iEARN                    &          Project-Based Learning                  Khitam Al-Utaibi             iEARN-Jordan Repr...
iEARN(International Education and         Resource Network)• iEARN is a non-profit network that supports  over 40,000 teac...
iEARN-Jordan•   Started in Jordan in 1999 and was coordinated by different administrations on    small scale.•    In Sep 2...
Examples of iEARN Projects•   Beauty of the Beasts•   Future Citizen Project•   My City and Me•   To Dam or Not to Dam (Ri...
Jordan Education Reform for          Knowledge Economy• Knowledge Economy• 21st century Skills• Ways of Thinking
Does The Formal Education      System Help?
Challenges and frustrations!     Where do they come from?• The formal education system:– Human: Teacher, Supervisor, Princ...
Research on the Role of StudentCharacteristics in Project-Based Learning• There is a frequently voiced claim that  Project...
WH Question WordsTo help you determine the skills you want your  students to acquire by answering different  questions. Th...
The Coming to California ProjectA twelve-week interdisciplinary United States  history and English project for 11th and 12...
The Coming to California ProjectPROJECT OUTCOMESContent Standards • Students read and respond to historically or culturall...
The Coming to California Project
The Coming to California ProjectPROJECT EVALUATION1.Planned as a 10-week project, the Coming to California  Project was co...
The Coming to California Project…PROJECT EVALUATION4. Many students were motivated to research their own   family history ...
The Coming to California ProjectThree management strategies helped make the project successful.• First, teachers closely m...
Thank You To know more about iEARN-Jordan, you may contact me       through email:   iearnjordan@aol.com
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By: Khitam Al-Utaibi
iEARN-Jordan Representative

ALC 5th Annual “Shaping the Way We Teach” Conference
“Promoting Equality in the English Language Classroom: Making Every Learner’s Chance to Succeed the Same -- Regardless of Gender, Social Standing, or Geography”

January 19, 2013
Amman, Jordan

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  • iEARN is:• a safe and structured environment in which youth can communicate• a community of teachers and learners• a known audience for writing and reading with a purpose• an opportunity to apply knowledge in service-learning projects• an inclusive and culturally diverse community
  • Run over projects’ Title, Summary, Description, Facilitators, Languages, Student Age Levels, Dates, Possible classroom activities, Expected outcomes, Group contributions to others and/or the planet
  • How can we connect between student, teacher, curriculum, and 21st century demands?
  • iEARN & PBL

    1. 1. iEARN & Project-Based Learning Khitam Al-Utaibi iEARN-Jordan Representative ALC 5th Annual “Shaping the Way We Teach” Conference“Promoting Equality in the English Language Classroom: Making Every Learner’s Chance to Succeed the Same -- Regardless of Gender, Social Standing, or Geography” January 19, 2013 Amman, Jordan
    2. 2. iEARN(International Education and Resource Network)• iEARN is a non-profit network that supports over 40,000 teachers and 2 million youth in more than 130 countries to collaborate through a global online network in projects designed to make a difference in the world. Since 1988, iEARN has pioneered the use of interactive technologies to enable students to engage in meaningful educational projects-- with peers around the corner and throughout the world.
    3. 3. iEARN-Jordan• Started in Jordan in 1999 and was coordinated by different administrations on small scale.• In Sep 2009, iEARN –Jordan was approved by the iEARN International Assembly and now is coordinated by Ms. Khitam Al-Utaibi.Achievements: – Video Conference Seminar between Department of Education -US and Jordan Ministry of Education for high school students to talk about Global Warming . Ten Students from public schools in Directorate of Education - Amman 1st. (Dec 2009) – Workshop for 11 teachers from private schools in Amman. (Dec 2010) – Workshop for youth specialized in IT. (Feb 2011). – Workshop for Al-Hassad Private School teachers (March 2012)Where you can find us:You may find us on our Facebook iEARN-Jordan. Visit, like and share! Thanks!
    4. 4. Examples of iEARN Projects• Beauty of the Beasts• Future Citizen Project• My City and Me• To Dam or Not to Dam (Rivers), That is the Question
    5. 5. Jordan Education Reform for Knowledge Economy• Knowledge Economy• 21st century Skills• Ways of Thinking
    6. 6. Does The Formal Education System Help?
    7. 7. Challenges and frustrations! Where do they come from?• The formal education system:– Human: Teacher, Supervisor, Principal, student– Facility: classrooms, computer labs, science labs, library, other (gym, music room,)– Curriculum: standards, textbooks, e-content– Technology and applications: internet?, intranet?, video conferencing, online courses, distance collaboration• Home, neighborhood, self, etc!
    8. 8. Research on the Role of StudentCharacteristics in Project-Based Learning• There is a frequently voiced claim that Project-Based Learning is an effective method for prompting heretofore reluctant and disengaged students (e.g., low-achieving students) to become motivated and engaged learners (Jones et al., 1997).
    9. 9. WH Question WordsTo help you determine the skills you want your students to acquire by answering different questions. The list should help you in this task.We use question words to ask certain types of questions (question word questions). We often refer to them as WH words because they include the letters WH (for example WHy, HoW).
    10. 10. The Coming to California ProjectA twelve-week interdisciplinary United States history and English project for 11th and 12th graders. The project focused on immigration into California and included a class mosaic as a product.Source: The Project Based Learning Handbook, Buck Institute for Education. The Arabic version of the Handbook will be issued by March 2013.
    11. 11. The Coming to California ProjectPROJECT OUTCOMESContent Standards • Students read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of literature. • Students write coherent and focused texts that convey a well-defined perspective and tightly reasoned argument. • Students deliver polished formal and extemporaneous presentations that combine traditional rhetorical strategies of narration, exposition, persuasion, and description. • Students analyze the relationship among the rise of industrialization, large-scale rural to urban migration, and massive immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe. • Students analyze the major political, social, economic, technological, and cultural developments of the 1920s.Skills• Students will be able to set goals and carry out a project plan.• Students will be able to deliver an oral presentation in front of a large group.• Students will be able to generate an interview plan: who, what, where, when, how.• Students will be able to work effectively in a group and be more disposed to cooperate with peers.Habits of Mind• Students will be more tolerant and understanding of immigrant groups.
    12. 12. The Coming to California Project
    13. 13. The Coming to California ProjectPROJECT EVALUATION1.Planned as a 10-week project, the Coming to California Project was completed in 12 weeks, with successful presentations and a strong a sense of student accomplishment.2.A test for content knowledge showed that a majority of students had mastered test and lecture materials on immigration and key historical events, such as the Depression, the New Deal, and the Japanese internments.3.In presentations, students demonstrated passion, tolerance, and understanding as they related the journey and migration stories of the ethnic group they had chosen to investigate.
    14. 14. The Coming to California Project…PROJECT EVALUATION4. Many students were motivated to research their own family history in California and relate their findings to immigration topics.5. As part of the project planning, the teaching team scheduled one 90-minute period with students to reflect on the project and evaluate the learning that had come from the project.6. The evaluation was conducted in a community fashion, with students and teachers in a large circle. Students facilitated the debriefing and recorded the discussion.
    15. 15. The Coming to California ProjectThree management strategies helped make the project successful.• First, teachers closely monitored the pace and direction of project activities using weekly progress reports that included teacher observations, weekly student progress logs, and Friday debriefings.• Second, as the teachers mapped out the project, they used five different grouping strategies to ensure greater productivity and accountability.• Third, different learning contexts helped students stay enthused during a long project. In addition to working in class and at home, students conducted research in the library and in the community, presented to other classrooms and to the community in an all-school assembly, and worked on the mosaic in a studio near the school.
    16. 16. Thank You To know more about iEARN-Jordan, you may contact me through email: iearnjordan@aol.com

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