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Use e -learningto make connections, enter and explore new learning environments

 

Woodbury School- Reflective Summary

 

  • Use e-learning to make connections, enter and explore new learning environments.
  • Use e-learning to create opportunities for students to become experts, teaching others.

 

Background

Woodbury is part of the Aoraki Rural Cluster which includes 10 other schools in South Canterbury.

Woodbury is a rural school 10 minutes from Geraldine, with a roll of 32 students.

Each school’s Inquiry focus was on how ICT tools, strategies and thinking could be used in teaching and learning to improve student achievement in a selected aspect of the curriculum.

Our teaching as inquiry planning is a collaborative plan with all our three teachers involved in the thinking, planning and implementation.

 

 

 

Aims and Purposes

The goal for our cluster is to use a Teaching as Inquiry approach to guide teachers  development of e- learning.  Our focus for e-learning was to buddy children so that they would collaborate, co-operate and learn together.  This was linked to our Term Topic Awesome Forces.

 

At the same time we realised we had different strengths and capabilities between us so we were able to learn alongside each other as well as learning with the students.

 

 

What happened?

To explore new learning environments:

Our topic generated many relevant websites that children were able to access and be involved with.  For the junior class this was a new learning environment and exposed them to ideas in an up to date visual format.  (Teachertube, Youtube)

Ideas about the solar system  gathered before and after showed a strong factual and motivated understanding.  (podcast)

In the senior class students accessed information and took it from process to product.  They were able to use the computer as a tool for part of their evidence of learning.

Further they used thinking tools to sort and consider the information.  Comic Life proved an excellent vehicle for a PMI.

 

Opportunities to become experts teaching others

  • students were grouped so that questions could be generated together (questions)
  • teacher modelled how to access a trusted site to find answers
  • discussed ways to help each other, particularly as the buddies range from NE to Y6.
  • worked with a buddy to find  answers and to drop in the information into a pre sequenced powerpoint.

 

Impact on the Students

students were engaged with their learning and were able to speak knowledgeably about their learning

buddy and collaborative learning in groups proved to be successful and  motivating

older buddies were able to help new learners to gain exposure and success to e learning

 

Next Steps

  • To continue to work collaboratively either in pairs or in groups so that children can become experts and teach each other.
  • To build upon the developing e skills that the senior children are developing to enhance learning in the junior school.
  • To further experiment and implement podcasting  and recording of childrens’ thoughts, questions and evaluations as they arise.