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Bringing Math & Science to Life With Online Discussion Colt Briner Catlin Tucker Former Teacher Honors English Teacher Math & Science lover Blended Learning Specialist Ed Tech Instructor Ed Tech InstructorCollaborative Technologies Specialist Curriculum DesignerCo-Creator of Collaborize Classroom Author – The Perfect Blend @Wisdomofwe @Catlintucker
Session Breakdown: Why Online Discussions Work What You Will Need Usable Examples 5 key elements of great discussions Getting Support Resources Aligning with Common Core From Thought to Action
Why Online Discussions Work More time & flexibility More meaningful exchanges 21st century skills Broader spectrum of perspectives Leverage the collective intelligence of group Students create relevance for themselves Shifts students from consumers to producers
What You Need Online forum or discussion platform Clear expectations and guidelines Basic facilitation skills Strong topics / discussion prompts
Resources for SuccessCollaborize Classroom Resources: •Dos and Donts of Online Student Engagement •Art of Asking Questions •Get Students to Say Something Substantial •8 Strategies to Continue DiscussionOther Resources: •Catlintucker.com •mrmeyer.com •freetech4teachers.com • Collaborize Classroom.com/resources
Resources for MultimediaMath: • Vi Hart • Singing Bananas • Khan AcademyScience: • Dr James Tanton •Brainiac •MythBusters • Walter Lewin wallwisher.com/wall/TIES1213
Aligning With Common CoreOnline Discussions = • Online publishing & collaboration • Prioritizes writing across the curriculum • Teaches media literacy • Requires higher order thinking skills • Makes real world connections
From Thought to Action1. Fear Factors?2. Remaining Challenges?3. What’s missing?4. Ready to try it?