Welcome to our Technology Outdoors MOOC.
This is a free, interactive and participatory online course on how to make effective use of technologies to extend teaching and learning beyond the classroom walls.
To get started, please:
- Log in (or sign up for FREE if you have not already done so). Please note: you can tell if you’re already logged in if you can see your login details in the top right within the black bar.
- Once you are logged in, then Click on Section 1: to the right to get started.
Technology Outdoors is a flexible online course that you can join in with at a pace and depth that suits you. We will suggest activities and ideas, and encourage you to try them within your teaching.
We would like you to leave each week with something new to try out in practice and we will encourage you to share your experiences and swap ideas on our weekly themes within our Google+ community.
Who is this course for?
Our course is aimed at primary and lower secondary teachers, however anyone with an interest in the field is very welcome. It is taught in English.
Overview of course structure:
The course is divided into four sections, each with a different theme and suggested activities:
- Section 1: Creating Trails
- Section 2: Art in the Environment
- Section 3: Wild Writing
- Section 4: Science Outdoors
Duration: Self-Paced. Workload: Approximately 2 hours per section.
Structure for each section:
We will begin each section by sharing resources and case studies with you from the Digital Learning Across Boundaries (DLaB) project run by a partnership of universities, schools and cultural institutions in Norway, England, Belgium and Denmark. We will suggest some activities that help you plan to put ideas into practice with your own learners.
One of the most exciting aspects of the course is the chance to share and reflect upon these co-created resources with our community of fellow practitioners. Real life examples, photos, videos and comments within the community will give the course a truly practical focus. The community will also give you a chance to make some international connections and set up some collaborations of your own. You can join the community now and introduce yourself.
You can also follow us on Twitter on @DLAB_Erasmus and use the hashtag #DLABErasmus to see what others are posting.
What this course will give you:
The idea is to take a few risks, try some new things, share our developing practice in teaching with technology outdoors and learn together as we go.
We hope that our course will inspire you to explore strategies to integrate technology into learning beyond the classroom by offering guidance on:
- how to use technologies to devise authentic and meaningful outdoor learning activities
- how to embed technology use in genuine curriculum contexts
- how to use technologies to enhance learners’ exploration of the physical world
Succeeding in a MOOC
You may wish to watch the below 4 minute video that describes five steps that will help you succeed in a MOOC.
Show us where you’re from!
Can we encourage you to add your location to our Zeemap as it is really interesting to see where everyone comes from: http://j.mp/2qiuSNA
You need to go to ‘Additions’ and ‘Add marker’.
To get started on the MOOC:
Section 4: Science Outdoors
A: See and Think – Unit 1: Pacific Oyster Project
A: See and Think – Unit 2: Measuring and learning about velocity
A: See and Think – Unit 3: Climate change
A: See and Think – Unit 4: Take a parachute and jump
A: See and Think – Unit 5: The island of science
D: Well done for completing our Technology Outdoors MOOC!
- A: See and Think – Unit 1: Pacific Oyster Project
- A: See and Think – Unit 2: Measuring and learning about velocity
- A: See and Think – Unit 3: Climate change
- A: See and Think – Unit 4: Take a parachute and jump
- A: See and Think – Unit 5: The island of science
- B: Create/Reflect
- C: Share
- D: Well done for completing our Technology Outdoors MOOC!