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Blended Learning & Student Driven Projects


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Would you like increase student engagement and personalize the learning experiences for your students? What if you could do that and increase the amount of material covered? In this session, join Catlin Tucker as she covers how to facilitate focused student-driven projects using asynchronous, online discussions that engage students in collaborative group work using an online learning platform. She will show how you can create more opportunities for students to work together explore, problem-solve, think critically and create! Catlin will present three different multidisciplinary project structures that can be facilitated in a blended learning model -combining work in the physical classroom with work done online - to increase student engagement and personalize each learning experience.

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Blended Learning & Student Driven Projects

  1. 1. Blended Learning & Student Driven Projects to Personalize Learning and Increase Engagement Catlin Tucker @CTuckerEnglish English Teacher, PD Facilitator & Author
  2. 2. Project Based Learning Inquiry driven What is Project Based Learning? Student centered Relevant & rigorous Multidisciplinary Tackles real world challenges Requires critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration & reflection Creates something
  3. 3. Traditional Instruction vs. PBL
  4. 4. PBL Classroom
  5. 5. Common Core & PBL Aligned Emphasizes communication Stress real world relevance Encourage higher-order thinking skills Value research and problem solving Weave in technology and media literacy
  6. 6. Challenges with Traditional Group Work
  7. 7. PBL: Basic Stages Stage 1: Driving question Stage 2: Explore & discuss Stage 3: Research Stage 4: Design solutions & create something Stage 5: Reflect Stage 6: Publish
  8. 8. Generating Questions Ideas for Integrating Technology
  9. 9. Explore & Discuss What is the nature of topic, question, problem or dilemma? What do we already know about this topic? Are there possible limitations or constraints? Are there potential options for resolution?
  10. 10. Take Discussions Online
  11. 11. Face-to-Face Conversations
  12. 12. Checking in… Google Voice or Voice Memo
  13. 13. Stage 3: Research the Problem
  14. 14. Gathering Information
  15. 15. Dynamic Research Tool Ideas for Integrating Technology
  16. 16. Step 4: Design Solutions
  17. 17. Making the Most of Basic Tech
  18. 18. Create & Share Prezi
  19. 19. Step 5: Reflection
  20. 20. Reflecting Online
  21. 21. Step 6: Publish & Share
  22. 22. Challenge Based Learning Project (*URL is case sensitive)
  23. 23. Questions?
  24. 24. Contact Information Catlin Tucker Twitter - @CTuckerEnglish Education Blog - Blended Learning in Grades 4-12: Leveraging the Power of Technology to Create Student-Centered Classrooms (Corwin – June 2012)