskapsskolan (Sweden)<br />School of One (USA)<br />Helen Parkhurst(Holland)<br />Studies and surveys (“OECD Nature of Learning, 2010”) <br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  8. 8. Learners-centered learning environment<br />Recognizes the learners as its core participants, encourages their active engagement and develops in them the understanding of their own activity as learners<br />Encourages learners to monitor, evaluate and optimize their acquisition of knowledge<br />Deploys assessment strategies consistent with the clear learning expectations<br />Is sensitive to the individual differences<br />Is founded on the social nature of learning and encourages well-organized co-operative learning<br />Offers all necessary facilities for hard work for all without excessive overload.<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  9. 9. New roles for all participants<br />A teacher: a sage on the stage or a guide on the side?<br />A student: takes true ownership of his learning, and the weight of responsibility at the same time <br />A parent: is informed about learning expectations, assessment process and student’s progress<br /><br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  10. 10. Modular educational system<br />On the surface:<br />The courses are splitted into modules <br />There are 2-3 levels for each module (basic, intermediate, advanced) <br />Students can chose their individual educational tracks <br />Students may have personal schedule<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  11. 11. Modular educational system<br />At the depth:<br />Shared vision for all participants <br />Full set of educational materials for individualized tracks<br />Consistent formative assessment strategies<br />New pedagogical design<br />Developed digital environment and appropriate technological solution.<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  12. 12. Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment - MOODLE<br />A free and open-source e-learning platform<br />Course Management System, Learning Management System with a lot of various tools and possibilities<br />Collaborative construction of content<br />Transparent, but secure for teachers, students and parents<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  13. 13. MOODLE for student (1)<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  14. 14. MOODLE for student (2)<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  15. 15. MOODLE for student (3)<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  16. 16. MOODLE for teacher (1)<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  17. 17. Merits of the approach<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />Individual learning tracks<br />Students monitor, evaluate and optimize their acquisition of knowledge<br />Students may complete the work earlier<br />Hard work without overload<br />More fun <br />Parents see their kids’ progress<br />Flexible tools for teachers for monitoring and “orchestrate” the learning process<br />
  18. 18. Demerits of the approach<br />Lack of consistent digital educational resources<br />Lack of experience<br />Not all students demonstrate responsibility<br />Not all teachers are ready to work in new learning environment<br />Not supported by local authorities yet<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  19. 19. Conclusion<br />Technology and digital resources isn’t an end in itself, but effective up-to-date learning environment may be built only in well developed digital environment.<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />
  20. 20. Thank you for you patience <br />and attention!<br />ORT de Gunzburg, St.Petersburg, Russia<br />