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  1. 1. Professional Learning Unit- Web 2.0 Tools, ActivStudio Title of Unit Interactive Grade Level Professional Learning! Learning Subject/Topic Technology Time Frame 5 days Area Key Words Technology, Web Designed by Autumn Schaffer 2.0 Tools, ActivStudio School District Griffin Spalding School Anne Street ElementaryBrief Summary of Unit:This unit is based upon teaching educators to use web 2.0 tools as wellas Promethean’s Activstudio to enhance their instruction within theclassroom. This unit steps the teachers through using and creatingactivities/artifacts with each of these tools so that they can be usedduring lesson planning. The tools can be used to enhance any subjectarea and any grade level. Teachers can even teach their students tocreate artifacts with these tools. Stage 1: Identify Desired ResultsContent Standards:National Technology Standards:I. TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS AND CONCEPTSTeachers demonstrate a sound understanding oftechnology operations and concepts. Teachers:B. demonstrate continual growth in technologyknowledge and skills to stay abreast of currentand emerging technologies.II. PLANNING AND DESIGNING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTSAND EXPERIENCESTeachers plan and design effective learningenvironments and experiences supported bytechnology. Teachers:A. design developmentally appropriate learningopportunities that apply technology-enhancedinstructional strategies to support the diverseneeds of learners.
  2. 2. ALA Standards for the 21st Century LearnerShare knowledge and participate ethically and productively as membersof our democratic society.3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and displayknowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, andassess.Understandings:Students/Teachers will understand that:*Understanding 1: Web 2.0 tools can be used to enhance instruction byproviding an interactive element to the curriculum.*Understanding 2: ActivStudio software allows teachers/students tointeract with curriculum by linking to webpages, watching videos, andsharing audio.*Understanding 3: Prezis can be used to display information or topics ina way that allows students to create their own artifact or provides themwith information with a new light.*Understanding 4: Vokis can be used to enhance writing and reading byadding audio.*Understanding 5: StoryBird technology can enhance the writing processas the students use illustrations to create genuine stories.*Understanding 6: PhotoShow technology can be used to enhanceinstruction by turning text and photos into an interactive movie.*Understanding 7: Professional learners can communicate their trainingvia blog by posting comments and questions.Related Misconceptions:*Misconception 1: These technologies will meet standards withoutcurriculum elements added into the lesson.*Misconception 2: Only teachers are able to use and create thesetechnologies.*Misconception 3: One must be trained with all of the elements and havefull knowledge of the technology to begin to use it.
  3. 3. Essential Questions:Overarching Questions Topical Questions*How can I use technology to *How can a Prezi help to show newincrease student engagement, information in another aspect toexcitement, and interaction with excite students about learning?the current curriculum? *How can Vokis relate to the*How can students create artifacts curriculum and expand on whatbeyond pencil/paper performance students are learning?tasks? *How can a PhotoShow project*How can students/teachers show show what students know as welltheir knowledge of concepts in a as another means for teachers tovariety of ways that reflect 21st instruct with?century learning? *How can a StoryBird help students*How can teachers communicate in develop their knowledge of thea 21st century school? writing process? *How can using a blog minimizes teachers’ time but maximize their communication.Knowledge and SkillsKnowledge SkillsKnowledge 1: Key terms- Web 2.0 Skill 1: Students/teachers willTools, Prezi, PhotoShow, Voki, understand based 21st centuryStoryBird, Blog vocabulary as well as the software/ media associated with it.Knowledge 2: You can use web 2.0tools in the classroom to enhance Skill 2: Students/teachers willwhat you are studying within the create/use web 2.0 tools as well ascurriculum. activstudio software to increase learning/engage learners.Knowledge 3: You can use Prezi toenhance the knowledge of the Skill 3: Students/Teachers willstudents/teachers by creating create Prezis, PhotoStories,information in a creative and StoryBirds, and Vokis to enhanceengaging manner. their learning and show their particular knowledge for a subject/Knowledge 4: You can use Vokis to topic area.enhance written media into audiomedia that can be transfer onto awebpage.
  4. 4. Knowledge 5: You can use a Skill 4: Teachers/Students will usePhotoShow to create a movie based a blog to communicate theirupon text and photos of topics of learning of the web 2.0 tools.interest.Knowledge 6: You can use aStoryBird to enhance the writingprocess & creative thinking byallowing students to write storiesbased upon selected illustrations.Knowledge 7: Teachers/Studentscan enhance their communicationabout topics to interest using blogs. Stage 2: EvidencePerformance Tasks:1. Performance Task 1: Creating a Prezi for a Classroom Lesson*Goal- Your goal is to create a Prezi that you can use in your classroomfor instruction. It can be about any subject area or topic that you please.It should be created to provide students of information about a certaintopic that you are studying.*Role-You are a teacher who is developing a Prezi to further theknowledge and understanding of your students on a particular topicarea.*Audience- Your students within your actual class will be your audience.(They will hopefully actually view and learn from this prezi).*Situation-You are to create a Prezi using all of the different types ofelements (shapes, words, pictures, paths) to provide information to yourstudents about a certain topical are that you are studying (any subject.)*Product Performance and Purpose-Your Prezi’s success will be basedupon whether you included all of the elements within the Prezi’s functionas well as if your students gained some type of knowledge from yourPrezi.*Standard and Criteria for Success-
  5. 5. Your finished product should be saved into your own Prezi account. Itshould contain all of the basic elements (shapes, words, pictures, path).It should be based upon an appropriate topic area that your students arestudying.II. Performance Task 2: Creating a PhotoShow Project for a ClassroomLesson*Goal- Your goal is to create a PhotoShow project that you can use inyour classroom for instruction. It can be about any subject area or topicthat you please. It should be created to provide students of informationabout a certain topic that you are studying.*Role-You are a teacher who is developing a PhotoShow project to furtherthe knowledge and understanding of your students on a particular topicarea.*Audience- Your students within your actual class will be your audience.(They will hopefully actually view and learn from this PhotoShow Project).*Situation-You are to create a PhotoShow using all of the different typesof elements (captions, pictures, music) to provide information to yourstudents about a certain topical are that you are studying (any subject.)*Product Performance and Purpose-Your PhotoShow Project’s successwill be based upon whether you included all of the elements within theproject’s function as well as if your students gained some type ofknowledge from your project.*Standard and Criteria for Success-Your finished product should be saved into your own PhotoShowaccount. It should contain all of the basic elements (captions, pictures,music)..III. Performance Task 3: Create a StoryBird book for Classroom Use*Goal- Your goal is to create a StoryBird book that you can use in yourclassroom for instruction. It can be about any subject area or topic thatyou please. It should be created to enhance students about a certaintopic that you have been studying.*Role-You are a teacher who is developing a StoryBird book to further theknowledge and understanding of your students on a particular topicarea.
  6. 6. *Audience- Your students within your actual class will be your audience.(They will hopefully actually view and learn from this StoryBird book).*Situation-You are to create a StoryBird book by choosing an illustratorand creating the text to develop a story from your students to learn from.*Product Performance and Purpose-Your StoryBird’s success will bebased upon what the students learn from your book.*Standard and Criteria for Success-Your finished product should be saved into your own StoryBrird account.The students should complete a feedback from to let your know whatthey learned from your book.IV. Performance Task 4: Create a Voki to be used in the Classroom*Goal- Your goal is to create a Voki that you can use in your classroomfor instruction. It can be about any subject area or topic that you please.It should be created to enhance students about a certain topic that youhave been studying.*Role-You are a teacher who is developing a Voki to further theknowledge and understanding of your students on a particular topicarea.*Audience- Your students within your actual class will be your audience.(They will hopefully actually view and learn from this Voki).*Situation-You are to create a Voki to enhance your students in a story,word problem or other type of information.*Standard and Criteria for Success-Your finished product should be saved into your own Voki account. Thestudents should complete a feedback from to let your know what theylearned from your Voki.V. Performance Task 6: Creating a Flipchart to be used in the Classroom*Goal- Your goal is to create an ActivStudio Flipchart that you can use inyour classroom for instruction. It can be about any subject area or topicthat you please. It should be created to enhance students about a certaintopic that you have been studying.
  7. 7. *Role-You are a teacher who is developing an ActivStudio flipchart tofurther the knowledge and understanding of your students on aparticular topic area.*Audience- Your students within your actual class will be your audience.(They will hopefully actually view and learn from this flipchart).*Situation-You are to create a flipchart that can be used to enhance yourstudents with classroom instruction.*Product and Product Performance- Your product will be a flipchartbased upon a specific topic you have chosen to teach your studentsabout.*Standard and Criteria for Success-Your finished product should be saved into your “My Flipcharts”. Thestudents should complete a feedback from to let your know what theylearned from your flipchart.IV. Performance Task 6: Blogging about Professional Learning*Goal- Teachers will use the Professional Blog to comment, askquestions, and communicate with other teachers about their varioustrainings.*Role- You are a teacher who is using a blog to communicate with otherteachers to grow in your knowledge of technology.*Audience- The audience are the other teacher to whom you are bloggingwith. These teachers will read your comments, answer your questions,and provide any feedback that they might be able to contribute.*Situation- You are a teacher who has just completed some type ofProfessional Training (web 2.0 tools as well as others) You will use theblog to comment on your thoughts about the training as well as post howthe training has helped you in the classroom.*Product and Product Performance- The performance will be the act ofblogging to ask questions and provide comments to other teachers aboutthe other training you all have completed.*Standard & Criteria for Success-
  8. 8. Your success will be based upon your ability to use the blog to post yourcomments as well as how substantial those comments are in providingfeedback and asking questions about the particular training. Performance Task RubricsSummative Assessment Rubric for Web 2.0 Tools (To be completedby Grader) 1-Doesn’t Meet 2-Meets 3- Exceeds Standard StandardOrganization -The product is -The product is -The product is not organized organized and extremely well and does not can be used for organized so seem to be classroom that the completed or instruction. students could coherently view the product formulated to be -The students on their own used for will be able to (without further instruction. learn new instruction) and information gain new about the topic understanding because of this about the product. selected topic.Technology -The product -The product --The productElements does not contain contains all the contains all the all the basic basic elements basic elements elements of the of the of the technology. technology. technology. -The technology -Most of the -Most of the is not used in a technology is technology is way to enhance used to directly used to directly student aid in the aid in the instruction or enhancement of enhancement of learning. the material as the material as well as the well as the engagement of engagement of the student. the student. (All (Some of the of the technology technology used directly relates may be frivolous to increasing the or without knowledge and apparent understanding connection to of the student.
  9. 9. the topic.)Usage in the -The product -The product is -The product isClassroom has no real use connected to connected to the in the classroom basic basic curriculum and is not curriculum standards but is connect to basic standards and also used to curriculum provides new engage students standards. information to in higher order the students in thinking by use an exciting of technology. manner.Teacher/Student Self-Assessment Rubric for Web 2.0 tools 1-Doesn’t Meet 2-Meets 3- Exceeds Standard StandardOrganization: -My product is -My product is -My product is not organized. organized and so organized views can make that it doesn’t -Viewers cannot sense of what I need any further make sense of am trying to teaching or what I am trying teach. supplemental to teach. materials to -Those that view support it. The the product will product could be be able to learn used by itself to something new teach the view about the topic something new. the product is concentrating on.Technology -My product -My product -My productElements does not contain contains all the contains all the all the basic basic elements basic elements elements of what of what the web of what the web the web 2.0 tool 2.0 tool was 2.0 tool was was designed designed for. designed for. for. -My product is -My product is -My product is based upon a based upon a not based upon curriculum that curriculum that a curriculum the students are the students are topic that the learning about learning about students in that in that in that particular grade particular grade. particular grade. are studying. Most of the All functions of
  10. 10. functions of the the technology technology are are used to used to support support this this curriculum curriculum. but some pieces do not directly relate to what we are learning about.Usage in the -My product -My product can -My product canClassroom cannot be used be used in the be used alone in the classroom classroom within the because it is not because it is classroom to connected to the connected to the teach a curriculum curriculum particular within that within that curriculum grade level. grade level. without any Further teacher further support will be explanation. needed for the students to understand the material within the technology. Stage 3- Planning Learning ExperiencesLearning to Create A Prezi:W: Where and Why:The presenter gives a brief summary of the technology at hand to theteachers/students. The purpose of prezi as well as what it can be usedfor is explained. The prezi is explained as a new age version of aPowerPoint that can be stored online and embedded into webpages. Theprezi can be used and made anywhere where internet is available. It canalso be linked onto webpages for multiple viewers to see at one time. Allof this will explain why prezis are effective in education as well as whyteacher/students should use them.H: Hook & Hold:The presenter will show the teachers/students a prezi that has beenmade. He/she will point out how this could be used in a classroom aswell as what the learning results should be. The presenter will create
  11. 11. another prezi step-by-step so that the teacher/students can see howprezis are made.E: Explore through Experience:The teachers/students will be given time to create their own prezi basedupon their own grade level and subject of study.R: Reflect, Rethink, Revise:The teacher/students will share their prezi with another person on theirgrade level team/in their classroom. This will allow feedback andsuggestions to take place based upon the reality of the students withinthe classroom. The teacher/students should keep in mind that thissomething that he/she should actually use in the classroom.E: Evaluate Work & Progress:The evaluation of the progress will be conducted as theteachers/students share their prezis with other members of their gradelevel/class. The students will also complete a feedback form based uponwhat they learned from the prezi when it was presented.T: Tailor & Personalize:After the students have completed their feedback form, theteacher/student will be able to critique their prezi as well as prezis theymake in the future so that students are able to gain more from theexperience.O: Organize for Optimal EffectivenessThis lesson is loosely based so that the teacher can create somethingthat will actually be used within his/her classroom. The teachers willfirst be taught how to use the technology based upon a whole groupsession of modeling. They will then complete the product independentlyand share with a partner.Learning to Create a PhotoShow:W: Where and Why:The presenter gives a brief summary of the technology at hand to theteachers/students. The purpose of photoshow as well as what it can beused for is explained. The photoshow is explained as a moviemaker thatcan turn images and text into a short film. The photoshow can be usedand made anywhere where internet is available. It can also be linkedonto webpages for multiple viewers to see at one time. All of this willexplain why photoshows are effective in education as well as whyteacher/students should use them.
  12. 12. H: Hook & Hold:The presenter will show the teachers/students a photoshow that hasbeen made. He/she will point out how this could be used in a classroomas well as what the learning results should be. The presenter will createanother photoshow step-by-step so that the teacher/students can seehow photoshows are made.E: Explore through Experience:The teachers/students will be given time to create their own photoshowbased upon their own grade level and subject of study.R: Reflect, Rethink, Revise:The teacher/students will share their photoshow with another person ontheir grade level team/in their classroom. This will allow feedback andsuggestions to take place based upon the reality of the students withinthe classroom. The teacher/students should keep in mind that thissomething that he/she should actually use in the classroom.E: Evaluate Work & Progress:The evaluation of the progress will be conducted as theteachers/students share their photoshows with other members of theirgrade level/class. The students will also complete a feedback form basedupon what they learned from the photoshow when it was presented.T: Tailor & Personalize:After the students have completed their feedback form, theteacher/student will be able to critique their photoshow as well asphotoshows they make in the future so that students are able to gainmore from the experience.O: Organize for Optimal EffectivenessThis lesson is loosely based so that the teacher can create somethingthat will actually be used within his/her classroom. The teachers willfirst be taught how to use the technology based upon a whole groupsession of modeling. They will then complete the product independentlyand share with a partner.Learning to Create a StoryBird BookW: Where and Why:The presenter gives a brief summary of the technology at hand to theteachers/students. The purpose of Storybird as well as what it can beused for is explained. Storybird is explained as an online tool to actuallycreate books with real illustrators. Storybird books can be used andmade anywhere where internet is available. It can also be linked onto
  13. 13. webpages for multiple viewers to see at one time. All of this will explainwhy StoryBird is effective in education as well as why teacher/studentsshould use them.H: Hook & Hold:The presenter will show the teachers/students a StoryBird book that hasbeen made. He/she will point out how this could be used in a classroomas well as what the learning results should be. The presenter will createanother StoryBird book step-by-step so that the teacher/students cansee how StoryBird books are made.E: Explore through Experience:The teachers/students will be given time to create their own StoryBirdbook based upon their own grade level and subject of study.R: Reflect, Rethink, Revise:The teacher/students will share their StoryBird book with anotherperson on their grade level team/in their classroom. This will allowfeedback and suggestions to take place based upon the reality of thestudents within the classroom. The teacher/students should keep inmind that this something that he/she should actually use in theclassroom.E: Evaluate Work & Progress:The evaluation of the progress will be conducted as theteachers/students share their StoryBird books with other members oftheir grade level/class. The students will also complete a feedback formbased upon what they learned from the photoshow when it waspresented.T: Tailor & Personalize:After the students have completed their feedback form, theteacher/student will be able to critique their StoryBird book as well asStoryBird books they make in the future so that students are able to gainmore from the experience.O: Organize for Optimal EffectivenessThis lesson is loosely based so that the teacher can create somethingthat will actually be used within his/her classroom. The teachers willfirst be taught how to use the technology based upon a whole groupsession of modeling. They will then complete the product independentlyand share with a partner.Learning to Create a Voki
  14. 14. W: Where and Why:The presenter gives a brief summary of the technology at hand to theteachers/students. The purpose of Voki as well as what it can be usedfor is explained. Vokies are explained as online tools to turn written textinto audio using a microphone and headsets. Vokis can be used andmade anywhere where internet is available. It can also be linked ontowebpages for multiple viewers to see at one time. All of this will explainwhy Vokies is effective in education as well as why teacher/studentsshould use them.H: Hook & Hold:The presenter will show the teachers/students a Voki that has beenmade. He/she will point out how this could be used in a classroom aswell as what the learning results should be. The presenter will createanother Voki step-by-step so that the teacher/students can see howVokies are made.E: Explore through Experience:The teachers/students will be given time to create their own Voki basedupon their own grade level and subject of study.R: Reflect, Rethink, Revise:The teacher/students will share their Voki with another person on theirgrade level team/in their classroom. This will allow feedback andsuggestions to take place based upon the reality of the students withinthe classroom. The teacher/students should keep in mind that thissomething that he/she should actually use in the classroom.E: Evaluate Work & Progress:The evaluation of the progress will be conducted as theteachers/students share their Vokies with other members of their gradelevel/class. The students will also complete a feedback form based uponwhat they learned from the Voki when it was presented.T: Tailor & Personalize:After the students have completed their feedback form, theteacher/student will be able to critique their Voki as well as Vokies theymake in the future so that students are able to gain more from theexperience.O: Organize for Optimal EffectivenessThis lesson is loosely based so that the teacher can create somethingthat will actually be used within his/her classroom. The teachers willfirst be taught how to use the technology based upon a whole group
  15. 15. session of modeling. They will then complete the product independentlyand share with a partner.Learning to Create a FlipchartW: Where and Why:The presenter gives a brief summary of the technology at hand to theteachers/students. The purpose of a flipchart as well as what it can beused for is explained. Flipcharts are explained as tools to displayinformation that can also be interactive for the students. They can alsocontain links to webpages, music, and videos. All of this will explain whyflipcharts are effective in education as well as why teacher/studentsshould use them.H: Hook & Hold:The presenter will show the teachers/students a flipchart that has beenmade. He/she will point out how this could be used in a classroom aswell as what the learning results should be for a flipchart. The presenterwill create another flipchart step-by-step so that the teacher/studentscan see how flipcharts are made.E: Explore through Experience:The teachers/students will be given time to create their own flipchartbased upon their own grade level and subject of study.R: Reflect, Rethink, Revise:The teacher/students will share their flipchart with another person ontheir grade level team/in their classroom. This will allow feedback andsuggestions to take place based upon the reality of the students withinthe classroom. The teacher/students should keep in mind that thissomething that he/she should actually use in the classroom.E: Evaluate Work & Progress:The evaluation of the progress will be conducted as theteachers/students share their flipcharts with other members of theirgrade level/class. The students will also complete a feedback form basedupon what they learned from the flipchart when it was presented.T: Tailor & Personalize:After the students have completed their feedback form, theteacher/student will be able to critique their flipchart as well asflipcharts they make in the future so that students are able to gain morefrom the experience.
  16. 16. O: Organize for Optimal EffectivenessThis lesson is loosely based so that the teacher can create somethingthat will actually be used within his/her classroom. The teachers willfirst be taught how to use the technology based upon a whole groupsession of modeling. They will then complete the product independentlyand share with a partner. Appendix**The following is the feedback form the students should complete afterthe teacher conducts his/her lesson using the specific technology. Thisshould provide the teachers with feedback about their technology usages.The information on the (insert name of technology) was easy tounderstand: yes / noWhat did you learn from the information on the (insert name oftechnology)?This technology helped keep me inserted in the topic we are learningabout. Yes / NoI think that this lesson was more interesting because of the technology.Yes/ NoIf So- what about the technology made it interesting?Provide any suggestions you have about the lesson- especially about thetechnology used.

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