Digital Teacher was created by John Doubleday a Design and Technology teacher based in Tasmania Australia.
Think of Digital Teacher as a special aquarium. A safe online space where the fish (your students) and you (the octopus) share the space. They have information to learn and play with. A place a bit like
Other more mundane reasons:
A basic desire to move on from the wasteful, expensive photocopying era. I often found photocopying produced poor transfer quality of images and other visual information. Yep visual learning is where I am at.
I believe that digital content managed in a LMS (school or other wise) can give students an individual learning path. They can access information when they need it and how they need it. This form of online access to your school work is becoming know as Flipping your classroom or Flipped classroom.
What ever it is called some students like to read while others like to view images. To support visual learners and their teachers I also create video in a SCORM wrapper. This means that the LMS can 'read' the inbuilt video quiz. The teachers can see the results of a student watching the video.........great for skill development or the understanding of how to use a piece of equipment.
There are many other advantages in having your work online and within your own LMS.
This is of major importance when on contract which I have been for many years. Digital Teacher has allowed me to set up a class and have my students register and check a video at home (Flipped Classroom) before I have even had a login for the school system….bliss and so professional. The same can be said about other online storage. Contract teachers owe it to themselves to look after their own content.
Most of us are starting to becoming better acquainted with ITC and as it becomes cheaper, reliable and above all accessible TOOLS FOR YOU opportunities appear that may not have been there a few months ago. As digital technologies become more reliable and common, many individuals now have the tools and skills to create their own media rich online environment for their students to access but don’t have a permanent web address. Digital Teacher can change all that.
As a part time teacher I have collected hundreds of links, images, files and created many videos of projects and processes. Good digital content is useless, unless it is being used by my students. I wanted to use this subject content with my students wherever I teach.
The quest to find a user friendly, suitable LMS, website tool and trustworthy professionals has been no easy task. I have found that the Internet is full of dishonest, fraudulent, deceitful individuals. In fact the internet has a bit of a frontier feel about it. Lots of people trying to rip you off to make a quick buck. This has come at some financial loss and much time wasted, but I have been determined and now after many years I have found, all that I have been looking for.
My advice with dealing with individuals on the internet is to trust no one, ask lots of questions, trial systems completely before you part with any money, understand the ‘help’ and backup systems of their product. Be aware of what you are getting into before parting with any money.
Having to learn a new ‘school system’ or LMS (if the school has one) takes time and we don’t have much of that. So as individuals we tend not to want to deal with online or e-Learning.
In the past I have used the free online space like Teacher Tube and others, to have students link to my work. In fact free storage sites are a main source to reduce bandwidth for Digital Teacher. You could not go far wrong in starting with these sites before getting involved with something like Digital Teacher. It could be seen as your own personal web of subject content. Digital Teacher focuses all those resources into one clever package.
Digital Teacher is clever because you only have to learn it once.
Clever because it has its own Moodle. Using Digital Teacher can be as simple as seeing a great link you want to use in class. Place that link in your own Moodle on Digital Teacher and build some questions around it.
Clever because you can see which of your students are doing their homework, quiz, test or research. And it has the results already for parent teacher night. Ahhh the marking done.....that’s clever.
Clever because students can get instant feedback on their work.
Clever because you take your online units with you when you move schools. You do this all ready on your portable hard drive. Now it’s still organised online and ready to use. Just have your new students created an account in Digital Teacher, and away you go.
Clever because once you have been established within Digital Teacher you can share or collaborate with other teachers as long as you are not making a commercial advantage and some bandwidth issues are catered for.
Clever because educators who are in the position to create and distribute content for commercial gain can have their Digital Teacher account set up to support their business.