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Jennifer Branch's talk for the September NARSC meeting.

Jennifer Branch's talk for the September NARSC meeting.



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NARSC2010 NARSC2010 Presentation Transcript

  • Inquiry, Web 2.0 and Participatory Culture
    Jennifer Branch
  • Inquiry
    Inquiry-based learning is a process where students are involved in their learning, formulate questions, investigate widely and then build new understandings, meanings and knowledge. That knowledge is new to the students and may be used to answer a question, to develop a solution or to support a position or point of view. The knowledge is usually presented to others and may result in some sort of action.
  • Why a Model
    scaffold for instruction
    gauge for feelings
    common language for teachers and students
    guide for students
    guide for monitoring
  • Culture of Inquiry
    Problem Solving Is Valued
    Administrator Support
    Team teaching
    Resources and Space
  • Culture of Inquiry
  • Why Inquiry?
    Computers in our pockets?
    iPhone and iPod Touch
  • Sold over 3 million units in 80 days
    Is this the “machine of the future”?
    Apps store
    The New iPad
  • Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century
    Henry Jenkins
  • New Skills
    Distributed Cognition
    Collective Intelligence
    Transmedia Navigation
  • Play
    The capacity to experiment with one’s surroundings as a form of problem-solving
    Video games – preschool to teens
    Wii game nights, board games (Chris Harris)
    Lego robotics and lego
  • Performance
    The ability to adopt alternative identities for the purpose of improvisation and discovery
    Reader’s Theatre
    Playwright workshops and visits – Playwright in Residence
    Drama groups
    iMovie workshops and screening night
    Basic film making skills
    Loaning digital cameras and flip video cameras
  • Simulation
    The ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real world processes
    Extension of performance and play
    Model City Council/Local Government (Grade 6 Social Studies) and Mock Elections
    Board Games – Chris (Risk, Pandemic, etc.)
    Educational games that model changes to a particular situation
  • Appropriation
    The ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content
    Copyright information – workshop on Creative Commons
    Workshop on searching Internet for copyright friendly images, music and clip art
    Screenings of mash-ups
  • Multitasking
    The ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details
    Information Literacy – helping young people find their way through the “sea of information”
    Back channeling in a conference – synthesizing, sharing, and questioning
    The difference between being off-task and handling multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Distributed Cognition
    The ability to interact meaningfully with tools that expand mental capacities
    Manipulatives (homework centres includes math and science tools)
    Lending library of games/manipulatives made available to TAs and parents
    Volunteers to be checked out – learn bridge, chess, Go, cooking, baking, quilting basics, sewing, helping set up your computer
    Experts, Guest Speakers (virtual and real life)
  • Collective Intelligence
    The ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal
    Books of the Year Awards Committee
    Book Clubs (Literature Circles)
    Creating Content Sites about local issues
    Partnering with local organizations
  • Judgment
    The ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information sources
    Core of what teacher-librarians do
    Links on website, reliability forms and checklists
    Using the Online Reference Centre
    Informing parents about Wikipedia – debunking the myths or
  • Transmedia Navigation
    The ability to follow the flow of stories and information across multiple modalities
    Follow blog
    More about us understanding the networked information world and helping students to know when to use which kind of information
  • Networking
    The ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information
    Contributing to reviews on Library Website
    Share projects, movies, mash-ups, plays, etc.
    Newspaper, Magazine, Newsletters created by kids
    Building Social Capital in your Personal Learning Networks
    Taking a stand on an issue
  • Negotiation
    The ability to travel across diverse communities, discerning and respecting multiple perspectives, and grasping and following alternative norms
    Topics of interest (themes/experts/games)
    Teens have expertise, too – ask them to come and help
    Cross-generational programs can break down stereotypes