What is dynamic learning? Dynamic: pertaining to or characterized by energy or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic; a basic or dynamic force, esp. one that motivates, affects development or stabilityLearning: knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field of scholarly application.In your experience as teachers what makes learning dynamic? Do students benefit from dynamic learning? Do they learn more when the lesson is engaging or dynamic?
What is critical thinking? What does this phrase mean to you or how would you define it? What does creating critical thinkers look like in your classroom? (If responses are minimal, read some of the emails on critical thinking.)Defn Critical - involving skillful judgment as to truth, merit, etc.; judicial: a critical analysis., of decisive importance with respect to the outcome; crucial: a critical moment. of essential importance; indispensableDefn Thinking – rational, reasoning, reflective, Read Dave’s Email – as Christians -don’t we want critical thinkers? Critical thinking is when knowledge is applied, relationships and connections are formed between new knowledge and old. Critical thinking is evaluation and problem solving. Made using wordle.net
According to Bloom’s taxonomy – critical thinking occurs in the lower half of the circle Web 2.0 Tools lend themselves well to working with critical thinking projects and lessons.
These tools support many of the types of creating and synthesizing projects that dynamic learning or critical thinking lessons require. It has never been easier to be a creator!To me, the wheel or taxonomy is a split between learning that is rote, repetitive – memorization and regurgitation AND learning that is hands on, engaging, applicable and fun. For me this type of learning is more project based – it is difficult to maintain on a daily basis but can be interspersed through the curriculum with projects that renew students and teachers’ excitement and interest.
What is Web 2.0?What is Web 1.0? Web 1.0 is the static web, the web that only those who were able to code a web page were able to contribute to. Web 2.0 is the dynamic web – it allows users to create, contribute, collaborate and share information in various forms easily. Web 2.0 tools are tools that allow the sharing and collaboration to occur easily. Why use web 2.0 tools? VIEW REALPLAYER WEB TOOLS VIDEOWe must teach our students to think critically, be adaptable and manage the overflow of information in their lives. Because we are preparing students to be contributors in a world that is: overflowing with information – they must have the tools and skills to manage it. Globally competitive – requiring team initiativesChanging rapidly and requiring adaptabilityRead the World is Flat by Thomas Friedman or anything by Daniel Pink!Web 2.0 tools are helpful to this effort because:Provides technology exposure and education for our students.Provides environments for application of subject matterSupports learning objectives when integrated wellLevels the playing field – no additional hardware or software required and often free!It can make your life easier as a teacher! It’s fun – for students and teachers. I have found that they engage in these types of projects more readily and more fully.
VoicethreadStudents read Death Comes for the Archbishop every year but it is not their favorite. They struggle to see the book as a story with a plot– but rather a random collection. Students researched the author, literary criticism about the book, the historical background of New Mexico and Santa Fe, the setting of the novel, ethnic groups of the region and the biographies of the actual priests characterized in the story. They created voicethreads for their research.From this project students learned background to what they would read later – this provided a basis of knowledge that could be used and applied as they read DCFTA to create their own connections throughout the story. Learned: to work together in teams, required additional organization - outlining or storyboarding presentation, required corresponding voice and pictures, worked together to divide the work – not just one person creating presentation - collaboration, sense of audience – unknown knowledge of audience, used 2.0 technology as an academic tool requiring formality unlike what they are used to with recreational use.Bio WikiUse Cell Wall or Golgi BodyProject began teaching students to break down a scientific article and read the article analyzing the content. Students researched parts of the cell (they got outside the textbook!) and then summarized the article on the wiki defining and explaining any terms or content that was difficult. Students were responsible for reading one another’s summaries and then providing a critique of one another’s summaries. Students had to provide one positive and one critiquing comment. Students could discuss or respond to comments in the wiki. Students then did a self evaluation including what they did well, what they would do differently next time and their response to their classmates’ critiques.
Students Privacy – no last names, will the tool be private or public? Moderated for content, appropriateness? Are parents onboard – if you have any parents that are afraid of the internet they may need some notice of the project and provide opportunity to discuss and address their concerns Do students have email addresses?Student Accountability – having students register with their own accounts allows changes and contributions to be credited to them – also provides accountability for changes.Process for disputes in place so that students have a method for working out conflict and when to take it up a level to the teacher.Adventurous Spirit – Recognize that other teacher’s may not understand what you are doing until they see it workFlexible and Adaptable – new things arise, problems can crop up when least expected! Willing to fail…but hoping not to! We learn from failure, but these projects can surprise you too!
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So where do I start? Unfortunately there is not a dynamic learning power button!Start with a lesson that you don’t like or you know the students loathe, something that is tedious to get through OR find a lesson that you believe the textbook is lacking in! Assess your resources:Students – can they work on their own? How are they with research? Do they work in teams well (maybe they need practice!) Do they have computer access at home or school? How tech savvy are they? (Pair up savvy with unsavvy!)Resources – Hardware-What access do you have? School, home, computer lab access? How tech savvy are you?Peopleware – Is there another teacher who has an interest in tech or is a great dynamic teacher that you could bounce ideas off of and discuss possibilities? Do you have any tech support? Get out of the book! Explore outside the book, how could this topic be researched further? How could it be made hands on, how could it be applied or changed, analyzed, critiqued, built on? Explore the web: start exploring web 2.0 tools, look at education blogs and nings, What are others doing? READ!
Strap on your boots and start exploring!
Questions? Let’s brainstorm a lesson…. OR Start exploring!Try a wiki, explore web 2.0 tools…
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Not Just<br />APPL (Another Power Point Lecture):<br />Using Technology to Create Dynamic Learning and Critical Thinking<br />Shannon Bomar<br />Colorado Springs Christian Schools<br />firstname.lastname@example.org<br />
Dynamic Learning<br />Dynamic: pertaining to or characterized by energy or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic<br />Learning: knowledge acquired by systematic study in any field of scholarly application.<br />"dynamic." Dictionary.com. 2009. N. pag. Web. 30 Sep. 2009 <br />“learning." Dictionary.com. 2009. N. pag. Web. 30 Sep. 2009 <br />
A Few Things Students Learn Using Collaborative Tools…<br />Respect for others: To respect one another’s contributions to the wiki<br />Teamwork: Organization!<br />How to disagree…and work it out!<br />Equitable division of labor<br />You represent yourself and Christ by your behavior…no matter where you are.<br />
A Few Things To Consider When Using Collaborative Tools…<br />Students’ Privacy<br />Student Accountability<br />Dispute Resolution<br />Adventurous Spirit<br />Flexible and Adaptable: This Means You!<br />
Web Tools 4U 2Use<br />http://webtools4u2use.wikispaces.com<br />Go for a Dip in the Web 2.0 Water!<br />Web 2.0 Teacher Training<br />Go 2 Web 2.0<br />Web 2.0 Tools and Applications Index<br />Steve Hargadon’s Blog On Technology in Education<br />Follow librarians online…<br />http://teacherlibrarian.ning.com/<br />
Check out MY Favorite 2.0 Tools!<br />http://www.jogtheweb.com/run/4yDBRPA419xi<br />http://playwithawiki.wikidot.com<br />