Elementary Connected A project that started two years ago and is unique to Gold Trail Was created to connect students within our district who are geographically separated from each other and create a larger peer group beyond the walls of their classrooms, schools and communities Creates new learning partnerships between students, teachers, and the larger communities Uses technology in a transformative way to enhance the learning experiences for students, increasing engagement and motivation
The three sites involved:Aislinn Mulholland’s Grade 4/5 Class at Ashcroft Elementary
Brooke Haller’s Grade 6/7 Class at Lytton Elementary
Errin Gregory’s 4/5 Class at Cayoosh Elementary
In our classrooms… Class set of laptops (one for each student) Video conferencing equipment Desktop sharing software (Brigit) Ceiling-mounted Projectors and Smartboard Shared Connected Classrooms Moodle site Digital Cameras 2 iPod Nanos for audiobooks, podcasts, photos,etc. Individual headphones and USB drives for saving work
Connecting Students engage in four teacher-focused instructional lessons a week Students also connect to share and explore new Moodle forums weekly Students connect on Moodle at varying times (at school and at home) Students meet three times a year (once at each site) for Connected Classrooms gatherings where the focus is networking and building relationships Classes share a monthly news broadcast
What Connected Classrooms Each teacher has a teaching focus based on individual strengths, passions, and expertise Lessons are skills-based, project-based and cross- curricularTeaching Focuses:Aislinn Mulholland : Reading PowerErrin Gregory: Writing and Digital PhotographyBrooke Haller: AVID Strategies (WICR)
MOODLE!!!Our classroom Moodle site is a password-protected website where teachers and studentscan communicate content and share online.This site is ONLY available to the students andteachers within Connected Classrooms.Our Moodle site contains a variety of weeklyforums and is where we work on our onlineliterature circles.
Weekly Current Events Forum Each week students engage in discussions about current events. They are given a prompt on a developing topic, and are posed a deep thinking question. The core idea of this forum is that real-world problems capture students interest and lead to serious thinking as the students acquire and apply new knowledge in a problem-solving context.
Reading Power Deep Thinking Each week students are posed a thought provoking question that encourages critical and creative thinking, as well as inferring skills. Students can reply to the question with their own thoughts and opinions, or can take the discussion further by asking their own question related to Deep Thinking question of the week. Students are engaged in thinking through an online conversation, strengthening their ability to reason their way through a question or problem.
Math Logic Problem The Math and Logic problems challenge the students each week in a different area of the curriculum. The questions encourage critical thinking and problem solving skills, and helps reinforce some of the concepts covered in the Math curriculum in a fun way.
Parent Section There is an section on our Moodle site that provides information that supports the use of technology in the 21st Century Classroom: Moodle criteria Online safety Laptop manual Technology performance standards Media content
Year Long Inquiry Project Students have chosen a topic based on theirown interests and engage in a weekly focusedlesson on the inquiry process. The goal for this project is for students tobecome experts on their topic, and experiencedeep learning. Students post questions, comments, and theirprogress on our Moodle. Students will share their work at a Year EndCelebration of Learning.
Online Literature Circles Our goal for online literature circles is tomotivate students to engage in a variety of textsand share this experience in an onlinecommunity of learners. These circles encourage and develop a joy ofreading, aid in reading comprehension, andfoster critical thinking skills.
Online Literature Circles Books Students are given a wide variety of books to choose from based on a specific theme. Books include a variety of text: fiction, non- fiction, picture books, First Nations Literature. This year, we have three themes: War, Social, and Environment
Book Talks The book choices are introduced during Book Talk Week. These book talks build background knowledge and spark personal interest. Summaries of these talks are also posted on Moodle for student’s reference.
Deep Thinking Forums The discussion forums and book talks are moderated by teachers and principals; each book leader takes a different book and poses a weekly deep thinking question. Students read independently throughout the week, and are responsible for posting weekly.
Connected Classrooms on the Web http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/news/av/video/2011/connected- classrooms/