Week 7: Web-based learning

Blog: Record in your blog some of the web-based resources that you may be able to use and how you will integrate them into your teaching.

Virtual reality has been shown to improve learning in a number of contexts (Merchant, Goetz, Cifuentes, Keeney-Kennicutt and Davis, 2014). I was fascinated by the Google Expeditions app (Google, n.d.). As I would like to work in regional and remote classrooms, I see this as an opportunity to have students see and experience things and places in a more engaging, realistic way.

Citizen science projects are also a great way to engage students, as it gives them an opportunity to perform some real science and actually contribute to scientific knowledge. I like the Atlas and Birdata project from Birdlife Australia (Birdlife Australia, n.d.). Students could pick a site and monitor it throughout the year – once per season – to assess the local bird life.

(OF)2: Our footprints, Our future (iEARN, 2007)  from chapter 8 of the textbook (Roblyer and Doering, 2013) looks like a good resource for helping students learn about their environmental impact on the planet and sustainability. It could be used to see how students could design and implement strategies around their home, school, or community.

Birdlife Australia. (n.d.). Atlas & Birdata. Retrieved from http://birdlife.org.au/projects/atlas-and-birdata.

Google. (n.d.). Google Expeditions. Retrieved from https://edu.google.com/intl/en_au/expeditions/#how-it-works.

iEARN, (2007). (OF)2: Our footprints, Our future. (2007). Retrieved from http://of2.iearn.org/.

Merchant, Z., Goetz, E. T., Cifuentes, L., Keeney-Kennicutt, W., & Davis, T. J. (2014). Effectiveness of virtual reality-based instruction on students’ learning outcomes in K-12 and higher education: A meta-analysis. Computers & Education70, 29-40.

Roblyer, M. D., & Doering, A. H. (2013). Integrating Educational Technology into Teaching (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

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