Best of BbWorld 09: What Can Blackboard Do For Your Middle School


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You have a class of students. One student is a visual learner, one student is an auditory learner and one student is kinesthetic learner. Join the Mississippi Department of Education as they review best practice strategies for implementing differentiated instruction in the classroom to help increase student achievement. Participants will leave with tools in their Blackboard toolbox to motivate any middle school student!

Dr. Marilyn Bowen, Online Learning Coordinator, and Dr. Leanne Long, VIP Coordinator, will discuss how Mississippi is "Redesigning" education by using Blackboard courses as hybrid instructional delivery methods. They will also introduce tested teaching strategies and various Web 2.0 tools, including Learning Objects. Finally, they will share research results that confirm the learning styles of all middle school students are being met.

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  • Best of BbWorld 09: What Can Blackboard Do For Your Middle School

    1. 1. Dr. Marilyn Bowen, Mississippi State University Dr. Leanne Long, Mississippi State University Margaret Britt, Copiah-Lincoln Community College What Can Blackboard Do For Your Middle School?
    2. 2. Why Redesign? <ul><li>Tech Prep initiative in the early 1990s </li></ul><ul><li>Considered a high tech, cutting edge initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Other states tried to replicate it </li></ul><ul><li>Funding stopped--labs became out of date </li></ul><ul><li>MDE formed task force to determine the fate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>career discovery (7 th ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>computer discovery (8 th ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>technology discovery (9th) </li></ul></ul>02/05/10
    3. 3. Findings of MDE Task Force Spring 2004 <ul><li>Computer discovery course counted for the required high school computer credit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Half of that course was spent learning to keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not get enough exposure to the applications </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Academic teachers did not require use of technology after 8 th grade </li></ul><ul><li>Need for state-wide rigorous and relevant teacher training </li></ul>02/05/10
    4. 4. Mississippi Redesign 02/05/10
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    6. 6. Information and Communication Technology (ICT I) <ul><li>Effectively use technology in learning, communication, and life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpersonal and self-directional skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic technology operation and technology concepts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social, ethical, and human issues in technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology communication tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology resource tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia presentation applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word processing applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design applications </li></ul></ul>02/05/10
    7. 7. Information and Communication Technology (ICT II) <ul><li>Develop interpersonal and self-directional skills </li></ul><ul><li>Input applications </li></ul><ul><li>Technology lab management and networking </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing applications </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic design applications </li></ul><ul><li>Web design applications </li></ul><ul><li>Database applications </li></ul><ul><li>Technology problem-solving and decision making tools </li></ul>02/05/10
    8. 8. Foundations of ICT Framework <ul><li>21st Century Skills standards </li></ul><ul><li>National Educational Technology Standards for Students </li></ul><ul><li>Career Pathways and Mississippi Department of Education Subject Area Testing benchmarks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>integrated throughout the competencies, objectives, and suggested teaching and assessment strategies. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pass IC3 Computer Literacy exam </li></ul><ul><ul><li>meet the eighth grade computer literacy requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 </li></ul></ul>02/05/10
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    10. 10. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) <ul><li>Develop science, technology, and engineering skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve recruitment among students into science, technology, and engineering fields. </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize technological systems to solve problems related to predictable and unpredictable real-world situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Include academic skills, career and technical topics, and 21st century skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a state-of-the-art secondary 1-year pre-engineering program </li></ul>02/05/10
    11. 11. <ul><li>ICT I replaced Career Discovery (7 th Grade) </li></ul><ul><li>ICT II replaced Computer Discovery (8 th Grade) </li></ul><ul><li>STEM replaced Technology Discovery (9 th Grade) </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive educational reform initiative. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Addresses issues related to technology, integration of academics, rigor in curricula and assessments, college and career readiness, career pathways, reduction of dropout rates, increase in graduation rates, counseling, student services, mentoring, family and community engagement, and Tech Prep. </li></ul></ul>02/05/10
    12. 12. BLACKBOARD <ul><li>With such a rigorous curriculum teachers must have advanced technology experiences and training. What direction did the state need to take? </li></ul>02/05/10
    13. 13. ICT II SAMPLE 02/05/10
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    15. 15. Blackboard ICT II Online Pre-work <ul><li>Kick-Off Training—Face-to-Face Meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Online Pre-Work—(8 weeks) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic Blackboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UbD—Understanding by Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching Strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Word </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Excel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Microsoft Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advanced Blackboard </li></ul></ul>02/05/10
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    18. 18. Blackboard ICT II Face-to-Face (3 weeks) 02/05/10
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    23. 23. State-Wide Content Collection 02/05/10
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    27. 27. COOL 02/05/10
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    29. 29. 10 Things You Can Do In Blackboard In Under 5 Minutes Each Day <ul><li>Post an Assignment Link </li></ul><ul><li>Grade an Assignment with a Rubric </li></ul><ul><li>Take and Post a Picture to Your Instructor Page </li></ul><ul><li>Start a Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Create and Post an Audio Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Start a Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Post an Announcement and E-mail the class </li></ul><ul><li>Create, Post, and Schedule a Quiz </li></ul><ul><li>Create and Post a Pod Cast--Audacity </li></ul><ul><li>Start an IM for Your Class--Pronto </li></ul>02/05/10
    30. 30. 02/05/10 How Blackboard Changed My Life