I have spent the summer creating the first tranche of resources for an integrated elearing planner for teachers. The resource is web based and is designed to be stored on a school’s intranet or LMS. It is designed to be adapted to the individual needs of a school and is not an off the shelf resource. We will adapt it to mee the specific needs of any school.
As part of my facilitation work I see that the biggest stumbling block for those teachers who are not those at the leading edge of elearning is making the conceptual/pedagocial leap into elearning. For this strata of the teaching profession they have adopted the strategy of regarding ICT/elearning as an extra, almost a treat for the students in their classrooms. What is more, when the going gets tough, ICT activities can be withtdrawn, shelved, put on ice etc. In addition the classroom strategies adopted by these teachers ensures that the type of ICT work that they have the students do is almost always enrichment type activities.
The resource I have created is designed to scaffold these teachers in thier journey towards elearning integration in their classroom. The image above is a screen shot from just one of the pages. I have taken an existing units of work and have created age appropriate, curriculum specific learning activities that include suggested elearning tools that teachers could use (Arrow A). In the next column (Arrow B) is a list of suggested elearning tools that teachers might like to consider using, each has their merits and the idea is that a teacher will select a tool to achieve the learning goals, based on their own comfort levels. In the third column (Arrow C) there are links to interactive tutorials that I have created, that teachers can use to learn how to use the tools suggested in the second column. I have always said to teachers that it is not important whether they can use the tools I suggest that they might like to use in class. What is important is that they know what the learning potential these tools can facilitate and plan accordingly. So equally this column and the interactive tutorials they point to, could be shared with students so that they learn how to use the tools. The final column links to other documents to demonstrate the integration potential of the activities highlighted. At the bottom of each learning activity I have also coded the activities as being E, P, C or PS for Enrichment, Publishing, Collaboration or Problem Solving activities. The purpose here is for teachers to be able to monitor what kind of activities predominate in their class and to set goals to make the elearning a richer experience in their classes as a result of their audits.
Over time I will add another column to this resource, one which links to videos of best practice; best practice with specific tools being used in classrooms by teachers. I have long been a champion of schools retaining their Intellectual Property and think capturing teacher best practice is a good way to ensure that this happens. The added benefit of doing this, when combined with the resource that I have created is that not only is IP actively farmed, schools create an induction pack for new staff that can be used by individual schools to project a philosphy of how they do elearning.
Perhaps the best beneift to schools is that over time they are creating their own training resource, specific to their school. It will be a truly JIT (Just in Time) training resource for new and existing staff.
I am happy to talk with you to discuss your individual requirements for this resource to work in your school.