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Presentation for the Ohio Association for Gifted Children 2010 Teacher Academy by Eric Calvert

Presentation for the Ohio Association for Gifted Children 2010 Teacher Academy by Eric Calvert

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  • 1. Online Tools for Independent Studies
    Eric Calvert
    Learning|Connective
    OAGC Teacher Academy
    March, 2010
  • 2. Expand curricular offerings
    Differentiate curriculum
    Develop learner autonomy, positive habits of mind
    Accelerate and/or enrich learning
    Why Use Independent Study?
  • 3. Gifted students prefer self-generated projects to teacher-assigned projects (Feldhusen, Moon & Dillon)
    Independent study has greatest effect when combined with curriculum compacting/acceleration (Rogers)
    High cognitive ability, content knowledge does not guarantee success in independent study. Self-directed learning is a learned skill.
    Independent Study and Gifted Students
  • 4. Quality of curriculum
    Maintaining student motivation
    Time management (student AND teacher)
    Providing guidance and formative feedback
    Evaluation and grading
    Challenges
  • 5. Leverage student content interests
    Provide choice in learning modality
    Clear expectations
    Social elements
    Scaffolds for planning, time management (especially for students new to independent study)
    Ongoing support and feedback (“independent” ≠ “alone”)
    Keys to Success
  • 6.
  • 7. Intro to Online Tools
  • 8. In what ways are traditional texts and library books inherently limited?
    A Question:
  • 9. “What we know” is not limited to “what’s in our brains”
    Being a 21st century thinker means being able to combine internal and external cognitive resources
    Students should own learning resources
    Keep
    Customize
    Carry
    Key Thoughts
  • 10. Personal Learning Network
    Curriculum
    Repositories
    Personal Learning Environment
    Teachers
    Research Tools
    Audiences
    Reflection Tools
    Communication Tools
    Competitors
    Planning Tools
    Collaborators
    Portfolio
    Mentors
    Authoring Tools
  • 11. Wikis
    Online Curriculum Repositories (OCRs)
    Blogs
    Online Tools
  • 12. What’s a Wiki?
    From “Wiki wiki”
    Community web publishing tool
    All editing in standard web browser
    Public examples:
    Wikipedia.org
    Onlineedops.pbworks.com
    Tech4OAGC
    Wikis
  • 13. How are wikis useful?
    Organize information (syllabi, learning contracts, etc.)
    Collaborative content development
    Embed other resources (documents, videos, etc.)
    Automatically logs activity, tracks changes
    Access controlled environment
    May be used as a learning portfolio platform
    90% of features of a LMS, but easier to set up and use
    Examples: PBWorks, Wikispaces
    Wikis
  • 14. What is a curriculum repository?
    Online collection of lesson plans, readings, recordings, videos, simulations, and educational games.
    How does it help?
    Provides large libraries of standards-based content designed for education
    Allows teachers to provide many choices w/o creating everything from scratch
    Examples: Connexions, Curriki, ORC, Thinkfinity, iTunes U, Ohio iTunes U, MIT Open Courseware
    Curriculum Repositories
  • 15. What is a blog?
    How does it help?
    Adds a social element to independent study
    Provides opportunity for authentic audiences
    Supports publication of multimedia products (writing, still images, audio, video)
    Encourages reflection
    Easy to monitor for teachers (publication approval, RSS)
    May be used as a learning portfolio platform
    Examples: Edublogs, Blogger
    Blogs
  • 16. Choose tools that allow customizable access controls
    Consider controlling access to blogs by younger or less Web savvy students
    Limit to teachers, peers, mentors
    Expand access as students learn/mature to expand access to real world communities
    Provide and encourage lots of feedback
    Save time by “subscribing” to RSS feeds. Let the content come to you.
    Blogs
  • 17. Experiment/play with online tools yourself
    Introduce one or a few tools at a time
    Talk with students about safety, school policy, and ethical uses of others’ content
    Be sensitive to technology availability outside of school
    Give preference to free and open source tools that let students keep their content
    Be an advocate for student technology access
    Be open to learning from students
    Final Tips