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  • 1. Networked Learning http://www.thenetworkedlearner.com Thomas Cooper, The Walker School Designing and Managing Collaborative Projects: Integrating Web 2.0 Tools Across the Curriculum Networked Learning 2009
  • 2. Where to find this information The Networked Learner Wiki http://thenetworkedlearner.wikispaces.com Networked Learning 2009
  • 3. Overview • Shift in Education • Technologies that Promote the New Learning Style •Teachers as Designer •Science Project Example: Clean Watersheds • Social Studies Project Example: Land of Hope • Building a Learning Network Networked Learning 2009
  • 4. The Shift in Education Networked Learning 2009
  • 5. 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)
  • 6. 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
  • 7. The Networked Learner http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwM4ieFOotA Wendy Drexler (2008) Networked Learning 2009
  • 8. Seven Survival Skills • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving • Collaborating Across Networks and Leading by Influence • Agility and Adaptability • Initiative and Entrepreneurialism • Effective Oral and Written Communication • Accessing and Analyzing Information • Curiosity and Imagination The Global Achievement Gap (Wagner 2008) Networked Learning 2009
  • 9. Here Comes Everybody • Share • Cooperate (connect) • Collaborate • Collective Action Here Comes Everybody (Shirky 2007) Networked Learning 2009
  • 10. Education is on the Move Shifting From Shifting To Learning at School Learning anytime / anywhere Teaching as a private event Teaching as a public, collaborative practice Learning as passive participant Learning in a participatory culture Learning as individuals Learning in a networked community Linear knowledge Distributed knowledge Networked Learning 2009
  • 11. Technologies That Promote the New Learning Style Networked Learning 2009
  • 12. Web 2.0 Social Media Tools • Blogging • Document and Photo Sharing • Mashups • RSS Feeds • Social Annotating • Social Networking • Podcasting / Vodcasting • Wikis • Multi-player Worlds Networked Learning 2009
  • 13. The Video Game Learning Cycle: Not All that Bad? The Kids are Alright (Beck and Wade 2006) Networked Learning 2009
  • 14. Skills Top Business Companies Want • Investing in peer to per networks • Help in providing a competitive edge • Help employees to be problem-solvers • Works with Other Companies • Better communication with customers McKinsey Quartly, January 2007 Networked Learning 2009
  • 15. Where the Internet is Going Networked Learning 2009
  • 16. Teachers as Designers Networked Learning 2009
  • 17. 21st Century Project Characteristics • Promote discover, research, and problem-solving • Involve discourse and negotiation • Have real-world applications • Ask students to work collaboratively over networks • Allow students to create a product • Give them time to rethink and revise their work • Provide opportunities to give back to the community Networked Learning 2009
  • 18. 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
  • 19. Stages of Backward Design Wiggins and McTighe (2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 20. Identify Desired Results • Consider Goals (content standards, skills, objectives, learning outcomes) • Determine Understandings (and Misunderstanding) • Develop Essential Questions that Foster Inquiry and Transfer of Knowledge • Consider how technology can be used to analyze information and create this evidence. Wiggins and McTighe (2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 21. Determine Acceptable Evidence • Decide what performance tasks students will do to demonstrate learned skills. • Decide what criteria will be used to evaluate student performance. • Determine how technology can aid students in the production of the evidence. • Determine how students will reflect and self- assess their learning. • Decide how students evidence will be evaluated. Wiggins and McTighe (2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 22. Plan Learning Experiences • Decide on the knowledge and skills students will need to perform effectively and achieve desired results. • Decide on the activities that will equip students with the needed knowledge and skills. • Collect the materials and resources that are best suited to accomplish these goals. • Determine what assistance you will need from the technology department. Wiggins and McTighe (2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 23. Six Facets of Understanding • Explanation • Interpretation • Application • Perspective • Empathy • Self-Knowledge Wiggins and McTighe (2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 24. Doorways to Design An Important Established Topic or An Goals or Content Important Content Skill or Standards Process Design Template Stage 1 – Desired Results State 2 – Assessment Evidence Stage 3 – Learning Plan A Favorite A Activity or Significant A Key Text Familiar Test or Resource Unit Wiggins and McTighe (2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 25. Project Example: Clean Watersheds Networked Learning 2009
  • 26. Clean Watersheds http://cleanwatersheds.wikispaces.com Networked Learning 2009
  • 27. 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
  • 28. #1 Doorway to Design: Key Skills An Important Established Topic or An Goals or Content Important Content Skill or Standards Process Design Template Stage 1 – Desired Results State 2 – Assessment Evidence Stage 3 – Learning Plan A Favorite A Activity or Significant A Key Text Familiar Test or Resource Unit Wiggins and McTighe (2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 29. 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
  • 30. 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
  • 31. Walker Students Investigated Nitrates from Golf Courses Networked Learning 2009
  • 32. Audubon Sanctuary Program http://acspgolf.auduboninternational.org/ Networked Learning 2009
  • 33. Garmin eTrex Vista HCX http://www.garmin.com/garmin/cms/site/us • Best for Trails • Waypoints, Tracking • Compass • Altimeter • $350 - $400 Networked Learning 2009
  • 34. Participants Use Lamotte Water Test Kits http://www.lamotte.com/ Networked Learning 2009
  • 35. Video For Interviews • Podcasting / Vodcasting • Flip Video • Direct USB Connection • Up to 2 hours of recording • $150 – $200 Networked Learning 2009
  • 36. 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
  • 37. Construct Placemakrs to Visualize Data (Google Earth) Networked Learning 2009
  • 38. 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
  • 39. Provide a Place for Schools to Join (Wikispaces – Participating Schools) Networked Learning 2009
  • 40. Provide Directions to Get Started Networked Learning 2009
  • 41. 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
  • 42. Google Calendar http://calendar.google.com Networked Learning 2009
  • 43. Provide Directions for Teachers (Wikispaces - Documents) Networked Learning 2009
  • 44. Embed Documents in Wikis with Scribd http://www.scribd.com Networked Learning 2009
  • 45. Scribd http://www.scribd.com Networked Learning 2009
  • 46. Post Data to Share (Google Forms) Networked Learning 2009
  • 47. Tools Can Provide Immediate Results (Google Forms) Networked Learning 2009
  • 48. Promotes Application • 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
  • 49. Promotes Explanation • 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
  • 50. 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) Networked Learning 2009
  • 51. 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
  • 52. Project Example: Land of Hope Networked Learning 2009
  • 53. Land of Hope Project http://landofhope.wikispaces.com Networked Learning 2009
  • 54. Project Stats: • Focus: Immigration, Government, Power • Disciplines: Anthropology, History, Physical Geography, Technology • Suggested Age: 11th Grade – College • Time: 5 Class Days, 2 Tech Days • Equipment: Computers, High-Speed Internet • Software: Google Earth 5.0, Wikispaces Networked Learning 2009
  • 55. #2 Doorway to Design: A Big Idea An Important Established Topic or An Goals or Content Important Content Skill or Standards Process Design Template Stage 1 – Desired Results State 2 – Assessment Evidence Stage 3 – Learning Plan A Favorite A Activity or Significant A Key Text Familiar Test or Resource Unit Wiggins and McTighe (2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 56. Characteristics of Big Ideas • Broad and abstract • Provide Opportunities for • Represented by one or Discourse two words • Promote Global • Based on Real-World Awareness Concepts / Problems • Ask for Social • Resonate with Student’s Engagement Passions • Require “uncoverage” • Allow for Research • Transferable Networked Learning 2009
  • 57. College Board Course Pages http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corne r/index.html Start with approved syllabi or special focus materials Networked Learning 2009
  • 58. Google News http://news.google.com Use Google News to find major news, images, and film trends Networked Learning 2009
  • 59. News Archive Search http://news.google.com/archivesearch Big ideas should have history. Networked Learning 2009
  • 60. Work with others to develop a list of primary and secondary texts. Can be found under Land of Hope  Resources  Books Networked Learning 2009
  • 61. Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/ Find peer reviewed journal articles on the issue with Google Scholar. Networked Learning 2009
  • 62. Use a Essential Questions and a threaded discussion to have students compare, discuss immigration topics while reading their texts. Can be found under Land of Hope  Student Pages  Movies Networked Learning 2009
  • 63. Essential Questions • Cause genuine and relevant inquiry. • Provoke lively discussion and sustained inquiry. • Stimulate rethinking of big ideas and prior lessons. • Spark meaningful connections between prior learning and experiences. • Recur and therefore create opportunities for transfer. (Wiggins and McTighe 2005) Networked Learning 2009
  • 64. Turn and Talk • What topics does this unit project address? • What “essential questions” come to mind? Networked Learning 2009
  • 65. Tips on Using Discussion Threads • Create a post for each chapter of primary text. • Should answer one or more of the essential questions. • Should not be long, but interest other readers. • Should end in a question to promote a conservation. Networked Learning 2009
  • 66. Basic Steps • Join the project wiki. • Investigate and interview immigrants in your school. • Choose an immigration topic and do research. • Participate in discussions about the issues. • Map out an immigration using Google Earth. Networked Learning 2009
  • 67. Assessment Task - Web Page Use a wiki page for students how do not have web design experience. Assign one page to each book and have students collaborate on constructing a page about their issue. Networked Learning 2009
  • 68. Wikispaces http://www.wikispaces.com Easy embeding of video, documents, calendars, and other objects. Networked Learning 2009
  • 69. Google Sites •Embed docs, spreadsheets, presentations and forms in your site. •Can edit HTML and CSS to add templates from Dreamweaver. Networked Learning 2009
  • 70. Wiki Pages Content • Overview of immigration issue. • Pictures of issue. • RSS Feed of news articles on issue. • Social bookmarking account with links to web sites on the issue. • Podcasts of students in your school who are immigrants discussing their experiences. Networked Learning 2009
  • 71. Assessment Task – GE Layer Networked Learning 2009
  • 72. Benefits of Adding Google Earth • Measure distances between places. • Explore physical barriers and climates that promote or impede migrations. • Visualize push and pull factors. • Uncover common trends between one migration and another. Networked Learning 2009
  • 73. WHERETO Elements • W = Help the students know WHERE the unit is going and WHAT is expected. Helps the teacher know WHERE the students are (interests, knowledge) • H = HOOK all students and HOLD their interests? • E = EQUIP students, help them EXPERIENCE the key ideas and EXPLORE the issues • R = Provide opportunities to RETHINK and REVISE their understandings and work • E = Allow students to EVALUATE their work and its implications • T = TAILOR activities to different needs, interests and abilities • O = Be ORGANIZED to maximize engagement and effective learning Networked Learning 2009
  • 74. Photovisi http://www.photovisi.com/ Create a collage of images on an immigration issue. Networked Learning 2009
  • 75. Voicethread http://ed.voicethread.com Create a Voicethread of student immigrant experiences in your school. Networked Learning 2009
  • 76. Diigo http://www.diigo.com A social annotation service that combines Social Bookmarking, Web Highlighter, Sticky-Note & Clipping; A powerful tool for online research, collaboration and information management and discovery Networked Learning 2009
  • 77. Film and Video Use a chat room to watch a film and identify understandings ( and misunderstandings). Can be found under Land of Hope  Resources  Movies Networked Learning 2009
  • 78. Chatzy http://www.chatzy.com Networked Learning 2009
  • 79. Build a Learning Network Networked Learning 2009
  • 80. Become an AP Reader http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/homepage/4137.html Networked Learning 2009
  • 81. Advertise on College Board EDGs http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/homepage/4340.html Networked Learning 2009
  • 82. Search for (AP) Blogs on Google Blog Search http://blogsearch.google.com/ Networked Learning 2009
  • 83. Join a Global Social Network on Ning http://globaleducation.ning.com/ Networked Learning 2009
  • 84. Join a Subject Area Network on Ning http://englishcompanion.ning.com/ Networked Learning 2009
  • 85. Join the Networked Learner School Collaborative http://thenetworkedlearner.wikispaces.com/Elluminate+Schools Networked Learning 2009
  • 86. Elluminate: An Online Learning Environment http://www.elluminate.com Networked Learning 2009
  • 87. Tips for Designing Collaborative Projects • Choose the Content • Choose the Teaching Strategy • Choose the Tools • Create the Learning Activity • Use Shirky and Wagner to Make it 21st Century Networked Learning 2009
  • 88. References Cited • Educating the Net Generation (2007), Diana and Jam Oblinger, Online at: http://www.educause.edu/ • Here Comes Everybody (2008), Clay Shirky (ISBN-10 1594201536) • The Global Achievement Gap (2008), Tony Wagner (ISBN: 9780465002290) • How Business are Using Web 2.0: A Global Mckinsey Study (2007); McKinsey Journal Quartely • The Kids Are Alright: How the Gamer Generation is Changing the Workplace (2006), John Beck and Mitchell Wade • Understanding by Design (2005), 2nd Ed. Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe (ISBN: 0131950843) Networked Learning 2009
  • 89. Contact Information • Name: Thomas Cooper • School: The Walker School • Location: Marietta, GA • Email: coopert@thwalkerschool.org • Phone: (770) 427-2689 Ext. 8502 • Skype: tcooper1966 • Twitter: tcooper66 Networked Learning 2009