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Intro Hour

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An introduction to Oracle's Think.com (sans audio)

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Intro Hour

  1. 1. Welcome to an Introduction to and
  2. 2. <ul><li>WHAT IS THINK.COM? </li></ul><ul><li>An Online Community That Facilitates </li></ul><ul><li>Project Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Use Of Technology </li></ul><ul><li>21st Century Skills Acquisition </li></ul>
  3. 3. WHAT IS THINK QUEST? WHAT IS
  4. 5. <ul><li>Who are Think.com users? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Administrators </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 6. I’m a member because…
  6. 7. My favorite features of Think
  7. 8. It’s 100% Engaging
  8. 9. It’s Portable
  9. 10. What will be your favorite feature of Think?
  10. 11. <ul><ul><li>High-Appeal </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Workable for Ages 7 - 18
  12. 13. <ul><ul><li>FACILITATES </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>COMMUNICATION </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. VERSATILE
  14. 15. CONVENIENT & EASY TO LEARN
  15. 16. No Cost to Users Skip Enhancements
  16. 17. Oracle Provides Continuing Enhancement Based on User Feedback
  17. 18. Flexible Site Development and Continuing Enhancement Based on Users’ Feedback
  18. 19. WHAT ABOUT ONLINE SAFETY IN AN AGE OF PREDATORS, MEDIA HYSTERIA & PARENTAL CONCERNS?
  19. 20. <ul><ul><li>TIMELY </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. WHERE DID THINK COME FROM? In 1998 Oracle’s CEO, Larry Ellison, worked with then Prime Minister Tony Blair and Oracle Web developers to build Think.com in England and Scotland.
  21. 22. In 2008 We Have A Truly Global Community
  22. 23. Brazilian Portuguese Chinese Dutch English French German Hindi Italian Spanish Thai Turkish Languages Supported
  23. 24. <ul><li>A few more details . </li></ul><ul><li>Think.com is: </li></ul><ul><li>A suite of tools for website publishing and project collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>A protected online environment and community for schools worldwide for members only. </li></ul><ul><li>100% free and contains no advertising. </li></ul><ul><li>Entirely funded by the Oracle Education Foundation. </li></ul>
  24. 25. BURNING QUESTIONS HOW CAN I USE IT IN MY CLASSROOM HOW DOES IT SUPPORT MY STATE STANDARDS? HOW DOES IT BOOST ACHIEVEMENT?
  25. 26. The more we teachers can be innovative in our curricula, the more we can engage students. Isn’t that when the most learning takes place?
  26. 27. 21ST CENTURY CORE SKILLS C reativity Teamwork Technology Critical Thinking Communication Cross-Cultural Understanding
  27. 28. One of Think.com’s biggest strengths is the ability to collaborate on PROJECTS . Within a Class, A School, A Country, or Around the World.
  28. 29. <ul><li>Students Work Together Asynchronously In A Shared Space </li></ul><ul><li>Even If Geographically Distant </li></ul>
  29. 30. <ul><li>PROJECT BASED LEARNING </li></ul><ul><li>An Essential Question </li></ul><ul><li>Project Design </li></ul><ul><li>Work Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Project Management </li></ul><ul><li>Culminating Products + Artifacts </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
  30. 31. <ul><li>Reading, Writing, Composition, Comprehension happen. </li></ul>Skip to End
  31. 32. Students post digital work products created online or offline
  32. 33. <ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Bring Adult Experts (I.E. Authors And Scientists) Online For Question & Answer Sessions. </li></ul>
  33. 34. Students Post Digital Stories
  34. 35. Discussions, Votes, & Debates
  35. 36. Messaging Can Enhance Correspondence Skills.
  36. 37. <ul><li>Students Engage In Discussions With One Another About Their Reading </li></ul>
  37. 38. Online Assignments Can Teach Netiquette and Web Safety
  38. 39. <ul><li>Students </li></ul><ul><li>Can: </li></ul><ul><li>Give And Receive Feedback From Peers And Adults. </li></ul>
  39. 40. <ul><li>Students Build Sites, Link To Outside Sites On Topics, Link In Their Own Memoirs, And Start To See Connections </li></ul>
  40. 41. <ul><li>Students Share Ideas With Others </li></ul>
  41. 42. <ul><li>Students Write Stories, Research Topics, & House Their Research. </li></ul>
  42. 43. <ul><li>Students Experience Mentoring Between Peer Experts. </li></ul>
  43. 44. <ul><li>Students See Themselves As Part Of A Larger Learning Community. </li></ul>
  44. 45. Go to www.think.com
  45. 46. Thank You! JUNE 2008 Contact Information: Suzanne Shanks, MA Technology Integration Coach [email_address] On Think.com: Ms. Shanks www.d11.org/mann/computerliteracy http://2020nexus.edublogs.org www.Thetechtrainer.org Mobile: 719.896.0421 PO BOX 8256 Colorado Springs, Colorado

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