How Can Online Discussions Transform My Teaching?<br />Catlin Tucker – English language arts teacher and curriculum specia...
How to Engage Students Online <br />Increase Participation & Improve Discussions<br />Discussions are critical to learning...
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Single learning source
Time limited to class period
Consumers, not contributors
Loud students dominate discussions
Poor sense of community</li></ul>Connected students:<br /><ul><li>Creative opportunities
Asynchronous, differentiated learning
Consumers and contributors
Fewer barriers
30 additional learning sources
More for participation
Strong sense of community
Improved modeling of good work
Convenient use of multimedia </li></li></ul><li>In-Class Discussions – a poll<br />What are discussions like in your class...
Good – Students engaged, nearly everyone participates
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  • 1) Discussions are critical to learningCollectively we have more knowledge than any one member of the class – myself [teacher] includedMake connections between subject and you life/personal experiences = more valuable learningCreate a learning communityEncourage adaptive expertise that allows them to make sense of new information.Lower level students are able to learn from stronger students; stronger students can be resources for lower level students.
  • Address problems in class: [Catlin]Discussion DominatorQuiet students/shy students hesitant to contributeFear and anxiety around contributing or being “called on”Many students do not participate because they do not feel that the are “experts” or have enough knowledge on a topic to engage in discussionsNo time to process, think then respond.Time
  • Address problems in class: [Catlin]Discussion DominatorQuiet students/shy students hesitant to contributeFear and anxiety around contributing or being “called on”Many students do not participate because they do not feel that the are “experts” or have enough knowledge on a topic to engage in discussionsNo time to process, think then respond.Time
  • Time multiplier: Hear from all studentsGets people started on a topic.Because it’s a forum, it doesn’t go away. It’s not ephemeral like traditional verbal discussion is. Information from everyone can be recorded in a brief time.The recording of information is going on simultaneously, not sequentially.When you’ve finished, you can browse other people’s posts.Not more – Better
  • Establish and maintain a safe space onlineClearly establish guidelines for online discussion. [TAB1: Banner]Dos and Don’ts of Online discussion [TAB 2: PDF Embed] Build relationshipsUse online icebreakers to foster relationship building, learn names and practice online discussion skills. [TAB 3: Time Machine-multiple choice/photo] Use any missteps online as “teachable moments” to correct.Model strong online participation to “show” strong responses.
  • Design quality questionsDiscuss strategies for designing dynamic questions: hook students with an interesting title, layer questions (include easy and hard= differentiate instruction). [TAB 4: Poetic Justice/Yes or No/photo]
  • Incorporate multimediaPhoto, Videos and PDFs/DocsTake the best resources from the Internet to share with students in your safe online space. [TAB 6: Khan Video embed with question]Many teachers do not have access to much tech in their classrooms, so that no longer limits what students have access to.Allow students to revisit resources multiple times, if necessary.Khan: Premium=Show an embedded Khan video
  • Get students to say something substantialBegin with each other’s namesDevelop content with specific details and examples to support points [TAB 5: Tiger Mother Article Compare/Contrast]End using exit strategies to encourage further discussions
  • 7) Weave work online back into the classroomTruly make part of you class cultureAllow work done online to drive work done in class [TAB7: TKAM Creative Writing Prompt]http://collaborize.democrasoft.com/portal/portal/default/tuckerenglish/tuckerenglish-CollaborizeWindow?action=2&amp;actionEvent=homeWithoutSuggestionBox&amp;dt=1299735355503&amp;categoryId=7375&amp;sortBy=1&amp;status=1&amp;pageNo=1&amp;startNo=1&amp;isResultsShow=true Build on the discussions online in class= increased participationAllow for follow-up debates, reflections, assignments, etc. [TAB 8: Results Page]http://collaborize.democrasoft.com/portal/portal/default/tuckerenglish/tuckerenglish-CollaborizeWindow?action=2&amp;actionEvent=showResults&amp;dt=1299735528952&amp;page=results&amp;categoryId=2127&amp;sortBy=8&amp;status=1&amp;pageNo=1&amp;startNo=1&amp;isResultsShow=true Flip traditional model to utilize group possibilities in class; present info online. [TAB 9: Expert Groups Activity]http://collaborize.democrasoft.com/portal/portal/default/tuckerenglish/tuckerenglish-CollaborizeWindow?action=2&amp;actionEvent=homeWithoutSuggestionBox&amp;dt=1299735609749&amp;categoryGroupId=0&amp;sortBy=2&amp;status=1&amp;pageNo=2&amp;startNo=1&amp;isResultsShow=true
  • How Online Discussions can Transform Teaching

    1. 1. How Can Online Discussions Transform My Teaching?<br />Catlin Tucker – English language arts teacher and curriculum specialist<br />Colt Briner – Former ESL teacher and co-creator of Collaborize Classroom<br />
    2. 2. How to Engage Students Online <br />Increase Participation & Improve Discussions<br />Discussions are critical to learning<br />What are the benefits of taking discussions online?<br />Establish and maintain a safe space online<br />Design quality questions<br />Get students to say something substantial<br />Incorporate multimedia<br />Weave work online back into the classroom<br />Approx. 45 minutes <br />
    3. 3. T<br />S<br />S<br />S<br />S<br />S<br />T<br />S<br />S<br />S<br />S<br />S<br />S<br />S<br />Discussions are Critical to Learning<br />Traditional Teaching:<br /><ul><li>Isolated students
    4. 4. Single learning source
    5. 5. Time limited to class period
    6. 6. Consumers, not contributors
    7. 7. Loud students dominate discussions
    8. 8. Poor sense of community</li></ul>Connected students:<br /><ul><li>Creative opportunities
    9. 9. Asynchronous, differentiated learning
    10. 10. Consumers and contributors
    11. 11. Fewer barriers
    12. 12. 30 additional learning sources
    13. 13. More for participation
    14. 14. Strong sense of community
    15. 15. Improved modeling of good work
    16. 16. Convenient use of multimedia </li></li></ul><li>In-Class Discussions – a poll<br />What are discussions like in your class?<br /><ul><li>Awesome – Intellectual discourse of the highest order
    17. 17. Good – Students engaged, nearly everyone participates
    18. 18. Fair – Room for improvement
    19. 19. A struggle - Like recruiting for jury duty
    20. 20. What is this “discussion” of which you speak?</li></li></ul><li>Barriers to In-Class Discussions?<br />
    21. 21. Barriers to In-Class Discussions?<br />What obstacles do you face?<br /><ul><li>Rush Limbaugh is in my class
    22. 22. Like roaches when the lights come on
    23. 23. Just a wee bit crunched for time
    24. 24. “Excuse me but, aren’t you supposed to tell us the answer?”
    25. 25. Feels like the inquisition</li></li></ul><li>What are the benefits of taking discussions online?<br />21st Century skills<br />Equity of voice<br />Less anxiety<br />Flexibility<br />Increased<br />participation<br />Online transcript <br />More time<br />Better modeling<br />Support asynchronous group work <br />
    26. 26. “To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains” <br /> - Mary Pettibone Poole <br />
    27. 27. Establish & Maintain a Safe Space Online<br />Critique;<br />don’t criticize<br />Use names<br />Compliment<br />Ask questions<br />Responsible & Supportive Communication<br />
    28. 28. Design Quality Questions<br />Inspire Substantive Responses that Drive Discussions<br />
    29. 29. What does a strong question look like?<br />Start with a catchy title<br />Does Reading Cure Racism?<br />Do you agree with Angelou’s statement that the only way we as a society will be free of the “blight of ignorance” is if we read and learn about African Heritage? Do you agree that reading, knowledge and education are essential to respecting differences and forming cross racial friendships? If so, why do you agree? If not, what do you think is crucial to eliminating ignorance between racial groups?<br />Design different <br />types of questions<br />Layer questions<br />Incorporate multimedia<br />
    30. 30. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” <br /> - William Butler Yeats <br />
    31. 31. Incorporate Multimedia<br />Visually Stimulating<br />Videos<br />Photos<br />Slide Decks<br />PDFs<br />Audio<br />Incorporate the best online resources<br />
    32. 32. Get Students to Say Something Substantial<br />Ask questions<br />Build on <br />other students’ ideas<br />Make connections<br />Offer alternative <br />perspectives<br />Include details and evidence <br />Think outside the box<br />
    33. 33. Weave Work Online Back Into the Classroom<br /><ul><li>Review discussion highlights
    34. 34. Follow up debates
    35. 35. Answer remaining questions
    36. 36. Discuss results
    37. 37. Groups present work done online</li></li></ul><li>Links and Contacts <br />Thanks for listening! <br />Colt Briner – (707) 292-7325<br />cbriner@WeCollaborize.com<br />@WisdomOfWe<br />http://CollaborizeClassroom.com<br />
    38. 38. What employers look for<br />Creativity <br />Communication <br />Collaboration <br />What Employers are Looking For<br />

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