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Come and see the Real Thing - the Saba Centra 'live' virtual classroom

Saba Asia-Pac RUG presentation
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Roger Edmonds

on 31 May 2010

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Transcript of Come and see the Real Thing - the Saba Centra 'live' virtual classroom

Come and see the REAL THING – the ‘live’ Centra virtual classroom


“Come and see the real thing, come and see the real thing, come and see
Come and see the real thing, come and see the real thing, come and see
There’s a meaning there, but the meaning there doesn’t really mean a thing
Come and see the real thing, come and see the real thing, come and see
I am the real thing!”

© Music and Lyrics - Russell Morris (1969) What is the DECS virtual classroom?
A ‘real time’ virtual environment created by Centra web conferencing software to provide our teachers and students with:

video & audio conferencing
chat, laughter, surveys
slides
multimedia
whiteboard
application sharing
recording
connections to anyone, anywhere using a minimum 64kbps bandwidth
Dared to Dream

Provide equitable access to education for children living in remote & isolated areas in SA
Test improvements in education outcomes through delivering a ‘live’ on-line curriculum
Re-engage teachers with creative pedagogy
Pedagogical Outcomes
(from independent research by Essential Equity, August, 2002)
Saba Centra strengthens relationships and improves social presence
Saba Centra strengthens student autonomy and initiative and supports cooperation and collaboration
Saba Centra allows ease of interaction and impacts positively on acquisition of knowledge
The use of 'breakout rooms' supports student driven learning
Students enjoy lessons and are motivated to participate and learn



Saba Centra provides ................

High visibility – webcams, other digital video
Good audibility - natural language, change voice tone, expressions
AppShare – personalising, meaningful interaction
Choreography – emoticons, engagement
Professional Learning through Saba Centra Teachers stay at their worksite
Reduce travel, facilities and telecommunication costs
Reach more teachers more regularly
Replicate typical face to face PD&T including interaction
Record sessions for later use to leverage value
Empower a broader base to share knowledge and skills

The Ways DECS is using Saba Centra



Saba Centra is available across all of DECS for curriculum delivery, professional learning, delivery of services and meetings

Student initiated learning programs using Saba Centra are emerging

There is more global dialogue occurring in Saba Centra

There is more teaching & learning with Saba Centra that includes questioning, problem solving, listening with understanding, thinking flexibly and striving for accuracy

Unique ‘live’ events are engaging and empowering students, schools and communities to tap into learning experiences that they may never otherwise have the opportunity to do so.
The Oprah Winfrey Show
May 21 2009

skype
around
the world Hospital
Harrod's of London
Wine tasting in California
Scientists in Antartica and the Artic
Virgin Atlantic flight (mid air)
Submarine (under water)
a key challenge for DECS in 2010 Provision of appropriate curriculum choice poses a unique challenge for DECS schools.

DECS has the largest number of small schools of any Australian jurisdiction apart from the Northern Territory. There is consequently a significant challenge in offering the full range of curriculum choice for schools, and in particular schools with secondary enrolments.

Yet expectations from students, parents and schools is to have access to a range of subjects to provide the best pathway to post school options particularly for senior secondary students.

The challenge for DECS is to provide meaningful opportunities for students to access new forms of learning and to ensure that students, parents and teachers see the opportunities as a viable alternative to existing face-to-face delivery.
What is needed? A schooling experience that offers flexible learning options that provide maximum subject choice and includes face-to-face, off campus and online learning opportunities.

A systems approach that maintains local autonomy and delivers a cluster based local delivery model which includes blended online learning with Saba Centra and other 21C ICT to deliver improved learning outcomes.
'Real time’ web conferencing software to deliver a virtual classroom environment with:

video & audio conferencing
chat, laughter, surveys
slides
multimedia
whiteboard
application sharing
recording and editing

that uses low bandwidth to connect to anyone, anwhere in the world
What is Saba Centra? from Glen Ridge's Australia - Nine Network 2003 why it began Source: Martin Westwell, Flinders University, Personalised Learning, 2009
Doesn't technology de-personalise learning? Face to face interaction is so important it should not be replaced.

Research indicates that
when technological agents are
put into relationships......

RULES CHANGE

and trust, leader effectiveness, role & goal clarification and overall successes all diminish
Sobel-Lojeski & Reilly 2008 Uniting the Virtual Workforce Source: Martin Westwell, Flinders University, Personalised Learning, 2009
which allows .............

Students to apply what is learned immediately
Varied instructional methods
Teachers to involve students
Lots of interaction and plenty of opportunity to practice new skills
Small group activities tied to what is learned
Lots of exercises that are real life simulations
...... and isn't that what makes face to face communication effective in a school classroom?
QR codes and Saba Centra Source: Martin Westwell, Flinders University, Personalised Learning, 2009
Saba Centra in DECS 2010
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