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  • 1) Discussions are critical to learningCollectively we have more knowledge than any one member of the class – myself [teacher] includedMake connections between subject and you life/personal experiences = more valuable learningCreate a learning communityEncourage adaptive expertise that allows them to make sense of new information.Lower level students are able to learn from stronger students; stronger students can be resources for lower level students.
  • Address problems in class: [Catlin]Discussion DominatorQuiet students/shy students hesitant to contributeFear and anxiety around contributing or being “called on”Many students do not participate because they do not feel that the are “experts” or have enough knowledge on a topic to engage in discussionsNo time to process, think then respond.Time
  • Address problems in class: [Catlin]Discussion DominatorQuiet students/shy students hesitant to contributeFear and anxiety around contributing or being “called on”Many students do not participate because they do not feel that the are “experts” or have enough knowledge on a topic to engage in discussionsNo time to process, think then respond.Time
  • Time multiplier: Hear from all studentsGets people started on a topic.Because it’s a forum, it doesn’t go away. It’s not ephemeral like traditional verbal discussion is. Information from everyone can be recorded in a brief time.The recording of information is going on simultaneously, not sequentially.When you’ve finished, you can browse other people’s posts.Not more – Better
  • Establish and maintain a safe space onlineClearly establish guidelines for online discussion. [TAB1: Banner]Dos and Don’ts of Online discussion [TAB 2: PDF Embed] Build relationshipsUse online icebreakers to foster relationship building, learn names and practice online discussion skills. [TAB 3: Time Machine-multiple choice/photo] Use any missteps online as “teachable moments” to correct.Model strong online participation to “show” strong responses.
  • Design quality questionsDiscuss strategies for designing dynamic questions: hook students with an interesting title, layer questions (include easy and hard= differentiate instruction). [TAB 4: Poetic Justice/Yes or No/photo]
  • Incorporate multimediaPhoto, Videos and PDFs/DocsTake the best resources from the Internet to share with students in your safe online space. [TAB 6: Khan Video embed with question]Many teachers do not have access to much tech in their classrooms, so that no longer limits what students have access to.Allow students to revisit resources multiple times, if necessary.Khan: Premium=Show an embedded Khan video
  • Get students to say something substantialBegin with each other’s namesDevelop content with specific details and examples to support points [TAB 5: Tiger Mother Article Compare/Contrast]End using exit strategies to encourage further discussions
  • 7) Weave work online back into the classroomTruly make part of you class cultureAllow work done online to drive work done in class [TAB7: TKAM Creative Writing Prompt]http://collaborize.democrasoft.com/portal/portal/default/tuckerenglish/tuckerenglish-CollaborizeWindow?action=2&actionEvent=homeWithoutSuggestionBox&dt=1299735355503&categoryId=7375&sortBy=1&status=1&pageNo=1&startNo=1&isResultsShow=true Build on the discussions online in class= increased participationAllow for follow-up debates, reflections, assignments, etc. [TAB 8: Results Page]http://collaborize.democrasoft.com/portal/portal/default/tuckerenglish/tuckerenglish-CollaborizeWindow?action=2&actionEvent=showResults&dt=1299735528952&page=results&categoryId=2127&sortBy=8&status=1&pageNo=1&startNo=1&isResultsShow=true Flip traditional model to utilize group possibilities in class; present info online. [TAB 9: Expert Groups Activity]http://collaborize.democrasoft.com/portal/portal/default/tuckerenglish/tuckerenglish-CollaborizeWindow?action=2&actionEvent=homeWithoutSuggestionBox&dt=1299735609749&categoryGroupId=0&sortBy=2&status=1&pageNo=2&startNo=1&isResultsShow=true

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  • How Can Online Discussions Transform My Teaching?
    Catlin Tucker – English language arts teacher and curriculum specialist
    Colt Briner – Former ESL teacher and co-creator of Collaborize Classroom
  • How to Engage Students Online
    Increase Participation & Improve Discussions
    Discussions are critical to learning
    What are the benefits of taking discussions online?
    Establish and maintain a safe space online
    Design quality questions
    Get students to say something substantial
    Incorporate multimedia
    Weave work online back into the classroom
    Approx. 45 minutes
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    Discussions are Critical to Learning
    Traditional Teaching:
    • Isolated students
    • Single learning source
    • Time limited to class period
    • Consumers, not contributors
    • Loud students dominate discussions
    • Poor sense of community
    Connected students:
    • Creative opportunities
    • Asynchronous, differentiated learning
    • Consumers and contributors
    • Fewer barriers
    • 30 additional learning sources
    • More for participation
    • Strong sense of community
    • Improved modeling of good work
    • Convenient use of multimedia
  • In-Class Discussions – a poll
    What are discussions like in your class?
    • Awesome – Intellectual discourse of the highest order
    • Good – Students engaged, nearly everyone participates
    • Fair – Room for improvement
    • A struggle - Like recruiting for jury duty
    • What is this “discussion” of which you speak?
  • Barriers to In-Class Discussions?
  • Barriers to In-Class Discussions?
    What obstacles do you face?
    • Rush Limbaugh is in my class
    • Like roaches when the lights come on
    • Just a wee bit crunched for time
    • “Excuse me but, aren’t you supposed to tell us the answer?”
    • Feels like the inquisition
  • What are the benefits of taking discussions online?
    21st Century skills
    Equity of voice
    Less anxiety
    Flexibility
    Increased
    participation
    Online transcript
    More time
    Better modeling
    Support asynchronous group work
  • “To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains”
    - Mary Pettibone Poole
  • Establish & Maintain a Safe Space Online
    Critique;
    don’t criticize
    Use names
    Compliment
    Ask questions
    Responsible & Supportive Communication
  • Design Quality Questions
    Inspire Substantive Responses that Drive Discussions
  • What does a strong question look like?
    Start with a catchy title
    Does Reading Cure Racism?
    Do you agree with Angelou’s statement that the only way we as a society will be free of the “blight of ignorance” is if we read and learn about African Heritage? Do you agree that reading, knowledge and education are essential to respecting differences and forming cross racial friendships? If so, why do you agree? If not, what do you think is crucial to eliminating ignorance between racial groups?
    Design different
    types of questions
    Layer questions
    Incorporate multimedia
  • “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
    - William Butler Yeats
  • Incorporate Multimedia
    Visually Stimulating
    Videos
    Photos
    Slide Decks
    PDFs
    Audio
    Incorporate the best online resources
  • Get Students to Say Something Substantial
    Ask questions
    Build on
    other students’ ideas
    Make connections
    Offer alternative
    perspectives
    Include details and evidence
    Think outside the box
  • Weave Work Online Back Into the Classroom
    • Review discussion highlights
    • Follow up debates
    • Answer remaining questions
    • Discuss results
    • Groups present work done online
  • Links and Contacts
    Thanks for listening!
    Colt Briner – (707) 292-7325
    cbriner@WeCollaborize.com
    @WisdomOfWe
    http://CollaborizeClassroom.com
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