eLearning Framework

26 Aug

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Core Education, TKI and the VLN will help no end with your own individual and school plan. The popularity of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, coupled with high-tech video games and 21st century entertainment for our students outside of school is necessitating a change in the way we as educators prepare and present information to our students.  Gone are the days where we can get away with 50 minutes of lecturing.  However, elearning is not PowerPoint. Googling is not eLearning. So here are some tips I found.

1. Get comfortable with one piece of technology at a time.

Your PLN is probably already inundating your Twitter feeds with more Web 2.0 tools than you know what to do with.  Pick the most relevant tools and get comfortable using them at home. If you don’t feel comfortable using technology, you will be even less comfortable teaching it to your students. 

2. Involve students in your planning.  

With eLearning in class, I introduce the technology to a few of my students and get their opinions on it.  I ensure they know the rules of being digital citizens. The students know what they like and what will hold their interest.  If they like it, I make that piece of technology a priority in my planning, but if they appear uninterested, I toss out that idea and revisit my Twitter feed looking for something new.  Ask your students what technology they use on a regular basis.  If all of your students use Facebook, make it a part of your class. 

3. Lean on colleagues.

Meet with colleagues in your building or call on your PLN for assistance when you start integrating technology into your lessons.  Most teachers are more than willing to share their successes and failures with interested colleagues. You will be able to learn from their mistakes and not have to deal with some of the growing pains your colleagues had to go through.

4. Don’t get discouraged if your first attempt doesn’t work out as planned.

More on this next week.

5. Technology integration may be extra work on the front end, but it’s worth it.

Trying something new as opposed to going with the tried and true lesson always produces a little extra work. However, the long-term benefits of engaging your students far outweigh the cost of spending a couple extra hours in front of the computer after school.   As I have learned, the extra effort goes a long way to engage the students in your lesson and leave them wanting more. 

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2 Responses to “eLearning Framework”

  1. Kevin Byrne August 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

    Good advice. You have to have a use or need identified and then select the one tool that seems to meet the need and focus on it. Like the idea of a few students trialling it. Ideal situation to use teaching as enquiry framework. Also I’d encourage you to talk about it with colleagues – you never know who might have that good tip or who you might inspire.

    • andrewmurray2013 October 4, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

      Staff in my department have really grown with such conversations Kevin. Thanks.

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