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Collaborative learning in the math classroom through blogger


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Collaborative learning in the math classroom through blogger

  2. 2. SUMMARY OF INITIATIVE • Blogger as a tool to further collaborative and constructivist learning in the classroom • Forum for discussion • Community Building • Opportunity to refine and revise ideas for greater confidence and pride in work
  3. 3. NEED • Cooperative learning is an essential component of classroom structure • Nonetheless, struggle with having full participation from all the students • Hesitant about sharing ideas with one another likely stems from a weak sense of community and lack of confidence in one’s insight or ideas. • Students greatly dependent on teacher as a result, limiting opportunities for full constructivist learning
  4. 4. AUDIENCE • All 11th grade Geometry students at Benjamin Franklin High School • Total of 55 students taking the course • Opportunity to share mathematical conclusions with families to engage them in their learning
  5. 5. OUTCOMES • My two sections of Geometry will be able to: • Formulate and share their ideas for different mathematical concepts following an exploration • Access group mate’s ideas • Engage in an exchange that will allow students to ultimately reach some conclusion or rule about the underlying math concept
  7. 7. PLATFORM - BLOGGER • Blogger is an easy-to-use online resources where users can quickly create blogs and generate feedback • Useful in education because Blogger makes it easy for students to share perspectives on education content, collaborative with others on knowledge-formation, and get feedback from others. • Additionally, students can connect to other social media channels and keep an online journal that documents their learning
  8. 8. BROAD PLAN • Initiative will take place during the fourth quarter (April 22 – May 30, 2014). This short trial period will ensure that year-long implementation for the 2014 – 2015 will be prepared. • During the initiative, participants will: • Engage in a community building exercise where participants share personal information and comment on their peer’s posts. • Post a written response of individual initiative ideas or observations of some mathematical pattern or data • Post comments to teammate’s posts and provide feedback • Synthesize the mathematical rule for the group • Browse other group’s responses and ideas.
  9. 9. FACILITATOR EXPECTATIONS • Post instructions and checklists for each assignment • Monitor group and team discussions • Provide feedback to groups and to individual posts • Highlight exemplar posts and exchanges between students
  10. 10. PARTICIPANT EXPECTATIONS • Participate in assignments by posting observations and conclusions • Engage with teammates and provide commentary on their ideas • Utilize math conversation stems and formal language • I’m trying to find _____ • I’m confused because ___ • The way I solved this problem was ___ • Another strategy for solving this problem is ______ • This reminds me of _____ • The error in my strategy was ____ • Respect each student’s work
  11. 11. CRITERIA FOR SUCCESS • By the end of the initiative, all Geometry students will… • Have created a blogger account • Provide individual information in an ‘About Me’ post and respond to peer’s ‘About Me’ posts. • Document their observations of mathematical phenomena and respond to their group mate’s posts • Share the blogger with family members to invest them in their learning progress.
  12. 12. CONCLUSION • E-learning initiative will improve collaboration in the classroom and dependence on the students for knowledge formation as opposed to on the teacher. • Feedback and ideas can be provided through class’s discussion board or directly to me at