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Planning for Blended integration of E-learning Tools

Written by David on April 19th, 2013.      6 comments

Over the last couple of years I have been creating a suite of resources to help teachers to integrate elearning tools and activities into their classroom plans.  The purpose of these tools is to provide teachers with ideas to get them started with elearning in the classroom, links to web sites and software programmes that can be used to deliver the learning, apps that also facilitate the same outcomes and finally a growing suite of interactive tutorials with which teachers can self train or provide support to their students to enable the elearning workflow in the classroom to be as smooth as possible.

One of my most popular breakouts at the Ulearn and Learning at Schools conferences was my 90 tools in 90 minutes presentations, a rapid romp through 90 free elearning tools available to teachers to use in their classrooms, this presentation included a brief overview of how I had used the tools in classes at differing age levels.  Although popular, this presentation on a practical level for teachers only really provided them with a list of tools that could promise elearning potential, it did not provide them with the additional support they needed, which is why I have abandoned that presentation and have been concentrating creating and providing resources for schools that support and guide teachers, it is after all what they need.

I have been developing my support tools further, but now creating exemplars and in class support materials for teachers, to provide a whole package of elearning support. Below are some screen shots of the kind of work flow I am providing to schools from lesson plans to outcome exemplars via tutorials, classroom management strategies and support materials.  A one stop elearning shop service.

In the screen shot below you can see the 7th activity planned around the topic of weather, using elearning tools.  The teachers can use these ideas as a springboard into a direction of learning that the class wish to follow or they can use the ideas to scaffold them through the continuum of lesson plans.  Each activity illustrates what apps, computer programmes and websites could be used to facilitate the outcome dictated by the initial learning intention of the school curriculum document.
planning screenshot sml

I also produce documents to help teachers provide a scaffold to the students so that they can focus on the learning rather than the mechanics of producing content with elearning tools.  The aim of this resource below is for the students to focus on the content each broadcast should have, the structure and the duration.  Once the template for the storyboard and the characters, see the video at the end, has been created, this scaffold below is designed to focus the students on content and the production time should be short, less than 20 minutes, meaning that this activity can easily be a daily event for the duration of the topic.  In addition the requirement to create content quickly, creates a model and system that can be applied to other learning areas throughout the year.
content plan sml

And finally I am now producing exemplars of what the learning activity could look look like, using the continuum illustrated above and supported by the interactive tutorials that provide just in time support to teachers and students alike.



David from dakinane.com says ...

I did the entire thing on an iPad. But if I was doing it on a PC I would have used CamStudio and not Jing, then that way I could have animated the figures. But the icons and the character were all done in Puppet Pals. I have been working on how to use Green Screen effect with Puppet Pals and layering two video streams together. Initial results are proving to be very promising.

jacqui from http://askatechteacher.wordpress.com says ...
I see Google Earth. Not sure about Jing (love that program). What did you use to pop the sun, etc in as an overlay. And how bout the recording--what did you select for that?


jacqui from http://askatechteacher.wordpress.com says ...
I see Google Earth. Not sure about Jing (love that program). What did you use to pop the sun, etc in as an overlay. And how bout the recording--what did you select for that?


jacqui from http://askatechteacher.wordpress.com says ...
I see the Google Earth, maybe even Jing. What did you use for recording? And what popped the sun etc into the screen?

Great fun!
David from dakinane.com says ...

The aim is to make these resources living documents for the school, therefore they are editable and I encourage staff to add their own ideas, resources and lessons to the document so that capacity and skills grow within each school.

Let me know if Glendowie want me to create similar resources for you. Also keep your eyes open for a database of activities that I am currently working on.

Katrina Cable says ...
David, this is fantastic!

We are doing a weather unit of inquiry later in the year and have already sent the link to my colleagues to get the inspiration growing. The planning system looks comprehensive and easy to see the flow of learning intentions with supporting e-learning tools. Some teachers need more support than others with e-learning and this looks like it caters for all levels. Will teachers be able to edit the document to add their ideas in?



David has been a specialist in the field of elearning for over 12 years. He has presented on elearning at conferences in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. His consultancy work includes education and business clients. READ MORE


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