Briefly describe how ThinkQuest is the central idea of this workshop and the other tools could all be utilised when creating and producing projects.Plan: introduction to each of the web tools with time in between to explore them or sign up.Have allowed 1 and a half hours but we may finish early.
Authentic learningWorking collaboratively – local, national and international groupsStudents are creating the learning and knowledge themselves
Teacher or school administrator needs to register the school and await approval.Teachers then adds students to their school’s account and the site creates student accounts.Teachers can then assign students to projects.Content be made for public or members only viewing.Teachers are required to monitor content created by students regularly.Access to a library of projects which can serve as research and as models of projects.
The shared online space offers these publishing and collaboration tools, as well as a message tab for communicating with other project members.
The interaction tools allows teams to obtain information or feedback from others. We’ll have a look at how some of these have been used by teams on the website in just a moment.
Projects tab: Enrolment; exploration of “How to “ videos – Flash DemosCompetition tab: Recent Winners 16 and Under The River Speaks1. A little River with a Big problem – photos, text, links to video2. Is there really a problem? – Interview questions and responsesLibrary tab:Browse by age group or category or countryNow it’s their turn to explore.
Research websites, bookmark them and use Diigo to help you organise them.Share your bookmarks with othersGet a discussion going using the comments annotation tool.
Feedback:On blogs students have writtenOn annotations they’ve made on websitesOn discussions they are having via groups in DiigoProfessional learning:The groups you can join provide opportunities to share resources and to access professional reading.
May not show the video???Go to How to Use ThinkQuest in the Classroom website and demonstrate how to:Use the highlighter toolUse the comment toolBookmark the site(hover over the other options as well)Go to My Diigo:Show how the newly bookmarked website is now in My Library. Open to show the annotations.Edit the website to show the use of ‘tagging’ the site so that it can be easily located (when searching) in the futureMy GroupsTo illustrate the types of groups available and that you can create groups yourself.CommunityTo show the “Hot Bookmarks”
Sign up and explore.
Show the first 30 seconds of the video.ORKarin’s video!
Maths teacher created this wall.Students’ task is to match the image, with its properties and its name.Stickies are movable, but not permanently.
Go to my wallwisher account and demonstrate how simple it is to build a wall.
Web 2.0 tools For the 1 – to – 1 Classroom ThinkQuest: online platform for project-based learning Diigo: web research, annotation and collaboration tool Animoto: video production tool Wallwisher: online notice board maker
thinkquest Online learning platform that allows students to learn through projects Students are engaged in:
Why project-based learning? “students discover the meaning of what they learn by working together to solve complex, real-world problems” Critical thinking Creativity Teamwork Cross-cultural understanding Technology Communication Self-direction
What’s in it for students? Safe and secure, shared online space Library of projects Competition space Global community
Competition space International and Australian competitions ThinkQuest Projects
Develop a website
Online journal/blog, photo essay, animation, public service announcement, video
Interactive application or game
What’s in it for teachers? Professional development program
how to integrate project learning into the curriculum
teachers can design projects to meet specific teaching and learning goals
Differentiated learning Constructivist approach – students create knowledge
diigo What is it for? Web researching Website annotating Information sharing Collaborating
benefits Available anywhere – home, school iPad and iPhone apps available Free trial version Free upgrade to Educator pack via an application
Student accounts easily created
Students of the same class are set up as a Diigo group
Safety – only teachers and classmates can communicate in groups with student accounts
educational uses Teachers can: provide feedback to students build and organise a library of websites for students or staff Engage in professional learning:
join and participate in educator groups
educational uses Students can: Organiseand share their research Avoid plagiarism – annotate their research; use sticky notes to paraphrase; highlight key information; recall website URLs for referencing Comment and respond to others Use the forum to have group discussions Using Diigo in the Classroom
Download diigo Go to: www.diigo.com Get Started Now (complete user details) Activate your account Select Option 2 Install Feature Rich Diigo Toolbar Select Internet Explorer Option Save file Go to Programs – Search for Diigo Yes – I Agree Sign in
animoto A web tool that creates videos by analysing the nuances of user-selected photos, video clips and music. Free for educators for use in the classroom with students
What can I do with it? Send the video out as a video greeting. Post it to your Facebook, YouTube or Twitter. Embed videos in your website or blog. Create unique videos each time – no two videos are ever the same.
Ideas for classroom use Digital storytelling Capture experiences from field trips, camps etc Biographies through images Showcase experiments or projects Student reflections Book trailers to pique students’ interests Memoirs or tributes through images
Ideas for classroom use Timelines Stimulus for creative writing Advertisements or marketing Video flashcards Start of day/lesson teaser of what’s to come Vocabulary activities Reality TV Animoto Video
wallwisher Free, online notice board maker with a multitude of applications and uses What can I do with it? Create walls Post text, images, sound and videos to walls Moderate/approve posts Set up a feed to allow participants to view the ‘action’ on the wall without entering the wall itself Embed the wall’s unique URL into any website for easy access
Ideas for classroom use Multimedia projects – videos, music, pictures, websites, blogs Brainstorming Feedback, evaluations and reviews Notice board Resource sharing Storytelling Quizzes
Ideas for classroom use Journals Essay planning Note taking Vocabulary lists Match-up Activities Web quests