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  • 1. Clean Watersheds Project Networked Learning 2009
  • 2. Clean Watersheds Networked Learning 2009
  • 3. Project Stats: • Focus: Environmental Science and Ecology • Other Disciplines: Geography, Technology, Health • Suggested Age: 5th – College • Time: 1 Field Day, 2 Class Days, 2 Tech Days • Equipment: GPS Unit, Computers, High- Speed Internet, Water Quality Test Kit • Software: Google Earth 5.0, Wikispaces Networked Learning 2009
  • 4. Web 2.0 Social Media Tools • Blogging • Document and Photo Sharing • Mashups • RSS Feeds • Social Annotating • Social Networking • Podcasting / Vodcasting • Wikis Networked Learning 2009
  • 5. Where the Internet is Going Networked Learning 2009
  • 6. Sift in Technology Use for Teens Technology Technology to Transact to Interact The Student’s Perspective in Educating the Net Generation Networked Learning 2009 (Windham 2007)
  • 7. The Video Game Learning Cycle: Not All that Bad? Hypothesize Re-probe to Get Probe the Better Results World Reflect on the Get a Reaction Results The Kids are Alright (Beck and Wade 2006) Networked Learning 2009
  • 8. The New Learning Style • Inquiry based research projects • Less lecturing, more class discussions • Books as references, not textbooks • Use a multi-media approach • Activities the promote inquiry and social action • Exercise ones passions to create • Being part of a learning community Generation M (Kaiser Foundation 2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 9. What is Understanding by Design? • Constructing understanding • Uncoverage, not coverage • Identifying the big ideas • A set of tools to make you more productive • It’s about revisiting assumptions with increasing complexity Understanding by Design (Wiggins and McTighe 2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 10. Stages of Backward Design 3. Plan Learning Experiences and 2. Determine Instruction Acceptable Evidence 1. Identify Desired Results Wiggins and McTighe (2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 11. Use Google Docs to Design Collaboratively Networked Learning 2009
  • 12. Doorway to Design: Key Skills An Important Topic or Content An Important Established Skill or Goals or Process Content Standards Design Template Stage 1 – Desired Results State 2 – Assessment Evidence Stage 3 – Learning Plan A Favorite A Significant Activity or Test Familiar Unit A Key Text or Resource Wiggins and McTighe (2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 13. Skills: • Use a database to research production facilities and their environmental policies • Identify possible sites of contamination • Use GPS Technology to record geographical data points. • Collect water quality samples to analyze. • Use technology to share, visualize, and analyze data. Networked Learning 2009
  • 14. Conduct Research on Contamination Sites (Google Earth) Searches 1. Golf Courses (N, P, K) 2. Concrete Plants (Ca, Mg) 3. Paper Plants (Cl) 4. Coal Plants (S, Hg) 5. Pig and Cattle Farms (N) 6. Metal Fabrication (Fe, Mn, Cu) Networked Learning 2009
  • 15. Walker Students Investigated Nitrates from Golf Courses Networked Learning 2009
  • 16. Audubon Sanctuary Program Networked Learning 2009
  • 17. Garmin eTrex Vista HCX • Best for Trails • Waypoints, Tracking • Compass • Altimeter • $350 - $400 Networked Learning 2009
  • 18. Participants Use Lamotte Water Test Kits Networked Learning 2009
  • 19. Video For Interviews • Podcasting / Vodcasting • Flip Video • Direct USB Connection • Up to 2 hours of recording • $150 – $200 Networked Learning 2009
  • 20. Informed Consent Document • Informs the interviewee of the project. • How the recording will be used. • Where the recording will be stored (typically a library, or online. • Should be signed by each interviewee and kept on file with recording. • Does not mean you can do anything with what they say after the sign it. Networked Learning 2009
  • 21. Construct Placemakrs to Visualize Data (Google Earth) Networked Learning 2009
  • 22. Basic Steps • Join the project wiki. • Use Earth to research possible contamination sites. • Choose a test site. • Plan a field trip to collect data. • Post data to project site using a Google form. • Interview facility about environmental policies and practices (optional) • Construct a placemark in Google Earth. • Discuss the implications of human production on the environment. Networked Learning 2009
  • 23. Provide a Place for Schools to Join (Wikispaces – Participating Schools) Networked Learning 2009
  • 24. Provide Directions to Get Started Networked Learning 2009
  • 25. Use a Calendar to Plan (Google Calendar) Calendar Uses 1. Online Planning Meetings 2. Field Trips 3. Software Tutorials 4. Wiki Student Discussions 5. Collaborative Writing Dates 6. Project Updates Networked Learning 2009
  • 26. Google Calendar Networked Learning 2009
  • 27. Provide Directions for Teachers (Wikispaces - Documents) Networked Learning 2009
  • 28. Embed Documents in Wikis with Scribd Networked Learning 2009
  • 29. Scribd Networked Learning 2009
  • 30. Post Data to Share (Google Forms) Networked Learning 2009
  • 31. Tools Can Provide Immediate Results (Google Forms) Networked Learning 2009
  • 32. Promotes Explanation (3rd Facet of Understanding) • Describe the process of field testing • Collect data and report the facts • Compare data in order to support your results • Developing a model of a natural system • Predict water quality and effects on the ecosystem down river • Discuss the state of our environment and raise awareness. • Awareness that these issues are common to all parts of the world. Networked Learning 2009
  • 33. Promotes Application (3rd Facet of Understanding) • Identification of a problem • Collection of data using industry standard equipment • A performance-based learning experience • Asks students to assess their performance • Allows students to apply information and skills learned to new situations Networked Learning 2009
  • 34. Did We Succeed? Shifting From Shifting To Learning at School Learning anytime / anywhere (doing a prescribed lab in one period) (conducting open-ended field tests) Teaching as a private event Teaching as a public, collaborative practice (teaching a group of students in your (conducting a field lab with other classes) classroom to do the water test) Learning in a participatory culture Learning as passive participant (using an online research database) (watching a demonstration) Learning in a networked community Learning as individuals (participating in an online discussion) (coming to your own conclusions) Distributed knowledge Linear knowledge (seeing the big picture, understanding) (terms and facts)
  • 35. Improvements • Get more schools involved to increase our database. • Provide online instructional classes on software. • Use the wiki to promote more discussion between students. • Add viewpoints of experts through interviews. • Have students write papers and peer review them. (after AP exam) Networked Learning 2009