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  • 1. Join the Online Revolution SAGT CONFERENCE 27 thOctober 2007 Rob Chambers - St Ivo School [email_address] Enhancing the teaching and learning of geography using new technologies

2. Source: 3. Websites, VLEs, Blogs, Podcasts & Wikis Becoming part of the online revolution Instead of making kids power down when they enter school, why dont we let them use their mobile computer devices and ipods to continue their high powered learning? Ewan MacIntoshWhy not make use of the technology that more and more of our students have readily available and join the online revolution? When I go to school I have to power down( Marc Prensky ) 4. e-Learning delivers many enhancements to the teaching and learning experience; the biggest impact occurs when the technology enables social and collaborative interaction where all parties actively build their understanding Steve Lee & Miles Berry (2006) Learning through collaboration (Coming of Age An introduction to the new world wide web) 5. GeoBytes St Ivo School Geography Departments Online Portal 6. VLE Pages Online Courses and Communities E-mail staff / students

  • Blogs
  • GCSE support
  • KS4 Coursework support
  • Individual class support
  • Advanced Extension Support

Podcasts Online WebMaterials Interactive Games Departmental & Professional Development Resources Future Technologies? St Ivo School Geography GEOBYTES The department website online portal An overview . . . 7. A department website Developing an online presence for your department. 8. Why have a Department Website?

  • The aims of our department website.
  • To promote the subject within the school & to highlight the work of the department.
  • To provide support to students for coursework / homework activities
  • To celebrate student successes by showcasing work
  • To promote independent learning
  • To centralise and share teaching resources and good practice between staff 9. What information may a Department Website include? Revision Materials Coursework Materials Promoting Geography Homework Case Studies Students Work Fieldwork Write ups Weblinks Quizzes Staff Resources Web Enquiries Podcasts Department News Prof Development Photographs SOW GeoNews Competitions 10. Effective use of the department website in Teaching and Learning SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS 1. Homework 11. Effective use of the department website in Teaching and Learning SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS 2. Revision 12. Effective use of the department website in Teaching and Learning SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS 3. Supporting Independent Learning 13. Effective use of the department website in Teaching and Learning SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS 4. INTERACTIVE LEARNING 14. Effective use of the department website in Teaching and Learning PROMOTING THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT / SHOWCASING WORK 15. Effective use of the department website in Teaching and Learning PROMOTING FIELDWORK OPPORTUNITIES 16. Effective use of the department website in Teaching and Learning SUPPORTING STAFF: Staff Resources Portal 17. What Next? Where can you go from here? For those of you who would like to explore the possibilities further`

  • Look at existing websites for ideas (see handout)
  • Talk to the rest of your department and decide on what your aims of a website would be
  • Speak to technicians and colleagues in school
  • Speak to a department with a website already up and running
  • Look at the advice and support available from professional organisations (e.g. the GA and LT Scotland.
  • Plan out your ideas think about structure and content and plan for the future!
  • See Handout Tantalising Ten 10 things to consider in developing your own department website

18. Also known as Personalised LearningEnvironments Virtual Learning Environments Developing personalised learning experiences 19. The DfES in their e-strategy document set the following target: A personalised learning space with the potential to support e-portfolios to be available to all schools by 2007-08. What is a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)? A virtual learning environment is any electronic space where learning can take place or where interactions occur. Source: It is an environment that is accessed via the Internet for teaching, learning and communicating. Source: The VLE used at St Ivo is called DigitalBrain . 20. Examples of VLEs 21. Possible Functions of Digital Brain as a Virtual Learning Environment 3. File Sharing Each user has an online storage area files can therefore be stored and shared. e.g. students handing in work or staff making available resources from lessons. 1. Electronic Communication All digitalbrain users have an e-mail account. Threaded discussions can also be set up to encourage debate. A live discussion chat room facility is available with or without moderator . 2. Personal Organisation Each user has a series of personal organisational tools include online contacts, personal calendar etc.. (and when part of a course assignment deadlines etc. are automatically added. 4. School Portal The overall school portal gives the schoola web presence all staff and students can interact with portal logging in at home and in school and a network can easily be set up to link staff / students through departments / year groups pages. 5. E-Learning Content Content can be uploaded to Digital Brain as powerpoints, word documents, existing web pages etc.. Or staff and students can easily create their own web pages by simply adapting on line templates and adding content 6. Learning Manager it is possible to combine exisiting resources to create on-line communities. Assignments can be set online with links to useful resources, deadlines, supporting files etc.. Students can submit completed work online marks can be stored in personal online mark books etc.. 22. An Example of an Online Learning Community: GOLC : Geography Online Learning Community Shared Calendar Work area/ Stored Resources Discussions Access to Online Resources 23. Some ideas for using Online Learning communities for Teaching / Learning

  • Uploading / sharing resources used in lessons (e.g. worksheets / powerpoints etc.) for use by students as follow up
  • Setting assignments online and providing the relevant links to online content
  • To create own web based learning content that students can use
  • Encourage students to create their own online content - for example within a group, students research different aspects and present their findings online results can then be shared by all;
  • Create / upload revision resources that students can access;
  • Support students through discussion threads / e-mail (remember all members of digital brain (staff & students) have e-mail;
  • Encourage student debate on subject specific issues through the online poll function / discussion threads
  • Departmental Uses - Share ideas / resources / good practice within the department / Department Calendar / Store worksheets / resources online for access both in school and at home;
  • These are just a few ideas online communities have lots of potential!

24. Online portals and collaboration e-Learning delivers many enhancements to the teaching and learning experience many students find that their learning is most effective when they actively construct knowledge during group social interaction and collaboration Steve Lee & Miles Berry (2006) Effective e-Learning through collaboration (Coming of Age An introduction to the new world wide web) 25. Collaborative Approaches to Learning using new technologies One to Many Static content web sites Dynamic Content websites RSS Blogs Podcasts Social Tags E-portfolio One to One E-mail and SMS texts Instant Messaging VoIP FOAF (Friend of a Friend) eg. Facebook / Orkut etc. Source:Steve Lee & Miles Berry (2006) Effective e-Learning through collaboration (Coming of Age: An Introduction to the NEW Worldwide Web) Downloadable from Many to Many Content Management Systems News Servers Forums Discussion Games Wikis 26. Blogs Source: Flexibility and ease in providing online materials and support.. 27. What is a blog? A blog (short for web log) is a website where entries are written inchronological orderand displayed in reverse chronological order. (Source: Wikipedia) Blogs are interactive websites (visitors can leave comments). You can set up a blog within seconds and updating them is quick and easy. Blogs do not require knowledge of html to write, in fact they are not dissimilar to the time and knowledge required to write an email! These websites and any changes made are viewed instantly and links and downloadable resources can easily be added. Blogs may consist of anything, from specific niche blogs about specific areas of interest to general thoughts and ideas that people which to share. 28. Using Blogs as part of the GeoBytes Portal 29. Unlike the formal use of email, the blog is easy to access through the schools website and allows you to view other peoples ques