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  • 1. Technology Mediated Student
    Engagement
    “If you always do what you’ve always done,
    you will always get what you always got.”
    Albert Einstein
    .
    Joan Coy PAVE
    FarouqHassanali PWA
    PWSD#76
  • 2. Introductions…
    Please share the following information
    • Your name
    • 3. Your educational role
    • 4. What brought you to this session
    • 5. What you like to take away
  • Our approach…
    Questions anytime are welcome…
    This is not so much a presentation
    as it is
    us working together.
  • 6. Learning Theory
  • 7. "All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem." (Martin Luther King Jr., 1926–1968.)
    PWSD staff and students talk about the blend of online and traditional approaches in the classroom.
    http://collaboration.pwsd76.ab.ca/mod/book/view.php?id=2778&chapterid=351
  • 8. What do you think?
  • 9. Disengagement
    Students are sometimes labeled as lazy, unmotivated, off-task, and disrespectful.
    We can do something about this!
  • 10. 8
    Setting the stage…
    A Metaphor
    with permission from
    Inquiry Learning
    Chris Toy
  • 11. TWO WOLVES
    Adapted from A First Nations Story
  • 12. An old chief and his grandson sat by a lake and talked about life.
    10
  • 13. “A fierce battle is raging inside me.” he told his grandson.
    “It is a terrible battle between two powerful wolves.”
  • 14. “One wolf is bad - filled with negativity, judgementalism, arrogance, and closed mindedness”
  • 15. “The other wolf is good - filled with courage, generosity, diligence, respect, and openness.”
  • 16. “This battle is raging inside everyone.”
    “One wolf will win.”
  • 17. The old chief’s grandson thought for a moment then asked...
    “But Grandfather,whichwolf will win?”
  • 18. The old chief gazed at the lake, smiled and replied simply…
  • 19. “The wolf you feed.”
  • 20. The boy nodded, then asked,
    “But Grandfather, what happens when one wolf wins?”
  • 21. The chief asked, “What do YOU think happens when one wolf wins the battle inside of us?”
  • 22. The boy gazed at the surface of the lake, smiled, and exclaimed, “I know what happens!”
    20
  • 23. “We become that wolf.”
  • 24. The chief smiled “Yes, each moment of our lives we decide which wolf to feed”
  • 25. Which wolf are you feeding…
    At this moment?
  • 26. Which wolf will you feed...
    Today?
  • 27. Which wolf will you feed...
    this year?
  • 28. Which wolf will you become?
  • 29. “We must become the change we want to see in the world”-Mohandas Gandhi
  • 30. Student Engagement
    Students
    • are involved in their work.
    • 31. persist despite challenges and obstacles.
    • 32. take visible delight in accomplishing work.
    Wikipedia definition
  • 33. One Simple Rule - Respect
    When students feel valued, honored, and respected, there is an interest and energy in the process of learning that reaches far beyond the content we teach.
    Isn’t that all anyone wants?
  • 34. Critical thinking
    • Successful learning is directly related to its relevance, purpose and authenticity.
    • 35. A clear connection to the purpose and use motivates learning.
    • 36. Successful student engagement requires a classroom culture that invites mutual inquiry.
  • Collaboration
    • Opportunities to examine and explore topics in a collaborative way lead to understanding and engagement.
    • 37. To have thinkers and innovators we need to bring FUN into our classrooms complete with giggles and laughter, and enthusiasm.
    • 38. It is important to bring some of the students’ outside world into the classroom.
  • Communication
    • Promote posing good questions.
    • 39. Discuss with students what they already know.
    • 40. Help students integrate their new experiences.
    • 41. Peer assessments.
    • 42. Communicate new knowledge in multiple ways.
  • Engagement!
    When learning involves wondering, dreaming, playing, interacting, communicating, exploring, discovering, questioning, investigating, creating - the disengaged become engaged.
  • 43. Flow - Measure of Student Engagement
    (http://austega.com/education/articles/flow.htm)
  • 44. What we do matters
  • 45. What do you think?
  • 46. Student Engagement
    Students Talk about Learning
    Inquiry Learning
    Personal Responsibility for Learning
    Real Cooperation with Parents, Community
    Why use Inquiry Learning?
  • 47. Inquiry Education
    • A student-centered method of education focused on asking questions.
    • 48. Students are encouraged to ask questions which are meaningful to them, and which do not necessarily have easy answers.
    • 49. Teachers are encouraged to avoid giving answers when this is possible.
    • 50. In any case, teachers avoid giving direct answers in favor of asking more questions.
    Wikipedia
  • 51. Project Based Learning (PBL)
    • Attention to relationships in the classroom
    • 52. Attention to work that is relevant, meaningful and authentic for students
    • 53. Thoughtful, intentional designs for learning
    • 54. Guide students from prior knowledge to new knowledge
    • 55. Encourage creative ways to present new understandings
  • PBL The Seven Essentials
    Need to Know
    A Driving Question
    Student Voice and Choice
    21st Century Skills
    Inquiry and Innovation
    Feedback and Revision
    A Publicly Presented Project
  • 56. PBL Making it Happen – the “gear up”
    • Entry document
    • 57. Clarify expected outcomes and final product
    • 58. Know and need to know list
    • 59. Prior knowledge and content needed
    • 60. Requires detailed look at project (beginning of unit)
    • 61. Driving question
    • 62. What to do
    • 63. Task list
  • PBL Making it Happen – Work time
    • Social contract
    • 64. Roles and responsibilities of group members
    • 65. Journals & scaffolding
    • 66. Checks for understanding
    • 67. Helps both learners & facilitators
    • 68. Workshops (direct teaching)
    • 69. Collaboration
    • 70. Find strengths & weaknesses to produce best product
    • 71. Presentation & celebration
    • 72. Creativity & fun to demonstrate learning
  • Project Based Learning (PBL)
    • Let’s take a look at the Spray Park Project designed for Pure Math 20 Quadratics
  • Project Based Learning (PBL)
  • 73. Project Based Learning (PBL)
    Physics 20: ROLLER COASTER PROJECT
    Criteria:
    • Max height;max length; one loop minimum; g-forces; thrill; marble needs to drop into cup which is a fixed distance away from end of track
    Math:
    • Work and power needed for raising coaster to the top; acceleration down the track; potential energy anywhere on the track; kinetic energy anywhere on track (therefore speed); horizontal and vertical velocity components anywhere on the track; centripetal force on loop (which includes centripetal acceleration); apparent weight at bottom and top of loop (g-forces); apparent weight on hills and dips (g-forces); projectile motion (maximum height above ramp and time of motion)
    Research:
    • What makes a roller coaster thrilling?What are designers aiming for?; g-forces that humans can sustain (horizontal and vertical g-forces); recommended g-forces for roller coasters; possible roller coaster injuries while on the ride; types of tracks used in roller coasters (and the reasons for using them)
    Presentation of research:
    • Report; PowerPoint presentation; video with explanations; poster/diagrams
  • Project Based Learning (PBL)
    Math 31: VASE or GOBLET PROJECT
    The Goblet Project (1) To reduce the cost, the wineglass will be molded using a symmetric mold: therefore, the goblet must be a solid of revolution.(2) The goblet must hold 150 mL of wine.(3) It requires no more than 150 mL of glass to manufacture the wine goblet.The goal of the project is to design the most visually appealing vase.
    OR
    Design a visually appealing vase. You must compute its volume and surface area. Include a 2-D plot of the prole to be revolved and a 3-D model of the vase.
  • 74. How on-line courses support learning
    We will take you to a couple of the on-line courses and show some of the features of these Moodle courses we are finding very productive.
    Farouq – Math 8 (Example of collaborative glossary)
    http://ecommunity.pwsd76.ab.ca/course/view.php?id=530
    Joan - Pure Math 30
    http://ecommunity.pwsd76.ab.ca/course/view.php?id=452
  • 75. To summarize…
    • Critical thinking, Collaboration and Communication are critical for student engagement.
    • 76. three important features of inquiry Learning and Project Based Learning
    • 77. Blend of on-line and classroom enriches resources easily available to students
    • 78. On-line courses support assessment FOR and AS learning
    • 79. help teacher guide effective differentiation
    • 80. Respect efforts and encourage small successes so that the students know what praise and responsibility feel like so they’ll want more.
     
  • 81. Questions?http://ecommunity.pwsd76.ab.ca/
  • 82. http://www.teachanyware.ca/
    Interested participants
    Moodle Mini Summit
    Our goal is to find a way to share courses so we are not ‘recreating the wheel’.
    Participants could upload courses to share to a common site.
    Participants could download fully editable courses they need from the common site
    Open Sharing – not ownership.
  • 83. Moodlemoot 2011May 1 - 5, Edmonton
    Open Learning & Open Collaboration in Canada
    Call for proposals open until Feb 25, 2011
    Early Bird Registration until Feb 27, 2011
  • 84. Credits
    Slide 1 & 2 Clip art
    Slide 3 http://www.etsy.com/listing/19456793/curious-yellow-stained-glass-question
    Slide 4 http://stephenslighthouse.com/2010/02/26/the-learning-pyramid/
    Slide 5 My Photo
    Slide 6,7 PWSD students FOIP clear
    Slides 8 to 27 With permission from Chris Toy http://christoy.net/
    Slides 28 to 33 PWSD students FOIP clear
    Slide 34 http://austega.com/education/articles/flow.htm
    Slide 35, 36 PWSD
    Slide 37 Joan Coy joancoy@pwsd76.ab.ca
    Slide 43, 44 PWSD student work
    Slide 49 PWSD
    Slide 50 Adapted from Alberta Education
    Slide 51 With permission from Eric Merrill Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/ericmerrill/sets/72157616161194847/

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