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Teaching in a Blended Environment. Jill French. Who am I?. Masters of Educational Technology through UBC (2005) I teach grade 5 using a blended environment guiding question is always: which technology best supports my students’ learning ( high/low )

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Teaching in a blended environment

Teaching in a

Blended Environment

Jill French


Who am i

Who am I?

  • Masters of Educational Technology through UBC (2005)

  • I teach grade 5 using a blended environment

  • guiding question is always: which technology best supports my students’ learning (high/low)

  • goal: to use technology purposefully & seamlessly throughout the day


What is a blended learning environment

What is a blended learning environment?

  • face-to-face + computer mediated learning (Charles Graham)


Why use digital technology in the classroom

Why use digital technology in the classroom?

  • changes is society

    • online Connectivity Conference 2007

  • changes in learning

  • leads to some changes in teaching practices


Benefits i have noticed

Benefits I Have Noticed

  • engagement levels

  • access to experts

  • transparency

  • independent learning skills

  • new ways to teach, model, extend student learning


Challenges i have encountered

Challenges I Have Encountered

  • time

    • classroom

    • personal learning

  • sufficient equipment

  • reliable equipment

  • technology support (everyone busy)

  • displacement of other resources

  • using computers in diverse ways


Classroom support online

Classroom Support Online

  • own class website

  • example: Mrs. French’s

  • http://www.sd91.bc.ca/frenchj

  • benefits:

    • transparency

    • disseminated information

    • asynchronous access

    • supports independent learning (e.g. PS)


Synchronous asynchronous

Synchronous, Asynchronous

  • synchronous: information or learning occurring at a specific time

  • examples:

    • V-class lessons

    • live interviews

  • benefits:

    • ideas and thoughts can be exchanged immediately


Synchronous asynchronous1

Synchronous, Asynchronous

  • asynchronous: information and learning not dependent on a specific time

  • examples:

    • video cams (San Diego Zoo)

    • current events (CBC news)

    • follow a researcher (Catt Trax 2 )

  • benefits:

    • information accessed at the convenience of the learner

    • information can be revisited at a later date


Elluminate in the classroom

Elluminate in the classroom

  • Elluminate vRoom free for 3 participants

  • for example:

    • conference session video

  • benefits

    • supports real-time collaboration and construction of learning between students not in the same physical location


Daybook online

Daybook Online

  • interactive daily schedule

  • example daily schedule

  • benefits

    • schedule is archived

    • accessible to parents (homework, child away)

    • accessible to teacher to revisit a lesson

    • accessible to students to revisit a lesson


Cross curricular

Cross Curricular

  • holistic instruction

  • for example:

    • CattTrax2: BC researcher exploring global connection i.e. economic, environmental (project)

  • benefits:

    • constructed knowledge

    • non-linear learning


Language arts vocabulary

Language Arts vocabulary

  • vocabulary: easy access for daily vocabulary building

  • for example:

    • vocabulary building Daily Buzz Word

  • benefits:

    • dynamic: new word daily

    • social construction


Language arts mini lessons

Language Artsmini-lessons

  • access mini lessons quickly and efficiently

  • example:

    • mini-lessons online

    • spelling rules

  • benefits:

    • students can access at any time

    • teacher faces students, easily monitoring participation level

    • minimal time used to access, discuss lessons


Language arts novel studies

Language Arts novel studies

  • example:

    • novel study

  • benefits:

    • enhances the ability to explain the activity (hyperlinks provide further information)

    • can be linked to mini-lessons chapter summaries


French

French

  • Teaching French can also be supported with interactive sites

  • examples:

    • support teaching (resources, lesson plans)

    • support learning (resources)

  • benefits:

    • online pronunciation (essential phrases)


Science sturgeon recovery project

ScienceSturgeon Recovery Project

  • real life, current and relevant science units

  • example:

    • Sturgeon Unit

  • benefits:

    • current, relevant text can provide the information Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative

    • connections to local field trip opportunity

    • review material e.g. Jeopardy


Science social studies catt trax2

Science & Social Studies Catt-Trax2

  • access current scientific research

  • examples:

    • Catt-Trax2

    • Units with goals, vocabulary, assignments, and support links online

  • benefits:

    • real-life, current research

    • relevant

    • constructed knowledge (wiki)

    • networks students with global issues


Teaching in a blended environment

Math

  • supporting students’ learning in math

  • examples:

    • visualization tools (addition with regrouping)

    • math term definitions

    • post lessons and quizzes online

  • benefits:

    • instruction: diverse tools

    • helps address different learning styles: visual learners

    • access by students and parents at any time


Fine arts

Fine Arts

  • supporting our Fine Arts content

  • for example:

    • music theory

    • how to play

    • online lessons

  • benefits:

    • provides support material

    • supports independent learning


Examples from the classroom

Examples from the Classroom

  • e-journals (private blogs)

  • Show What You Know: representing new knowledge

    • Power Point Presentation

  • Socially Constructed Knowledge

    • wiki


Technology used to support these activities

Technology Used to Support These Activities

Hardware

  • SMART Board

  • digital projector

  • Computers

  • Digital cameras

    Software

  • All The Right Type

  • Macromedia Dreamweaver

  • Elluminate (free access online)

  • Office PowerPoint

  • Wiki (open-source)…..watch carefully

    Other

  • Internet

  • web space (provided by my local school district)


Further resources

Further Resources

  • Learning Theories

    http://www.emtech.net/learning_theories.htm

    http://tip.psychology.org/theories.html

    http://www.learningandteaching.info/

    http://www.emtech.net/learning_theories.htm

  • Instructional Strategies http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/categ.html

    http://www.edtech.vt.edu/edtech/id/models/

    http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/categ.html

  • Other Professional Development links (more on my list)

  • Blended Learning Environment (video)

    http://video.google.de/videoplay?docid=-4338441514462445595&hl=de


Further resources continued

Further Resources Continued

Social Networking Tools

  • Global Learning Communities

    • Curriki http://www.curriki.org/xwiki/bin/view/Main/WebHome

    • Taking it Globalhttp://www.takingitglobal.org/

    • Learning Circles http://www.iearn.org/circles/ (video clip)

      more……….


Social networking tools

Social Networking Tools

  • Technology software available online

    SMART Technologies http://education.smarttech.com/ste/en-us/

    Elluminate: http://www.elluminate.com/vroom/

    Wiki: open-source software http://c2.com/cgi/wiki

    moodle: open-source software http://moodle.org/

    Blogging: open-source software http://wordpress.org

    Blogger.com http://www.blogger.com


Social networking tools continued

Social Networking Toolscontinued

  • Questions & Answers: Teacher Magazine hosted this chat with Will Richardson, author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms and founder of Connective Learning.

    http://www.edweek.org/chat/transcript_10_10_06.html


Ideas in practice

Ideas in Practice

  • working with the experts: Virtual Astronomy

  • Pro D Connectivity global conference (52 countries, 1000 registered participants) at home: University of Manitoba

  • daily technology use (example from my class)


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