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  • I need to start by telling you a terrible secret. I’m not really a techie. (please don’t tell anyone – especially Renee Hobbs and Julie Coiro). I mean, I’m proficient with the tools that I need to use and all that – and over the span of my teaching career, I’ve been considered “an early adopter” but the truth is, the only reason I like “tech tools” at all is because of their affordances to support learning that couldn’t really happen without them. I’ll say that again – I like tech tools because I like to think about their affordances for learning. So in truth, I’m most interested in that – in how to get students to engage deeply with ideas. And because of this, I always have to start my thinking about technology use by thinking about the context, my learners, the ways that I know they learn…and then I think about how the technology will support that. And because of this, I believe that you will see the affordances of Evernote to support online inquiry if I ground this introduction to Evernote in the context of a learning activity – specifically in the context of a unique summer learning program that I helped to design with teacher colleagues in North Branch, Michigan last summer.
  • I could say a LOT about the institute – but here’s what you really need to know about howEvernote became part of the learning that teachers and students did. Inspired by last summer’s Olympic games in London, the theme of the summer institute was fitness. Kids engaged in all sorts of physical activity but also created Wonderpolis-inspired Wonders on a topic of interest to them. Wonderopolis is a super popular site for teachers and kids – if you don’t know it, here’s a screenshot – the premise is provide easy-to-understand information for kids about the kinds of questions they wonder about every day…What gives you the giggles? Or What is the Ozone Layer or Does it Hurt to get your ears pierced?
  • Through a process of collaborative online inquiry, and a series of revisions, kids created their own Wonders. I’ll show you a couple of examples. Questions included Why do we sweat? What’s the most dangerous sport? Are there benefits to listening to music before a sporting event? How has volleyball evolved?
  • So, you’ve seen the end products, but of course, as teachers planned the PROCESS they grappled with the question of which tools would support ONLINE INQUIRY. Julie and I are going to be talking tomorrow about the complexities of this process and ways that we can support it – but from a tool-use perspective, the teachers needed a tool that was easy to use on both computers AND iPads and would allow for kids to collect multi-modal ideas in one place. They noticed quickly that kids were forgetting where they had seen things and they weren’t really thinking critically about how a piece of information would be useful to the creation of their Wonder. This is where Evernote came in.
  • Evernote cooltools#digiuri

    1. 1. ONLINE INQUIRY WITH Cool Tools at #digiURI July 15, 2013 Michelle Schira Hagerman @mshagerman http://mschirahagerman.com
    2. 2. The Plan 45 minutes of Minds On, Hands On… • Context • Purpose • Content • Pedagogy • The Tool • Play Time • Mini Task • Reflection
    3. 3. Context • Summer Learning Academy • 20 students • Physical Fitness, Mathematics and Literacies • http://rfsummerinstitute.weebly.com/
    4. 4. Purpose • Theme: Physical Fitness • Literacies Development: Online Reading as Inquiry • Product of Inquiry: Wonderopolis-inspired Wonder
    5. 5. Content: What did the students create?
    6. 6. Pedagogy: Solutions for Online Inquiry Question: How can students use digital tools to gather curate, and annotate important information as they engage in their online inquiry process? From Nick & Caden’s Shared Evernote Notebook
    7. 7. • It’s a application that allows you to… • Take notes (typed & audio) • Organize notes in notebooks • Tag notes for easy searching • Share notes via email, Facebook, Twitter, email, LinkedIn or via a public URL that you creat using Copy Share • Share notes privately by inviting collaborators • Capture screenshots from the web • Annotate screenshots in a note • Annotate directly on an image using the partner application, Skitch • Annotate directly on a .pdf using Skitch • And…its partner applications seem to be exapanding all of the time…what else can it do?
    8. 8. Play Time • You might want to… • Check out this introductory video that I made (2 minutes) http://youtu.be/ZtPb2V65tPc • Check out the getting started guides and tutorials published by the makers of Evernote https://evernote.com/contact/support/ • You will definitely want to… • Download/install the app(s) if you haven’t done so already (Evernote & Skitch work really well together) http://evernote.com • Try out the basic features – making notes, making notebooks, capturing images from the web in your browser • Talk to people around you – find out what they’re doing and thinking
    9. 9. Mini Task 1. Find resources on the web that you could use to build your assignments this week 2. Capture your ideas in notes, notebooks, Skitch shots etc. 3. Organize your notes into a new Notebook 4. Invite your #digiURI partner to the Notebook 5. Invite mschirahagerman@gmail.com to the Notebook so we can project your work for others to see!
    10. 10. Reflection Question How could you use this tool to support online inquiry? Share ideas in this open Google Doc: http://bit.ly/18g5EVI
    11. 11. Additional Resources • https://dliuri2013.wikispaces.com/CTMonday2 • Examples of the Wonders created by students in Michigan can be found at: • The Ruth Fox Summer Institute Website • Malleable Genres Website

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