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How to Connect Your Classroom in World Class Ways

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We must redefine how we teach online. Don't just have a low-engagement online classroom that just duplicates how you teach face to face. Redefine it and level it up. If you have to learn online, do it in a world class way!

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How to Connect Your Classroom in World Class Ways

  1. 1. ConnectingYourClassroomin WorldClassWaysEvenataDistance www.coolcatteacher.com/inconnected This is based on some of the content from Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds This session will be posted at
  2. 2. ✖ Tips for a Great Viewing Experience
  3. 3. ✖Close the door. ✖Move your cell phone and put it up. ✖Stay until the end. (I have some things for you!)
  4. 4. TellUsintheChat! What are some unique ways you’ve found to connect when teaching at a distance that were not possible or as easy in the face to face classroom?
  5. 5. Photo by Tim Klapdoor https://www.flickr.com/photos/timklapdor/8449250160/in/photostream/
  6. 6. WemustRedefineanduseonline technologiesforwhattheydobest insteadofjusttryingtorecreatea facetofaceclassroomonline whichisjustsubstitution.
  7. 7. Thispresentationfocusesonhowwe redefinelearning Do what is unique to online learning!
  8. 8. Let’sRedefinethispresentation Please share, contribute, drop links and share ideas. This isn’t “sit and get” this is “care and share!”
  9. 9. I’mgoingtoshare • 5 problems with connecting and learning online • How to connect and build projects that transform student learning and thinking. • My top 4 reasons to collaborate and connect globally while in distance learning • 8 simple steps to creating awesome collaborative projects in your classroom. • A secret for each step and tips for redefining learning.
  10. 10. 33Projects and Global Connections 18yearsconnecting globally in world class ways 2,000+students Lots of students and teachers
  11. 11. Classroom Wiki (2005) K12 Online Conference Teacher Collaboration Wiki (2006) Flat Classroom™ Project (2006-2012) Horizon Project (2007- 2008) Digiteen Project (2007- 2012) Digiteen Island in Open Sim (2008-2010) Arab Israeli Conflict Simulation (2009, 2011, 2013) Flat Classroom Conference – Doha, Qatar (2009) NetGenEd Project (2009-2013) – with Don Tapscott Flat Classroom Live at ASB Unplugged, Mumbai (2010) India Immersion Project (2010) Eracism Project (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) Flat Classroom Conference China 2011 China Immersion Project (2011) Hope for Slaves (2012) Gamifi-ed (2014) Physics of the Future (2014) Shark Tank App Building (2014-2015) H&R Block Budget Challenge (2014-2015) Someglobalprojects
  12. 12. afewoftheConnectionsmyclassroomhasmade Myschool
  13. 13. Hi I am Vicki Davis I am here because I love to teach and help use technology in helpful life-changing ways. You can find me at: @coolcatteacher 10 Minute Teacher Podcast
  14. 14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQQljnZQufU
  15. 15. 5Problemswithconnectingand learningonline
  16. 16. 1.lackofclarity Be clear with what you’re doing when you connect with a guest speaker or connect online. “Activity creep” can waste time and disengage learners.
  17. 17. 2.PoorPlanning Starting the project or collaboration before planning it together or building a strong connection between the teachers or speakers.
  18. 18. 3.Unclearunderstanding Be clear with students about projects and work. If they are part of planning, clearly explain the plan and ask their input and be sensitive to it.
  19. 19. 4.KitchenSinkSyndrome Teachers try to put too much into the activity or online event.
  20. 20. 5.BurnoutYou have to have limits to accessibility. Gary T. Henry from Vanderbilt University found that a teacher leaving during the year results in a loss of between 32-72 instructional days. Pace. Have a place and time. Set expectations. https://cdn.theconversation.com/static_files/files/269/withinyear_efp_final.pdf?1536242239
  21. 21. tellus! As you’ve connected online have you had a problem with one of these five or another one?
  22. 22. Top4ReasonstoConnect YourStudentstoonlineopportunities 1. Connecting lets students move from talking about the world to talking with the world. 🌏
  23. 23. Top4ReasonstoConnect YourStudentstoonlineopportunities 2. Connecting your students globally unleashes experiential learning where students learn by doing and connecting. 🌏
  24. 24. Top4ReasonstoConnect YourStudentstoonlineopportunities 3. Online collaborative experiences will allow you to build you and your school’s reputation as innovative leaders in a modern 21st century education. 🌏
  25. 25. Teams “Working with people across the world has challenged me.” “The majority of my partners wanted to contribute something meaningful to the project.” Horizon Project Students http:// horizonproject.wikispaces.co m Casey tells her story P 29
  26. 26. Top4ReasonstoConnect YourStudentsGlobally 4. Students become more engaged learners (for life). 🌏
  27. 27. ✓ Fosters community (Elbow 373) ✓ Helps see problems from multiple viewpoints (Howard 10) ✓ Co-authoring impacts the writing of individual authors (Aghbar) ✓ Improves Learning Experiences (wolf 2010) ✓ “Ideal model for constructing, reorganizing and acquiring new information” (Janssen et all 2010) ✓ Global collaboration is essential in today’s workplace (Friedman) ✓ Shorten time required to solve pressing world problems (Tapscott) PLUSalltheBenefitsofCollaborativeWriting
  28. 28. “…you can’t just drop new innovations into a classroom and hope that the instructor will invent effective ways to use them. To fully utilize a new teaching technology, you often need to invent new teaching practices as well.” John Seely Brown, Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California
  29. 29. Step1:Connect First, connect yourself in unique ways so you can find the innovative things happening NOW. A new way of teaching requires new ideas.
  30. 30. Youneedtoconnectin4ways 🌏 1. Connect with yourself. Examined Experience. Each day I reflect intentionally. My “to be” list determines my “to do” list.
  31. 31. by Brooke Anderson https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/six_daily_questions_to_ask_yourself_in_quarantine
  32. 32. Whatareyourquestions? When will you take time to reflect on your daily experience?
  33. 33. Youneedtoconnectin4ways 🌏 2. Connect yourself to others How will I build my PLN?
  34. 34. 2 Step Strategy for Transformational Change STEP 1: Innovate Like a Turtle
  35. 35. 15 minutes 2-3 times a week Embed Learning: Kaizen
  36. 36. Howwillyouconnect? ★Facebook Group ★Twitter hashtags ★“Mastermind” Groups - similar jobs in diverse schools ★Mentor Groups - someone is mentoring on a topic ★Mastery Groups - the group is working towards achieving mastery on a topic
  37. 37. Youneedtoconnectin4ways 🌏 3. Connect with your students You’ve got to relate before you educate (or innovate)!
  38. 38. Practicalwaystoconnectwithstudents ★Mood surveys ★Student advisory groups ★Special interest groups and clubs ★Every assignment is a reflective opportunity ★Digital journals, scrapbooks, and portfolios ★Google Hangout Chat Groups
  39. 39. Youneedtoconnectin4ways 🌏 4. Connect your students to others Connect in ways that redefine what you can do.
  40. 40. Sciracy – Pauline Roberts - NEIGHBORHOOD
  41. 41. Classroom Champions
  42. 42. Flipgrid
  43. 43. Donnie Piercey’s Map 360 Project http://www.coolcatteacher.com/e127/
  44. 44. 21st Century Skills 21st Century CONNECTIONS
  45. 45. WhatdoyouWISHYoucoulddofora connection? Share in the chat your class, age, location and how you WISH you could connect with other classrooms? Join us in the “after party” chat to talk about your dreams and create plans.
  46. 46. Step1:Connect To Yourself | To Others | To Your Students | To the World
  47. 47. Step2:Communicate The secret to communicating effectively online is you need simple ways to connect synchronously and asynchronously with teachers and students. Now is the perfect opportunity to teach BOTH.
  48. 48. Synchronous ✓Definition: at the same time ✓Examples: ✓Instant Messaging ✓Voice over IP (Skype) ✓Video Conferencing ✓Face to Face Interactions ✓Webcasts ✓Webinars
  49. 49. RedefineVideoconferencing
  50. 50. Videoconferencing&Zoom/GoogleMeet/MicrosoftTeams Substitutingvs.Redefinition ✓REDEFINITION ✓Students Collaborate ✓Breakout rooms! ✓Students collaborate in a live document ✓Students present & lead ✓Backchannel chat used with a purpose ✓Emoticons & feedback ✓Polls ✓Interactive formative feedback (Nearpod) ✓Guests from around the world interact with students ✓High engagement ✖SUBSTITUTION ✖Teacher Lectures ✖Class watches videos ✖Teacher talks ✖No backchannel chat ✖No emoticons ✖No sharing ✖No student video ✖No feedback to teacher or just “verbal self reporting” ✖Just like a F2F classroom but online ✖Local Guests visit class (can be engaging!) ✖Low engagement
  51. 51. Asynchronous ✓Definition: NOT at the same time ✓Examples: ✓Blogs ✓Wikis ✓Podcasts ✓Virtual classroom recordings ✓Recorded Video
  52. 52. www.edmodo.com
 Free, blogging, assignments
  53. 53. Step2:Communicate Let’s find and invent ways to connect synchronously and asynchronously with our connection groups!
  54. 54. Step3:CultivateCitizenship SECRET: Select a framework for a common language. Use lots of current examples to discuss. Discuss issues as they arise in the project and relate it to common language.
  55. 55. Best Software Ever Invented to Be Safe Online
  56. 56. SpeakUp! What digital citizenship model does your school use?
  57. 57. BeInternetAwesome
  58. 58. 5 Steps to Internet Safety 1.Stop 2.Screenshot 3.Block 4.Tell 5.Share
  59. 59. My Strategy: Truth or Fiction Bellringers Take current true or false things from Snopes and push kids to find out for themselves. protect students by posing scams that people are falling for now!
  60. 60. Step3:CultivateCitizenship SECRET: Select a framework for a common language. Use lots of current examples to discuss. Discuss issues as they arise in the project and relate it to common language.
  61. 61. Step4:Contribute&Collaborate SECRET: 100% contribution starts with your expectation that everyone will contribute
  62. 62. Klossner’s (2010) 90-9-1 principle
  63. 63. 3R’sofGlobalCollaboration 1. Receive 2. Read 3. Respond 🌏
  64. 64. Step4:Contribute&Collaborate SECRET: An authentic audience will engage your students but the authentic audience should engage quickly.
  65. 65. Audience is Important “Technology creates opportunities for students to do meaningful work that has value outside school, receive feedback on their work, and experience the rewards of publication or exhibition.” Peck & Dorricott, 1994 http://caret.iste.org/index.cfm? fuseaction=evidence&answerID=9&wor ds=audience Read
  66. 66. Challengestoconnectingonline Lurkers & Nonresponders Some students think they can just lurk and because it "counts" on social media, that it counts in the classroom. Language Disconnects Many have the language of the project as a second language. Just disclose the use of translators, never “pretend" to be native if you're not.) Cultural taboos and disconnects Be on the watch for disconnects. Poor technopersonal skills Some mistake technology mistakes for intentional offenses. Always give the others the benefit of the doubt. Cultural Differences Plagiarism and copyright can look different. Others think it is a social network Time Zones The greater the time divide, the better you must be at asynchronous communications.
  67. 67. Wayseducators/expertsandstudentscaninteract ★Project Management ★Coaching and Mentoring ★Keynotes ★Expert Advisors ★Judging ★Leading “Sounding Board” Classrooms Preservice teachers are an untapped resource for tandem learning!
  68. 68. Judgesandevaluators
  69. 69. ClassroomLeadershipRoles ★Collaborators & co-creators ★Sounding Boards ★Outsourced Partners ★Feedback & Students Choice Judging! Multi age experiences can help students simplify and fine tune their pitch!
  70. 70. Step4:Contribute&Collaborate SECRET: An authentic audience will engage your students but the authentic audience should engage quickly.
  71. 71. Step5:EmpowerChoice SECRET: Students can create and invent their own topics through a simple pitch process. Passion projects need to move online.
  72. 72. Passion Projects in Practice Erin Klein
  73. 73. 3 Boys, 1 Task, 3 Apps Karen Lirenman @klirenman 1st Grade Teacher
  74. 74. Formsof“pitching” Storyboard or outline 1 Minute “elevator pitch” Project changes or new directions
  75. 75. ‘ Team Selection
  76. 76. Team Selection
  77. 77. Team Selection
  78. 78. Team Selection
  79. 79. Createchoicerichchallenges Topics, Debates, Skits, Service Projects, Genius Hour, 20% Time, Maker Projects 🌏
  80. 80. Step5:EmpowerChoice SECRET: Students can create and invent their own topics through a simple pitch process.
  81. 81. Step6:CreateThingsthatMatter SECRET: Students are more engaged when they do something that matters to THEM.
  82. 82. HowstudentsCanCreate ★Publishers of Content Personal publishing (ebooks, Youtube, etc.) and Social publishing (school Facebook etc.) ★To have a Personal Brand ★To do Projects that Make a Difference ★Use THEIR imagination!
  83. 83. Step6:CreateThingsthatMatter SECRET: Students are more engaged when they do something that matters to THEM.
  84. 84. Step7:Celebrations SECRET: Celebrations can happen almost any time and anywhere but they should always be for a REASON and planned by the STUDENTS.
  85. 85. Project Celebration: Student Summit “In addition to the in-class required assessment for a global project, it is advised that students are able to celebrate and reflect with others from the project, including teachers and students. ” P 266-267 Showcase: The Student Summit in Action
  86. 86. School Facebook Page
  87. 87. 17IdeastoCelebrate Private 1. Private Teacher Surveys 2.Private Student Surveys 3. Personal Portfolios. Public 4.Paper plate awards 5.Classroom hall of fame 6.Student choice awards 7.T shirts/ tokens/ memory minders 8.Certificates 9.Let them plan the next step 10.Leave messages to the next class Global 11.Project Awards 12.Online school "Museum" of excellence 13.School press release 14.Social media Sharing 15.Presentation recordings that are shared 16.Reflection spaces 17.Judging and Feedback
  88. 88. Findwaystocelebrate
  89. 89. Step7:CelebrationsSECRET: Celebrations can happen almost any time and anywhere but they should always be for a REASON and planned by the STUDENTS (or by FACULTY FUN Committee.)
  90. 90. Step8:Reinvent&levelUp Examined Experience.
  91. 91. Marilyn Monroe “Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
  92. 92. 2 Step Strategy for Transformational Change STEP 1: Innovate Like a Turtle
  93. 93. 2 Step Strategy for Transformational Change STEP 2: Select your “Big 3”
  94. 94. coolcatteacher.com/ inconnected @coolcatteacher

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