The Virtual JigsawA Lesson in Affinity Spaces
Todays Presenters• Jesse West • Mike KingFollow me on Twitter@digitalsandbox1Follow me on Twitter@jrwest82
Today’s Digital Tools1. Demonstration ofSlideSharkPresentation Tool2. Simulation ofTodaysMeetGroup Collaboration3. Demonst...
Common Core Standards• The new standards require that students readmore challenging texts and engage in closereading lesso...
Purposeful Close ReadingPlay Video
About the LessonUsing close reading strategies in adigital environment
Purpose of Lesson• to engage the learner in the use of closereading strategies• to create a participatory classroom learni...
• The virtual jigsaw strategy is a method to use whenpresenting or analyzing narrative materials• A teacher can cover larg...
• Prior to the Virtual Jigsaw the teacher shouldprovide a short overview of the author’spurpose.Provide Background Knowledge
• Students will need to know that they are tocarefully and purposefully reread the text they areassigned.• They will need ...
Lesson SimulationHow to use TodaysMeet as a Virtual Jigsaw
What is a Metaphor?• is "a figure of speech containing an impliedcomparison in which a word or phraseordinarily and primar...
Time to• Please number off 1 to 4• On your iPad open your e-mail and select theemail under the subject heading “VirtualJig...
Virtual Jigsaw & Close Reading• Each participant is assigned the section thatcorresponds to his/her number.• Each particip...
Whole Class Discussion• What is being compared?• Why is the comparison effective?• What symbols are present?• Why did the ...
Follow Up Individual Activity• Write a one paragraph narrative based on theresponses provided on the backchannel andyour r...
How to CreateYour own Back Channel room for conversationwith students
Setting Up A BackchannelPlay Video
A backchannel is a location for all thebackground comments, questions andnoise that are a part or not a part of thelesson/...
Checking for UnderstandingAnswer questions and give help, hints, and ideasabout the assignment on the todaysmeet page.Whil...
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Participants will explore the use of social media as a way to engage students in a participatory culture. These participatory cultures are relatively known as Affinity Spaces. The presenter will demonstrate ways to create a virtual jigsaw as a method to analyze and summarize narrative materials. The focus for this mini session is to learn how to use a back channel as a method to deep read large amounts of materials in less time with greater participant comprehension and involvement. At the end of the session participants will have learned how to setup a simulated social network using "Today's Meet" and "Google Forms"

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  • This PowerPoint presentation includes hyperlinks to supporting artifacts that are directly related to the content theme. Pointer prompts are provided throughout the course of the presentation as a guide to these integrative links.
  • The new standards require that students read more challenging texts and engage in close reading lessons, which rereading is a feature to literacy. In other words content may not be as important in coverage thinking as the need to help students obtain the deep learning skill sets needed for independent literacy and application. The shift toward complex text requires practice, support through purposeful close reading. The complexity of a text is determined by a number of factors, including syntax and vocabulary. To understand complex materials, students need support in developing literacy skills in key academic vocabulary and purposeful reading.
  • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; and cite specific evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text
  • The virtual jigsaw strategy can be a powerful method to use when presenting or analyzing narrative materials. A teacher using this approach can cover large amounts of material in less time with greater participant comprehension and involvement. The method requires each person in the group to read a different section of the content prior to a class session or during and then share out to other members of the group on what they have learned on a backchannel.
  • Prior to the Virtual Jigsaw the teacher should provide a short overview of the authors purpose. The teacher should state, "David Thornburg introduces us to another type of space, one in which storytelling becomes the instructional medium, of redesigning spaces to match student learning needs. The article titled "Campfires in Cyberspace" Thornburg describes four diverse learning spaces that are reflected upon in ancient societies. These learning spaces are in metaphorical terms the campfires, watering holes, and caves, which are the most relevant and appropriate places to share information, conversation, concept, and context.
  • Students will need to know that they are to carefully and purposefully reread the text they are assigned. They will need to really focus on what the author has to say, what the author’s purpose was, what the words mean, and what the structure of the text tells them.
  • The purpose of this lesson is to engage the learner in the use of close reading strategies while creating a participatory classroom learning environment. Close reading is careful and purposeful reading. This lesson will explore the use of social media as a way to engage students in a participatory culture. These participatory cultures are relatively known as Affinity spaces.
  • To create the learning environment a common core standard must first be identified. Since the learner will be reading "Campfires in Cyberspace: Primordial Metaphors for Learning in the 21st Century," it will be important that the instructor define the meaning of metaphor. The definition of a metaphor is "a figure of speech containing an implied comparison in which a word or phrase ordinarily and primarily used of one thing is applied to another (Ex.: the curtain of night, “all the world's a stage”)."A metaphor is distinct from, but related to a simile, which is also a comparison. The primary difference is that a simile uses the word like or as to compare two things, while a metaphor simply suggests that the dissimilar things are the same. If this is confusing, take a look at some of these metaphor examples to get a better understanding a metaphor. Broken heart- Your heart is not literally broken into pieces; you just feel hurt and sad. The light of my life - The person described by this metaphor isn't really providing physical light. He or she is just someone who brings happiness or joy. Please note that in these examples the phrase is not tied to the words "like or as"
  • After all group members have finished, the teacher should provide some time for large group discussion as information is viewed on a projection system to the whole class or session. It is important that each participating member’s response is read to the whole group in case the group needs clarification.The teacher will facilitate the group discussion by using specific questions that are designed to enhance imagery. What is being compared?  Why is the comparison effective? What symbols are present?  Why did the author choose these symbols?
  • In the follow-up activity of "The Facilitation of Learning Spaces" you will need to write a one paragraph narrative based on the responses provided on the backchannel and your readings. Narrative writing will enable you as a student to develop a command for sequence and detail that is essential to the argumentative and informative writing that is evidence based that speaks to inform or persuade.  In your narrative provide metaphorical reasoning behind Thornburg's position on classroom spaces. (Review Other Class Responses)  
  • Today's Meet is a great Webtool that can create your own Back Channel room for conversation with students, teachers, or the world. Some unique features of this simple to use, no subscription site, is that it can pull in all of the Tweets that use a determined hashtag into the conversation (making it perfect for conferences) and you can also define when the feed is no longer available. You can also export the entire conversation for backup. A great tool that is extremely simple to use and very useful.
  • Setting up a backchannelA backchannel is a location for all the background comments, questions and noise that are not part of the lesson/presentation.
  • While working on an assignment have students ask all questions and comments on the todaysmeet page.Answer questions and give help, hints, and ideas about the assignment on the todaysmeet page.
  • Checking for Deep Learning in Affinity Spaces - Grades PreK-12

    1. 1. The Virtual JigsawA Lesson in Affinity Spaces
    2. 2. Todays Presenters• Jesse West • Mike KingFollow me on Twitter@digitalsandbox1Follow me on Twitter@jrwest82
    3. 3. Today’s Digital Tools1. Demonstration ofSlideSharkPresentation Tool2. Simulation ofTodaysMeetGroup Collaboration3. Demonstration ofGoogle FormsOnline Assignments
    4. 4. Common Core Standards• The new standards require that students readmore challenging texts and engage in closereading lessons, which rereading is a feature toliteracy.• The shift toward complex text requires practice,support through purposeful close reading.• The complexity of a text is determined by anumber of factors, including syntax andvocabulary.
    5. 5. Purposeful Close ReadingPlay Video
    6. 6. About the LessonUsing close reading strategies in adigital environment
    7. 7. Purpose of Lesson• to engage the learner in the use of closereading strategies• to create a participatory classroom learningenvironment.• to use social media as a way to engagestudents in a participatory culture.
    8. 8. • The virtual jigsaw strategy is a method to use whenpresenting or analyzing narrative materials• A teacher can cover large amounts of material inless time with greater participant comprehensionand involvement.• The method requires each person in the group toread a different section of the content.The Virtual JigsawLearning Tools Are Changing
    9. 9. • Prior to the Virtual Jigsaw the teacher shouldprovide a short overview of the author’spurpose.Provide Background Knowledge
    10. 10. • Students will need to know that they are tocarefully and purposefully reread the text they areassigned.• They will need to really focus on what the authorhas to say, what the author’s purpose was, whatthe words mean, and what the structure of thetext tells them.What students will need to know
    11. 11. Lesson SimulationHow to use TodaysMeet as a Virtual Jigsaw
    12. 12. What is a Metaphor?• is "a figure of speech containing an impliedcomparison in which a word or phraseordinarily and primarily used of one thing asapplied to another.• EXAMPLES• Broken heart• The light of my life
    13. 13. Time to• Please number off 1 to 4• On your iPad open your e-mail and select theemail under the subject heading “VirtualJigsaw”• http://epubgeneration.weebly.com/virtual-jigsaw.html
    14. 14. Virtual Jigsaw & Close Reading• Each participant is assigned the section thatcorresponds to his/her number.• Each participant has 5 minutes to deep readhis/her assigned section.• After reading, each participant will post theircomments on the backchannel according to theunderlying pre-defined questions associated withthe article or just by sharing their posted thoughts.• You are limited to 140 characters in a response.
    15. 15. Whole Class Discussion• What is being compared?• Why is the comparison effective?• What symbols are present?• Why did the author choose these symbols?Group discussion by using specificquestions that are designed to enhanceimagery.
    16. 16. Follow Up Individual Activity• Write a one paragraph narrative based on theresponses provided on the backchannel andyour readings.• The goal is for you to take what you havelearned from the text and apply it to your writing.• Submit your writing sample to the open questionbox on
    17. 17. How to CreateYour own Back Channel room for conversationwith students
    18. 18. Setting Up A BackchannelPlay Video
    19. 19. A backchannel is a location for all thebackground comments, questions andnoise that are a part or not a part of thelesson/presentation.What is a Backchannel?
    20. 20. Checking for UnderstandingAnswer questions and give help, hints, and ideasabout the assignment on the todaysmeet page.While working on an assignment have studentsask all questions and comments on thetodaysmeet page.
    21. 21. APPLY TODAY

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