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  1. 1. Do the teachers need repositories? <ul><ul><li>Pille Tina-Kuusik </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lasnamäe Kindergarten-Elementary School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2008 </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Why teachers use repositories? <ul><li>1. Curiosity </li></ul><ul><li>What is it, what possibilities are there? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there something interesting, useful for me? </li></ul><ul><li>What colleges do, how they teach some </li></ul><ul><li>topics? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why teachers use repositories? <ul><li>2. Need </li></ul><ul><li>To find good learning objects. </li></ul><ul><li>Repositories help young teachers and also those who want to break routine. To do and try something different. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why teachers use repositories? <ul><li>3. Publish </li></ul><ul><li>If someone has developed some good material and wants to share it, then repository is a good place to show your works. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why people don´t use repositories? 1. Poor computer skills We still have many teachers, who are afraid of computers and they avoid to use them.
  6. 6. Why people don´t use repositories? <ul><li>2. Lack of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>The teachers don´t know about repositories or don´t know which one is the best. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why people don´t use repositories? <ul><li>3. Quality problems </li></ul><ul><li>I have noticed that a lot of the works which are published in different repositories have been done during some computer training. Purpose then is more to try different possibilities of repository then to make a good LO. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why people don´t use repositories? <ul><li>4. Time-consuming </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for good material can take too much time. Sometimes it´s easier to make exercise by yourself than search for them. </li></ul>
  9. 9. How to make people to use repositories? <ul><li>1. By educating </li></ul><ul><li>It is important to train the teachers and show them how to use repositories, demonstrate the different possibilities. Educational technologist at school could be the person who informs and trains the teachers. That person knows the teachers, their abilities and with right attitude can make a miracle in teachers training. </li></ul>
  10. 10. How to make people to use repositories? <ul><li>2. Virtual Communities of Practice </li></ul><ul><li>If the people of same profession would use same repository, it could be helpful in solving the repository selection problem. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How to make people to use repositories? <ul><li>3. By improving quality </li></ul><ul><li>Mentors should be more active in choosing the materials for their field. I really wish them more courage. </li></ul>
  12. 12. How to make people to use repositories? <ul><li>4. Metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Hopefully using metadata (kind of LO, informative title, grade etc) will make the search for materials faster than it is now. It´s boring to fill, but it is worth of wasting time. </li></ul>
  13. 13. How to make people to use repositories? <ul><li>5. Enough good material </li></ul><ul><li>If you once find an excellent piece or exercise you will probably go back. </li></ul>
  14. 14. How to make people to use repositories? <ul><li>6. “Cookies” for teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Most teachers need an impulse, a reason to publish their own work. E-educational materials design competitions financed by Tiger Leap Foundation are quite popular. They help to introduce new software and repositories, too </li></ul>
  15. 15. Do the teachers need repositories? YES They need them and repositories can make teachers life easy and happy.
  16. 16. Thank you! <ul><li>I wish you all the best and good ideas how to make repositories even better. </li></ul><ul><li>Pille Tina-Kuusik </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>