Monday, January 23, 2012

Learners leading learning

I valued the opportunity to collaborate with teachers in 2011 to develop and edit snapshots for the Software for Learning site with a focus on eportfolios and mlearning.

Image Source: Lenva Shearing
The process, especially the learning conversations, facilitated some great opportunities to explore how learners are utilising ICTs for learning.

While each snapshot is unique I believe common messages are evident throughout including the relevance of:

Snapshots of Learning are framed to reflect the Teaching as Inquiry cycle and reference links to other TKI community resources i.e. NZC Online, Assessment Online, Literacy Online, NZMaths. They can also be utilised by school leaders to plan and support professional learning for their staff and school community. 

This Google Doc identifies components of Software for Learning, including the snapshots and describes how they might be used by teachers and schools to build their e-learning capacity through sustaining a professional e-learning community and professional inquiry into e-learning.  

A key motivation for writing this post was to recognise and thank the inspiring teachers and students who shared their learning and their practice. I have linked directly to their individual snapshots below plus all snapshots are can be browsed from the Software for Learning website.

How ePortfolios and student-owned mobile devices have been used to increase student ownership of their learning.
Contributed by Lenva Shearing, Bucklands Beach Intermediate School, Auckland

Developing an ePortfolio approach
Contributed by Erin Sawyer, Fairfield Intermediate School, Hamilton

Learning Journals enable students to become more active partners in the learning process. 
Contributed by Amanda Grimsey, Cornwall Park District School, Greenlane, Auckland

Implementing the use of mobile devices to support learning 
Contributed by Cameron Lockie, Kaipara Flats School, Kaipara Flats

Establishing a learning environment to foster student collaboration and ownership of learning
Contributed by Fiona Burns, Mount Roskill Grammar School

Utilising an ePortfolio approach to increase opportunities to learn
Contributed by Jon Bowen, St Peter’s College, Palmerston North

How student owned mobile devices have been used to enhance the relevance of new learning and enable students to take greater ownership of the learning process.
Contributed by Nathan Kerr, Howick College, Auckland