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Virtual Learning

26 Aug

Fellow blogger Nikki Hunter discussed the idea of virtual excursions in her recent blog, and I have to agree that this type of resource really opens up a new dimension to teaching by connecting and learning with experts, as discussed by Luckin in her recent article, that was not readily available in the past.

I have been researching online sources to use for Assignment 2 and have also come across a couple of websites called Virtual Excursions Australia and Connections Now. These sites provide a number of virtual excursions to museums, environmental centres, and interactive science workshops provided through Fizzics Education – another website worth checking out for the science lovers!

What better way to learn how to think and work like a scientist than to take part in an interactive workshop with a scientific expert in their field – modelling their ways of thinking and working. This looks like a great resource to utilise in the 21st century classroom.

 

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The child becomes the teacher..

26 Aug

 

 

I stumbled upon this video through my Twitter account. I was checking out another site teacherCast.net, which has some great online video tutorials for using technology, when I found this video of Matthew. What a great speaker – and at such a young age. Matthew’s teacher has taken student-centred teaching and learning to a whole new level by allowing the student to become the tech savvy teacher. The group of Year 5 e Leaders have created their own website which aims to provide a resource for teachers to learn how to create websites, blogs and use many other digital tools by uploading tutorials and providing workshops.

This is another great example of how technology can be used to motivate and engage students. How engaged are these young students! Would you be game to hand over the control?

Some things never change….

26 Aug

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This week has concentrated on finishing Assignment 2 and producing a unit of work that effectively integrates ICT’s to maximise student learning. The diagram above portrays the common trap of using technology to teach students as they have always been taught. The challenge for us as teachers is to consider innovative ways to implement technology that extends student’s learning and allows them to discover, make connections with the real world and use technology to learn in different ways that is more aligned with their social worlds.

Just one of the ideas suggested includes the following:

Project Noah – An online tool that allows people to document and discover wildlife from all over the world. Just one of the features is for students to become backyard detectives as they spot and share with others all over the globe the wildlife they come across in their own schoolyards/backyards.

This looks like a great resource that can certainly take science exploration to the next level!

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