Webquest BrainNook Xtranormal Facebook


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  • BrainNook contains over a hundred educational games based on fundamental concepts in Math and English Grammar. The games cover Math concepts ranging from single-digit addition to 3D spatial visualization, and English concepts ranging from building simple sentences to counting syllables. These games are embedded within colorful virtual worlds that children can unlock and explore.
  • This means it is a classroom-based lesson in which most or all of the information that students explore and evaluate comes from the World Wide Web. WebQuests are based on the ideas of inquiry and constructivism .
  • A WebQuest is not an Internet Scavenger Hunt.
  • What this means is that tomorrow's workers and citizens will need to be able to grapple with ambiguity. They will need to commit themselves to a lifelong process of learning, honoring multiple perspectives and evaluating information before acting on it. Tomorrow's workers and citizens are sitting in our classrooms today. Using WebQuests in our classrooms can help build a solid foundation that prepares them for the future.
  • The goal of the introduction is to make the activity desirable and fun for students. When projects are related to students' interests, ideas, past experiences, or future goals, they are inherently more interesting. The goal of the motivational component is to engage and excite students at the beginning of each WebQuest.
  • Developing this task -- or the main research question -- is the most difficult and creative aspect of creating a WebQuest. Students can be asked to publish their findings on a Web site, collaborate in an online research initiative with another site or institution, or create a multimedia presentation on a particular aspect of their research. The task should be visually and aesthetically appealing, inherently important (global warming, acid rain, welfare policy, etc.), and fun for the students.
  • Variety is the spice of life, and WebQuests are enhanced by materials that supplement the online resources. These can include things like videos, audio cassettes, books, posters, maps, models, manipulatives, and sculptures. Visiting lecturers, team teaching, field trips, and other motivational techniques can also be used.
  • Many of the theories of assessment, standards, and constructivism apply to WebQuests: clear goals, matching assessments to specific tasks, and involving the learners in the process of evaluation are all concepts from earlier workshops that apply here.
  • We learn by doing -- but we learn even better by talking about what we did." During the concluding section of a WebQuest, you can encourage your students to suggest ways of doing things differently to improve the lesson.
  • Facebook was created by students for students. Although, it has become a worldwide phenomenon, Facebook can still be used as a tool within the classroom to reach 21 st century learners.
  • Webquest BrainNook Xtranormal Facebook

    1. 1. BrainNook, WebQuests & Xtranormal Presenter: K. Hampson
    2. 4. Opening Assignment <ul><li>If you are not registered on Facebook, create an account. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are already registered search for the Facebook Page: Educators Summit Institute ANU and Like the Page. </li></ul><ul><li>Scroll down and answer the three questions. </li></ul>
    3. 6. What is BrainNook? <ul><li>BrainNook is a new online game that helps kids develop Math and English skills while exploring the Earth and playing safely with others. </li></ul>In BrainNook, children play educational games while exploring virtual worlds, safely competing and interacting with other children, and solving puzzles.
    4. 7. Benefits of BrainNook <ul><li>In addition to Math and English skills, BrainNook helps kids strengthen other important skills such as reading, reasoning, decision-making, analysis, memorization, dexterity and computer literacy. </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking of students’ performance </li></ul>
    5. 8. BrainNook Tasks <ul><li>Create a Character </li></ul><ul><li>Change their Appearance </li></ul><ul><li>Explore New Worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Play Games </li></ul><ul><li>Build Skills (Math, English & Computer) </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge other Players </li></ul><ul><li>Accomplish Missions </li></ul><ul><li>Make New Friends </li></ul><ul><li>Buy Collectibles </li></ul><ul><li>Build a Spaceship </li></ul><ul><li>Take a Photo </li></ul><ul><li>Check out their Passport </li></ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul>
    6. 9. BrainNook @School <ul><li>By creating your teacher account in BrainNook @ School, you can quickly get all your students playing BrainNook, track their performance as they play, and motivate them to do better! </li></ul>
    7. 11. Assignment <ul><li>Create a personal BrainNook Account. </li></ul><ul><li>Create your alien Avatar </li></ul><ul><li>Add friends to your list. </li></ul><ul><li>Play a Math and Language Game </li></ul>
    8. 13. What is a WebQuest? A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
    9. 14. <ul><li>A WebQuest is not : </li></ul><ul><li>a &quot;look for the answers to this </li></ul><ul><li>question and report </li></ul><ul><li>back to the class&quot; activity. </li></ul>
    10. 15. Benefits of WebQuests <ul><li>A WebQuest encourages critical thinking, cooperative learning, authentic assessment, and technology integration. </li></ul><ul><li>Students have to make sense of what they are reading. They have to learn how to learn, learn how to work with each other, and to work with information that isn’t, at first, clear. </li></ul>
    11. 16. There are six critical components in a WebQuest <ul><li>Introduction: </li></ul><ul><li>The introduction section provides background information and motivational scenarios like giving students roles to play: &quot;You are an underwater research scientist, &quot; or &quot;You are an astronaut planning a trip to the moon.&quot; It also provides an overview of the learning goals to students. </li></ul>
    12. 17. There are six critical components in a WebQuest <ul><li>Task: </li></ul><ul><li>The task is a formal description of what students will have accomplished by the end of the WebQuest. First, the teacher finds resources for a particular topic on the Web. Then, the teacher devises an activity for the students that incorporates the information from the various sites. This task should be doable and interesting. </li></ul>
    13. 18. There are six critical components in a WebQuest <ul><li>Process: </li></ul><ul><li>This is a description of the steps learners should go through in accomplishing the task, with links embedded in each step. </li></ul>
    14. 19. There are six critical components in a WebQuest <ul><li>Resources: </li></ul><ul><li>This section of the WebQuest consists of a list of the resources (bookmarked Web sites, print resources, etc.) that your students will need to complete the task. It's important to remember that non-Web resources can also be used. </li></ul>
    15. 20. There are six critical components in a WebQuest <ul><li>Evaluation: </li></ul><ul><li>Each WebQuest needs a rubric for evaluating students' work. The standards should be fair, clear, consistent, and specific to the tasks set. </li></ul>
    16. 21. There are six critical components in a WebQuest <ul><li>Conclusion: </li></ul><ul><li>This step allows for reflection by the students and summation by the teacher. Setting aside time for discussion of possible extensions and applications of the lesson honors the constructivist principle. </li></ul>
    17. 22. Examples and Tools WebQuest Examples http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/as/education/projects/webquests.html http://questgarden.com/author/examplestop.php Templates & Online Authoring Tools Zunal WebQuest Maker - http://www.zunal.com/ Filamentality - http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/
    18. 24. What is Xtranormal <ul><li>Xtranormal is a website that hosts text-to-speech based computer animated video clips, featuring animated three-dimensional characters. </li></ul>
    19. 25. What Can You Do? <ul><li>Users who log into the site may create videos by scripting the dialog and choosing from a menu of camera angles and predesigned characters and scenes.Xtranormal videos may also be created through an interface on the Youtube web site, and Xtranormal's animation software, called State , may be downloaded free and run offline. </li></ul>
    20. 26. Xtranormal in the Classroom <ul><li>Use as an icebreaker or as an introduction to a new topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell a Story (Teacher and Student) </li></ul><ul><li>Give directions </li></ul><ul><li>Explain a Concept (Teacher and Student) </li></ul><ul><li>Teach dialogue </li></ul>
    21. 28. Assignment <ul><li>Divide yourself into groups of twos, choose a class and a topic in one of the two subject areas that your group is identified by and develop a WebQuest. ** Be sure to include all six areas of a WebQuest. </li></ul><ul><li>Using your Xtranormal Account create a script/movie on how you would present the WebQuest Activity to your students. Save your Movie. </li></ul>
    22. 30. What is Facebook <ul><li>Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004, operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. As of January 2011, Facebook has more than 600 million active users </li></ul>
    23. 31. Benefits of Facebook in the Classroom <ul><li>Benefits of Facebook in the Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>With so many parents and students using Facebook, it is an easily accessible way to provide parents with the most current classroom information (events when assignments are due, etc.) </li></ul>
    24. 32. Benefits of Facebook in the Classroom <ul><li>Creates a Learning Community </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting to varying types of educational technology </li></ul><ul><li>True Interconnectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Development of 21st century skills we want students to develop </li></ul>
    25. 33. 7 Ways Educators Can Use Facebook <ul><li>Help develop and follow your school’s policy about Facebook. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage students to follow Facebook’s guidelines. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay up to date about safety and privacy settings on Facebook. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote good citizenship in the digital world. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Facebook’s Pages and Groups features to communicate with students and parents. </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace the digital, social, mobile, and “always-on” learning styles of 21st Century students. </li></ul><ul><li>Use Facebook as a professional development resource </li></ul>
    26. 34. Facebook for and in the Classroom <ul><li>What should you have in your Classroom Facebook Page? Really, anything about the school or your classroom activities (excluding specific student information) is appropriate. The following ideas will give you a place to start. </li></ul><ul><li>Sports activities </li></ul><ul><li>Club activities </li></ul><ul><li>Events and closings </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments – use the note feature to post the full text of any instructions given to the class on the day you make the assignment and emphasize the due date. </li></ul><ul><li>Topic Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Test dates – post these as far in advance as you are able </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson plans and homework -  these could be posted daily, weekly, or by the chapter </li></ul>
    27. 35. Challenges to Integration <ul><li>One huge challenge teachers could deal with is how to maintain proper focus and time management while using a site that is meant for social networking and interaction. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook is seen as a very big distraction by students at all grades levels because it is so easy to be sucked in to looking at friends' new pictures, playing a games on an application, updating one's own page, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Students run the risk of very personal and private information getting into the wrong hands. </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook users are known to post sexually questionable images, photos that include drugs and alcohol, etc. that can be seen by people for whom it was not intended, like a teacher, coach or administrator. Language used by students on Facebook could give the wrong impression and develop tension in relationships as well. </li></ul>
    28. 36. Resources <ul><li>Facebook in Education - http://www.facebook.com/education </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook for Educators </li></ul><ul><li>http://facebookforeducators.org/educators-guide </li></ul><ul><li>http://educ6040fall10.wikispaces.com/Facebook </li></ul>
    29. 37. Acknowledgments <ul><li>www.brainnook.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://blog.sunbeltstaffing.com/working-in-schools/using-facebook-in-the-classroom/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.wikipedia.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.xtranormal.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://new.renweb.com/Blog/EntryId/53/7-Ways-Educators-Can-Use-Facebook.aspx </li></ul>
    30. 38. Thank You