Last year I had the chance of following some webinars for CO15. I first met Nellie Deutsch and her great team of teachers who were working online. I must confess that I loved what I saw. This year I could not follow most of the activities and I had to do this by watching the recorded sessions. I am pleased to write about the online activities which summarize what is going on in education. Here is the video with the official presentation. Education and technology are revolutionizing our way of working.
More information online there's the blog:
Event online with two great moderators : Nellie Deutsch and Rod Howard.
When: from the 5th to the 7th February 2016
As I was busy with the other sessions of EVO I could only watch the recorded webinars. They were interesting and motivating but I had to choose which webinars I wanted to see, mainly because I was busy with most of the first term evaluation and I was not able to work online and do the webinars from school.
Here you can find the post about my first day following some sessions on the Youtube. You should all try to watch some. I could learn a lot.
Reflecting on some webinars
Day 1 - Friday 5th February 2016
Bob Diotalevi - Webinar " Copyrighting Cyberspace: Teaching Old Dogs New Clicks"
Education is in relationship to laws, this is true for any place. What I have learnt is that in need to know about copyrights, the books I am using and what I am enabled to use. The problem is that what I have found out is that Italian laws are different from the USA.
The short webinar made me understand that I need to google online " copyright in education in Italy" and as I have already posted some comments in my blog where I wrote about the EVO session about Copyrights, I need to learn and teach my students to do it as well. Think before you do something online: don't steal other people's copyrights.
As we work online we need to work by being sure that materials, videos, documents and pictures can be used without getting into troubles with laws. Students need to be helped and supported in their online researches and projects.
Dr. Revathi Viswanathan
" Webinar -FLIPPED LEARNING THROUGH MOBILE DEVICES"
The webinar which I appreciated because it presented new apps and ways for flipping learning by using mobile devices.
I agree with what the presenter said: we can get our students engaged and share a lot of activities. She presented top quality lessons and this made me wish to start using mobiles in my classes where students can work together and share materials.
The final part of the webinar presented also problems shared by the learners: internet connection which can be poor or different devices which cannot work well. I am positive, I think that technology will make progress and more and more apps and devices will be integrated.
Rachel A. Sale PhD Webinar " Creating Measurable Learning Objectives and Aligning Them with Course Activities"
"Students can become owners of their own learning process when they understand what is expected to demonstrate mastery. "
I had seen Doctor Sale online in November. She is a great teacher who knows that " a good framework" in teaching can make a difference. She presented her ideas about how to support learners and she made me think that I do need to think about the way we teach. By applying Bloom's taxonomy she used " action verbs" to describe how we should help learners to get empowered. I am aware that we do need to work on lower order and higher order skills but it is the way the students learn that is important. A good designer in lesson planning needs to take new media into consideration. She mentioned Twitter and I am aware that the more we get into this way of working and the more we can support our learners and their process of learning.
I do need to work on the ideas she has presented and therefore I will try to follow her online and see what she is going to present us.
I have an account with Twitter and I might create an account for my students as it is a versatile tool.
Janet Salmon- Webinar " Learning to Research. Researching to Learn"
Encourage development of critical thinking and inquiry skills by integrating online research activities into online or hybrid classes.
This was a great webinar. I have never heard any conference by Janet Salmon but I was favourably impressed by her approach as the activities that she presented have to do with " meaningful" activities where people are active learners. Technologies can help us and this is the reason why I am following the webinars online. There are so many tools which we do need to learn about!
We can learn from the others and see how students can benefit from what we are doing in class and also out of class.
The world from outside is now part of our classes.
Dawn Alderson Webinar "Twitter and student engagement: What is the value added?"
This webinar was an interesting presentation about the way Twitter can make our way of working become a more engaging activity.
The webinar was a short description about what the speaker had been working on. It was a study and it was mainly carried out from a pedagogic point of view . She could say that Twitter is a social media that enhances reflections and thinking skills.
On the first day they had scheduled Edda Ossiannlisson but there were problems for her to get online and we could not see her.
You and your Professional Network- Ebba Ossiannlisson : this was the topic of her session and I am going to learn more abut it by checking the slides she had prepared.
To the next post........................................... Day 2 CO16