“THE BIG WHY” (CONNECTIONS TO LEARNING)“What’s this got to do with learning?”RELATIONSHIPS - Providing opportunities forchildren to learn from and with each otherTECHNOLOGY - Learn how communication andtechnology work together... becoming a digital citizen
“THE BIG WHY” (CONNECTIONS TO LEARNING)How will this improve learning?COMMUNICATORS - develop essential literacyskills using real world contexts, increase motivationfor reading and writing, convey the sense thatlearning happens authentically and spontaneouslybeyond the classroomRELATIONSHIPS - learn more about each other,make our learning and taught curriculum moretransparent to parents
SYNTHESIZING THE PERSPECTIVESOF THE TEACHER, STUDENT ANDPARENT THROUGH VENNDIAGRAMS...
“WHAT DO I TEACHERWANT TO SEE Videos of student reﬂections,ON A BLOG?” Parent feedback, Teaching in action, Clear instructions and expectations Parent comments and feedback, Links to resources and areas of Easy to navigate, not too busy interest on the web Photos, videos, comments, interactive not just PARENT STUDENT Videos in the context of learning informational Videos to support ongoing learning in the unit, Homework, View others comments and feedback, Parents comments Field trips, Opportunities to learn about each other
“HOW WILL ITHELP ME TEACHERUNDERSTAND Help clarify questions about teaching and learning,LEARNINGBETTER?” Gain insights into learning Promote reﬂection and synthesis of learning Gain new perspectives about learning PARENT STUDENT Misconceptions made visible, in the ES See modeling from others, Opportunities for clearer understanding Sharing and getting new ideas See more connections Makes interaction Collaborate with others around areas of learning more visible
“WHY IS THISIMPORTANT FOR TEACHERSTUDENT Teach more effectively, Extend learning beyond the classroomLEARNING?” Promotes reﬂection Authentic communication Collaboration PARENT STUDENT Increases transparency, Create opportunities for interacting around learning Reinforces learning with family and friends