Learning and Teaching online
Week 2 was divided into 2 sections. Participants had to conduct discussions on teaching and learning and practiced using Moodle resources and activities. We were automatically enrolled in the Teacher Practice Area (TPA) course where we were given teacher rights to generate resources and activities .
We could learn a lot how to do some important things on the Moodle Platform:
- Learn to record audio and video using PoodLL, navigate and update personal Moodle profile, and post to the online discussion forums.
- Exabis Eportofolio and Mahara
- Blog on Moodle and beyond throughout the course
- Teaching as a way to learn by creating video tutorials and sharing the videos with others.
- Collaborate with team members and decide on roles.
AUTHENTIC LEARNING- MY POST
If we check online we will find plenty of ideas and documents related to this issue.
From one of the documents I have found online, I can say that it is related to motivation and real world problems (see the document I have seen https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI3009.pdf )
Educators have been involved in this issue as more and more knowledge is becoming complex and often we cannot rely on reliable sources of information but there are also sources of information which are reliable.
When we teach our students we do need to teach them about sources and try to know more about who owns the website/ papers. As new digital tools have been reshaping our Learning environment we need to know that we can build fake news and learners might not be aware of them.
Similarly, we need to or rather we should equip all the learners with the necessary tools they need to be able to use : these tools are " critical thinking skills" so that everybody can manage. I would add that it goes beyond technology and it involves the learners who become " searchers " and life-long learners
LOTS OF IDEAS CAN BE FOUND ONLINE
MY REPLY TO NIVES
It is important to teach our students how to work and be engaged and just from the first years spent at school they should be guided into thinking deeply and asking themselves questions about what they are doing. It is an approach which is based on self-discovery, working in team and as a pair and they learn by making predictions and making also mistakes. They learn in a different way because they are provided with a general framework but they will have to work to develop their own knowledge.
I think that PBL can offer a lot of interesting tasks which we can develop with our students and then they will be able to follow new paths into learning. If they learn by heart and don't work on what they've acquired they will be losers. They learn if they are able to present a poem or a writer by writing an article or making a video about what they have just studied. They will have to read, choose what they are interested in and write about it.
I did a MOOC about competences and how to teach and evaluate them: teaching literature meant not only studying a poet but it meant working asking questions, finding links and think about now and the past. It means that students had to write about their experience and they could enter the texts and the many voices behind them.
Critical thinking skills are high order skills and thus it is difficult to teach them but if we start to develop them we will be teachers who are helping learners to develop and write in a better way.
In ELT we work on different skills and when classes are motivated we can help them develop into higher order skills .
I follow Shelly Sanchez online and she provides a lot of tips for making language learning different
MY POST ABOUT STUDENTS' ENGAGEMENT
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT MEANS LOVING DOING WHILE YOU ARE LEARNING
I think that student engagement is related to the passion, love and success in what they are doing. This implies that the students who have difficulties risk failing if we do not provide them with the right tools, which in education should be in relationship with self-esteem." If I make mistakes is not good but I can get over difficulties." Every teacher should know this but often we demotivate learners.
Here some sources which I used to give my defition:
First of all students don't feel they are under pressure while they are Learning and they love doing tasks and activities which have been presented in class.
The role of the teacher becomes the one of the guide, the tutor as in most tasks students are free and work on their own while working in projects.
Teachers work with them and support them, they monitor the progress and what they are doing thanks to the use of technology.
Here is an interesting video which summarizes what engagement means to me:
There are many teaching possibililies to get them engaged:
- working on projects with classes from other countries
- making presentations and using new web 2.0 tools
- choosing a topic that might interest the students and who might decide they want to work on it together
We should also teach our students how to use the modern web 2.0 tools and learn about critical thinking skills.
The teacher is important but it is the learners who are the ones who decide and work on their Learning process.
They are ACTIVE LEARNERS. I think that we can become better Teachers if we think about our learners and love them.