PAP194 : Teacher-As-Designer: Creating Online Space for Use in Elementary School

Redesign Pedagogy Conference 2013

Date : 4th June (2nd day)

Time :14.15 p.m.

Venue: NIE5-01-TR507

Presenter : Sze Yee, Fadilah

In the increasingly connected world, educators can no longer view their view their brick-and-mortar classrooms as the one and only learning space. They can extend students’ learning beyond the physical classroom by creating online space. This paper analyzed how two teacher-researchers of Singapore’s elementary school used online space in Grade 1 and Grade 4 classrooms to supplement their classroom teaching over 1 year. Such online space, made possible by free and readily available by Web 2.0 and open source applications, was meant to complement the physical learning space as such space can allow for other learning activities, which were otherwise not possible in the typical classroom setting. In this paper, an exploratory case study approach is adopted to seek insights on how we created and implemented the online space in elementary classroom. We created the online spaces for our form classes (Grade 1 and 4) and they used the online space regularly during 1 year. Data was collected from multiple sources to develop converging lines of inquiry. These data sources included classroom observations, online survey for students, postings on online space and our reflections. Students were reported to enjoy learning in the online space. Based on their comments and observations, such positive experience can be attributed due to interaction with both teachers and students in online space, personalized online classroom experience and game-based web resources. Through the design of their own learning space, we became reflective practitioners and choose to use technology meaningfully to complement our lessons. This process enabled us to deepen our technological pedagogical content knowledge as we had to carefully study the relationship between technology, pedagogy and content. We had been creating online space for the past 5 years and the online space was designed such that they suit the needs of the students. For example, the Grade 1 online space is used primary as an information portal as the students were still young while Grade 4 students were allowed to post in their class’s online space. In this paper, we had also proposed some pointers that could guide the teachers in designing their online space.

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Online spaces created for the past 5 years

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