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Board Presentations April 15 2009 Final

  1. 1. Using Web 2.0 Tools to Enhance Differentiated Learning Roger Nevin & Cynthia Sargeant Bridging the Gap Connecting education with how young people use digital technology in their personal lives This presentation will provide educators with resources, assignments, teaching strategies and differentiated learning opportunities that combine literacy with new technological and media trends. This presentation will be posted on our web site A non-profit web site to support educators implement new technologies in the classroom Joint YCDSB/YRDSB Presentation - March 15 2009
  2. 4. How this presentation will help you <ul><ul><li>Ideas on how to connect education with how young people use digital technology in their personal lives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of lessons and assignments that work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lists of academic articles for further study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion of challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links on how to create wikis, podcasts, Photo Story and other Web 2.0 tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion of Cloud Computing & Google Apps </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All information is at </li></ul>
  3. 5. Important Concept ! <ul><ul><li>Educators do not have to know how to use any of the technology they assign to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They need to know what the technology can produce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not use technology for technology sake – does it improve learning ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The process of the student learning a new technology themselves is often as important or sometimes more important than the assignment. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 6. Students’ contrast <ul><ul><li>  &quot;Anecdotal evidence and research suggest that teachers' integration of digital tools into instruction is sporadic. Many young people's reliance on digital technology in their outside lives stands in sharp contrast to their limited use of it in school.“ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Digital Decade. ,  Education Week , 3/29/2007, Vol. 26, Issue 30 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 7. How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century. (cover story Dec. 2006) How to Bring Our Schools Out of the 20th Century “ There's a dark little joke exchanged by educators with a dissident streak: Rip Van Winkle awakens in the 21st century after a hundred-year snooze and is, of course, utterly bewildered by what he sees. Men and women dash about, talking to small metal devices pinned to their ears. Young people sit at home on sofas, moving miniature athletes around on electronic screens. Older folk defy death and disability with metronomes in their chests and with hips made of metal and plastic. Airports, hospitals, shopping malls--every place Rip goes just baffles him. But when he finally walks into a schoolroom, the old man knows exactly where he is. &quot;This is a school,&quot; he declares. &quot;We used to have these back in 1906. Only now the blackboards are green.&quot;
  6. 8. Important Concept ! <ul><ul><li>Best way to learn a technology or most things is…. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-line videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do you tie a tie ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> has tutorial videos on creating podcasts, wikis and Photo Story </li></ul></ul>
  7. 10. Technology that students use in their personal lives… <ul><ul><li>podcasts & MP3 players </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;...podcasts offer some of the most promising content for today's social studies classroom. &quot; George B. Lipscomb, Lisa Marie Guenther and Perry McLeod.Social Education 71.3 (April 2007): p120(5). </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;..rather than spend his time confiscating MP3 players from students, he integrates them into learning by involving students in scripting, recording, editing, and sharing Podcasts&quot; Lamb, Annette, and Larry Johnson. &quot;Podcasting in the school library, part 2: creating powerful Podcasts with your students.(infotech). .&quot; Teacher Librarian . </li></ul></ul>
  8. 11. Ipods & MP3 players in the classroom <ul><ul><li>used as a reward </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>opportunity make connections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>helps students “isolate” during independent work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>some students focus better if they are listening to music </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>giving students some sort of “choice” = more cooperative </li></ul></ul>
  9. 12. Wikipedia <ul><ul><li>Allow students to use it ? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YES ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;study after study has found that Wikipedia is, in fact, reasonably accurate as a general knowledge source” School Library Journal. 53.6 (June 2007): 26(1). </li></ul></ul>
  10. 13. Why Wikipedia can be a valuable teaching tool <ul><ul><li>It can teach information literacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s a quick and easy way to get information on a subject the student isn’t familiar with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It can be used as a starting point for research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia articles often come with images, charts and graphs which can be helpful for students who struggle with reading a lot of text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikipedia is very current and relevant – can search topics which students are interested in such as skateboarding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Also a lower reading level is available called Simple English Wikipedia </li></ul></ul>
  11. 14. Wikis <ul><ul><li>defn:A wiki is a collaborative website which can be directly edited by anyone with access to it. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anyone can create a wiki for free. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellent tool for student group work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher Wikis Teacher -Darrell Wright </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration Wikis </li></ul></ul>
  12. 15. Photostory <ul><ul><li>Is a free downloadable program from MicroSoft </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows students to create movies which combine images, text, voice, music and sound effects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most secondary students can use it with no training </li></ul></ul>Biography project from a grade 3 Student
  13. 16. Photo Story <ul><ul><li>“ “ data suggested that digital story telling enriched the classroom learning environment, the curriculum, and student learning experiences by providing an open-ended, creative and motivating productive tool in the classroom. In addition, teachers perceived students to be motivated and excited to use the computer, digital camera, the Internet and Photo Story to develop their stories,particularly in connection with real world problems” Association for Educational Communications and Technology 2008 - International Review – 11 April 2008 school. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 17. THE RESULT???
  15. 18. Student Response <ul><ul><li>This was fun! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I liked being able to move around! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It was great doing something different than a book report! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I learned a lot about the novel! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I got to know people in the class better! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can we do it again? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See comments </li></ul></ul>
  16. 19. PhotoStory – Movie Trailer <ul><ul><li>Assignment where students have to create a movie trailer for a book they have read. Seven groups submitted Photo Stories. </li></ul></ul>
  17. 20. Podcasts <ul><ul><li>defn:Posting or transmitting an audio file to be downloaded and viewed/heard by other internet users either on a computer or MP3 player. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audacity is free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See download link at (click on podcasts) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcast example from </li></ul></ul>
  18. 21. Podcasts students can do Do French oral assignments as an MP3 (can e-mail assignment to teacher) Do book talks for English as a podcast Create a radio play or interview (any subject)  Do a dramatic reading from a novel (adding music and sound effects)- Create a podcast based on a written script (any subject)  Conduct an interview and create a podcast (any subject)  Do a debate as a podcast  Make a Public Service Announcement  (see social justice podcast) Create a walking tour (school, city etc.)  Record a lecture as an MP3  Research a topic and record findings as a podcast  Conduct a science experiment and record findings as a podcast  Interview with an author and create a podcast (or insert it into a book talk) Create a radio advertisement Use podcasting to augment a photostory (see Whirligig) Method by which students can review material-record study notes in MP3 format and then listen on IPOD Create a news broadcast based on a historical event
  19. 22. Video <ul><ul><li>&quot;It's very clear-kids want a voice. They have an inherent desire to be heard and this site gives them that opportunity. Now we can stick our heads in the sand and ignore YouTube, or we can use it to motivate students.&quot; YouTube Comes to the Classroom. By: Adam, Anna, Mowers, Helen, School Library Journal, 03628930, Jan2007 </li></ul></ul>
  20. 23. Video <ul><ul><li>Free on-line Videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> (search “Ignite! Learning”) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li> (small but growing site) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On-Line video assignments have a number of challenges compared to using PhotoStory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>must access to a video camera </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>know how to use a video editing suite </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>privacy issues when posting on-line </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>very large files (difficult to email) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  21. 24. Video <ul><ul><li>Teachers can produce their own videos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This 6 minute video took about 3 hours to write, tape, edit and post on-line. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 25. Copyright issues <ul><ul><li>Technically, posting material on-line which uses someone else’s creation (e.g.. Music) without permission is breaking copyright. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>However….10,000 of videos on have background music from artists without permission… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally….In the culture of young people they feel they have the “ right” to use their music as they see fit. </li></ul></ul>
  23. 26. Safety Issues <ul><ul><li>Creating Photo Stories, video and even podcasts can involve physical action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Action = Possibility of injury </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who would be responsible ???? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permission Forms for both privacy and Safety …. Yes </li></ul></ul>
  24. 27. Privacy Issues <ul><ul><li>Wikis,, Photo Story, Podcasts all allow for on-line access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As an educator what do you do if.. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A student wiki has inappropriate content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A student who in a video, but who does not edit the video, becomes the brunt of a joke when the video is posted on-line </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A musician emails the school because their music is used without permission as part of a podcast </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 28. Social Justice Assignment – Teacher Comments
  26. 29. Social Justice Assignment <ul><li>Student assignments received </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcast </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul></ul>
  27. 30. Student assignments received <ul><li>Student assignments received </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PhotoStory (Child Soldiers) </li></ul></ul>
  28. 31. Teacher Testimonials “ I feel that from incorporating the technology of wikis, Podcasting and Photo Story into my classroom instruction, I am a more effective, relevant and successful teacher of today's students. My students feel they are working in their strengths, while they learn new skills and do quality analysis…It's a 'win win' situation: using technology in my classroom makes me a better teacher and my students better students. Jacquie Anderson,secondary school English teacher
  29. 32. Teacher Testimonials “ Through these experiences, it has become clear that the teachers who embrace technology as a learning tool are better able to motivate and permeate success into their classrooms…Technology is surely the new literacy and a wonderful way to break away from conventional strategies to ensure successful, diverse and authentic learning environments.” Courtney Chartrand, secondary school English teacher
  30. 33. Teacher Testimonials “ I have found podcasting and Photo Story technology to be a highly effective way to engage students, especially those learners who are visual and kinisthetic. These technologies have made both historical time periods and literature come alive for my locally developed and applied students. Overall, it is a highly accessible and enriching experience for my students.” Kevin Robinson secondary school English teacher
  31. 34. It works with at-risk students
  32. 35. Conclusion <ul><ul><li>Technology is a proven method to engage students of all levels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 embraces the way young people use technology in their personal lives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The use of this technology helps students prepare for their future </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> or contact us at [email_address] </li></ul></ul>
  33. 36. Cloud Computing <ul><ul><li>E-mail, chat, talk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Images, calendar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Word processor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spreadsheet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki / Web Page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UNDER ONE PLATFORM </li></ul></ul>
  34. 37. Cloud Computing <ul><ul><li>Works anywhere anytime………. </li></ul></ul>
  35. 38. Cloud Computing <ul><ul><li>Works on any computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PCs, Macs, Linux </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires no hard drive space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Works on many PDAs </li></ul></ul>
  36. 39. Google Apps Education Edition “ Our technology and information systems are a huge selling point for parents (who) may otherwise have doubts (of sending students to our school) ” Assistant Principal, Andrew Stillman
  37. 40. Google Apps Education Edition <ul><ul><li>Allows schools to easily communicate with parents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gives students software they can use at home without purchasing it (e.g. spreadsheets, PowerPoint) </li></ul></ul>“ Our veteran staff, almost without exception, asserts that this is the best classroom software they’ve ever encountered. ” Watershed School
  38. 41. Google Apps Education Edition <ul><ul><li>Provides each user with 7GB of space which is enough space for students to do podcast and video assignments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has no ads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is FREE ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saves school boards money … money that can be used in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is a paperless solution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GREEN ! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Saves printing costs </li></ul></ul></ul>“ Half a million dollars versus free. That's what (educators) are faced with as they decide whether to continue running their own e-mail services or outsource them to a professional service like Google Apps” Chronicle of Higher Education, 1/11/2008
  39. 42. Google Apps Education Edition <ul><ul><li>Documents are never lost – saves automatically </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not have to worry about not having the software or the correct version </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can both upload and download documents off your hard drive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick to set up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to administrate </li></ul></ul>“ &quot;The school dumped its own e-mail program in exchange for Google Apps in 2007 .. it freed us up to concentrate on classroom applications” Kevin Roberts, chief information officer
  40. 43. Google Apps & Cloud Computing <ul><ul><li>“ Cloud Computing” means that all files and programs are located on an Internet server somewhere… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No files or programs (other than a browser) are needed on your computer </li></ul></ul>