NMSA2010: Engaged Learning Through Student Eyes

Website for presentation, handouts, etc: http://tinyurl.com/engagedlearning

@kconners and @thelkowski are co-presenting

MY THOUGHTS IN ALL CAPS…LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ONE!!

OPENED WITH POLL EVERYWHERE OF FAVORITE LEARNING RESOURCES: SOME LISTED INTERNET, GDOCS, ACTIVBOARD, THINKFINITY, READWRITETHINK, ALL THINGS GOOGLE

Students need a whole world perspective. Things are shifting from a “this is where we live” mindset.  Many of the things in this session will be videos of kids discussion and Skype session with students in the Dominican Republic.

Student quote “Textbook is the most boring thing ever…it’s good information, but I hate it”…”Computer activities are fun and learning at the same time.”

“I like doing projects because…you can do hands on stuff and work with other people”

Seeing a move away from “increased test scores” as a goal for some districts. New District Goal is to “Provide engaged learning opportunities for kids”

5E: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate is a program implemented in many districts for project-based learning.

Kids are screaming “We will learn it with more depth if we have the opportunity to feel it and touch it, not just read about it.”

It’s not about the computer it’s about engaging students and getting them to dig deeper.

Collaboration

“I might not see all the mistakes I’ve made, and they (my peers) might” discussing Peer Feedback.

Common Core Standards…VA has not adopted them (NC IS ADOPTING THEM) provides opportunity for robust, real-world opportunities for students.  Addresses Critical Reading, how do we sort through and evaluate what’s real and not real?

Skyping to other classrooms, museums, etc can help reduce field trip costs, etc and open a new world to students. Offers more flexibility over Videoconferencing Systems.

Carol Morgan School is a sister school to presenter’s school. International School in the Dominican Republic. Collaborative project discussing Blue Crabs in No. Virginia, and whale migration to Dominican Republic.

Very intentional with the discussions to open the videoconference session, kids had never experienced something like that before AGREE I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A COUPLE OF “PRACTICE” VIDEOCONFERENCES PRIOR TO DIVING INTO REAL CONTENT

School we’re Skyping with is in the middle of Tropical Storm Tomas!!

Starting with some previously discussed questions:

What was the best thing about videoconferencing with students at Auburn Middle School (selected student responses from Carol Morgan School): “Look at point of view of students in another environment, being able to interact and learn what it’s like “there”…”For me, it was about sharing our concerns and learning about other places…I like the fact that we were able to communicate another place with a different point of view and express our concerns…I really enjoyed being able to share, it helped to see how we are one world.”

What was the most difficult thing?: Everyone had different opinions and solutions, not everyone got to share as much as they wanted to…I would say reaching a consensus was the hardest part…Another problem, it was hard to feel “at ease” with the other school, at the beginning it was difficult. Didn’t have resources to take the solutions further…

How would you like to work together again?: “Get more schools together to spread awareness further”

Two student facilitators from the project came back to the school from the high school to join in the discussion today

What makes learning fun to you? “Using videoconferences, makes things more interesting and broad”

Had to switch to iPad as laptop battery died…need power outlets!

 

Project started as how can we balance the needs of man versus the needs of the environment?

 

Other Topics: racism and discrimination in the DR vs. Other parts of the world…Malaria in Africa vs. DR…

 

How long does a project generally last…PBL usually takes 5 to 7 weeks for research, planning, discussions, videoconference, etc.  Different amounts of time in different classes throughout the day/week

 

Next Project: 2020 Challenge…find information about the digital divide and discuss issues from each location

 

Time becomes an issue with videoconferencing due to time zones

 

Etiquette for videoconferencing was discussed with both schools before the conference began. The students practiced in class prior to beginning the discussions.

 

PEW report: 93% of students are writing out of school but don’t think of it as “writing”

 

Podcasting is a form of writing…student presented his podcast at school staff meeting…great example of authentic audience

 

EXCELLENT IDEAS COMING OUT OF AUBURN MIDDLE SCHOOL…DEFINITELY LOOKING FOR FUTURE COLLABORATIONS WITH THESE FOLKS!

 

When listening to each others podcasts students had overarching questions to answer not content specific but content related…I LIKE THIS…WILL WORK ON SOME FOR MY BODY SYSTEMS PODCASTS…

 

Maps…working to create maps with students…RUNNING OUT OF TIME…

Gone from showing students we now allow them to write on the maps

 

Auburn Middle School is using Google Apps for Ed…GREAT RESOURCE FOR OUR COUNTY TO MOVE FORWARD WITH GApps

 

GREAT SESSION!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO COLLABORATE WITH THESE GUYS!!

 

 

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One Response

  1. Great info to ponder over-keep it coming!

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