Edmedia Roundtable Slides - Elementary Connected Classrooms, School District 74 (Gold Trail), British Columbia, Canada
1Elementary Connected ClassroomsSchool District 74 (Gold Trail), British Columbia, CanadaSchool District 74 (Gold Trail), British Columbia, Canada
2History and Context A project that started four years ago and is uniqueto Gold Trail Was created to connect students within our districtwho are geographically separated from each otherand create a larger peer group beyond the walls oftheir classrooms, schools and communities Creates new learning partnerships betweenstudents, teachers, and the larger communities Uses technology in a transformative way toenhance the learning experiences for students,increasing engagement and motivation
6Errin Gregory’s Grade 5 Class atCayoosh Elementary in Lillooet
7In 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 iPod Nanos for audiobooks Headphones for each student USB drives for each student
8How We Connect Students engage in four teacher-focusedinstructional lessons a week Students also connect to share and explore newMoodle forums weekly connect on Moodle at school and at home Students meet three times a year (once at eachsite) for Connected Classrooms gatherings focus is networking and building relationships Classes share a monthly news broadcast
9What Connected ClassroomsInstruction Looks Like: Lessons are skills-based, project-based andcross-curricular Each teacher has a teaching focus based onindividual strengths, passions, and expertise Aislinn Mulholland : Reading and Writing Power Errin Gregory: Digital Photography Tarla-Rae Sayenchuk: MindUP & AVID Strategies
11Moodle Site:Collaborative Hub OnlineCollaborative Hub Online• password-protected website where teachers andstudents can communicate content and shareonline.• available to the students, parents and teachers• contains a variety of weekly forums, includingonline literature circles
12Weekly Current Events Forum Each week students engage in discussionsabout current events. They are given a prompton a developing topic, and are posed a deepthinking question. The core idea of this forum is that real-worldproblems capture students interest and lead toserious thinking as the students acquire andapply new knowledge in a problem-solvingcontext
13Reading Power Deep Thinking Question Each week students are posed a thought provokingquestion that encourages critical and creativethinking, as well as inferring skills. Students can reply to the question with their ownthoughts and opinions, or can take the discussionfurther with by asking their own question related toDeep Thinking question of the week. Students are engaged in thinking through an onlineconversation, strengthening their ability to reasontheir way through a question or problem.
14Digital Photography Forum weekly photo posted with link to source basic critique questions asked: What’s good about the photo? What’s bad about the photo? What could be better? questions connect to the Visual Arts curriculum
15Parent Section There is an section on our Moodle site thatprovides information that supports the use oftechnology in the 21stCentury Classroom: Moodle criteria Online safety Technology performance standards Media content
17Year 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. Used as a context within which to teach allcurriculum areas Students will share their work at a Year EndCelebration of Learning.
23Online Literature Circles: Goals 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, andcritical thinking skills.
24Online Literature Circles: Books Students are given a wide variety of books tochose from based on a specific theme. Books include a variety of text: fiction, non-fiction, picture books, First Nations Literature. Themes for novels this year were Heroes,Student Choice, Teacher Choice
25Book Talks The book choices are introduced during BookTalk Week. These book talks build background knowledgeand spark personal interest. Summaries of these talks are also posted onMoodle for student’s reference.
26Online Literature Circles: Forums The discussion forums and book talks aremoderated by teachers and principals; eachbook leader takes a different book and poses aweekly deep thinking question. Students read independently throughout theweek, and are responsible for posting weekly.
27Find more information here:http://about.me/ConnectedLearning27