TELEs offer a wonderful and engaging environment for students to learn in. In module B, we looked at many educational technologies that each offered a unique learning experience for students depending on the subject area. As knowledge becomes more interconnected through the internet and programs becomes more open source, it is important for educators to embrace new models. Over the past few weeks, we’ve investigated Anchored Instruction, Web Inquiry Science Environments, and Learning for Use and T-GEM which have each had their own affordances for generating comprehensive lessons through a specific pedagogical approach. Through the Jasper Series, students were able to investigate certain topics related to mathematics. However, these problems that they were investigating were rooted in real life situations that they may come across. This allows students to understand the context of the concepts they were learning. In SKI and WISE, teachers were able to set up a learning environment that allowed students to interactively engage with interactive models and content related to many areas of science. Teachers were able to create projects for the students to complete as well as access ones that other teachers had created for free. Existing content could even be modified to suit the needs of any classroom. With Learning for Use, Geographic Information Systems were explored. Students have the opportunity to situate their learning and manipulated different mapping software in their community or country. With GIS you are able to have students create mapping using different projections to bring more meaning to their work. The students are able to learn valuable data collection skills and how to input that data into a mapping program to visual their understanding of a phenomena. The T-GEM framework is evident in the program Chemland. This programs allows students to simulate different interactions between chemicals, metals, and other materials. It also allows for the altering of other variables. The T-GEM framework can be applied to a variety of contexts so that students can enhance their understanding of a concept through various simulations.
What I like about using the WISE program is that students are able to engage in a very structured lesson that scaffolds concepts as they explore various lessons. I like how teachers are able to modify and share their work for other teachers are able to use it. Platforms that embrace the sharing of knowledge seem to be more robust because many experts are able to have a hand in the project. WISE is a great program for an elearning or blended learning program.