I'm Dulce Freire and I am a teacher of chemistry and physics in Fornos de Algodres Group of Schools a small school in a small village in the interior center of Portugal.I must confess that despite the enthusiasm for participating on this MOOC can not put aside the worry because this is all new to me.
1.1. Why should we change our classroom practices? Do you agree/disagree with Deirdre?
Reflection: We agree with Deirdre Butler. We live in a society that is constantly changing. Today's needs are not the same as tomorrow's needs. That is why it is necessary to prepare the students for the competences and the expertise of the 21st century. At the moment, many of our teaching practices do not meet the students’ needs: they are technological. Therefore, using technology as our ally rather than as an enemy will add value, making classes more motivating. When using the technology in the classroom, we are not only motivating the students but we are also preparing them for the future and helping developing skills that will be very useful in their careers. Posted by Anabela Fernades, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
1.2. Past, Present and Future Classrooms. How do you see classrooms in the future? Will they stay the same or will we see a radical shift towards learning in open and flexible spaces?
Reflection: It's amazing comparison - school / factory! So if the factories were modernized, why didn’t the same thing happen with schools? After all, this is where it all begins! It seems to us that for 21st century students, 21st century classrooms are needed. But how do we do that? In our school, we do not even have functional internet. We agree that the physical space is important but we are also aware that it will not happen so soon. So it is important to start by changing the minds of those who are accustomed to the role of a sage on the stage and who refuse to apply new ways of working because they do not feel comfortable with ICT. When we change that, we are able to move forward. Posted by Anabela Fernades, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
Reflection: We agree with Roger. The 4 C's are essential for the training of 21st century students for a changing society. With these skills we are giving them tools to become active and constructive citizens in an increasingly demanding age. It seems to us important that the student becomes the center of the learning process. However, it is necessary to start with the teachers. It is in them and in political power that the obstacle to change lies. Maybe this is due to historical or social reasons, economics, educational policies and even some insecurity by the teachers. As someone said, we are twentieth-century teachers, teaching in 19th-century classrooms to 21st-century students. Something is not right! Posted by Anabela Fernades, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
Reflection: We have already had the opportunity to visit a future classroom lab and in fact it is a wonderful place to work at. However, even if we wanted, this would not be possible in our school. Our classrooms only have desks and chairs and there is a single computer in the teacher's desk. However, all classrooms have video projectors and some interactive whiteboards. Also, we, the teachers, are always changing classrooms, there is not a culture of having a class in the same room the whole day. Sometimes we go into a classroom, change the way the chairs and desks are organized and, 100 minutes later, we have to leave it the way it was before. So, it is not practical at all. What can we do!? Posted by Anabela Fernades, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
Reflection: Yes, we agree with Roger. It is convenient to involve those who are in some way part of the educational process; only working collaboratively will we reach the school of the future and can effectively work the skills of the 21st century. Posted by Anabela Fernades, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
2.4. Trends & stakeholders: the classroom of 2025: Who do you agree with in the video? Are these realistic visions of how classrooms will develop over the next decade?
Reflection: 2025 is in 8 years, which is little time for radical changes. All these changes that we would like to see already require high investments, on the one hand, and when we look at most of our colleagues, we do not see them as willing to change. Why is it laborious? By insecurity? ... However, we are willing to try and convert those around us. Posted by Anabela Fernades, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
Please see the video below:
Reflection: We agreed with Bart. Regarding furniture, ours is old and whenever we change the layout of the tables and chairs at the beginning of the lesson in the end you have to put them as they were, as we already mentioned in this MOC, which leads to some loss of time. With regard to the use of technology for collaborative work we are beginning to use the Moodle platform where we create specific disciplines for each class. Here we include tutorials of some applications that the students can use, proposals of activities, for example, using the Powtoon and we have created a Padlet where students can share their work / ideas / conclusions. What we can verify is that we get the attention of the students they feel motivated. The use of these tools makes the shy students more confident and allows them to develop the ability to communicate. Posted by Anabela Fernades, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
Reflection: The examples presented are phenomenal, at least for us who are now implementing collaborative work. It is very difficult to select this or that application because there are so many and we do not have the time we need to explore them. And we already realized that when we wanted to do a lot we started to lose focus. If this happens to us who are adults, so does the students. However, being of the zap generation, they reveal much more easily than we do to manipulate them and manage through technology to develop their creativity. They are really amazing, we think we have to start trusting them. Posted by Anabela Fernades, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
Reflection: When we watch these videos, we feel that we are really far behind. They are very inspiring! What we like to see is the motivation with which the students work, the interest and dedication to the requested tasks, promoting the collaborative work, essential in the 21st century. This is considered to be the most powerful effect of ICT use in the classroom: Motivation. Posted by Anabela Fernades, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
Reflection: We subscribe to the MOOC because we think we need to change our practice. Our results prove this, however, we expect to be working in a different way in a while. Although we still have difficulties to see the student as “co-designer” or taking control of learning or as ‘producer'. We have a great challenge ahead of us. Posted by Anabela Fernades, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
Reflection: We already know these rubrics. They makes sense if we want to draw a collaborative activity and make a careful assessment. This facilitates which to us seems complicated, monitoring and evaluation of the whole process, however, require a long time preparation that we don’t have. Posted by Anabela Fernades, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
Ativity high score (collaboration) : our chemistry laboratories has four stands which requires that students have to work in groups up to four students. Our curricula provide for the realization of practical activities in the 3rd cycle and secondary education. In the previous class to the realization of the practical activity the group begins by reviewing the question- problem that is put to them, for example: "How to determine the volume and the number of existing molecules in one drop of water?" from here the students have to make use of the content covered to date on this subject and they have to discuss and decide the material / reagents they need; analyzing the procedure and build tables for data collection and respond to a particular set of pre-laboratory issues. So, I think that activity scores code 4 because, students DO have shared responsibility, and they DO make substantive decisions together about the content, process, or product of their work, BUT their work is not interdependent.
Reflection: We never work on these concepts, new to us. However, it seems to us that this way of working is coherent when our activities are intended to be conducive to the development of 21st century skills. However it seems to us that it is time-consuming work. At this point we believe that we realize the idea. Posted by Anabela Fernandes, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
Refelction: When we think of the student as a builder of their learning the presented learning scenario model is fantastic. Yet quite honestly at this point we aren’t felling able to perform any, we need more time to study, experience and know all the technological panoply unknown for us. We believe that with time we’ll be able to adapt don’t say all but at least one in ours classroom and then will be the best time to make a reflection on this subject. It's hard to give an opinion on something that for us is unknown and never experienced. Assement all steps of the process seems to be complicated. However, it seems in order to prepare a collaborative learning activity according to the described scenarios take long and this is something that worries us. Posted by Anabela Fernandes, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.
Reflection: We do agree. As long as the work is done in a serious way and hoping that the reviews are constructive. This way we can improve our performance on behalf of our students.Whether it is among teachers or among students we believe that peer review is always positive for it may lead us to a reflective and critical thinking which is essential in the building of XXI century skills. We do not have enough experience to give opinions on this subject. Posted by Anabela Fernandes, Dulce Freire, Isabel Cruz e Vítor Silva.