Saturday, 26 November 2011
Monday, 21 November 2011
Watch the newest video about the Digital Human Library to learn more about the project, as well as the kinds of unique learning opportunities that will soon be made available to the students in your community!
A BIG thank you goes out to Steve Howe for putting this video footage together for my project.
Friday, 18 November 2011
The "more opportunities students are given to relate their knowledge and skills in all subject areas to wider contexts, both across the curriculum and in the world beyond the school, the more students will be motivated to learn and to become lifelong learners" (Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Documents, 1998 - 2009).
Students using the dHL will engage in 21st century social learning which is supported through conversation and collaborative inquiry with dHL participants. Many of our students are motivated users of ICT in its' various forms, so incorporating the dHL into our classroom programs provides students with (1) a safe environment to explore ICT; (2) access to experts in all curriculum subject areas; and (3) opportunities to communicate their learning, share their knowledge, experiences and worldviews with people in their own communities and abraod, bringing the local and global community into the classroom. In other words, students gain a sense of connectedness to the global society in which they live which motivates them to seek out new opportunities for academic learning both in and out of the classroom. As they engage in interactive tasks which stimulate their interests, there is an increase in student engagment and participation, which also improves the classroom learning environment, promoting greater enjoyment of academic learning, and improved academic success.
Ontario Ministry of Education (2009). The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: The Arts. Toronto: Queen's Printer for Ontario.
Ontario Ministry of Education (2006). The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Language.Toronto: Queen's Printer for Ontario.
Ontario Ministry of Education (2005). The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Math.Toronto: Queen's Printer for Ontario.
Ontario Ministry of Education (2004). The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Social Studies.Toronto: Queen's Printer for Ontario.Ontario Ministry of Education (1998). The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Science and Technology. Toronto: Queen's Printer for Ontario.
Preparing students to enter a glocal society is a challenging task for all teachers, but essential to student success. As teachers learn new ways to build the meaningful use of technology into their classroom programs, they are also faced with the challenge of using that technology effectively to engage students, and further their academic progress. The purpose of the dHL is to (1) provide students with 21st century learning opportunities by integrating information and communication technology (ICT) into the classroom program to improve educational achievement, enrich curriculum experiences, stimulate student interest and curiousity, and increase student engagement and participation; (2) emphasize cross-curriculur learning and integrated learning by helping students to make connections across all areas of the curriculum, and to the world beyond the school, with a focus on how this knowledge will affect their lives; (3) support and communicate student learning by connecting with people in local communities and abroad, bringing the global community into the classroom to meet diverse student needs; (4) strengthen the relationship between communities and schools by involving parents and community members in student learning to improve student performance and achievement; and (5) provide a new instructional resource for teachers to support their teaching in all areas of the curriculum, by offering students unlimited access to "guest speakers, as well as visits to local museums, archaeological digs, geographic features, art galleries, and festivals" without the added expense of transportation and admission costs (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2004), therefore establishing a more inclusive and equitable learning and teaching experience for all.
Ontario Ministry of Education (2004). The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Social Studies.Toronto: Queen's Printer for Ontario.