Connect ing t o t he WorldBuilding a Collaborat ive Classroom Cheryl Lykowski Discovery Educat or Net work GuruMichigan’s DEN Leadership Council – Chair Discovery STAR Educat or April 2012
The illit erat e of t he 21stcent ury will not be t hose who can’t read and writ e, but t hose whocan’t learn, unlearn, and relearn. ~ Alvin Tof f ler, “ Ret hinking t he Fut ure”
Are t oday’s st udent s t ech savvyor digit ally lit erat e?
Why f ocus on a digit al and collaborat ive classroom?
Technology has shif t ed f rom a personal experience t o acommunit y experience.
Build a collaborat ive communit y in t he classroom.
A 21st cent ury classroom:How does it look?
Investigative ContributiveCollaborativeCooperative ? Connected Community Creative
Learning is act ive.Learning is social.
Learning needs rich cont ext s.Learning needs t o be aut hent ic.
Learners are diverse.
Today’s learners are: Creat ive Leaders Communicat ors Creat ors Risk t akers Connect ed
Essent ialQuest ions
*How might this work? *How might t hisbenef it my st udent s?*How might t his add t o my inst ruct ion?
Global Awareness, according t oThe Part nership f or 21st Cent ury Skills, includes: Using 21st cent ury skills t o underst and and address global issues. Learning f rom and working collaborat ively wit h individuals represent ing diverse cult ures, religions and lif est yles in a spirit of mut ual respect and open dialogue in personal, work and communit y cont ext s. Underst anding ot her nat ions and cult ures, including t he use of non- English languages.
Global awareness isnecessary because:St udent s can no longer live isolat ed f romt he world.St udent s need t o be global cit iz ens.St udent s must learn about diversit y,languages, cult ures, t radit ions and point sof view f rom ot hers.
Connect ionsMake connect ions wit h ot hereducat ors, near and f ar
Collaborat ive Digit al Tools:Mult i- userSynchronous/ AsynchronousCollaborat iveCommunicat ive
Prepare your st udent s Ambassadors Engagement Movement Conf idence Silliness Taking Turns Loud & Clear Unexpected Slang Questions
Collaborat ive Tools:
Role of t hecollaborat ive learner:Greet erQuest ion askerPhot ographerVideographerScheduler *adapted from Silvia Tolisano
Role of t he collaborat ive learner: Backchannel writ ers I nf o St at ion Live Bloggers Timer Google Eart h Data writer Mapper *adapted from Silvia Tolisano
Roles Live GoogleBlogging Eart h & Google Maps Back Channel I nt erviewers
RolesI nf ormat ion St at ion Scheduler Quest ion Asker Greet er
Roles• Greet er ~ Greet s t he part ner school. Makes init ial int roduct ion.• Quest ion asker ~ Asks specif ic quest ions f or dat a collect ion.• Phot ographer ~ Responsible f or document ing connect ion wit h st ill images.• Videographer ~ Responsible f or document ing connect ion wit h video.• Scheduler ~ Responsible f or adding Dat e & Time of planned Skype connect ion t o embedded Google Calendar. *adapted from Silvia Tolisano
Roles• Backchannel writ ers ~ Documenting conversation, questions, answers and classroom happenings during the connection on a backchannel chat.• Live Bloggers ~ Blogs Skype call live to classroom blog.• Google Eart h ~ Finds location of Skype partner and measures distance in miles & kilometers.• Mapper ~ Responsible for adding placemark of Skype partner’s location to embedded Google Map on classroom blog.• I nf o St at ion ~Responsible to search for any data question on the spot. Verifies any questionable information as well.• Timer ~ Responsible for noting time Skype call started and ended as well as calculating elapsed time. *adapted from Silvia Tolisano
Roles• Dat a Ent ry ~ Responsible for adding data collected into embedded Google form on classroom blog. Ex. distance miles/km, temperature in F/C.• Word Problem Creat or ~ Creates a math word problem from data, questions and answers collected during Skype call.• Backchannel Cleanup ~ Responsible to save backchannel chat as a word document and cleaning up duplicate comments and mark questionable statements to be verified. *adapted from Silvia Tolisano