Name
Transforming Education in Challenging Environments: Week 4
Topic
Week 4: Digital Networks for change
Learning time
3 hours and 45 minutes
Designed learning time
3 hours and 41 minutes
Size of class
1000
Description
We have seen several examples during the past three weeks of teachers using digital tools to help learners in different ways. This week we will be discussing this together to find out how to make digital methods work effectively.
Mode of delivery
Wholly online
Aims
How teachers can use digital methods to enhance learning in challenging contexts?
Outcomes
Knowledge
Editor
Rym
Week 4 Step 1: Digital tools to help learners
75 minutes)
  • Read Watch Listen
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    Watch the video: The video shows examples of how we can use digital tools to improve the quality and reach of education. They offer ways of making learning more personalized, and more inclusive.
  • Practice
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    Exercise: How do you feel when you think about digital tools in teaching and learning? Enter 3 words to describe your feelings about using digital methods in the word cloud.
  • Discuss
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    In this step, 3 digital methods are already used - the FutureLearn course to participate, the Mentimeter Word Cloud to propose and share ideas, and discussion to discuss them. How do you feel about this and your other experiences of learning using digital methods?
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    Watch the video: In the video teachers are talking about the ways they have used digital tools to help students learn. They discuss using them to help learners who do not speak the language used in class, how to use digital games to help to motivate children to concentrate on learning, or to gain confidence in social groups.
  • Discuss
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    What do you think the value of digital technology can be for learning? What kinds of concerns do you have about using digital methods?
  • Practice
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    Exercise: This Poll is an opportunity to record your current perspectives on digital learning. We will come back to this poll at the end of the week to see whether your views have changed or not. There are no wrong answers; this is just an opportunity to reflect on your views and compare them with others.
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    Watch the video: In the video, teachers talk about the challenges of using technology as well as the solutions to problems that they have found.
  • Practice
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    Exercise: On this Finding Solutions to Technological Challenges Padlet you will find three columns for the types of challenges we face: technical, personal, organisational. Under each column add a specific instance of a challenge you face relevant to that category. Then look at other people’s posts, and reply with a potential solution they could try.
  • Discuss
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    Reflect on the challenges you have faced and those that other participants have posed on the Padlet. What are the most difficult obstacles for teachers trying to use more digital methods? Have you found any useful solutions (either from the Padlet or from your own experience) that you can share with other teachers about how to overcome difficulties?
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Week 4 Step 2: Digital tools to help teachers
65 minutes)
  • Read Watch Listen
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    Watch the video: This video presents a framework to show what it takes to learn in formal education. It is called The Conversational Framework, and it is based on a synthesis of different theories of learning
  • Practice
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    Exercise: On this Learning Types and Learning Technologies Padlet, you will find 6 columns for each of the 6 learning types. Add a post underneath each learning type with your suggestion for a digital tool that could support that type of learning - you might need to scroll across to find all 6 types!
  • Discuss
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    Look at others’ suggestions on Padlet. Did you see any suggestions you think you could use? You might want to expand on your own use of these tools, and share any tips for using them. Are there other digital tools you know of that you cannot fit to a learning type? You can also make these suggestions here.
  • Practice
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    Exercise: In this exercise, you can work with the guide mentioned below to enhance an existing design in a way that makes use of a digital tool.
  • Discuss
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    Post your comment on how you changed the learning design, and why you made that change.
  • Practice
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    Exercise: In this exercise you can explore those that might be useful to you. We suggest some examples for you to look at, and suggest what you could do with each one.
  • Discuss
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    What do you think? Did you find any new tools you could use yourself?
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Week 4 Step 3: Sharing our best ideas
81 minutes)
  • Read Watch Listen
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    Watch the video: This video demonstrates how to use the Learning Designer, a learning design tool for teachers.
  • Discuss
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    Please share any comments you have on this approach to designing for learning. The course team will aim to answer any questions you have.
  • Read Watch Listen
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    Watch the video: Watch the video of Rima Malek and Samar Zeitoun as they work on a learning design for ‘doing a project’, using the Learning Designer tool.
  • Practice
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    Exercise: How did the teachers think about how to help their students learn? What did you notice about how the teachers approached their learning design? Look at the design they eventually generated – See Download. How would you modify the learning design to be appropriate to your learners, by changing the topic, the focus of the learning outcomes, and the detail of the guidelines for each activity?
  • Discuss
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    Discuss how the features of the tool affect how teachers design their lesson plan and respond to comments from other participants.
  • Practice
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    Exercise: Your task is to critique the design and adapt it in any way you think would better represent a transformative approach.
  • Discuss
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    Please share your idea for how you changed the design for the context you were thinking of, and why you made that change.
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    Read Summary: Now we can reflect on what we have learned from the course.
  • Discuss
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    Please post here your comments on the summary, on the course, your comments on the course as a whole, and whether your views of ‘transforming education’ have changed at all.
Notes:
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Learning Experience

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