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Presentation at the "Perfecting the Blend" conference in Ballarat, 2012.

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  • 1. Perfecting the Blend ConferenceDigital Toolbox for Blended LearningBritt Gow Mt Clear College Friday, 7th December, 11.30am

2. Science, Maths and VCEEnvironmental ScienceOnline teacher atHawkesdale P12 CollegeSW VictoriaTechnoscience blog since2008Twitter 3. In 2011 and 2012 I have usedBlackboard Collaborate to teachUnit 3 and 4 VCE EnvironmentalScience to students fromdifferent schools around thestate. We connected for 90minutes each weeksynchronously and used myblog, email and Facebookasynchronously.We have met at Ecolinc, BacchusMarsh in term 1 and atEcoBeach Apollo Bay YHA duringterm 3 holidays. 4. Audio and video Interactive whiteboard Text chat Polling tools Emoticons Web tours Application sharing 5. Hi Britt,I just wanted to thank you for everything this year. Iwouldnt have been able to do Environmental Sciencewithout you and youve made it so easy and enjoyable.Really do appreciate all the work youve put in, thank you!!I was also wondering if I can put you down as a refereewhen Im applying for jobs. The letter of recommendationyouve already written me is awesome.Regards, Dannielle :) 6. Britt, i would just like to thankyou for being such a greatteacher this year, even if it was only via blackboard collaborate.the classes that you provide for students like me, that dont havethe oppotunity to study enviromental science at their ownschool really benefited me in the long run. Your classes are verysucessful and give great oppotunites. so thankyou once again. and thankyou for offering to be a referance for me, and i will besure to take that offer up in the near future.thanks so very much britt, and i wish you well, for you nextblackboard collaborate year, i will be sure to highly reccommedenviromental science to anyone, looking at the course. 7. 8. What framework to use? PoLT? e5 (engage, explore, explain, evaluate,elaborate)? Blooms taxonomy? Collective Knowledge Construction (IdeasLAB)? Quality task, Learning intentions, Successcriteria and Feedback? 9. Content CSF, VELS, national curriculumThe 21st Century Learner Multi-taskers, connected 24/7, sociable, visual.Context Platform andTeacher Flexible,strategies - classroom, outside,experienced, knows studentonline interests & needs 10. Learning Model by Illeris (2207)Content - Incentive Interaction Cognitive Affective Social component componentcomponent 11. How do you define blended learning? 12. How do we define Blended Learning? learning refers to any time a studentlearns, at least in part, at a brick-and-mortarfacility and through online delivery with studentcontrol over time, path, pace or place. 13. Findings from brain research: Brains are unique, specialized and not equallygood at everything Brains are designed for fluctuations rather thanconstant attention searching for changes Emotions are critical to successful learning threat and anxiety impair learning Multi-sensory input is desired by our brains Brains continue to change throughout our lives 14. How does brain research impact on your teaching in the face to face classroom? 15. Enriching the online environment Positive emotional support Encourage social interaction Allow active participation Multi-modal presentations (text, images,voice, other audio, video, web tours,application sharing, drawing tools, clip art andicons, quizzes, maps) 16. Which is the best reason for uptake of technology in classrooms? A. The power to engage students B. Students use technology already C. Its not going to go will onlygrow & employers want skilled workers D. Professional development 17. Which of the following are characteristics of 21st C learners?A. Multi-taskers and digitally literateB. Sociable, mobile and connected 24/7C. Visual / spatial learners with fastresponse times & short attention spansD. All of the above 18. Teaching is an art form nota delivery system.A tool is only as powerfulas the creativity of theperson who uses it.A cupboard full ofinstruments does notproduce music a suitcaseof web tools does not leadto creativity on its own.Sir Ken Robinson 19. and social bookmarking register create a profile connect with like-minded individuals & groups Join a conversation Share an artefact (link,photo, screenshot, wordleconcept map, video. 20. 21. for word clouds 22. for concept maps 23. We use Skype and Blackboard Collaborate toconnect with our Scientist in Schools partner,Melissa Toifl, from CSIRO Land and WaterTechnologies, in Highett and Clayton. 24. @genegeekCatherineAnderson, ageneticist fromCanada. 25. @ScienceMags Magdeline Lum, aMetallurgist, photographer and science writer from Perth 26. 27. Each of the three pre-service teachers worked with threedifferent mentor teachers and spent time with the ICT expertteacher to learn how to use various online programs. Theyalso had welfare support from a leading teacher, andparticipated in full staff meetings, school camps andexcursions. These were all valuable experiences that allowedthe PSTs to have contact with many, if not all, the staff of oursmall, rural school. 28. If our kids are going to live longer than us, they need to havea passion for learning to sustain them. Not contentknowledge, but learning to learn. One eighth of the 21stcentury is gone already get cracking with 21st century learning Prof. Stephen Heppell 29. Memory and retrieval Mnemonics acronyms or rhymes Humour cartoons and YouTube Famous quotes that resonate Chunking (5, 7 or 9 points) Movement and colour Mystery & surprise Use patterns Mix it up 30. 31. Mnemonic - CHIPPORemembering factors causing biodiversity loss: Climate change Habitat destruction Introduced species Pest plants Pollution Overharvesting 32. Practical considerations Technology does not replace experiments Does every student have access to devices? Does every student have internet access? Preferred learning styles? Concentration span mix it up! Plan B and Plan C Best tool for the job of learning 33. 2/12/12 34. REFERENCES Clemons, Stephanie A. (2005) Brain-basedlearning: Possible Implications for OnlineInstruction Illeris, Knud (2007) How We Learn: Learningand Non-learning in School and Beyond Olsen, Richard (2011) Understanding VirtualPedagogies for Contemporary Teaching andLearning