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Über den Tellerrand – Gastbeitrag aus England

Diese Woche erreichte mich per eMail als Reaktion auf meinen Blogbeitrag zur MoodleMoot ein Angebot von Adrien Hoepner von Webanywhere , einen Gastbeitrag für meinen Blog zu schreiben zu den Erfahrungen bezüglich der weitflächigen Nutzung von Mahara E-Portfolios in Großbritannien. Das habe ich gerne angenommen, zumal in den angelsächsischen Ländern ePortfolios schon lange fester Bestandteil von Lernszenarien sind.

Hier also der Beitrag von Adrien:

Nachdem Sigi den Beitrag “In the Mood for Mahara at the Moot and on the Move …“ gepostet hat, dachten wir es wäre doch mal interessant über die Landesgrenzen hinauszuschauen und etwas mehr darüber zu erfahren, wie andere Länder E-Portfolios nutzen und was die Vorteile sind. Zum Glück bewegt sich endlich etwas in Deutschland in Bezug auf digitale Technologien in Schulen, denn andere Länder sind bereits Meilen weit voraus. Während bei uns in Deutschland Schritt für Schritt immer mehr Projekte, wohlgemerkt individuelle Projekte, entstehen, sind digitale Technologien wie E-Portfolios in den Klassenzimmern anderer Länder bereits Normalität. So zum Beispiel in Großbritannien.

Mahara meist genutzte E-Portfolio Plattform

Mahara ist weltweit die meist genutzte E-Portfolio Plattform, so auch in Großbritannien. Die Vorzüge von dieser Plattform hat Sigi in der Präsentation in ihrem Beitrag bereits sehr schön zusammengefasst. Aber wie ist es, wenn nicht nur einzelne Projekte damit arbeiten, sondern ganze Schulen? In Großbritannien verwenden die Schüler es bereits in der Grundschule. Natürlich nicht jede einzelne Schule im Land, aber durchaus der größte Teil.

E-Portfolio in der Grundschule

Dass Schüler ein E-Portfolio bereits in der Grundschule verwenden, hat eine Anzahl von Vorteilen. Zunächst steht der richtige Umgang mit Technologie im Vordergrund. Damit ist nicht einfach die Bedienung gemeint, denn die ist für Kinder meist gar kein Problem, sondern viel mehr, wofür bestimmte Technologien genutzt werden und wie sie organisiert werden müssen. Kindern wird von Anfang an beigebracht, dass sie Ordner und Hefte anlegen müssen, aber wie sie ihre Arbeit online organisieren müssen, wird ihnen in der Schule nicht beigebracht. Ein E-Portfolio muss auch strukturiert werden und Informationen oder Gelerntes kann nicht einfach irgendwo dazugefügt werden (kann schon, aber dann wird es schwierig etwas wiederzufinden). D.h., die Kinder in Großbritannien lernen von Anfang an, wie sie Arbeit online strukturieren müssen, was ihnen im weiteren Verlauf ihrer Schullaufbahn (und im späteren Berufsleben) weiterhelfen wird.

Außerdem lernen die Schüler den richtigen Umgang mit einem sozialen Netzwerk. Die Funktionen in einem E-Portfolio sind anderen sozialen Netzwerken sehr ähnlich, mit dem bedeutenden Unterschied, dass es in einem sicheren und kontrollierten Bereich stattfindet. Das bedeutet nicht, dass kein Kind oder Jugendlicher einen Fehler macht, aber schwerwiegende Fehler werden auf ein Minimum reduziert. Auch an diese Sachen müssen Kinder erst herangeführt werden.

E-Portfolios für ältere Schüler

Für Grundschüler ist es eher ein Spaß, da sie bestimmte Dinge wie eigene Zeichnungen hochladen können. Weiterführende Schulen in Großbritannien verwenden E-Portfolios jedoch, um bestimmte Arbeiten und Projekte zu dokumentieren. So können die Schüler ihre Nachforschungen zu Referaten und Hausaufgaben speichern und haben diese immer abrufbar. Es hilft Schülern reflektierend zu lernen. Das bedeutet, dass die Schüler unkompliziert Zugang zu alten Arbeiten haben und ihr neu Erlerntes mit altem Wissen vergleichen können. Diese Form des Lernens ist eine der wirksamsten.

Schüler nutzen diese Plattformen nicht nur für individuellen Aufgaben, sondern auch für Gruppenprojekte. Die Kollaborationsfunktionen, wie gemeinsam zu bearbeitende Dokumente (ähnlich wie Google Docs) erlaubt es einer Gruppe zur gleichen Zeit an einem Dokument zu arbeiten und verschiedene Aspekte der Aufgabe zu diskutieren. Lehrer in Großbritannien haben Zugang zu den Profilen und Arbeiten der Schüler und können diese mithilfe von Rat- und Vorschlägen leiten.

Archiv der Schullaufbahn

Das E-Portfolio begleitet die Schüler ihre gesamte Schullaufbahn und bietet somit ein Archiv des Schullebens. Sogar nach der Schule kann das E-Portfolio in Großbritannien mitgenommen werden da es an die Person und nicht die Schule gebunden ist. Dieses Archiv kann im späteren Leben etwas sein, auf das man gerne zurückschaut, aber es wird häufig auch zur eigenen Karrierefindung verwendet. Schüler in den Abschlussjahrgängen gehen häufig durch ihr E-Portfolio und bekommen so eine Idee, was ihnen am meisten Spaß gemacht hat und in welche Richtung sie sich in der Zukunft orientieren sollten.

Wie verwenden es Lehrer?

Für die Lehrer in Großbritannien sind zwei Aspekte die wichtigsten, zum einen, dass sie ihre Schüler individueller betreuen können und zum anderen, dass sie wertvolle Informationen untereinander austauschen können. Lehrer stellen Schülern unterschiedliche Aufgaben und sind so in der Lage begabte und weniger begabte Kinder angemessen zu fördern. Lehrer verbinden sich und teilen die besten Lernressourcen miteinander. So sorgen sie dafür, dass die Qualität des Unterrichts verbessert wird.

Wie ein Portfolio genutzt wird, ist in Großbritannien nicht anders als in Deutschland. Der gravierende Unterschied besteht darin, dass Deutschland nur einzelne Projekte hat und Großbritannien diese Systeme flächendeckend einsetzt. Habt Ihr Erfahrungen mit E-Portfolios gemacht? Schreibt einen Kommentar und teilt uns mit, wie Ihr darüber denkt!

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Language – aliens – visionaries – troubleshooters – change promoters??

This blogpost will be written in English again for four obvious reasons:

1. All my German networked colleagues, followers, friends, readers understand and use English without problems. So for them it is not a problem to read my blog entries whether they are in English or in German.
2. I do not get any readers from Germany who would not read my blog articles for the simple reason that they are in English.
3. German readers I would love to have as readers and who were the target readers of my last blog post do rarely read blogs, they are not on twitter, they are sceptical about all this social networking and are careful not to leave traces of themselves on the web.
4. I have many readers and network buddies all over the world who come to my blog and for them it would really be an obstacle if the articles were in German. There is nothing to doubt about: English has always been the language of international business communication and it now is also the language of web communication. So my blog is back to English again  … like it or not….

This was a rather long introduction to my topic which has not that much to do with language but with understanding and misunderstanding within one’s own language.

The bad news: For a couple of days I’ve been feeling like a green faced alien having serious doubts about my online and offline identity. If you read my previous article you may know what I’m talking about.

The good news:  I’m not alone on this green alien planet where education “tsunamis” (lisarosa)are putting protected walled educational structures in danger. An it’s an exciting feeling to be a drop (thanks @martinlindner for the excellent water metaphor) in this wave.

So this article goes to all my favourite networked aliens who have been collecting water, drops, steam to get the tsunami for education on its way and get people’s mouth watering for change. Representative for all, let me just talk about 4 of them today.

Let me start with @lisarosa from Hamburg who I first saw online in a very heated debate with Rolf Schulmeister at Educamp Hamburg 2010.  I have been following her online actions since and we are quite close in our view on education.

She has always been standing up for progress and change in education and she has the big advantage to be working in teacher training and being able to show that change is possible in doing real projects. She has her own blog, is commenting on a regular basis other educators blogs and tweets and is one of the best known drivers of innovation in the blogging educators scene. It is worth following her on twitter @lisarosa and reading her blog Shift.

Now crossing the Channel to UK : Another educator who has been very influential not only on my way of seeing education is an educator himself from Plymouth University and like Lisa Rosa directly involved in training student teachers. He’s one of the most travelled professor- no doubt about that, just see the list of events he’s been invited too. You may have guessed by now that it’s Steve Wheeler  or @timbuckteeth or @stevewheeler – double identity to investigate on the effects of that ;-)

I first met him 2008 in Salzburg at eduMedia conference where I had been invited to present the German outcomes of the MAHARA ePortfolio project. Steve is not only a brilliant presenter and a very enjoyable person but his blog “Learning with e’s “ has kept me not only informed and inspired but also entertained for a long time now. I like his British sense of humour and his writing style in his daily blogposts. Steve told me once that the words and sentences just flow easily and effortless – I wish I could say the same for my writing ;-).  At this years MoodleMoot in Elmshorn Steven had agreed to give the keynote- and it was a huge success even though it was in English for a mostly German audience.

He can inspire and engage people and get his message over of learning with technology and sharing resources for learning. You may want to follow him on twitter ( he’s kept the record of the best tweeter with most tweets at the Unesco conference this summer even though he had given a keynote but was tweeting content before and after that! ). I have written a blog article on this conference here.  One of my favourite tweets by Steve is “Be disruptive, take a risk, don’t ask for permission but for forgiveness…..” which shows quite clearly his opinion how each of us as an educator can trigger change in education if we want to overcome all the barrieres we encounter on our way… And if you like to read inspiring and forward looking articles, you will not be disappointed by following Steve on his blog.

Let me continue my journey through Europe going to Switzerland – not only because my daughter and my granddaughter are living there but because I had a magic experience in Zurich in 2006 with my dear colleague Ulrike Montgomery who took me to my first ever MoodleMoot. That’s where I met Max Woodtli who was moderating the Moot.

When I googled for Max  I came across this picture- yes, remember – Steve said more or less the same .”.. being disruptive…”  though Max may be a bit more careful about being radically disruptive – after all, he is  Swiss ;-)

Max has been the one who showed me for the first time how an effective and inspiring  PowerPoint presentation looks like. No “Death by powerpoint” no bullet points and all the other usual suspects which you still see today – not only from students. I saw his first presentation at Heidelberg Moodle Moot in 2008 where he did a keynote on learning and creativity and new skills and competences required for that. His workshop in the afternoon was so in demand that people were crammed in the room and some had to stand. He’s a great learning coach and moderator and has been coaching  student teachers not only in Switzerland. He’s one of the most knowledgeable and experienced experts I know when it comes to learning processes and effective learning. Whe I had asked him to give a keynote at Elmshorn MoodleMoot he was kind enough to accept it. It was the perfect combination after Steve had spoken on the first day. You can follow Max also on twitter @mwoodtli.  Like Steve, Max has 2 identities on twitter ;-) – the second as a learncoach .

Let me come back to Germany and very close to the place I live – Mannheim. I already mentioned this colleague , sister-in-mind and friend, before. She was the one to bring Moodle to Baden-Württemberg and many moodlers may have heard her story how this had happened. Yes, it is Ulrike Montgomery who has been the initial driving agent behind the German Moodle community and a very enthusisatic ambassador for a use of moodle not as a “Wäscheleine” – but by linking to the world brought to the classroom with the web and its tools. Here you can see her interviewing Martin Dougiamas , “MrMoodle” at the Moodle Schule booth.

She has always been promoting new ways of learning with Moodle and thus influencing hundreds of teachers in her workshops. For the last years I had the great pleasure to do workshops together with Ulrike and we did not only have fun preparing these workshops but also could see how colleagues were surprised of the many creative, communicative and collaborative ways Moodle can be used in learning. I first met her back in summer 2005 when she did a workshop on first steps with moodle. I was immediately committed to the advantages and features of Moodle, having worked before with eMail, floppy disks and local storage at school, very unproductive ways of collaborative working. So this is my tribute to Ulrike! Here is a very old interview with her by Angela Kohl, one of the outstanding Austrian Moodlers.  Since Ulrike and me have had a reputation as the MMM – Mannheim Moodle Mafia – and to come back to Steve and Max: have been disruptive many times to get things working ;-)

I will leave it with these 4 people today, there are many more I would like to write about , but then my blog entry will rather be a novel and I’ve always been preaching to my students the KISS principle ….

Lubna made my day!

This video made my day!

Via scoop.it – thank you Susan Bainbridge  I came across this video showing Lubna Alam from the University of Canberra on using Moodle and Web2.0 tools in a learning setting. Lubna is brilliant and this video made my day She explains in a perfect way how this project was panned and went along and also the critical points you have to consider when you start using web2.0 tools in a learning and teaching environment. EXCELLENT! Credits also to Tim O’Riordan who wrote this blog entry.

Here is the video and there is also the possibility to download a PDF file where you get all the information on this project!

 

KISS in your blog …

More traffic on your blog? You don’t need to write like Shakespeare or a  scientist if you want to have readers. What I’ve been preaching to my English students for years for making sentences or giving presentations is alo the key to atttract readers to your blog. Here is an excellent blog entry how to avoid the deadly sins of blogging from

Social Media Consultant and Tech Geek at Heart Tamar Weinberg:

7 Deadly Blog Writing Sins
by Tamar Weinberg on July 15, 2010

Social Media, Digistraction*, To-Do-Lists and Creativity …

Although this takes another ten minutes from my due tasks I scheduled for today I cannot resist to blog this entry from “Mashable- the Social Media Guide”. Scott Belsky has interviewed and studied a number of networking people to find out how they can still sustain their productivity while at the same time being active in facebook, twitter, blogging etc…..  Does this ring a bell with you ;-) ….

Digistraction is my word for digital distraction ;-)

My decision for this weekend is clear: I will try to follow his advice, start with 2 lists and try to get some pending work done. Will report on twitter tonight whether I succeeded ;-)

Here is the blog entry:

The Edublog Awards

Voting is open for the 2009 Awards but apart from voting you will have most of the relevant blogs on one site to choose from for your PLE.

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Walls and fences for Social Software in schools

The other day I wrote a blog entry about a digitally organized teacher – René Scheppler and the same day linked to an article of Stuttgarter Zeitung where I had given an interview on the reluctance and problems of using social media in schools. Today I came across an article on how  administration and principals are blocking the use of social media. As this article is in English I put the blog entry in my “internatioinal” blog ;-)

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Sind deutsche Blogger Randfiguren?

Ein Artikel in der Süddeutschen Zeitung befasst sich mit der – angeblich- so geringen Akzeptanz von Bloggern in der deutschen Blogosphäre. Kerres hat in seinem Blog dazu eine kleine Umfrage gemacht. Es kann abgestimmt werden.

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to post or not to post … as a teacher .. in the classroom

In Mrs Smoke’s blog “Making teachers nerdy” ( what a lovely blogname) I found this posting fort blogging teachers . A helpful collection for experienced and newbie bloggers what to avoid and what to integrate in their blogs. These dos and donts specially apply to teachers using their blogs as classroom blogs with their students.

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Edublogger – blogs for schools

Edublogger is a specially for schools and education designed blog application where it’s easy for students and schools to find best practice examples or get connected to other schools.