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Improving Student Outcomes in Blended Learning Environments

A Digital Toolbox for Blended Learning EnvironmentsBritt Gow, Hawkesdale P12 College

Science, Maths, Biology and Environmental Science (online) teacher atHawkesdale P12 CollegeSW Victoria, Australia

Technoscience blog since 2008

Twitter @brittgow brittgow@gmail.comSkype: britt.gowhttp://digitaltoolbox.wikispaces.com

IntroductionWhat are blended learning environments?

How does this relate to the conference theme Mapping Education Policy Landscapes Rurality and Rural Futures?

Blended learning is a continuum

From no technology whatsoever

to access anytime, anywhere.

Blended Learning at Hawkesdale P12 College, Australia

A decade ago, a review of Australian science education, revealed many students were disappointed with their high school science. Today, this disenchantment continues, as evidenced by the declining number of students choosing to study science in senior secondary school. Prof. S. Cory

Created online with Create-A-Graphhttp://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/index.asp

The Power to Engage Students use technology already It's not going to go away...it will only grow Professional development Employers want their workers to use internet tools

What does blended learning mean for rural students? Access to modern learning environmentsMeet students in their zone of proximal development, as well as the spaces they like to operate in (context )Ensure there are a variety of ways that students can access the knowledge & skillsProvide authentic opportunities for learners to find their passion

If our kids are going to live longer than us, they need to have a passion for learning to sustain them. Not content knowledge, but learning to learn. One eighth of the 21st century is gone already get cracking with 21st century learning Stephen Heppell

Todays learners are: Multi-taskers Digitally literate Mobile and connected 24/7 Experiential and Social Visual / spatial learners with Fast response times & short attention spans

Know your students well and how they learn bestMix it up - offer a variety of learning opportunitiesUse photos, diagrams, cartoons, video, musicGive students choicesTell a story and create memories with all the sensesProvide opportunities to create a productSix Strategies..

SIncreasing success in an online environment.

(+, +)Successful in both face to face and online environments.

(-, -) Less successful in both face to face and online environments.Increasing success in a face to face environment(+, -)Successful in a face to face environment, but not as successful in an onlineenvironment.

(-, +)Successful in an onlineenvironment, but not as successful in a face to face environment.

SIncreasing success in an online environment.

Confident, well-organised, persistent, independent learners

Increasing success in a face to face environment

Sociable, likes teamwork and learning collaboratively.

Persistent, flexible, good technology skills, introverted, difficulty socialising.

Lacks confidence and persistence, poor organisational skills, needs structure & scaffolding.

TeacherStudentParentTraditional classrooms

StudentTeacherParent21st century classrooms



KnowledgeSkillsAttitudesTraditional Learning

KnowledgeSkillsAttitudes21st Century Learning

KnowledgeSkillsAttitudesLiteracyNumeracyDigital literacyCritical thinkingCollaborationCommunicationCreativityMedia skillsTechnology skills


Collective Knowledge ConstructionConnect



Collective Knowledge Construction

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TwitterExperts in your classroomGlobal conversationsInstant answers to your questionsJust-in-time conversations

@genegeekCatherine Anderson, a geneticist from Canada.

@ScienceMagsMagdeline Lum, a Metallurgist, photographer and science writer from Perth


Start small find a tool that meets a learning need in your classroom.

1. Are some students more likely to complete their studies and achieve good outcomes by participating in an online learning environment?

2. What characteristics of students are likely indicators of success in an online learning environment?

3. Is virtual, blended provision just a different way of doing the same things?

4. What teaching strategies are more effective in an online learning environment?

5. What aspects of virtual classrooms are advantageous to student learning?

Thank you for your participation in this workshop session.Please contact me if you have any questions, contributions or if you would like to explore these questions further.brittgow@gmail.combrittgow @ Twitter

REFERENCESClemons, Stephanie A. (2005) Brain-based learning: Possible Implications for Online InstructionIlleris, Knud (2007) How We Learn: Learning and Non-learning in School and BeyondOlsen, Richard (2011) Understanding Virtual Pedagogies for Contemporary Teaching and Learning