The Learning Place is currently trialling Student Channel. It will provide a platform for live educational programs for students via webconference. Some of these programs are run by teachers and expert guests ( as in the Online Literature Festival) others are run by student for students.
Participating in a live webconference with an author, particularly a very well-known author, provides students with the opportunity to interact with an expert in their field and to collaborate with others students across the state.
Creating a webconference and presenting it to other students in a live session across the state provides students with an authentic audience and purpose for learning. I imagine students would work in groups or as a class to put together a presentation or interactive session for students at other schools. Learning is redefined through the use of this Learning Place tool as students present to or work with students from other schools in real time regardless of physical location. Students from physically distant schools may also collaborate to produce a session together, which they then co present. From my experience with co-designing and co- presenting web conferences I know that this is possible. The Elluminate software allows users to upload PP presentations and work with and save a shared whiteboard. Users are also able to application share documents from other applications and collaboratively discuss and change the document then save it individually.
Through Student Channel there is potential for students to produce jointly constructed understanding around almost any topic or curriculum area and share this with other students in real time regardless of location. Yet another example of the symbiotic relationship between social constructivism and the transformation of learning with technology.
An example of this is the “ Fun with Powerpoint” webconference where students in upper primary will run an instructional session as a “ how to” for younger students. They have probably trialled their session with younger students at their own school and,through Student Channel, now have the ability to reach a wider audience.
The fact that most EQ schools are following the C2C units increases opportunities for these types of interactions between students. Many students are investigating the same topic at the same time of the year. Book week also provides a shared context for these types of collaborations.
This tool is already being used in this capacity. There are several sessions around Book week and C2C focus texts( for different ages) where students are invited to participate in a Reader’s Cup style Quiz. I am unsure of the exact format this would take. I am assuming that students at the host school will create the quiz questions and that the competition is between the other schools. In this case scenario the questions would need to be Yes/No or short answer questions where correct or incorrect answers are quickly identified.
Students at the host school are participating in discussions around compiling and evaluating questions which increases their level of thinking as they construct the questions together. Students at participating schools are engaging in collaboration but are not necessarily constructing knowledge in ways that would be associated with social constructivist principles.
This is only one example and student led online discussions don’t necessarily need to follow a quiz format. The Teacher Participation Guide for webconferences includes (in Appendix 1) a Bloom’s Taxonomy Guide to questions which I believe has been constructed to support students and teachers to ensure the quality of questions leads to substantive conversations that requires higher order thinking and genuine engagement with the topic or text.
In conclusion giving students a tool such as Elluminate provides many exciting opportunities for collaboration and the joint construction of understandings about the world, regardless of location, as well as transforming tasks by providing access to authentic audiences.
Kylie’s post started me thinking about the current limitations and the future possibilities of learning objects to facilitate socially constructed learning and redefinition of tasks. I was intrigued by the idea of Learning Objects with the capacity to allow for redefinition of a task although I suppose in a another context this might be called gaming ?
In the digital environment this learning object is an individual task. When students discuss the choices and options as a class while interacting with the learning object they are provided with opportunities to construct understandings together. Is there a way to embed this type of socially constructivist learning into Learning Objects?
I began to consider the possibilities of combining Learning Objects with the capabilities of tools such as “ Voice Thread”. This would open up possibilities for discussions between students to occur within the digital environment and regardless of their physical location. While working in a Learning Object (that supports students to discover their own solutions) students might record their thinking or explain what they did to solve the problem. As other students work with the Learning Object they could choose to listen to advice from their peers (previous or current participants). They might even be able to rate the usefulness of a peers advice (to provide feedback to that student). This peer advice could conceivably take the place of the automated responses that are programmed into the Learning Object
The task is redefined as learners share advice and justifications regardless of their physical location or the time they are participating. Providing options for feedback about the usefulness of the advice given also allows for a bank of most useful posts, chosen by the students themselves, to be compiled and accessed.
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