Wednesday, September 26, 2012

eLearning resources to support 21st century teachers and learners

My list of #eLearning #edtech resources to support 21st century teachers and learners is outlined below.

This past week I met with each of the divisions at my elementary school to identify the kinds of learning outcomes they wanted to see in their classrooms. I also provided some examples of how technology could be used to facilitate the kinds of outcomes they had identified.

Intermediate Division
With the teachers in the intermediate division I discussed the strands of mathematics they were currently working on and how they could use the resources at the Homework Help website created by the Ministry of Education to review specific concepts and to facilitate real-time online tutoring for students having difficulty with homework questions or test preparation. In addition to providing an overview of the features of the site, I will be registering students so they can begin accessing the resources and the one-to-one tutor chat.

I also demonstrated how the teachers could use the curriculum guide units with links to the Homework Help resources to support their classroom instruction. In addition, I showed them how they could 'Flip their classroom' by assigning students math questions they could pose to tutors at the Homework Help website.  Subsequently, small groups of students could present a lesson on a topic using the Brightink projector and the resources from Homework Help chats and tutorials.

The teachers have also requested that I provide a demonstration of the math and science teaching resources available from Explore Learning. The interactive learning resources are correlated to curriculum standards and include student activity sheets & teacher answer guides for using the learning objects.

I will also be supporting teachers and students in their use of the Ontario Educational Resource Bank by using the resources lists I created for each grade. For example, in the media idols learning object students respond to and learn how to evaluate different types of media texts. The documents are on the school network so that grade partners can continue to add resources for a variety of different subjects.

The is also some interest in accessing the curriculum units available in the Learning Management System available through eLearning Ontario. For example, I can work on the career exploration unit with the grade 8s while the grade 7s are working on a History or Geography unit with their classroom teacher. The added advantage is that the students can continue to learn at home and at their own pace. Because the content is already created teachers can focus on differentiating instruction and provide remediation for students that need extra help while other students can progress through the learning and move on to enrichment activities.

More resources for junior and primary divisions to follow.