TRANSITION TO TELEPRESENCE. One teacher s foray into the digital divide

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RANSITION

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ELEPRESENCE

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B

ACKGROUND

Training

Experience

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PLRD#25 borders within

Special Areas* My classroom*

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W

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ONFERENCING

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ELEPRESENCE

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EACHING

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 A way for smaller high schools to offer a full

complement of secondary courses that are dynamic teacher-led and interactive, rather than resorting to static distance learning or correspondence type

courses.

The advantages of this modality include:

 Being able to tailor course material and delivery to the students’ needs,

 Exposing students to real-life scenarios of working with off-site colleagues,

 Ensuring the viability of high school programming,  Keeping students in their home communities rather

than them seeking out educational alternatives away from home.

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RECONCEPTIONS

It’s Too Hard!

Teachers

 I feel like I have inadequate support, time or buy-in

for it.

Students

 I can’t learn without a teacher standing next to me in

the classroom.

Parents

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EALITY

Easy strategies to combat this preconception

Get prepared

 Teachers: content and delivery,

 Students: how to use the software and hardware.  Result: Increased confidence!

Share the positives

 Nothing breeds success like success!  Parent immersion

 ‘Taste of VC’ to experience learning in the way their

children are or will be

 Rationale: if parents are able to walk away from it with a

good experience, they are more likely to be supportive of it with their children.

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TUDENT

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EEDBACK

Question: What item(s), strategy(ies), software or hardware did you find most beneficial in delivering this

telepresence(video conference) course? Why?

 I think the setup on Moodle was very good to use as well as

the presentations and activities on the Smartboard. I think it was very easy to navigate on Moodle, and find what to do and where to hand your assignments is in one place.

 I think that without Moodle this course would be

impossible because it is so helpful to let us know when the due dates are, and where we can find our assignments.

There was nothing that I felt was a hindrance to this class.

 The ability to have the laptops to make it (the course)

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RECONCEPTIONS

It’s too Time-Consuming!

I spend all my time planning and digitizing

material. It’s even worse if I forget something

and have to quickly recreate it for the off-site

students. Are we really getting value for our

time?

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EALITY

Planning IS time-consuming, but key.

 Understanding administrators are necessary

Once it’s done, the content can easily be reused or

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RECONCEPTIONS

It’s a second-rate education!

Availability and immediacy of access to teachers

and content

Can’t easily get questions answered or extra help

if needed

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EALITY

 Availability

 Via email or phone

 Online chat sessions for studying or extra help  Varying questioning styles

 VOIP phones in classrooms

 Lunch time and after school study sessions

 Awareness to engage remote students in discussion and questioning

 Teacher being aware of self in relation to visibility and volume

 Don’t differentiate between on and offsite students  Site visits

 Annual junior high ABY Campus field trip  Common days

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TUDENT

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EEDBACK

Question: What were the best strategies that your teacher employed to make the course and/or the

delivery most successful for you? E.g. choice of style of project presentation (PPT, text, poster), use of

digital media, cloze notes exercises

I think singling us out and asking us questions

was one of the best ways to learn things, even if

we get it wrong.

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HANGES

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RADITIONAL

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EACHING

Effectively Engaging students

 Be a human presence in the classroom

Basic Ways to Connect

 Acknowledge students at all sites

 Set up questioning practices at beginning of course  Acknowledge questions

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Better Ways to Connect

3-2-1

Model

David Ausubel’s Thought Organizers

Activity Changes

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HANGES

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RADITIONAL

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EACHING

Digital readiness

 Moodle  Brigit

 Cloud software

 E.g. Dropbox, Glogster, Google suite  Share and create content

 Find their own solutions

 Gain the skills and capabilities to find the answers

they need

 Exposure to many pieces of productive and

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Time Factor

 Digitize course materials  Organize them on Moodle

 Become more digitally competent

 Content will be there ready for the next time I teach

that course

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RADITIONAL

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EACHING

Classroom management

Stays the same and works

 Seating arrangements

 Clear rules and expectations  Popcorn reading & questioning  Parental contact

 A letter home at beginning of course to outline

content, delivery and introduce teacher

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HANGES

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RADITIONAL

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EACHING

Classroom management

Changes but works

 Extra content in Moodle

 Switch attention to offsite and ‘ignore’ the onsite  Change up activities regularly

 Questioning

 Use graphical learning objects or musical clips

 Have phone numbers to offsite schools, principals and classrooms, AND be willing to use them

 Contact offsite principals for both the positive and the challenges that arise in your classroom

 Regular supervisory visits by offsite principal or designate  Site visits

 Scanner/printer/email combo machine available in the room

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EWARDS

Student Rewards

 Experience more independence in learning

 Experience different teachers and teaching styles  Flexibility with curricular options

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TUDENT

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EEDBACK

Question: What was your most positive experience in this term’s class? Why?

I think meeting new people, because making friends is

good and I talk to them a lot.

The most positive experience would be the different

forms of technology that we used.

My most positive experience in this term's class was

being able to have a class bigger than five. It allows for more opinions/ ideas.

Getting to work with teachers and peers from other

schools and getting to hear different opinions on subjects.

Whenever I got 80 or over because that is a mark I aim

for or whenever I handed in an essay. Those are difficult to write, and when you feel you've written one well it’s a positive feeling.

Learning about Canada’s past so we don’t repeat their

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Pay attention like you would if a teacher was

actually in the room -Become familiar with new technologies -Try and become comfortable with having a class and teacher through the screen

Pay attention in class...it comes back to haunt you on

tests. -Do your assignments to the best of your ability, and don't be afraid to go the extra mile. It helps a lot. -Get involved in class discussions. You get to hear

different opinions and views on different matters, and it can be really interesting and beneficial.

Stop making excuses and get your assignments in. No

boss in the real world will hire you for being lazy. -Things are harder to learn when you don't enjoy them, so just be positive about the situation and try your best. That's what counts.

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EWARDS

Professional Rewards

 Upgrade knowledge, skills and attributes related to

content, delivery and technology

 Satisfaction in assisting students  Career stagnation relieved

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Personal Rewards

 A return to making connections with youth, and

sharing my love of my subject matter

 A return to a rural setting with viable opportunity to

remain

 Giving back to my community  Confidence boost

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Sustainable

Connected

Engaging Vibrant

Challenging

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ALUE

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DDED

Faculty Guide for Telepresence Teaching, 2012

 www.prairiepedagogy.com/guide

Contact info for Jennifer McCormick

 mmclassroom@gmail.com

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