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NSBA Tools For Engagement

NSBA Tools For Engagement



NSBA T+L Conference, Denver 2009 ...

NSBA T+L Conference, Denver 2009
Marianne Hauser, Director of Secondary Instruction

Kimberly Park, K-12 Instructional Technology Coordinator

Fayetteville Public Schools, Fayetteville, AR



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  • NSBA T+L Introductory slide
  • Tools for Engagement: Using New Tools to Engage, Motivate, and Meet the 21 st Century Challenge
  • Our district uses a number of tools for engagement: Free online resources District Purchased Grant Awards One of the free tools we use is a backchannel software called TodaysMeet.
  • Backchannels such as Internet Relay Chat (IRC) have been around since the late 80’s…things such as Jabber, Instant Messenger More recent backchannel forms include: iChat, Twitter, and TodaysMeet Many of you may be familiar with the term Google Jockey. During live presentations, this person is actively updating a screen with research and findings related to the topic of the presenter while the presentation is occurring. Research Paper from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA - Public doctoral research university http://www.scribd.com/doc/3727549/Backchannel-Research-Paper-Jennifer-Maddrell
  • Example of a backchannel conversation during a live presentation at the Boston Learning Communities Conference (Educators Conference)
  • We are going to open a backchannel right now in one of the ways that we use with our students… Please Go to http://todaysmeet.com/nsbatools09 Type your name and Join the backchannel Please turn to your neighbor, take 5 minutes to discuss the questions already in the backchannel with your colleague, type your answers in the blue box and click Say We’d like to gather some live feedback right now and as you think of items throughout the presentation, please feel free to Say your answers on the backchannel or any other questions, comments you may have as we go along… Depending on how well I’m able to multitask, I’ll try to address questions near the end or during this presentation… This backchannel will be available for the next 11 months to refer to We use this tool with students to have math competitions as it is an easy collaborative space, does not require accounts, and the backchannel can be set up in about 2 minutes. We generally create 2 hour backchannels and conversation, answers, disappear after this time. This tool was created by Web Developer James Socol Recommendation for further reading: The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever (Paperback) – Cliff Atkinson Due for release November 27, 2009
  • Further Reading: The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter an Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever Backchannels are changing the dynamics of presentations by adding another dimension. As long as someone isn’t trying to use a backchannel in a car, I think we’ll be ok 
  • One of the strongest principles' underlying Schlecthy’s book is that TEACHERs must provide students with work – authentic work – that will engage them. Authentic Engagement is defined as: work that is associated with a task or outcome that has real meaning and relatively immediate value to the student. FPS gathers data on engagement through Learning Walks and annual teacher & student surveys. Fayetteville created both a student and teacher engagement survey based on Philip Schlechty’s survey found in Working on the Work. Big difference: Students consistently indentified themselves as ritualistically engaged; teachers – especially AP teachers – consistently felt students were authentically engaged. Other major finding was that many students did not feel that ANY adult in the bldg supported them. From Marzano: Teacher Level Factors that Impact Classroom Engagement Asks students to identify personal learning goals that fit within teacher learning goals. Organizes students to facilitate collaborative work and engagement. Prior to presenting new content, asks students questions that help them recall what they might already know about the content. Provides ways for students to organize or think about the content. Asks students to represent in nonlinguistic ways (mental image, picture, graphic organizer, enactment, collaborative poster.) Recognizes and celebrates progress on the learning goals.
  • Marianne – Gradual Release of Responsibility Instructional Model Break for Questions….
  • Extending the Classroom with Wikis, Blogs, Online Journaling and GPS Activities
  • Students in a 5 th grade Book Club were asked to write chapter summaries and compose questions based on their reading on their wiki page Students were asked to comment on peer pages as an initial exercise This was new to all of them, so we provided an online discussion rubric for the students with some guidelines for Digital Citizenship
  • A couple of our wiki jockeys We wrote a grant for Netbooks so students could work on the wiki in classroom during center time
  • Students are excited about their reading, they want to share, they want to encourage others and this is a good vehicle to do that Timestamps on comments show students are composing and commenting nights and weekends Most of us are social creatures by nature and this is an extension of conversation beyond the classroom that helps them make more close connections with each other and with their material in a way that is familiar to them
  • This is not only extending beyond the classroom, but beyond the school and forming a community of readers sharing their interests http://schoolcenter.fayar.net/education/components/board/default.php?sectiondetailid=39851&threadid=1769&PHPSESSID=52032cc7047d8fbe07876541d1fd3439
  • Edublog is another free tool that some of our teachers are using to teach NETS Standards for students, speficially Communication Collaboration Digital Citizenship
  • Goal: Help students work on writing fluently in High School. Many students prefer to compose online Online journal is an attractive tool for encouraging regular writing The entries allow students to reflect on topics and share those reflections with their teacher via email NOTE: Creating an account requires that you either be 18 or get parental consent…we have a translator at our high school to help with translating and sending notes home to our ESL population
  • Our district was awarded a wireless grant from AT&T
  • We were able to purchase 75 Garmin GPS 60 units for our elementary schools ~$149 each
  • Just before school starts, we take our faculty out… 1) Show them the possibilities for lesson plans in all subject areas incorporating GPS units 2) Team Building
  • Faculty have clipboards and GPS Activity Sheets just as their students will have when they do the activity There are many, many great ideas for various GPS activities at http://sciencespot.net/
  • Technology Integration Specialists work with Teachers to: 1) develop activity sheet 2) mark waypoints in GPS units for activity
  • Being able to get outside the classroom is not only engaging for the students, but gives them an opportunity to know: 1) What GPS technology is, who created it, and how it works They will know that the military created it, understand that you cannot use a GPS receiver inside, underwater or in a cave…and they will look to the sky and know that there is a constellation of satellites communicating with the GPS receiver in their hands
  • We ask students to make connections and tell us where GPS technology is used in everyday life Students realize we have GPS technology in our cars, in our phones, being used to track mail packages…
  • 3) We ask student to consider why location is important Students almost always point out that this technology can help them from getting lost after this exercise They also point out that explorers use this technology for navigation, emergency services such as police and firemen, military use as well
  • This usually requires a few adult volunteers
  • Watchdog Dad Program – Parent volunteers Student is showing Dad how to find a waypoint
  • Our activities generally involve finding waypoints at the elementary level as opposed to any mapping projects, but the possibilities are endless, the receivers are fairly inexpensive, and these activities do not require student laptops or PCs
  • Kim – Flip Cameras to create "snap shot" videos of lessons/activities, create a short (2-3 min) movies & upload them to science wikis
  • Kim – Use Flip Cameras to create short lessons to show to lower grades.  We are their "science buddies" via video. 
  • Kim -Create vocabulary movies.
  • Marianne - Summer Literacy Academy called Leap Ahead for K-2 Goal was to get some of our students who were below grade level in reading and work with them over the summer in small groups to work on literacy skills
  • Marianne - We purchased iTouches and chose from approximately 22 different applications for part of the work we did with them this summer I’ve listed a few of the free iTouch apps what we used in conjunction with others… Preliminary data is telling us that not only did they not lose anything, but some have gained 1-2 grade levels in the short amount of time we had them this summer…
  • Marianne - 3 rd – 12 th grade engagement, assessment, Cost varies depending on number of units, ~$1-2K per set, can be less depending on special offers Marianne – talk about SMART clicker pricing
  • Marianne – TI nSpire Calculators for Algebra Cost (~$140)
  • Marianne - Jr. High students trip to Devil’s Den State park - Use Pasco Probes to measure air & water temperature, wind speed & oxygen levels in H20 Cost - ~$300
  • Marianne –This student is using Punnett squares to predict the outcome of a particular cross or breeding experiment Depending on Mfg, Interactive Whiteboards can run from ~$800 - $1200 per board
  • 4 th Grade Math Interactive Slates ~$375-$400
  • Interactive Slates - Used primarily with students in the elementary and middle school levels
  • Poll Anywhere: Inquire to see who is using Moodle…
  • On the Horizon… Moodle – Our server is up and running and we’re due to get a few initial courses online in January…providing options for PD for teachers and then for students as well…initially used for teacher PD Pulse Pens – student note taking with recorded audio, uploadable, shareable Voicethread – Sharing Student voice in different ways…via drawing on screen, typing, talking, webcasting, and by phone…provides many options for student communication and may be burned to DVD to share with parents Goal is to ENGAGE our students and give them opportunities and choice in their own learning…we have many tools at our disposal to do this…many of these tools are free
  • Scaffolding Tools: neTrekker, Brainpop, Kindle & eReaders….also coming is Barnes & Noble Nook
  • Questions?
  • Evaluation Question: Did you find this session informative?
  • Evaluation Question: Did you leave with a better understanding of the content?
  • Evaluation Question: How would you rate the presenter?
  • Speaker Contact Information

NSBA Tools For Engagement NSBA Tools For Engagement Presentation Transcript

  • Welcome to NSBA’s 23 Annual T+L Conference Denver, Colorado Come Visit us in the TLN/NA Networking Room #212 Follow the T+L Conversation
  • Tools for Engagement Using New Tools to Engage, Motivate, and Meet the 21st Century Challenge Marianne Hauser, Director of Secondary Instruction Kimberly Park, K-12 Instructional Technology Coordinator Fayetteville Public Schools, Fayetteville, AR
  • Backchannels
    • Modern Electronic Note Passing
    • Or…
    • Online conversation during presentation, live fact checking, addition of metadata to topic, use with students in the classroom!!!
  • Boston Learning Communities Conference 2007
  • Backchannel Activity- TodaysMeet 1) Go to the following URL http://todaysmeet.com/nsbatools09 2) Enter your name & Join the backchannel 3) Post (Say) your answers to 2 questions
  • Further Reading…
    • The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever
    • by Cliff Atkinson
    • Release Date 11/27/09
  • Student Engagement Research
    • Working on the Work – Authentic Engagement
    • Marzano: What Works in Schools
  • Extending the Classroom
    • Wikis
    • Blogs
    • Online journaling
    • GPS Activities
  • Language Arts Wiki Goals: Create an online body of work, practice peer review, develop digital citizenship practices
  • Student Comments on Wiki
  • Wikis for Teacher Planning
  • Wikis for Leadership
  • Why Blog?
    • 1. Blogging is fun!
    • 2. Improve writing in an exciting & engaging way.
    • 3. Students share & comment on their work with peers.
    • 4. Students create an online body of work that they can easily show to their family & friends.
    • 5. Students can earn good grades for doing something they like.
  • Blog Connections
    • Vandergriff Elementary Library Blog
  • Woodland Junior High
  • Online Journaling with Penzu - ESL
  • GPS Activities
  • http://sciencespot.net
  • More hardware to engage
    • Flip cameras
    • iTouch
    • Classroom response systems
    • TI Nspire Calculators
    • Pasco Probes
    • Interactive whiteboards / Slates
  • iTouch & Literacy
  • First Word Sampler iWrite Words Lite Postman Plum Book Word Salad
  • Classroom Response Systems
  • TI Nspire Calculator
  • Pasco Probes
  • Interactive White Boards
  • Wireless Slates
  • Quick Moodle Poll (time permitting  )
  • On the Horizon…
    • Moodle – Courses in Development
    • Pulse Pens in Special Education
    • VoiceThread in Special Education
  • Scaffolding Tools
    • Nettrekker
      • Read Aloud
      • Dictionary hotkey
      • Refinement menu to search based on reading level
    • BrainPop
      • Brainpop, Jr.
      • Brainpop ESL (Beta)
    • Amazon Kindles and Sony eReaders
      • Used in Libraries as options for struggling readers
  • Questions?
  • Evaluation Questions
    • Text to: 36263
    • Key Word: TL11
    • Did you find this session informative?   
    •  Extremely (100a)       
    • Somewhat  (100b)     
    • Waste of Time (100c)
    • Text to: 36263
    • Key Word: TL11
    • Did you leave with a better understanding of the content?
    • Yes (101a)   
    • Somewhat  (101b)     
    • No (101c)
    • Text to: 36263
    • Key Word: TL11
    • How would you rate the presenter?
    • Rank 1 – 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) 
    • 1  (102a)        
    • 2 (102b)
    • 3 (102c)
    • 4 (102d)
    • 5 (102 e)           
  • Marianne Hauser Director of Secondary Instruction [email_address] Kimberly Park K-12 Instructional Technology Coordinator [email_address] Fayetteville Public Schools Fayetteville, AR