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Professional Development Unit

  1. 1. Title of Unit Working the Wiki Audience 1 st Grade Team Way! Curriculum Professional Time Frame 1 Session Area Development Stage 1 – Identify Desired Results Content Standards: The library media specialist as teacher of information skills makes use of a variety of instructional strategies and assessment tools. (2b) The library media specialist as teacher of information makes use of a variety of instructional strategies and assessment tools. (2b) Candidates employ strategies to integrate the information literacy curriculum with content curriculum. (2c) Candidates incorporate technology to promote efficient and equitable access to information beyond print resources. (2c) Candidates assist students to use technology to access, analyze, and present information. (2c) Candidates acknowledge the importance of participating on school and district committees and in faculty staff development opportunities (3b) Understandings Teachers will understand that:  A wiki is a multi-dimensional tool that can be effective in the classroom.  A wiki is easy to make, navigate, and use. Essential Questions Essential Questions:  What is a Wiki?  How can a wiki be used effectively in the classroom setting? Knowledge Students will know:  A wiki is a type of website that easily allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pagesthrough a browser  PBworks is a website where you can createa wiki  How to add links to the wiki  How to createmultiple pages  How to insert photos Skills
  2. 2. Students will be able to :  Accesspersonal PBworks account  Createa wiki pagethrough their PBworks account  Add multiple pagesto a wiki  Add links to a wiki page  Insert photos by uploading and linking Stage 2- Assessment Evidence Performance Task Other Evidence Goal: Formative: Your goal is to set up an account through After the teacher has taught the content of and begin to createyour own wiki. what a wiki is and demonstratedthe different tasks she will walk around the Role: room as the teacherswork to assist and You are a 1 st gradeclassroom teacher working to answer questions. effective classroom tools. Self Assessment/Evaluation: Audience: The teacherswill complete an evaluation The audienceis the studentsyou teach, the that assesseswhat they learned throughout teachersyour work with, and/or the parents of the session. your students. Situation: As a team you have been encouragedby your Follow Up: Teacherswere given my email principal to find a tool that you can use to createa addressfor any questions or concerns, as comprehensive list of all your resourcesacross well as the link to the wiki used for different subject areas. instruction to refer back. Product Performance and Purpose: You are to successfully sign up for an account through PBworks and begin to createa wiki that lists all of your education internet sites by grade level. Standards and Criteria for Success: Stage 3- Learning Plan
  3. 3. Learning Activities: 1. I will start with introducing myself and asking for any knowledgethat the teachershave about wiki’s. The essential question will be written on the smart board and referencedto the teachers. 2. I will then use a slide rocket presentation to inform the teachersof what a wiki is and the different ways you can use them to compile different online resourcesand as a teaching tool. 3. I will show the teachersseveral different examples of wiki’sthrough my PBworks account. Then I will inform the teachersthat we will begin to createa wiki that houses all of their educational websitesbroken down by subject area. 4. I will use the smart board to demonstratefor the teachersand guide them through creating their own pbworks account. Then I will guide and instruct them on how to createa new wiki page. Each teacher will createone page. 5. Once they pull up their pagestogether we will createfour headings: LanguageArts, Science, Social Studies, and math. I will then demonstrateto them how to: • Createa pagefor each of thoseheadings • How to insert links to various websiteson each page • How to upload a picture • How to link the different pagesof the wiki together *For each step listed above I will demonstratethe task. Then have each teacher attempt to do it on their page. I will walk around and help as neededduring each task. 6. Teacherswill then be given a chanceto continue working and creating their own personal resourcewiki pagewhile I walk around to answer questions and assist. 7. Teacherswill fill out a self evaluation pageand an evaluation survey for the class.
  4. 4. Reflection I am really glad that I was given this opportunity to practice giving a professional development unit becausethis was one aspect of the media specialist job that didn’thave any experiencewith. I am so used to teaching elementary students and feel completely out of my league when I am asked to teach adults. During the planning stagesI was somewhat unsure of specific instructional methodsI could use and didn’thave any background knowledgeof how to go about teaching this group of learners. At first I thought I would go through, show them a task on the wiki. Then let them complete it. But, during the actual lesson it ran a lot better if I explained all the different tasks and then allowed them to begin building their own. They could pull up my wiki if they neededto refer back to the step by step directions as I walked around and helped. It madeit helpful that all of the teachershad their lap tops with them and could go follow along. Next time though, on top of all the directions through the digital format I will also print written directions for each teacher. Although, they could follow the directions on the wiki with their computer, it would have been helpful for them to have the directions right next to them while they were working independently. This was also a suggestion that was given through the evaluation. Honestly, I was really worried about the attitude of the teachersI would be teaching because of all the meetings and duties they are asked to perform. However, as it turned out they were excited about learning about this tool as many of them had heard about wiki’sand were interestedin learning how to use them. The group was made up of teachersand student teachersthat worked with the first gradeteam. I really felt like the student teachers’ excitement about this tool helped the teachersto be willing to learn. Gauging from the evaluations they did find wiki’san interesting tool. Most of them really liked the idea of using the wiki to organize their resourcesby subject area. Also, many of them thought this tool would help organize their student links. They could createa pageof class links organized by subject that could be kept on their class computers homepagesand then their ’ studentswould be able to find their way to sites they use regularly. Lesson Evaluation: The Wiki Way Lesson Evaluation 1. What did you know about wiki’s before this lesson? _______________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ 2. What did you learn about wiki’s? ______________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ 3. Will you use this tool in your classroom? ___________ How? ______________ ___________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________
  5. 5. 4. What parts of this lesson was helpful? __________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ 5. What suggestions do you have that would help to improve the effectiveness of this lesson? ______________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________