Two days of training for Singapore Polytechnic teachers (Oct 12 – 13, 2015)
Keynote: Making the Connection
We’ve all had the experience of settling an argument in a restaurant with a quick Wikipedia search, or navigating around a new city with Google Maps. And as we know, our students are sharing their own unique passions and creativity in online spaces every day. We see them teaching others on YouTube, capturing unique moments on Instagram, creatively making connections on Snapchat, and collaboratively building (and then sharing) virtual worlds in spaces like Minecraft.
So many (if not all) of these rich learning and sharing experiences are happening outside of school time – and completely separate from their world of school. However, when we learn with technology the way we live with technology, the classroom can be just as relevant and engaging as our everyday digital interactions. How can we make the connection between our real-life experiences and our classroom learning environment so that we can better prepare our students to excel in this dynamic and interconnected world?
Within the SAMR framework of curriculum development (substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition), we will explore a variety of ways that young learners are sharing their passions in online spaces, uncover opportunities for bringing these kinds of experiences into our classrooms, and develop a deeper understanding of how creativity and innovation can lead to transformative learning.
This is a summary recap of this session presented at the ECIS Tech Conference in March 2015. You can find all of the resources for this session there.
Workshop 1: Transforming Your Classroom
The SAMR model of curriculum development highlights 4 phases of growth (between enhancement and transformation): substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. Together with the workshop participants we will explore new ways to move towards transformation in your classroom. From new pedagogical approaches, to effective technology tools, to transferrable skills, and a deeper understanding of digital citizenship, we will use this workshop as an exciting opportunity to explore new ways of collaboration, creation and communication through technology!
Participants will explore ways to:
- Collaborate: Through the use of Google Apps for Education suite – including Docs/Sheets/Presentations, but also YouTube, Sites, and the awesome selection of add ons you can add to Drive – students and teachers can effectively and efficiently collaborate, create and communicate with a global audience.
- Write reflectively, for an audience: through the use of blogging (in particular, WordPress)- teachers can create an online learning space for your students, as well as develop e-portfolios for sharing learning over time.
- Demonstrate learning creatively: through the use of multimedia tools, like YouTube editor, VoiceThread, and SoundCloud, students can demonstrate their understand by creating and sharing media. Exploring these tools will also build an understanding of Creative Commons and remix.
- Connect with a global audience: through the use of Social Media tools, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Snapchat – teachers and students can take advantage of the tools that students use for fun and apply them in an academic setting. As educators, we can find the value in these tools and applying them for learning contexts.
Part 1: Understanding SAMR & TPACK
SAMR & TPACK Resources
- The Technology Integration Matrix
- Technology Integration Matrix Teacher Indicators
- Technology Integration Matrix Student Indicators
- TIM Setting Indicators
- TIM Summary of Indicators
- Upgrading Blogs Through the Lens of SAMR
- Using SAMR to Teach Above the Line
Transformative Project Examples
Session 2: Collaboration & Reflection with GAFE & Blogging
Session 3: Creativity and Connection with Social Media
Session 4: Bringing it All Together (Assessment)
- Activity: Your Design Process
- Activity: I used to think… Now I think… (headlines?)
- Workshop Feedback Survey
Workshop 2: Getting Started With Technology in Your Classroom
With so many options available, how do teachers know where to start when using new technology in their classroom? How do they choose the tool that best fits the task and feel comfortable and confident enough to bring that tool into their classrooms.
This session will focus on some of the skills, approaches and habits of mind that may help teachers branch out to try something new (and they work well for students too!). Based on proven strategies in a variety of international schools around the world, we’ll explore different avenues for getting started to help find the right path for you!
Transformative Project Examples
Other PD Opportunities
- Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy (COETAIL)
- Eduro Learning courses – one-off 6-week courses
- Learning2 Conference – the best education & technology conference in Asia!