Thursday, 8 November 2012

How to embed elearning?

From an email:
"I am currently trying to embed ICT learning across all curriculum areas in school, but it's not an easy task. There are many unanswered questions at the moment such as how to evidence the use of ICT and how to assess it. Any ideas will be very welcome."

Best response I have seen so far:
Teaching as Inquiry. If the teachers embedding ICT practices are using a inquiry cycle to do this - beginning with a focussing inquiry that establishes what's important and what the students need to know/do (not ICT skills), a teaching and learning inquiry where they establish the best mix of ICT tools and strategies to support the learning, the teaching and learning (trialling of strategies) followed by a learning inquiry which may involve: talking to your students, observational data, surveys, pre and post-testing. I wouldn't actually focus too much on assessment and quantitative data because it is near impossible to link improved "grades" to the tools. Informal and ongoing feedback from students about if/how and why/why didn't the ICT tools and strategies increased their level of engagement and/or supported critical thinking processes is way more powerful.

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