Heads in the Cloud, Students in the Driving Seat

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Presentation at the Greenwich University 2011 Technology Enhanced Learning conference.

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  • Heads in the Cloud, Students in the Driving Seat

    1. 1. Sacha van StratenDirector of eLearning
    2. 2. Heads in the Cloud,Students in the Driving Seat
    3. 3. Video: Alison
    4. 4. Students as Change Agents Normal expectations don’t apply Notions of literacy need updating Assessment of intelligence/ability is mutable Digital Natives
    5. 5. Video: Adam
    6. 6. Students as Change Agents Students come with wide ranging skills Teacher uncertainty can’t be a barrier Technology can be liberating Teachers can’t know everything What is core in the curriculum?
    7. 7. Theories & Perspectives‘Many teachers resist being taught to use technology. This alsomakes sense – teachers should resist, because it is not they whoshould be using the technology to teach students, but rather theirstudents who should be using it, as tools to teach themselves.The teacher’s role should not be a technological one, but anintellectual one – to provide the students with context, qualityassurance, and individualized help.(Of course, those teachers who love technology are free to learnand use it.)’ MARK PRENSKY (2008)
    8. 8. Theories & Perspectives ‘We should see learning as a set of relationships, rather than as a system.’ Leadbeater (2008) The sage on the stage becomes the guide by the sideUltimately, it is not what technology you use that counts, butwhat the learner takes from it that really matters.’ Dror (2008)
    9. 9. Theory into PracticePedagogical aims: Synchronous versus asynchronous learning Physical spaces for 21st century learningPractical Considerations: ‘Normal way of working’ (JCQ) Online examinations (AQA) Higher Education experiences?
    10. 10. Theory into PracticeIn a time of knowledge stability, teach; in a time ofrapid change in knowledge, learn… Batson (2011)
    11. 11. Theory into Practice
    12. 12. Theory into Practice Pedagogical aims: Scaffold ideas and concepts Build ‘communities of practice’ (Wenger) Promote independent learning Develop research and assessment skills 11
    13. 13. Technology enhanced learningFreeware - Google Apps & Moodle The rationale – make learning collaborative, always available, and more student focused Make life easier for teachers, learning better for students
    14. 14. Google Apps in MoodleFrom 50 u sers a wee To 800 use k rs a week
    15. 15. Google Apps in Moodle The Impact on Student & Teacher Usage:From 50 u sers a wee To 800 use k rs a week
    16. 16. Google DocsGoogle Docs allows real-time editing and collaboration – individually or whole class
    17. 17. Year 12 live writing
    18. 18. English – Creative Writing
    19. 19. English – creative writers
    20. 20. Contact:Sacha van StratenDirector of eLearningsvanstraten@berkhamstedschool.orgTwitter: @svanstraten

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