December 11, 2013
by rcrellin
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Online Professional Learning 28 Jan 2014

A series of online professional learning sessions will be available for teachers on Tuesday 28 January 2014. 
The sessions are aimed at supporting teachers to use the AusVELS curriculum, to teach in virtual and blended learning environments, and to work safely, ethically and responsibly online.
The sessions will be held in the Department’s Virtual Conference Centre, allowing teachers to participate from their own schools, using web conferencing software called Blackboard Collaborate.
  • Participants will require a computer with an internet connection and a microphone headset.

December 4, 2013
by rcrellin
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Virtual, blended and flipped classrooms

The 2013 Trends in Online Learning – Virtual, Blended and Flipped Classrooms (USA) report outlines the effectiveness and impact of technology in a variety of learning modes and provides an insight into future applications of technology enabling student learning and engagement.  Key findings include:

  • Administrators are widening their scope regarding the value of online classes to include learning opportunities for administrators, teachers and other support staff in addition to students.
  • Virtual, blended and flipped learning teachers are using more digital content with their students than other teachers.
  • Online learning teachers see significant value in the role of digital tools and resources to improve student success as well as their own personal productivity.
  • Parents who have taken an online class for their own work or job training have high expectations for their child’s school to provide similar learning opportunities.
  • Students are increasingly seeing online learning as a gateway to a new education paradigm where they are in control of the learning process.

What’s happening in Victoria?

Flipped Learning

  • The 2013 Trends in Online Learning describes flipped learning as students watch videos of lectures or read content as homework, and class time is spent on project-based learning and personalised remediation.
    ‘The sign of a great student centred activity is that all students are actively discussing the concept in their own words – Verso definitely hit the mark here.   As a teacher being able to see each student’s original post and comments also offers a visibility of their learning – you can almost watch it happen!’  Steve Seddon
  • Steve Seddon from Noble Park Secondary College has been using online video to engage students as well as make more effective use of classroom and homework time. He has recently trialled Verso – a web based app that creates opportunity for student collaboration and discussion around a stimulus question, video, images, files or websites.  Read Steve’s blog post for more information.
  • Find resources for flipped learning in this FUSE package.

Virtual Learning

  • Virtual learning allows students to connect, interact, share and learn with others outside of their classroom and school using virtual conferencing tools such as Polycom, Blackboard Collaborate, Microsoft Lync and Skype. Virtual learning can be  synchronous  where all students log in at the one time in a virtual classroom, or it may be asynchronous and involve students accessing recordings of a session to access in their own time.
  • Find out more – Virtual conferencing, Connecting to learn – for students and teachers and the Vic Virtual Learning Project.

Blended Learning

 

 

December 3, 2013
by rcrellin
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Different ways to blog

Blogs were traditionally personal websites or web pages on where individuals could record opinions, link to other sites etc. on a regular basis.  Today however, the blogging platform is used in many different ways and provide a great online space to share resources and collaborate with other teachers or students.  Here are some examples of ways blogs are being used on Global2:

  • Drug Education@CEPS: Annie Sleeman and Liz Dunmall, have created a resource sharing blog in relation to Drug Education. They have used the categories really well so resources can be found and also have a page for planning documents. A great way to keep and organise all those great resources you come across.
  • The Specialist teachers at KCPS wanted to create stronger connections between home and school so they set up a Global2 blog. The blog has allowed them to explore how they can further engaged students in reflective practice and to provide students access to learning for revision or extension.
  • Traralgon College have a range of blogs including their staff pedagogy blog to provide resources and support for staff as well as subject based blogs for students, see Year 11 Health and Human Development and Year 10 Bootcamp.
  • Blogs can be used for whole school learning area spaces. For example, Balwyn Primary School have a Health and Physcial Education blog which outlines what is happening in the school while providing a space for students to provide feedback.  Also Altona P-9 Food Technology blog is a space to outline projects across the school and display student work.
  • If you are looking for inspiration the Edublog Awards space has heaps of examples.

Edublogs user guide and teacher challenges – Have you seen the online modules and support from Edublogs? They have some great tutorials that are easy to follow and can help beginners right through to high end users:

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