Online Classrooms made simple


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This is a simple workshop presentation to give K12 teachers a hands on experience of using an online classroom - with a simple teaching strategy to help them design the learning sequence and understand their role and that of their students in a meta-cognitive approach to extending their classroom interaction - by building and maintaining an online community - using VERY simple tools

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Online Classrooms made simple

  1. 1. Online Classrooms A teaching strategy for the middle years
  2. 2. Characteristics • Is not a replacement for the classroom! • Is a space for teachers and students to collaborate though two way conversation to do things that are too hard to achieve otherwise. • Developed to give additional formative assessment and student questions • Is more informal than formal
  3. 3. Teaching strategy • To be a facilitator, not a judge • To be a critical, supportive friend • To allow students to take ‘side trips’ into avenues that they are interested in and not to stick too rigidly to the curriculum • To let students know where they are in their own learning
  4. 4. Stages of development Lesson 5 Student’s Role Leaving brevity and distance between the steps Lesson 4 Teacher determines the Lesson 3 Making Lesson 2 Conversing Lesson 1 Welcoming Arriving Teacher’s Role Students climb steps based on a set of tasks/problems
  5. 5. The teacher’s role is to design the learning steps Finding the learning balance Too easy Too frustrating Too boring Too distracting No technology Too much tech How can we tell?
  6. 6. Teacher Taking stock of tools and features you have. Take time to set up your classroom
  7. 7. Important! • Issue a naming convention - hide their true identity ie Firstname + First 2 letters of their surname + class JohnSmK7 • Issue any parent permission (tell the boss) • Issue the class rules (behavior, respect) • Speak online as you would offline.
  8. 8. Arriving Finding and setting up your online space.
  9. 9. The Arrival Lesson Our online classroom Designers Tip: Create 6 dummy accounts using Gmail Flight Check accounts for testing. Introduce yourself Say hello to a student Use them in class for Add a hyperlink students who try to Add a photo game the activity ... I Check someone’s link don’t have email, I Post a comment on forgot my address, someone’s photo. what’s my password.
  10. 10. Welcoming Our online classroom Welcoming Students Great your class often Share something you are thinking Say something you like about thier work Ask a question that makes them wonder Explain what to expect is going to happen
  11. 11. Conversing Our online classroom Joining in conversations Encourage open questions about anything Don’t answer all the questions Point students to other students Correct ‘group’ deviation and errors Don’t ask all the questions
  12. 12. Making Our online classroom Joining in conversations Skills based activities Issues based activities Pre-activity reflection (what will happen) During activity reflection (what are we doing) Post activity reflection (what did we do)
  13. 13. Leaving Our online classroom Joining in conversations Feedback to the group What did you like about what you did What make you wonder/rethink What would you do in the future Talk about their achievements (group)
  14. 14. (small group sharing) (class sharing) (forum - but less features) Spaces to try (web-cam and voice too) (Virtual World)