Emmaus College considers educational technologies to be a fundamental component of learning and teaching.
Uses of ICT in the Classroom:
Emmlink is our Learning Management System, Portal & Intranet powered by Schoolbox.
What is an LMS?
An LMS is an online space where educational content of all types are collected, organised and managed to create an enriched learning environment.
Portal & Intranet?
The portal and intranet enables parents and students to view many aspects of the college’s operations, for example student timetables, events and college news.
This new platform will enable easier communication with teachers and facilitate timely feedback for parents and students in regards to assessment tasks.
In the Web 2.0 age, technology allows for information giving and sharing beyond the text. There will always be a place for essays and research papers, but podcasting allows for students to interact online in a ‘virtual classroom’ style environment. Using the microphone on iPads, with appropriate Apps, will enable students to explain concepts to their teachers.
The Power of Online Video
To further enhance podcasting, movie making is yet another simple and effective way of communicating thoughts and ideas in an online environment. iMovie is a powerful movie making App that will enable students to create movies easily & quickly.
Students can also access videos online, with sites like YouTube and Khan Academy. The internet has a wide range of useful teaching and learning resources delivered in a video format which is freely accessible by all.
Some teachers have implemented the “flipped classroom” approach to teaching which utilizes video to explain main concepts. The power of this approach is that students can go over the explanations more than once until the concepts become clear. Classes can then concentrate on application and deeper learning rather than understanding the main ideas.
Blogging and forum discussions are a great way to encourage further discussions, document ideas as well as enhance collaboration between groups of students or even teachers. A major advantage of this includes being able to access and contribute from anywhere at any time. (Examples of these tools are Edublogs & Edmodo)
Interactive Learning Apps
Subject specific apps which enhance learning are endless. The ability to learn new concepts easily and receive instant feedback from drill and practice exercises provide for student engagement.
Sharing of Online Links and Resources
Working in a collaborative environment, requires immediate access to ideas, sites and resources. Can’t meet with your group to research or discuss ideas on an assignment? You can now share bookmarks and resources online which means information is always available and easy to access. (Delicious, Digg, Twitter, Links to Library resources including catalogue and online databases)
Wikis are the electronic version of the traditional poster/cardboard assignment. Essentially, a wiki is a website that allows collaborative editing of its content and structure by its users. (Wikispaces)
Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to mobile ICT devices on demand. The main focus of this type of computing is that all activity & storage occurs “in the cloud”. All Web 2.0 activities like creating mind maps, posters, word clouds, cartoons, avatars, drawings all use “Cloud computing” servers for storage. Examples of these are, Voicethread, Slideshare and Prezi.
Access to Images that are Supported by the Creative Commons/Neals Copyright
There are many websites that offer large repositories of images that could be used in student and staff work. Creative Commons and Neals copyright allows the use of images on some online services such as Flickr and Photobucket for educational or non-commercial use.