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.
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.
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.