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Tuesday, July 24

  1. page What are Web Tools edited What are Web Tools Transformative Change... Taken from the ...Handbook of Emerging Technologies fo…
    What are Web Tools
    Transformative Change... Taken from the ...Handbook of Emerging Technologies for LearningGeorge Siemens,Peter Tittenberger, March, 2009 {Handbook of Emerging Technologies for Learning.pdf} Higher education is
    Over the next decade, the practices of teaching and learning “will undergo fundamental change” as universities and colleges respond to global, social, political, technological, and learning research trends. A duality of change – conceptual and technological – faces higher education. Large-scale transitions, such as were evident in the democratic revolutions across Europe in the late 18th century (conceptual) and industrial revolution in the late 18th and early 19th century (technological), transform the large institutions of society: government, education, and religion.Today, the duality of conceptual (new models of education, advancement of social learning theory) and technological (elearning, mobile devices, learning networks) revolutions offers the prospect of transformative change in teaching and learning.Education and fragmented informationThe aim of education to “arm every single person for the vital combat for lucidity” appears more difficult in a world of hyper-fragmentation, reflected in the development of the Internet and in the breakdown of traditional information structures such as newspapers, journals, and books.How is education to fulfill its societal role of clarifying confusion when tools of control over information creation and dissemination rest in the hands of learners, contributing to the growing complexity and confusion of information abundance?We now differently relate to information. The roles of experts (educators) and novices (learners) have been altered substantially. What once involved mediators and experts (journals, books, encyclopaedias) can now be handled informally through the aggregated actions of many (Wikipedia, blogs, ebooks).
    What Is a Wiki?
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Thursday, August 19

  1. page Blended Learning Examples edited Blended Learning Examples Story Bird Dvolver…
    Blended Learning Examples
    Story Bird

    Dvolver Movie made by a Yr 2 student
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Sunday, August 1

  1. page Web 2.0 Tools edited Web 2.0 Tools Pip's Web 2.0 tools from Breakie w…
    Web 2.0 Tools Pip's Web 2.0 tools from Breakie with a Techie
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  2. page Mentoring Plan edited Mentoring Plan Join and understand the value adding concepts of; Delicious,,…
    Mentoring Plan
    Join and understand the value adding concepts of; Delicious,, netvibes,, Edmodo,, and , and BlogEd,
    Navigate school wiki's and "Blended Learning" page
    Evaluate PLN's -
    Revisit Onenote,
    Apply new knowledge to KLA related tasks
    Embed DER and Litehouse philosophies into syllabus,
    Create a "pass it on" plan for mentees KLA
    Organise on going mentor and mentee communication
    "People need to realize that this is EMBEDDED practice, not an add-on, and not about tech. About learning. Thats it!" -@gcouros
    English Head Teacher's Blog about how she introduces technology once a week.

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  4. page Engagement edited Engagement Student engagement occurs when "students make a psychological investment in learn…
    Student engagement occurs when "students make a psychological investment in learning. They try hard to learn what school offers. They take pride not simply in earning the formal indicators of success (grades), but in understanding the material and incorporating or internalizing it in their lives." It is increasingly seen as an indicator of successful classroom instruction, and as a valued outcome of school reform. The phrase was identified in 1996 as "the latest buzzword in education circles." Students are engaged when they are involved in their work, persist despite challenges and obstacles, and take visible delight in accomplishing their work. Student engagement also refers to a "student's willingness, need, desire and compulsion to participate in, and be successful in, the learning process promoting higher level thinking for enduring understanding."
    Work - something we are obliged to do - Play - something we choose to do

    Learning is most exciting when...
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  5. page My Web tools journey edited My Web 2.0 Tools Journey August 10th, Kirawee High At the beginning of last year I was feeling a…
    My Web 2.0 Tools Journey
    August 10th, Kirawee High
    At the beginning of last year I was feeling a little despondent, inertia had set in and I was tired of the routine. We had been doing tried and true programs for a few years, booklets, photocopies, chalk and talk and a Power Point handed in on a memory stick. To be honest I was desperate for something new.
    They say, “When the student is ready the teacher will appear”, I was ready and the teacher did appear in the form of Denise lofts and the’ Lighthouse Project’. For me it was like putting a fish back into water. I found myself part of a dynamic and progressive team with strong educational goals and a momentum to match.
    I focused on blended learning and web 2.0 tools. I studied and learnt everything I
    could, I joined Twitter, Wikis, an RSS feeder, had a bookmarker. Made
    Wikis and Blogs and collaboratively contributed on Twitter and now Yammer. I was excited and inspired but the best was yet to come. My students were
    benefitting from my new found tools and enthusiasm but the paradigm
    shift happened when I discovered and fully utilized all that Edmodo
    had to offer.
    Edmodo is my spring board out to the big wide world of web tools,
    learning, collaboration, engagement and creativity. It is simple, unblocked by the DET, accessible from anywhere with Internet, there is even an iPhone app.
    Teachers and students find Edmodo a fool proof platform for communication.
    I use it to set up class groups, for pretesting and introductions to lessons. It keeps
    a record of all the students work, I use the assignment application,
    the calendar and on the spot class questions working in ‘real time’ to provide relevance and authenticity. Edmodo is great for reporting and to show outcomes and work samples at parent teacher evenings
    As part of the ‘Lighthouse Project’ goal to have whole school engagement, I was assigned the task of mentoring head teachers and teachers who showed enthusiasm. The teacher’s resistance to having to learn something new and incorporate technology into their lessons melted away as soon as they could see how easy and effective it was going to be. They went from, “I don’t really need this because my subject isn’t about technology”, to, ‘show me how’ and ‘If I do this’ and ‘look what I have done’. Teacher’s have continued to show me their achievements and ask me questions, I could see genuine appreciation for the time and mentoring they were given.
    I have a challenging yr 11 so I was quick to introduce Edmodo and other Web Tools to them to provide variety and relevance, those students that had used it in other classes approached the tools a sensible positive way, the students who were new to the concepts spanned and laughed. It took the best of three lessons before they took it seriously and knew to login to Edmodo each day. They now know that they can find their assignments and assessment tasks on Edmodo and if they miss a class, which many of them do, all the day’s work is accessible. The more teachers who are onboard with ‘Blended learning’ the better, it sets an expectation and allows students to fully engage with its benefits.
    My point is, that teachers and students are desperate to be inspired
    and engaged by what they are delivering and learning. Whilst mentoring
    teachers, I had a profound sense that using web 2.0 tools to deliver,
    communicate and evaluate lessons brought greater satisfaction and enthusiasm.
    We bus 1000 or so kids in to a large building everyday and we need to make it count on many levels. We need the content and the learning environment to be engaging and relevant and the information to be accessible from nearly anywhere. Furthermore the information needs to be enhanced through collaboration and recreated which is most effectively done using web tools.
    Since I have been using Edmodo, Blogs, Wiki’s and many other creative tools I feel a huge sense of satisfaction and excitement around delivering lessons. I see students communicating over the weekend on Edmodo and uploading their work with a sense of empowerment. They know their work has a greater audience than just the classroom teacher so they try a little harder. I think today’s students are comfortable showing and sharing their work. In fact with Face book and twitter and other social networking sites it’s the norm to express every little thought and get feedback on it. Can you imagine your parents even asking their friends what party they voted for? Now, that, and so much more personal information is out there for the world to read. Technology is embedded into every aspect of their lives, they never knew a time without computers, remote controls, mobile phones and the big WWW. so it makes sense to harness their day to day practices and make it work for teaching.
    For an in-depth account of my ‘Blended Learning’ journey, please see my wiki
    With Thanks
    Niki McDonald

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Tuesday, July 6

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Wednesday, June 30

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