Category: This is Digital

06 September 16:00, Digital Learning and Teaching – session 1: Planning

Overview

Episode 1 – Planning

  • How to save time and effort with cloud-based documents
  • Effective use of Teams and Classroom to scaffold learning
  • Involving learners and engaging families when planning

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Prior knowledge

It is recommended that you are familiar with your setting’s cloud storage and learning platform, whether Microsoft or Google:

Microsoft OneDrive
Google Drive
Assignments on your preferred platform of Teams or Classroom

Reading notes on collaborative planning

Collaboration helps “build social capital among teachers and other educators improves student learning… it also improves the ability to initiate and implement change, as ideas spread and last beyond a few individual brainwaves.” – A. Hargreaves and M. T O’Connor

In the same paper they also state that “The strongest case for digital technology in education or life, however, is when it uniquely provides something of value that cannot be offered in any other way.”

We agree with both of these points – digital allows us to store, collaborate and publish documents instantly and across the world. Being able to share planning this way means that we can get, and share, new ideas from a much wider setting than ever before. So, how can we implement digital in our planning for better collaboration?

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Videos on planning

27 September 16:00, Digital Learning and Teaching – session 2: Teaching and Learning

Episode 2 – Teaching and Learning

  • Making better resources and how this improves learning
  • Using digital platforms to ‘flip’ learning and foster greater independence in learners
  • Creating interactive learning resources with the Glow Blogs h5p plugin

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Design principles

Dual coding

The Learning Scientists define dual coding as:

“The process of combining verbal materials with visual materials. There are many ways to visually represent material, such as with infographics, timelines, cartoon strips, diagrams, and graphic organizers. When you have the same information in two formats – words and visuals – it gives you two ways of remembering the information later on.”

Dual Coding is an excellent strategy that learners can employ to aid learning and revision, however, practitioners can employ the same strategy when developing materials for learners.

 

Within PowerPoint and PowerPoint Online, a number of tools can be used to better format slides for presentations or screen recordings.  Tools such as designer, smart art, built in icon and image  searches can help develop content in a clear, concise way.

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Flipped learning

The the Flipped Learning Network (FLN) define flipped learning as:

“school work at home and home work at school,” and an approach that allows teachers to implement a methodology, or various methodologies, in their classrooms.

Basically, it is about creating learning activities that are started at home, continued in school, and then continuing this pattern of in-and-out of school learning.

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11 October 16:00, Digital Learning and Teaching – session 3: Assessment and Feedback

Overview

Episode 3 – Assessment and Feedback

  • meet the needs of more learners with easily accessible and portable evidence that can be shared and moderated
  • provide meaningful feedback in the form of voice, video or text (and can even be generated automatically)
  • export this data for more effective tracking

 

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Prior knowledge

It is recommended that you are confident in the use of these platforms and tools prior to attending:

Assignments

Microsoft Forms

Google Forms

Planning with Google Workspace (This is Digital)

Google Workspace has a range of tools and apps that can be used to support planning digitally.

Google Meet allows you to work together on video calls.

Google Jamboard allows you to share ideas with pre-made mind-mapping layouts and post-it notes.

Google Drive can be used to create and collaborate on documents together.

Planning with Microsoft O365 (This is Digital)

Microsoft O365 has a range of tools and apps that can be used to support planning digitally:

  • Forms
  • Whiteboard
  • OneDrive 
  • Teams

Forms can be used to create forms for evaluation and polls or quizzes for assessment and feedback. Engage with your learners and use their ideas to plan better learning.

O365 Whiteboard allows you to share ideas with pre-made mind-mapping layouts and post-it notes

O365 Teams allows you to work together by sharing files or with video calls

O365 OneDrive can be used to create and collaborate on documents together.