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Extending the Classroom
We are no longer limited to the classroom and contained only by our imaginations!
Learner-centered, lifelong learning has been the cry of knowledge society visionaries for the last decade. Yet learning continues to be delivered with teacher-centric tools in a twelve week format. Society is changing. Learners needs are changing. The course, as a model for learning, is being challenged by communities and networks, which are better able to attend to the varied characteristics of the learning process by using multiple approaches, orchestrated within a learning ecology.
When we design curriculum that is build around inquiry-driven, project-based learning, where students and teachers work together to create new meaning and deep understandings, then we can use 21st Century tools to allow students to create meaningful, creative and authentic work, using the best available research, while collaborating with and presenting to people from all over the world.
, feeling very strongly about a subject or person, usually referring to feelings of intense desire and attraction.
describes a range of philosophical, curricular and pedagogical approaches to teaching. Its core premises include the requirement that learning should be based around student questions. Teachers are viewed as facilitators of learning rather than vessels of knowledge. The teachers job in an inquiry learning environment is therefore not to provide knowledge, but instead to help students along the process of discovering knowledge themselves.
Project based learning
, or PBL, is a constructivist pedagogy that intends to bring about deep learning by allowing learners to use an inquiry based approach to engage with issues and questions that are rich, real and relevant to their lives. This strategy is well served since the onset of the read/write Web. Teachers have ready made content easily available via the Web and the tools to allow for creative student directed creation of content related to the problems and questions contained in the project being studied.
teachers who integrate technology into the curriculum so that it not only complements instruction but redefines it.
) is self-education or
, also known as an
, is a mostly self-taught person, as opposed to learning in a school setting.
goes beyond the practical discussion of applying the read/write and collaborative Web technologies in the classroom. It is, instead, a larger discussions of how education, learning, and our physical school spaces can (or should) change because of the changing nature of our social and economic lives brought on by these technologies.
21st Centurizing Instruction
Introduction to PBL-
Real world problems are messy and multidisciplinary as well as interesting and meaningful.
They are typically too big for any one individual to solve but approachable by even the very
young. The world is a complex place in which multiple perspectives exist and truth is often a
matter of interpretation and reinterpretation as mental models are constructed, deconstructed and
reconstructed. Through project-based learning, students have the opportunity to engage real
world problems in authentic or simulated contexts through extended learning enterprises.
What is a project? What is a Project-based learning project?
There are many ways of talking about project-based learning. The view adopted here is that successful Project-based learning has these 5 ingredients
1. A guiding question or problem that sets the scene and holds no right or wrong answer
2. Student collaborative research, often over an extended period of time
3. Construction of an artifact or presentation by students, ideally to an extended classroom audience
4. Use of technology-based cognitive and communications tools (ICT)
5. A community of inquiry that can extend beyond the walls of the classroom
What do good schools look like - schools where all students are mastering skills that matter the most?
Tony Wagner’s Seven Survival Skills as defined in his most recent book,
The Global Achievement Gap.
If all students are to acquire these survival skills for success in the 21st Century, then what systemic changes must take place in our schools and classrooms? What do good schools look like - schools where all students are mastering skills that matter the most?
Give examples and evidence of how you currently incorporate each of these skills into your current classroom practice.
Critical thinking and problem-solving
Collaboration across networks and leading by influence
Agility and adaptability
Initiative and entrepreneurialism
Effective oral and written communication
Accessing and analyzing information
Curiosity and imagination
TPACK and Mini-Units
This is about getting technology into the classroom. We know from diffusions of innovation literature that this is probably the toughest part. Luckily, there's a new model that helps us think about how to develop technological pedagogical content knowledge. You can learn more about this model at the website:
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Last year SIGTE held a webinar featuring Punya Mishra and Matthew Koehler discussing their work with TPACK (Technological, Pedagogical Content Knowledge).
Technology Integration in Teaching: The TPACK Framework (webinar archive)
Web2.0 that Works
Web2.0 that Works
Classroom Instruction That Works is a collection of effective strategies culled from a meta-analysis of decades of research on what works in classrooms to improve student learning and increase student achievement. This meta-analysis was conducted by Robert J. Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock. They combined these effective strategies into nine broad categories and Stephanie correlated them with Web 2.0 tools.
Identifying Similarities and Differences
Summarizing and Note-Taking
Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition
Homework and Practice
Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback
Generating and Testing Hypotheses
Questions, Cues, and Advance Organizers>
Andrew Churches work on Bloom's Taxonomy
Levels of Technology Integration into the Classroom
The Technology Integration Matrix
Produced by the
Florida Center for Instructional Technology
College of Education, University of South Florida © 2007.
Share, Connect, Collaborate, Collective Action
25 Days to Make a Difference
Working Together to Make a Difference
1. Get in groups by discipline. Electives (pick a group to join or work together in a group)
2. What are the
Essential Instructional Activities
you typically use in your discipline?
(explore the resources provided in key elements if needed to create your list)
3. Have a discussion and list possible Web 2.0 tools that fit nicely with your disciplines essential instructional activities.
4. Report Out
Collaborative Baseball Unit
Creating Mini-Units of Inquiry
5. Looking at
national and state standards
choose possible topics and a couple possible objectives you could cover under this topic (this will be adjusted).
6. Decide on a passion-based theme for your unit. (Skateboarding to teach landforms, simple machines, geometry, bios of skateboarders, geogrpahy of where they live, etc.)
7. Create a topical map and then a subject map (choose one or two areas to develop learning activities)
Mind Mapping Tools
8. Decide on a kickoff activity -Arouse students’ curiosity and interest with stimulating introduction. Consider visual display of theme as well as introductory activities.
9. Create 2-3 learning activities that teach the objectives you selected from standards. Use Web 2.0 tools as the participatory medium. How will you evaluate mastery of the objectives? Make sure your activities are cross curricular in nature.
10. Decide on a culminating event. Make sure your event includes others and highlights student created artifacts.
Back Channel Room
What is back channel chat?
What is PBL?
, Project based learning, or PBL, is a constructivist pedagogy that intends to bring about deep learning by allowing learners to use an inquiry based approach to engage with issues and questions that are rich, real and relevant to their lives. This strategy is well served since the onset of the read/write Web. Teachers have ready made content easily available via the Web and the tools to allow for creative student directed creation of content related to the problems and questions contained in the project being studied.
Guiding Documents for PBL
These documents are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License
Characteristics of Creative People
Learning Experiences Chart
Guidelines for Planning Meaningful Learning Experiences
Guidelines for Selecting PBL Topics
Guidelines for Developing PBL Units
Evaluation Checklist for PBL Units
New Media Literacies
Classroom Instruction That Works
Handbook for Classroom Instruction That Works
Using Technology With Classroom Instruction That Works
The Art and Science of Teaching: A Comprehensive Framework for Effective Instruction (Robert J. Marzano)
Bloom's Taxonomy Blooms Digitally (by Andrew Churches, April 1, 2008, published in techLearning)
Technology Integration Matrix
Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Will Richardson)
Classroom Blogging: 2nd Edition (David Warlick)
Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools (Gwen Solomon, Lynne Schrum)
National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)
Teach Web 2.0 Consortium
Jordan District Wiki Page for Web 2.0
Principles for 21st Century Education
Mark Nichols in New Zealand
– adaptability to the learning needs of the individual.
– providing opportunities for students to apply what they are learning.
– enabling students (and encouraging them) to learn from one another.
Flexible and Clear Course Design
– preparing the entire course with a view to maximising student control while still providing clear expectations.
– encouraging students to mentally engage with course concepts and to consider their progress.
– providing actual content that is accurate and especially designed to facilitate understanding.
Essential Learning Functions-
Essential learning with Digital Tools, the Internet and Web 2.0
Making things visible and discuss-able
Expressing ourselves, sharing ideas, building community
Collaboration – Teaching and learning with others
Reflection and Iteration
Teaching Social Software With Social Software
by Ulises Mejias
Uses and potentials of wikis in the classroom
by Feris and Wilder
Wikis in Education
-- comprehensive guide and list of links
What is a wiki?
A Catalog of CoWeb Uses (PDF)
by Collaborative Software Lab, Georgia Tech, 2000
International Education and Research Network (iEARN)
List of practitioners of civic engagement education / media & technology
OurMedia Learning Center
Digital Storytelling in Higher Education: Context, Community and Imagination
by Barbara Ganley
Eduforge Learning Resources
Improving Instruction Through The Use of Weblogs Wiki
Bud the Teacher's Blogging Policies and Resources Wiki
Podcasting Resources for Educators & Students
compiled by Gary S. Stager
Fair Use Toolkit
Blogs for learning
Teaching hacks wiki
Teaching and Learning with the Net Generation
How to search Google for educational videos
Digital video in the classroom
Make a free, web conference room
with voice, text chat, and slide-sharing -- in minutes.
-- free online service for educators to create, find and share lesson plans, worksheets and ideas.
Learning from YouTube
Class taught at Pizer college ON and ABOUT YouTube
Media Education Foundation
: The Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical reflection on the social, political and cultural impact of American mass media.
Using Audio in the Classroom
Using Wordle in the Classroom
Using Wall Wisher in the Classroom
Using Voice Thread in the Classroom
Using a Flip Camera in the Classroom
Using Google Earth in the Classroom
Using Twitter in the Classroom
Using a Smart Board in the Classroom
Using Google Docs in the Classroom
help on how to format text
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