Excited about sharing with you today. My 21 years in education have included teaching 10 years in the inner city of Savannah Georgia to researching the disparity and inequity in impoverished counties in the southern United States to writing and researching about technology in rural Alaska.
Technologies in the 21 st Century: Thinking Locally while Acting Globally G. Andrew Page, Ph.D. University of Alaska Anchorage Asst. Professor & Coordinator of e-Learning Graduate Certificate Program College of Education University of Alaska Anchorage [email_address] 35 th Annual BMEEC Conference Opening Keynote Wednesday, January 28 th 2009
5. Advancing innovation in teaching and learning with technology in an era of budget cuts.
1. Creating learning environments that promote active learning, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and knowledge creation. 2. Developing 21st-century literacies — information, digital, and visual — among students and faculty members. 3. Reaching and engaging today's learners. 4. Encouraging faculty members to adopt, and innovate with, new technology for teaching and learning. Educause Website: Advancing Learning Through IT Innovation
Integrating 21 st Century Technologies in Alaska to Promote and Preserve Culture
Student Webquests: Created by 3rd and 4th years Education majors at UAA.
Communicate ideas AND construct knowledge Use technology to expand cross-curricular knowledge Expand multiple literacies
G. Andrew Page, PhD, University of Alaska Anchorage Asst. Professor & Coordinator of e-Learning Graduate Certificate Program College of Education University of Alaska Anchorage [email_address] Andy Baird, ManagerTasmanian National Museum, Hobart Tasmania Sandy Zicus, PhD, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania Elena Sparrow, PhD, Int’l Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks Initiated by: Australian Schools Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM)
Tasmanian Devil; "Taz" for short, is described as: "A strong murderous beast, jaws as powerful as a steel trap, has ravenous appetite, eats tigers, lions, elephants, buffaloes, donkeys, giraffes, octopuses, rhinoceroses, and moose." He also eats chickens, ducks, and especially
Is the linking of creative writing and science an effective strategy for improving student interest and learning outcomes in science?
“ I find that the opportunity to work with others is a big plus for my students and I. They are far more motivated to be involved in written work and in finding out about other people, where they live and how they live. I have noticed that they are much more ready to collect information from the news, current affair programmes, the newspaper etc. when there is a mention of Alaska or Antarctica” (Teacher, October 2008).
“ The students are psyched” (Teacher, October 2008).
“ The preparation from the collaborative writing and the background content lessons have gone great” (Teacher, October 2008).
“ I don't think I networked any more or less than I usually do. I did enjoy working with someone from another country to learn from them. I thought the Skype conference call was extremely useful for communicating with other teachers on the project about things that were working. I did network with scientist more than I probably would have.” (Teacher, October 2008).
“ I have set up a system of sharing Word files online. Many of the kids enjoy doing this on their own” (Teacher, October 2008).
“ Guest presenters has also worked well for us. The students all created a research web page. We are sharing these with our partner school to have some common knowledge to work from. The students presented their pages with the use of a SMART board, which was also very successful” (Teacher, October 2008).
What impact does the opportunity to collaborate with international peers have on student engagement and learning?
Research Question “ Speaking with the other class is excellent. It is hard to work through ideas but the chance to communicate our growing story with others gives the kids a real boost . It makes the writing personal and they don't usually like writing” (Teacher, October 2008).
“ My partner teacher and I are going to try to Skype each other at home this weekend to work out a few more details to actually write our story. We are thinking it might work out well to divide things up with tasks that require interaction between the classes as opposed to taking the more familiar topics for each class” (Teacher, October 2008).
How did the teachers perceive this new collaborative process especially in terms of successes and impediments?
Research Question “ I have terrific partners. Very flexible and ideas bounced back and forth with egos. It was a wonderful collaboration and we kept connected frequently each week. I enjoyed the sharing of information and experiences. Kids are the same everywhere!“ (Teacher, October 2008)
“ . . . We are in the beginning stages of posting our ideas and writing our story, we don't have much experience with the website or process to be able to add much in the way of suggestions, yet”.
“ The time and season and schools schedule had also been difficult but we are overcoming it”. “. . . easy open forum for communication/ideas for lessons or ways to approach the topic. . .” (Teacher, Oct 2008).
“ Connecting with other teachers a world away and finding out that we're not that much different in philosophy and desire for our students was a bonus in this project. It was very affirming and gratifying to work with my teacher-partner in Australia. My students and I learned a lot from the "real" connection!” ~Wed, 12/17/08 3:32 PM
To what extent did the students gain a deeper understanding of polar science concepts over the course of the project?
“ For us choosing the mystery genre has proved a challenge. Our children are not keen writers and mystery is a complicated gernre so needed a lot of teacher direction. But we are getting there” (Teacher, October 2008).
“ My students were challenged . They worked hard to produce writing that was just as good as their partner school's writing.” Mon, 12/22/08 6:58 PM
“ We were able to access experts [via technology] from a variety of fields and could ask real life and relevant questions.” Thu, 12/18/08 5:11 PM
“ The interactions the students did achieve with one another was incredible. They were fascinated about life on the other side of the globe, and were thrilled to share about their life here.” Thu, 12/18/08 1:43 PM
“ America risks being left behind in the global economy: Revolutionary advances in information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology and other fields are reshaping the global economy. Without renewed efforts , the United States risks losing leadership in science, technology and innovation.”