Day 10 : What did I learn during those two weeks ?

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What did I learn during those two weeks ?

Think to all the things you explored, experienced, created and practiced those two weeks…

WHAT DID WE DO GOOD?
WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER?
HOW DID WE INTERACT?
WHAT DID WORK?
WHAT DID NOT WORK?
WHY DO WE THINK IT DID WORK OR NOT?
WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN FOR US AS (FUTURE) TEACHERS?
BENEFITS & DISADVANTAGES?

Inserting conclusions in portfolio, blog, website, e-learning and after publish a comment here with the sharing link. Thank you.

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Experience about Mooc (open online course) by Cinémadoc

A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aiming at large-scale participation and open access via the web. MOOCs are a recent development in distance education and often use open educational resources. Typically they do not offer academic credit or charge tuition fees. Only about 10% of the tens of thousands of students who may sign up complete the course.

At this time, online courses open to all ( MOOC ) are popular and caused by the very disproportionate praise (well the knowledge is made available to all!) and critics argued more or less ( for example , or even and for active monitoring ). The main criticisms relate both to the fact that these courses online reproduce the dominance of English universities and the fact that they perpetuate the principle of unidirectional transmission of the teacher-expert (the “talking heads”) to the student ignorant. Despite their success (linked in this perspective they are free, in the convergence of digital media and a fad), the MOOC would be somewhat of a regression compared to previous attempts of online courses. This article does not cover MOOC in general, but a particular case, the current E-Learning and Digital Culture (University of Edinburgh, hosted on Coursera). Rémy Besson write this article to answer – albeit partial – these criticisms. Designed and coordinated by a group of five teachers (Jen Ross, Christine Sinclair, Hamish Macleod, Sian Bayne and Jeremy Knox), it took place between late January and early March 2013 (5 weeks). According to information that has been communicated to the participants, about 40,000 people have registered and 7,000 people attended the education so active (connection on the platform every week). Although an introductory course, it was also explained that most of the participants had a higher level of education (students with master teachers, qualified young professionals, etc.).. Free does so – of course – not open to all knowledge.

Rémy Besson gives us a very interesting feedback that I encourage you to read (an english translation exist) : MOOC et méta-MOOC sont sur le réseau…

Changes in the Teaching and Learning Process in a Complex Education System | NECSI

The rapid changes and increased complexity of today’s world present new challenges and put new demands on our education system. There has been generally a growing awareness of the necessity to change and improve the preparation of students for productive functioning in the continually changing and highly demanding environment. In confronting this challenge it is necessary to consider the complexity of the education system itself and the multitude of problems that must be addressed. Clearly, no simple, single uniform approach can be applied with the expectation that significant improvements of the system will occur.

In the following the authors consider

  • Integrating the commonly polarized goals of education; i.e. the goal that focuses on transmitting knowledge with the goal that emphasizes the development of the individual student.
  • Adapting teaching to different student characteristics by using diverse methods of teaching. Adaptation to the ability levels, patterns of different abilities, learning styles, personality characteristics, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Integrating the curriculum by developing inter-disciplinary curriculum units that enable students to acquire knowledge from different disciplines through a unifying theme while having the opportunity to contribute in different and special ways to the objectives of the integrated units.

Read more : Changes in the Teaching and Learning Process in a Complex Education System | NECSI.

Day 8 : What is Generation Z & how to teach them?

Wednesday morning, five groups of European students (participating in the Intensive Programme “e-culture”) gave way, for an hour, five classes of students to St. Croix. The theme of the presentations were: “What is Generation Z How to teach them?”.

The classes :

  • BAC1 Languages
  • BAC1 Languages
  • BAC3 Primary
  • BAC3 Primary
  • BAC3 Human sciences
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Photo from Elena take in one HELMo’s class

European students had instructions for, among others, use one or more ICT tools (Prezi, video, data projector, internet and social networks …) and ensure their multicultural communication (presentations were in English -> how to be understood by Francophones).
After an initial debriefing, both with our students HELMo that European students (and their teachers), it appears that this activity was very experienced and she has to share rich content both on the same time (in class).
Finally, some European students propose to create a Facebook group to continue sharing (despite the physical distance) some information and some questions.

Photo from Eunice in one HELMO’s class

Thank you teachers  (Guy W., V. Gregory, Anne B., D. Gregory, Frederick C.) and  students HELMo for their hospitality and their involvement in the project this morning. This remains a very nice human memory and learning! 🙂

Read the comments to follow presentations’ link.

Bringing Technology into the Classroom | Pew Internet & American Life Project

This is the suite of the precedent article (How Teachers use Wikipedia?) about the use of ICT by secondary US teachers.

Given the degree to which teachers are embracing and using digital tools, it is not surprising that they are making these tools a key part of their teaching practices.  In addition to desktop and laptop computers and classroom projectors, significant portions of these teachers report cell phones, digital cameras and recorders, e-readers and tablet computers being part of the learning experience.  Yet they also note obstacles they face in using digital tools effectively in the classroom, ranging from time constraints to school internet filters.

What did they use in classroom with their students :

And for what

The survey notes :

Some groups of AP and NWP teachers are more likely to employ the more collaborative online tools asked about in the survey. For instance, the youngest teachers in this group (those under age 35) are the most likely to have students develop or share work on a website, wiki or blog (45% v. 34% of teachers age 55 and older). They are also more likely than the oldest teachers to have students participate in online discussions (45% v. 32% of teachers age 55 and older) and use collaborative web-based tools such as GoogleDocs to edit work (41% v. 34% of teachers age 55 and older).

Read the article to discover the obstacles encountered by teachers in the use of technology in the classroom as well as disciplines / subjects using the more or less ICT in the classroom.

via Part III: Bringing Technology into the Classroom | Pew Internet & American Life Project.

How Teachers use wikipedia?

A survey of teachers who instruct American middle and secondary school students finds that digital technologies have become central to their teaching and professionalization. While teachers prohibit or restrict the use of Wikipedia to their students, they widely use in the preparation of their courses. As you say schizophrenic ?

The survey finds that the vast majority of AP and NWP teachers use search engines (99%) and Wikipedia (87%) to find information online. The latter is particularly notable, because both teachers and students mentioned in focus groups that teachers commonly bar students from using Wikipedia in their school assignments.  The survey also finds that almost all of the teachers surveyed use the internet “to do work or research for their job.” The specific ways these teachers use the internet as a tool for professional development and curricular ideas are discussed later in this report.

via Part II: Teachers’ Own Use of the Internet and Mobile Tools | Pew Internet & American Life Project.