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Teacher interview: Andreas Larsstuen Nordeide

itslearning provides teacher with unique insight into relationship between studying and results

We always like hearing how teachers are using itslearning. So we made our way down to the 2013 itslearning User Conference held in Bergen from April 15–17. We wanted to find real teachers using our platform as part of their teaching.

We ran into social studies and math teacher Andreas Larsstuen Nordeide following a packed session on how to succeed with online learning. He was more than happy to share his thoughts with us. Andreas talked about his favourite itslearning features, how the platform helps him in his teaching and also what he finds challenging about the platform.

Nordeide is responsible for training his colleagues at Tranevågen lower secondary school in the Western Norwegian municipality of Fjell, with 322 residents. He planned to soak up as many tips and tricks as possible from the conference and share them with his colleagues afterwards. "I try to use itslearning as much as I can," Andreas says.

How long have you used itslearning?

"I have used itslearning since 2010, when I started teaching."

What was your first impression of the platform?

"To be honest it was a little overwhelming at first. The platform has a lot of great features. I realized very quickly that you can work a lot with itslearning and still learn new tips and tricks."

What is your favourite itslearning feature?

"The feature I use the most is the test tool, which allows me to make tests for my students. I really like the test tool and, in general, it´s definitely one of the best features," Andreas says.

His students can take the tests as many times as they like, which helps them prepare for real tests, Andreas adds. The test tool is also a way for him to gauge student knowledge.

"You get to test different skills using the test tool compared to a written test. You can also see very clearly the relationship between studying and the results," he says.

How does itslearning help you in your teaching?

"One of the great things about itslearning is that it automatically gathers the information I need. Manual information gathering is time consuming. In general, this is one of the benefits of using ICT in the classroom."

What percentage of your job involves itslearning?

"How much do I use itslearning? As much as I can. While at work, I always stay logged on to itslearning."

Andreas is also responsible for training colleagues in using itslearning. "I am constantly looking for better ways to use itslearning, which is why I´m attending the itslearning user conference."

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