Effective Use of Scootle – Learning Paths

Previously I have used Scootle as a great resource for finding resources and ideas to use in lesson plans an unit plans. Usually has been used as a stand alone resource. Whilst on prac I learned how to integrate this resource further and use it as a tool for students to access.

There is a function in Scootle that allows us to create learning paths. Learning paths are exclusive paths of selected resources that students can access via a password. I used these as fast finisher activities for when students have finished their work early or as a calm down activity when students have returned from a specialists lesson or just returned from break all hyped up.

Here is a learning path that I created for my year 7 maths class. The password to access this exclusive learning path is CRGSLG. Our topic was decimals; adding, subtracting, multiplying. The students loved it. As I saw and observed on prac students need planned ICT experiences. It’s a disaster waiting to happen for a teacher to give students instructions such as choose a cool maths game.

 

Click on the Scootle picture then enter this password CRGSLG

Scootle & TPACK – ICT in everyday learning

Whilst researching for supporting evidence for assignment work I stumbled across a resource in Scootle for teachers. Called ‘A toolkit for teachers’ it draws on the TPACK framework for teachers illustrating professional knowledge for teaching and learning in a 21st century classroom. Used as a professional learning tool it is divided into TPACK sections of:

  • Pedagogy – here the primary KLA’s are divided among student years and recommends the best framework to teaching curriculum in each KLA.
  • Content – added to the pedagogy is the Australian Curriculum content descriptors that fit each pedagogy framework. The examples are of complete units and teacher plans to guide and assist planning. There are also links to scootle digital resources based on curriculum content descriptors also.
  • Technology – outlines a toolkit of resources ‘software, hardware and web2.0 based apps.’ divided amongst each best use. For example under audio tools is audacity, garage band and podcast.

Here is a video produced by Scootle that explains the Tookit for teachers resource in more detail.

I have definitely bookmarked this for future investigation.