2 Project: ”The Virtual High School” 70 out of 160 Gymnasiums participated with development (innovation) workFrom one teacher in one class to the hole schoolA research group followed the project and have published 3 reports (only in danish)
3 What is a Virtual High School?? Double meaning:Artificial/non excistingVirtual leader/ruler: actual
4 Answer: A School with Virtual Instruction (”E-learning”)…. The teacher and the students not nessecary in the same room (distributed) and/or at the same time (asynchronic).Use of computer based communication: , Electronic Conference Systems….
5 Virtual Instruction: The setting Instruction can be organized in:Class or groups or pairs or individualA theme can be taught:Systematic or thematic or projectSingle subject or interdisciplinary
6 The teachers profession: What’s it’s all about? Select the teaching materialsPlan and decide:The proces: How the teaching materials will be usedThe organization: e.g. see previous dias”Classroom” workEvaluateTough job to organize, when it is the whole school, that is working that way! (Classroom, computers, equipment….)
7 The traditional setting It is predictibel what will happend everybody knows!1 lesson = students+1 teacher+1 classroom+1 textbook. (Duration: 45 minutes)
8 A new setting Different locations and time Written communication (Conf. system, …)Different groups working with interdisciplinary, problem-centred projects
9 Why teaching this way? Pro Contra Variety! Mixed Mode Independence Self-disciplineCollaboration skillsCommunication skillsDifferentiated teachingResponsibilityProblemsolvingLife long learningAcademic abilityVarietyReflect societyContraAchivements not improvedMissing the try out in the classrrom (Measure yourself in the class)Increased work load for both students and teachersVariety!Mixed Mode
10 The most valuable ressource: TIME Increased work loadThe most valuable ressource: TIME
11 Increased work load – according to the teachers More communication, reading and writing:Q&A Q&A…..Conferences: Drafts, Agenda, Essays, Logs, Portfolios, Comments….Implication of the greater distance to the students: demands for more specific and detailed (writen) instructionsIf the school establish and introduces electronic communication channels there is a natural expectation that you can use themDifferentiated teaching takes timeCollaboration and coordination with other teachers takes timeWriting takes time!
12 Increased work load – An example 1 school-year: 3 projects of 1 week each (1-2 classes)
13 Increased work load – Solutions Don’t invent things from scratch everytimeWho? When? How? What? Rules?Develop a school-based concept/procedures to spare the time to think out, negotiations and communication.Makes coordination, progression and continuity possibleCan’t be solved by the individual teacher or teamRationalityRules for communication: expectationsFormalising, predictability and structure is nessecary.
15 Increased work load – Solutions Necessary conditions:In-service teachers training (Staff development): IT and educational theoryAccessibility to computers, software and InternetSupport: technical and pedagogical