👩🏼‍🏫 Vocational teacher for printing technology, graphic design and religion. 👩🏼‍🎨👩🏼‍💻 Freelance Graphic Designer. 👩🏼‍💼 Speaker.

👩🏼‍🏫 Berufsschullehrerin für Drucktechnik, Mediengestaltung und ev. Religion. 👩🏼‍🎨👩🏼‍💻 Freie Grafikerin. 👩🏼‍💼 Referentin.

My goal:

Reflecting on the competences i already have, uncover on which competences i still have to work. Both for me personally as well as in the usage at school for my students.

Module 1 – Introduction to Digital Competences for Educators

Module 2 – Teaching and Learning with Digital Resources

Module 3 – Facilitating and Assessing Learners‘ Digital Competencies

Module 1 – Introduction to Digital Competences for Educators

Get To Know Me

I’m Elena, I live & work in Lower Saxony in Germany. I teach at a vocational school, my subjects there are printing technology, graphic design and religion. This means, most of my students are between 15 and 25, sometimes 35… I‘m with my students for 3 years if they are in the Dual Education System (doing an apprenticeship) and often just 1 year if they are in any other forms of education we have at our school. 

As media was and is part of my own apprenticeship, my studies and my current subjects, it’s a natural interest of mine. I even wrote my master thesis about „the influence of new media on religious education“. 

Im excited to meet all of you – I love meeting people from around the world, that’s why I also love traveling and I even worked as an au-pair in Sweden in my early 20s. I hope to connect with you and maybe there are even possibilities for future collaborations! (My school‘s in the Erasmus Programme, maybe your‘s as well?)

I also attached a picture as so man of you did. It shows me and i created it as part of my work for the relilab, which is a network with focus on digital religious education and we also offer workshops via zoom… i feel that this pic fits the course as it‘s a symbol of me being in the network that the internet / digitalization is!

Task 1

I set up this page on my personal website where I will collect all the stuff regarding this and the following courses.
Please don’t pay too much attention to the rest of my site, its in desperate need of a revamp. But I haven’t found the time yet… Said missing time is also the reason I setup the portfolio on my site. I would love to try other e-portfolios, but this was the easiest and quickest in my current situation. 

Task 2

While it wasn’t THE main focus of the article the Passagepreises questioning the Staus Quo spoke to me the most. It’s something im working on and am also challenged with. My situation at my school is quite good regarding these things. I and some other of my colleagues made a course about cooperative and open learning (COOL) in Austria, our administration want to implement this (think: Dalton Plan) more into the school. Also our district is thinking about a new building or at least renovation of our school which also led to some discussion of how we see our school, our methods, our teaching styles, … 
For me its clear that I don‘t want instruction and classical seating in the classroom. I want students that can choose freely between different rooms/spaces and seating options and that they are the ones leading Goethe’s are learning. I don‘t want to be the main focus in class. The students and their projects should be the focus – for everyone involved. 

Task 3

The first thing where I realised I have potential to do much more for and with my students was the „Self-regulated learning“. 

With most of the other competences I marked the B2-, sometimes B1-level for myself, but using e-portfolios, blogs or something similar for my students is something I don’t really do so far. 

The secons competence I need to get better in is „Assessment strategies“. But, here will be a problem as digital assessment are not always allowed… So I will defnitely think about this one but it’s not my main focus in the near future, because I would need to discuss it with other people in my school. 

But using portfolios or sth. similar is an option that I can just do in my lessons! So that’s definitely my main goal for the near future!

Reading the framework also made me realize that I may be using to little interactive elements… While I use a lot of digital tools and encourage my students to work digital, I don’t feel like it’s that much interactive and not everything fits together well… So that’s probably a second goal for myself!

Oh, I also did this test from europass: https://europa.eu/europass/digitalskills
This one said I’m on level 6 for all subjects but the datasecurity, where I got a level 5. So I should probably work on that as well…

Task 4

Regarding the question, if both concepts could be applied: We feel as if school usually starts as Community of Inquiry with the teacher prompting a question, presenting a problem or sth. similar. After that the whole class (as a community!) hopefully makes the shift to a Community of Prcatice as they are intrigued to work on said question or problem. 

Task 5

4C vs. Connectivism

I see both theories as crucial in our current time. While connectivism is more of a framework that sets the individual in the middle, the 4C’s are the competences this individual needs to have. The 4C are competences that interlock with each other while connectivism is more open to more and more connections while leaving the person in its middle. 

Connectivism is important as it visualizes how our world today works: Everyone of us is involved in network(s) and of course is everyone of us as well as our students using these networks. But to navigate succesful through these networks we’re involeved in we need the 4C. 

Especially if you look at the example from the last video: Bob was, besides other things, using facebook, a social network, as well as comments under an article. Both are known to not be free of mistakes / fake news and so on. So he definitely needs some Critical Thinking to check which statements he should trust and which not. 

Of course one would also definitely need the skill / competence of Communication as we’re never alone in our learning and our networks. We can only learn from each other and with each other if we’re communicating well. 

Proceeding from this (learning and/or working with and from each other) the next natural thing is Collaboration and probably also Creativity and Innovation as this naturally occurs if people are working together. 

I think that we, as teachers, should and need to boost the 4C in our students and we can do so by using a lot of group work and recoursing to the networks our students alsready have as well as initiating a new network in our class (the class as a network). 

Task 7

Module 2 – Teaching and Learning with Digital Resources

Module 3 – Facilitating and Assessing Learners‘ Digital Competencies

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