Project SMILE, a 3-year, NSF funded, exploratory project seeks to study the effectiveness of integrated science and mathematics instruction for improving middle grades teachers’ ability to teach scientific inquiry and mathematical problem solving, using InspireData as the integration tool and the Science, Mathematics, Technology & Society (SMTS) as the pedagogical approach. One of the key elements of the professional development approach in Project SMILE is to develop a community of collaborative learners that inquire, develop and support each other across grade levels, schools, and school districts in bringing about a nexus of science and mathematics in their middle grades classes. This presentation will focus on multiple ways of leveraging the potential of various technological tools to transcend the geographical separation of their schools and foster communication and collaboration among participating teachers throughout the academic year.
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Project SMILEA Community of Practice, Inquiry and Improvement Max Dass and John Spagnolo Appalachian State University Boone, NC Tools for: Communication Collaboration Teaching and Learning SMTS Pedagogy Data Literacy Presentation @ MA-ASTE Conference Fall 2011, Carter Caves, KY
Technology FrameworkTools for Learning Management and TeachingMoodle InspireDataTools for Personal Learning EnvironmentMahara SCOOP NotebookTools for Social NetworkMahara ForumsWimba Institute (CHAUTAUQUA)Tools for DATA, Evaluation/ImprovementSelectSurvey (RTOP an SCOOP) Flip Video Cameras
Three Pillars of a Virtual CoPLMS (Learning PLE (Personal Learning SP/N (Social/ProfessionalManagement System) Environment) Network• Learning Management • Collecting • Collaboration• Resources and Activities • Organizing • Communication• Organization • Sharing • Notification
What Worked• Electronic Scoop Notebook• Online RTOP• InspireData for Integration and Inquiry• Virtual Roundtables• Wimba Web Conferences• Paperless Principle• Summer Institute (CHAUTAUQUA )• Anecdotes
Use of Moodle• AdminSMILE – Advisory Committee – Document Sharing – News Forum• Project SMILE – Manage Summer Institute Activities – Virtual Roundtables – Posting Resources – Communication
Use of Mahara• File Repository• Scoop Notebook – Template – Expectations – Sharing• Wall Posts• School Groups and Feedback