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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

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
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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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