For teacher Ulrike Behlau the itslearning learning platform is an intrinsic part of the modern classroom.
"Modern teaching has evolved into the present scenario where the teacher plays the role of a learning facilitator," explains Ulrike, who teaches English and religious studies at Frauenlob-Gymnasium secondary school. "itslearning makes it easier for the teacher to be a learning facilitator and for students to take charge of the learning process. That's a positive change. itslearning helps us do that more efficiently."
In the modern classroom students use online resources freely. Teachers as learning facilitators promote students to conduct their own research, which often leads to them citing online resources. But Ulrike says there is a danger of students finding and using online sources privately without discussing whether they are credible. "Let's talk about this. Let's have a discussion around how students can use and evaluate online resources. itslearning is a platform for students to collect these materials."
As the students share their online resources on itslearning, Ulrike can use the resources to initiate an in-class discussion around good online research.
"If it´s there for everyone to see and it´s organized in itslearning, then we can talk about it in a structured way in the classroom," Ulrike explains. "itslearning is key in this process of bringing these sources out into the open so we can really talk about them."
How do you discuss the validity of online resources with your students? What kind of in-class discussions have you had that are based on work your students did on itslearning?
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Posted on Thu, September 5, 2013
by Mark Macdonald