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Lord Byng Inquiry
Transcript of Lord Byng Inquiry
Colleagues Colaborate Organize Your
Class Online Google Buzz We see the use of this technology to extend communication beyond class time; for students to interact with each other;
Len used it to set up a homework help forum for students to ask questions about their math homework. Students could post questions as well as answers.
Jaime did not implement it in her special needs classes but is following other users and sharing content.
No limit on length of posts
You can insert photos, videos, and links
You can ‘like’ and ‘comment’ on a post
You can follow other users (students or public) and they can follow you
Ability to create private groups so that only members will see posts
Ability to hide contact/follower list PROS Everyone needs a gmail account
Initial set-up of the private class group requires some time
the process of ‘following’ users can be time consuming CONS WHAT IS IT? WHAT DID WE USE IT FOR? Len's Math Homework Forum using Buzz: IT'S ABOUT THE CULTURE Don't expect students to start miraculously collaborating on their own just because they all have Buzz accounts.
If you want students to use this tool to communicate,
you can't just set it up and let them have at it. You
have to build it into the classroom culture. WHAT IS IT? WHAT DID WE USE IT FOR? Jaime and Len use Google Docs to store and work on an in-progress version of Byng’s growth plan and shared access with collaborators along the way.
Jaime uses Google Docs for storing and creating almost all of her files now.
Len has had all of his Info Tech students create presentations using Google Docs for the past few years. Handing it in is as easy for students as a click of a button, and all the presentations end up in his Google account instantly.
Mario is planning on using Docs for group projects in his Social Studies class -- the idea is that students will form groups and then work on their project in Google Docs so that he can view progress and everyone can share final products. Lord Byng's School Growth Plan on Google Docs: PROS CONS Web-based
Tracks ‘revision history’ to show what each user contributed / edited
More than one user can edit file at the same time
More accountability -- students share the document with the teacher, and the teacher can view it anytime to check on progress, insert comments
Paperless final products
No ‘lost’ assignments If printing, then need to double-check page breaks
Relying on internet for access to document WHAT IS IT? WHAT DID WE USE IT FOR? What didn't we use it for? You can manage your whole class online, from handing in assignments, generating quizzes, and creating discussion forums! A Moodle Class Managing Students Submitting
designed by teachers for teachers
easy to administer multiple classes (secondary school issue)
can integrate into many varieties of teaching styles
all student information is kept on local servers, not part of “public” domain
includes many pedagogical tools PROS CONS requires certain comfort level with technology
not widely used in the district so support is uneven (use is growing)
does not make use of collaborative aspects of the Internet
not particularly transformative
Jaime’s special needs class has their own website. They add blog entries and use the private message board to post messages to the whole class. 10 out of 13 students are members on the site, and students regularly visit the site to read/post to each other during weekends. (Students visit the site several times a week on their own time.)
Jaime used webs.com to create the site using a template. Students then signed-up on their own time after she previewed the site with them. She initially scribed the blog entries, but now students are writing their own during class time, and contributing content for each other. Online Surveys for Students and Staff Survey Monkey Fred used Survey Monkey to survey the staff on their favorite books.
He found making an online survey to be much more efficient way to
gather data than traditional pen-and-paper methods.
He later turned the results into a matching game. It was always fun
and often surprising to see which staff members picked which book. WHAT IS IT? WHAT DID WE USE IT FOR? Envisioned uses: to survey staff for TAC/Staff Meetings; survey students before/during/after a lesson. PROS CONS Allows users to create online surveys with a variety of question types (eg, multiple choice, short answer, scale of 1-5, drop boxes)
Crunches data and generates charts/graphs
Automatically inputs raw data in a spreadsheet for the survey author
Ability to protect/share spreadsheet
Quick way to survey students and staff and generate results for immediate (and pretty) presentation
Option to share files with select users Stuffing the ballot box -- how do we confirm the identity of participants?
Make sure the correct link is sent out or else you might inadvertently publicise the spreadsheet link rather than just the survey
Need a gmail account Our Team (from left to right): Mario Ceravalo, Len Pelletier, Jaime Tong, Forman Howes, Jim Rutley, Fred Lackmance. Missing: Erin Zimmaro Google automatically represents your data as a spreadsheet
or turns it into beautiful charts and graphics! It is evident that the world outside of school is changing at a breathtaking pace, where seemingly technologies are replaced soon after their inception. This is the world that we and our students live in. For them this is all they know, as they were raised with the computer, the internet, ipods and cell phones. Many of their lives live around social networking with Facebook, MSN, texts, emails, Google, etc… Schools on the other hand are more similar than different than when we went to school. What must this be like for our students that seem to have to constantly moving back and forth from these two worlds? Research claims that their brains are wired differently and that they utilize more of it. Will the prudent use of technology prove to increase student engagement?
Technology for technology sake doesn’t fly. If something is more difficult or doesn’t work as well, it is of limited use and will not be adopted either by staff or students. Implementation of technology can be very frustrating and turn away many of those that are weary of it. It is often those pioneers that have a passion and interest that will overcome these setbacks and shortfalls that will make it work. They will also constantly monitor if there is a better technology application and find ways that these applications can be shared and used in the classroom. That is what has been attempted here.