A Novel Experience(Collaboration between classes within a school)How can you connect conflicts and problems from aclassic novel (Where the Red Fern Grows) to currentissues in your personal life today? How are theseproblems still relevant? How can you connect withothers using the novel?
Prerequisites/PlanningMeetings with fellow 6th Technology: grade staff member: Limited access to Determine purpose technology – schedule Learn technology use Discuss digital Learning curve for citizenship and Chromebooks netiquette Ipad /Facetime lessons Set up random groups Upload files and links to between 2 classes Edmodo (collaborated in evenings via Facetime)
Tools UsedEdmodo: Ipad/Facetime: Chromebooks:1.Easy to use Lessons between2.Students liked look classes 1.Edmodo worked wellof it – like Facebook except for videos3.Created avatars and School Tube: 2.Faster start upcompleted personal Hosted student 3.Assigned numbers oninformation videos Chromebooks4.Several lessons onuse of Edmodo IRubric: Google Sites:5.Set up chat area for Hosted rubrics Hosted videos and linksstudents embedded on6.Groups of 10 Google Sitestudents
Guidelines Discussed with both groups using FacetimeEdmodo Guidelines - Posting Messages1.Post a note to the whole group if your question is about something the whole groupshould know (assignments, instructions, dates etc.)2.Send a note only to your teacher if you want to talk about something that doesn’t relateto everyone.3.Don’t post personal questions to the group.4.Keep conversations on topic.5.If you’re not sure if a word or joke is okay, then it’s probably not. Refrain from poststhat tease, bully, annoy, spam, or gossip about any other member.GroupsIf you think there is something inappropriate posted in an Edmodo group, tell a teacherimmediately.Punctuation & Grammar1.No txting lingo. We r ur teachers…show us that u have learned how 2 spell.2.DO NOT PUT SENTENCES IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.3.Do not end sentences with more than one exclamation mark!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or questionmark????????????4.Please please please do not repeat a word more than necessary.
Code of ConductEdmodo Code of Conduct1.I will use one of the avatars included with Edmodo for my profilepicture or use one that I have appropriate legal permission to use (i.e. inthe public domain).2.I will use posts to discuss school-related content only.3.I will use a respectful tone of voice when posting. All school rules andconsequences related to harassment apply.4.I will use appropriate grammar instead of texting language.5.I will limit my use of sarcasm to avoid misinterpretations.6.I will not reveal any personal information on Edmodo. This includestelephone numbers, addresses, emails, etc.7.I will not post photos or videos showing myself or classmates withoutpermission.Student signature:____________________________________
Prompts#1 Explain how you have a character trait like Billy and why? Give examples from the book tosupport your reason. 2. Read and reflect on another students response. Remember to follow therubric guidelines and proper netiquette. * Put your response for #1 in the box at the top thatsays "type your note here...".#2 (Determination - loyalty - family - sacrifice - unconditional love - willpower)Select one of the words above and explain why it is the overall theme for the novel. Giveexamples from the book to prove your point. Put your answer in a post so others can respond.#3 CHANGE- Characters are constantly changing in books. This is not different than how youhave changed and grown so far this year. Describe in a new entry how you feel Billy has changedas a character and why you feel that way? What evidence can you give me to prove your point?#4 CONFLICT/PROBLEM: Throughout the book, Billy encounters many conflicts andproblems. Describe one of these conflicts and compare it to your own life. Do you have similarconflicts as Billy? Be sure to answer completely.#5 Evaluate and reflect back on the posts you have made on Edmodo. What did you do well?What do you need to work on? Evaluate your experience so far working with Edmodo. Bespecific, please.
Response Examples“I think I did very well on my posts because I answered the questions thoroughlywith words that described what I said. When I replied on peoples posts I said onegood thing about their post and a thing they could add on. I saw that I used thesame ideas in most of my posts so I need to work on that. I dont like Edmodobecause I think that pencil and paper is easier to use, and you cant cheat.”“I can relate to one of the conflicts in the story. When Old Dan climbed up thetree, Billy was afraid he was going to jump off and break his legs. One time mydog jumped off the porch and couldnt get up so we thought he broke one of hislegs. He was finally able to get up, but still had a limp in his stride, he is fine now.Billy and I both made a connection that our dogs leg could have been broken.”“I am like Billy because we are both determined to do things in life. An example inthe book was that Billy knew that his parents wouldnt buy him his two hounds, sohe was determined to get his wish of the hounds and he did just that. The reasonwhy we are both determined is that I am determined to do certain things in life orI have set high goals in life, like one of my goals is to go to colleges and graduatecollege, and that is how Billy and I are alike.”
Process1. Groups were set up between 2 classes within a building in Edmodo2. Guidelines were reviewed and rubrics for scoring discussed3. Initial lessons were taught using Facetime (synchronous)4. Students were taught the tools5. Chat room was set up in Edmodo for “handshake” time (synchronous)
Process6. Prompts were given weekly - students reflected and responded to others (asynchronous)7. Groups in classrooms created vocabulary presentations (rap/skit/comic strip) that were videotaped using Ipad and shared on SchoolTube with other class. Links were found on Google Site8. Students viewed videos between classes/celebration9. Self-assessment
What would I do differently?1. Spend more time teaching how to communicate digitally. Even with Facetime lessons, consistency was not always evident.2. Work with staff members that had more expertise with technology.3. Include more self-assessment in each step of the process.