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Case Study "Tristanos" (scoop.it) -EA

General information
.Case study’s translation CaseStudy_Blogi_Scoop.pdf
.Level (age of students) SE
.Discipline / subject / course English Department
.Number of participants 15
.Category of the tool Digital Media
.Tool / resource Scoop.it
.Country Greece
.Language of the tool or resource English
.Time plan start date 15/12/12
.Time plan finish date 15/05/13
.Did you use an example scenario from the initial phase of the eLene2learn project as an inspiration? No
Specific information about given case
.Aim Provide confidence and independent sharing of ideas – acquaint both students and teachers with the idea of basically creating an online magazine.
.Objectives To share ideas that matter, broaden students' interests and horizons, help students have access to a wide range of interesting issues and be able to express themselves on them, come in contact with other new ideas and mentalities.
.Learning to learning (L2L) competences to be achieved Self-management, motivation and confidence, collaboration, communication, being creative.
.Proposed activities Students signed up in scoop.it and start connecting with a community of curators with similar interests. They shared ideas, opinions and generally communicated through articles and videos they post. They could either start a new category of topics or follow one of those that already exist.
.Pedagogical approach taken Participants tried to share ideas as frequent as possible, discover topics and exchange content. They could also create their own magazine using the feedback of their community and the shared topics
.Methods of evaluation We mainly monitored the impact our posts had in the scoop site (how many people followed our ideas and posts) and regarding the impact on our students themselves we checked through questionnaires how appealing and educational this activity can actually be.
.Ethical statement Permission to involve the students in the project was sought from Mr Apostolakis, the headmaster of Senior High School.
Participants were fully informed about the eLene2learn project and parents signed consent forms so as to allow us use our final digital material anyhow.
.Case study link LINK
Evaluation of the outcomes and impact for learners (summaries of feedback)
(with particular attention paid to the initial aims and objectives of the implementation plan and the key competencies developed)
.Summary of student feedback - Usage (max 200 words) (Evaluation themes with particular attention paid to the initial aims and objectives of the implementation plan and the key competencies developed)
.Summary of student feedback - Benefits (max 200 words) As I mentioned above using English in an alternative way made our students really motivated to get involved in the process of scoop and become creative. It was a way to express themselves in an online platform using English out of any kind of academic context. It was also a good chance to get exposed to specific terminology in English since we had to do with movies, commentaries on them and different approaches on making up a movie. The fact that scoop.it itself is a huge source of a variety of topics and issues is a major advantage since we also had the chance to elicit valuable inputs for further discussion in the classroom and at some point valuable debating.
.Summary of student feedback - Development of competencies (max 200 words) When students get together in order to create an online group, share their ideas, attract others attention and exchange opinions competencies such as self-regulation, self-assessment and self-management can only be built up.
Needless to say that since we are talking about SE students we should always bear in mind that their time was limited and as a result they had to work fast and totally cooperate with each other. This really boosted their ability to overcome any kind of obstacles and made them better at making decisions and solving problems.
Our students seemed really motivated in using scoop.it and highly confident that they can gain valuable experience through that process.
.Summary of student feedback - Supporting transition (max 200 words) Transition to a higher education level can really become easier if students are already exposed to any kind of activities having to do with online tools, research and communicating with people from different countries. It broadens their horizons and gives them another perspective regarding the ways we can find valuable information and work on project activities.
.Summary of student feedback - Challenges or barriers (max 200 words) The basic challenge we had to face was to find a way to include inviting posts and enrich them with information related to our group topic, which revolves around movies and filming. We were a bit confused at the beginning since we couldn't reach a consensus as to what kind of group we should launch and what kind of content we should follow. Scoop.it is an amazing bank of various issues and it was difficult to choose something that appealed to all students in class.
.Summary of student feedback - Improvements that can be made to the activity or the application (max 200 words) There are many things that we could do in a different way regarding the use of scoop.it
To begin with we can create more than one group and consequently work on many more issues.
We can motivate students to use it more often by assigning them specific tasks to complete that have to do with topics we may have discussed in class.
We can also motivate them so as to search information regarding an issue included in the site and either post this information or use it in class to serve our need for extra practice on any kind of grammar or vocabulary area.
.Summary of tutor observation - Usage (max 200 words) Teachers can easily use scoop.it in class so long as there is internet access. Since scoop.it is an active and rich source of information, ideas and current events teachers actually have a tool in their hands which can be used for a variety of purposes such as getting the students engaged into project and team work. At the same time students are constantly exposed to English and basically enhance writing skills.
A lesson can never be boring or dull having an online connection in class.
.Summary of tutor observation - Benefits (max 200 words) Basically the benefits of such a tool lies to the creativity of teachers themselves and their desire to use a site as a tool to spice up their lesson and hone their students' skills.
SE books provide information mainly based on specific topics revolving around environment, education, sports etc.
An online magazine gives teachers the chance to broaden their students' interests and simultaneously their horizons.
Needless to say that many projects can be launched based on the issues discussed in scoop.it.
.Summary of tutor observation - Development of competencies (max 200 words) Having an online magazine as an extra tool in the classroom basically enhances competencies such as creativity, communication and collaboration.
Since students have to follow topics, find information to enrich their possible column and exchange ideas on it, it goes without saying that all the above-mentioned competencies are enhanced.
Students also get highly motivated to monitor their topic and the appeal their comments have. This way their motivation and self- confidence is extremely boosted.
They are exposed to a variety of issues and topics on a regular basis and since these topics may work as discussion starters they are engaged in an on going process of improving their competencies regarding thinking, analysing and self-regulating.
.Summary of tutor feedback - Supporting transition (max 200 words) Using such a tool, teachers have the chance to expose their students in a different way of finding information and work on project activities. Higher education expects students to be more organised since they need to perform tasks that have to do with research. An online magazine definitely helps them do so and teachers introduce new ways of finding source of information.
.Summary of tutor observation - Challenges or barriers (max 200 words) Teachers need to deal with the challenge of having to censor issues that are not appropriate within the class limits. So teachers actually have to monitor the articles and videos they recommend their students to watch and work on.
.Summary of tutor observation - Improvements that can be made to the activity or the application (max 200 words) I cannot recommend improvements related to the activity itself since it is an online magazine functioning under the auspices of its provider. However, the way we use it in class can be improved in the sense of the allotted time we have and the activities we can launch.
Reflection and recommendations regarding the activity and approach used by the teacher, tutor or trainer
.What worked well? (max 250 words) What mainly worked well was the way students got motivated to scoop, post, analyse, discuss and work all together on a variety of topics. They enjoyed this alternative way of teaching and we as teachers enjoyed a different teaching approach. The more we used it the more we realised how useful and enjoyable it could be.
.What would be done differently? (max 250 words) We should have divided our students into groups and assign scoop application in a more regular basis. This way we could have been exposed to a bigger variety of issues and perform a wider range of tasks.
.Recommendations for other practitioners who may consider using this approach (max 250 words) Working with such a tool cannot always be easy since SE students need to keep up with the tasks of their regular syllabus as well. Consequently Teachers have to make a plan so as to effectively use it in a way not to interfere with their regular activities. It would also be useful if teachers use it amongst them so as to easier integrate it more effectively.