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LearnDesk -project Lessons learnt. Presentation layout. Use of media at Lernhaus im Campus E-learning-days 2011 and 2012 Lessons learnt. Use of media since 2011. year 5 and 6. Notebook-trolley with 30 per year group (3 students:1 notebook) (financed by school maintaining body). - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


LearnDesk-project Lessons learnt

LearnDesk-project Lessons learnt

Ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues,We are looking forward to introducing the Learndesk project from the point of view of the Lernhaus im Campus today. 1Presentation layoutUse of media at Lernhaus im CampusE-learning-days 2011 and 2012 Lessons learnt

31. Mai 2012Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck2The situation at our school has changed a lot during the time of this project. As you know the Lernhaus has started with a new pedagogical concept and we are waiting for our new building. There are lots of issues we have to deal with and the use of media is only one of them.At first we will show you our current situation concerning the use of media at the Lernhaus im Campus. In addition to basic considerations the main focus will be on the knowledge and experience that we have gained from this project.

2Use of media since 2011Notebook-trolley with 30 per year group (3 students:1 notebook) (financed by school maintaining body)3 netbook-classes(financed by school maintaining body)

1 notebook class in year 10(financed by parents)

3 computer rooms

IQon as a new learning platform

Communication in IQon integrated through Windows Live

School USB stick for school work at home

year 5 and 6Year 7 and 8Year 9Year 10everyone31. Mai 2012Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck3If you look at our school today, this is the current situation in terms of media use:Year 5 and 6 each have a notebook-trolley with 30 devices, which means 3 students share one notebook. These were financed by the school maintaining body. In addition to that we have three netbook classes in year 9. In these classes the students have a netbook each, however this is only to be used in school and also left in school. This was financed by the school maintaining body as well. Then there is one notebook class, which was financed by parents as well as 3 computer rooms. All students have access to Iqon as our new learning platform. Additionally our students have a USB-stick which has portable apps on it and these can be used at home.As you can see we have a very colourful and varied media landscape, which include a lot of interesting approaches, but is not necessarily set out to be goal orientated.3E-learning participants 4 classes 2 Hauptschule year 9 (netbook-trolley)1 Realschule year 9 (netbook-trolley)1 Realschule year 10 (notebook-class)In total 60 students and 6 teachersAge of students: 14 17 years old

31. Mai 2012Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck4So with the previous mentioned media background we carried out two e-learning days.The classes that took part were the once with the most distinct computer use, because their conditions (in terms of computer usage/access) were simply the best. In total there were 60 students between the age of 14 and 17 involved as well as 6 teachers.

4E-learning procedureTime frame 8am to 8pmFrom 8 am to 4pm teachers could be contacted via mail, chat, phone, Iqon, skype, facebookFrom 4pm there was no support given from the school anymoreWith technical problems students were able to come to school and if necessary work thereAt the end of the day an evaluation took place

Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck31. Mai 20125The working time for the students was from 8am to 8pm. Teachers were in school until 4pm, but could also be contacted by mail, chat, phone etc.In this manner we were able to test the suitability of our learning platform for daily use and offer our students a different form of teaching and learning. We will go into more details of the evaluation results a bit later.

5Lessons learnt31. Mai 2012Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck6

Quelle: Gerd Altmann_pixelio.deThe participation in this project has helped us to become aware of certain things for the first time but also make us aware of things anew.

6Lesson 1-TechnologyTechnical environment has to be reliableStudents and teachers criticise technical problems in school during the e-learning days. 1:1-device is desirable, personal notebookSolution with learning platform and USB stick is good66% of the students asked like the stick and are happy with the program

31. Mai 2012Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck7The first lesson concerns technology.Good usage of computers all depends on working technology. This is something we have known ever since introducing our notebook classes, however the current transition period just proved this point again. The notebook as a personal working equipment has a higher significance than the loaned computer in school. As long as we cant implement a 1:1 situation, an acceptable situation is the current one with having a learning platform and the USB school stick. The students approve of the stick and the programs on it.

7Lesson 2 E-learning as a methodE-learning as an enrichment in school learningStudents mostly like this type of learningTeachers would use this method again too31. Mai 2012Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck8

Quelle: Gerd Altmann_pixelio.deOur second lesson concerns e-learning as a method.Both e-learning days were received positively by teachers and students.


Evaluation from studentsLernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-ScharmbeckGood things wereWorking in your own timeNo classroom noiseWorking at homeWorking with a computer and the internetDeveloping something togetherA lot of helpchatworking independently without pressure learning at your own paceSomething new31. Mai 20129Quelle: Gerd Altmann_Shapes_AllSilhouettes.com_pixelio.de The students that were asked liked especially that they were able to work at home in peace and quiet and also divide their time whichever way they wanted to. Every student was able to work at their own pace do the tasks without any pressure. Even though students were not in school they didnt have to do it without help whether it came from fellow students or the teachers.

9Evaluation from studentsI didnt like

Not being together with classmatesToo much working individually and not in a group (66% of students predominantly worked by themselves) Direct help from the teacher is more convenientNo concentration at home, too many distractions

Files could not be openedIQon broke down temporarilyToo many chat conferencesInternet didnt work

Amount of tasks was too muchTasks were too difficult

Working a long time on the computer

31. Mai 2012Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck10However there were critical voicesTechnical problems were criticised a lot.In terms of content a lot of students would have preferred easier and less extensive tasks (even though only half of the students indicated that they needed more than 4 hours to finish the tasks, everyone else needed less time)Some students didnt feel comfortable working alone at home and were missing their classmates and even their teacher as some of them preferred being helped directly by a teacher.

10Evaluation from teachersHigh motivation from studentsStudents helped each other immenselyIncrease in school performancesSkype group-chat was good funTimeliness of students in terms of signing in, sticking to hand in time.Students found it easier to contact teachers than usually (felt more anonymous)Different form of communication than normally

Technical problems, especially with IQonIQon is not a good platformNot all students have access to the internet or a computerFacebook was distracting students from their work3 school subjects were too muchVery time consuming for teachers (and students)Bad results- copy and paste

31. Mai 2012Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck11The teachers were happy about motivated students that supported each other. In some cause you could see an increase in their school performance, others chose the easy way by using copy and paste and then pass someone elses work off as their own. The students stuck to the time frame and sought contact with teachers. This showed a different form of communication that also shyer students felt comfortable with and were able to approach their teachers through.On the other side technical problems were criticised and the learning platform was seen as not good. Teachers also complained that it was time consuming in terms of preparation and marking and in the future there might be a focus on less subjects.

11Lesson 3-learning platformHigh acceptanceSecure handlingImplicit use of platform

Trouble spot

31. Mai 2012Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck12The third lesson concerns our learning platform. We have learned in Sweden how a learning platform is set up step by step and therefore brings a wider acceptance with it. A high acceptance is as important as a secure handling of the website so the use of the platform comes naturally and is used efficiently in lessons. With the implementation of a new platform we created a new trouble spot.

12Our learning platform

31. Mai 2012Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck13The students were asked which mark they would give the platform. Thereby very good (1) being the best and unsatisfactory (6) the worst rating. The result shows a wide variation, however if one half marks the platform with adequate at the most, then it is a non-satisfying result for us.

13Our learning platformWhat is annoying?

Confusing and unclearawkward setup slowMail via Windows LiveWhat is missing?

Chat functionBulletin board (forum)

The communication area should be a fundamental part31. Mai 2012Lernhaus im Campus, Osterholz-Scharmbeck14Students and teachers say the platform is too confusing, has an awkward setup and slow. The integration of the email tool via Windows Live is also seen as annoying/troublesome. Especially tools in the communication area are missing and