Fostering Digital Literacy Through     Passion-Based Learning            Patrick Woessner     Lausanne Laptop Institute 20...
Session Goals Identify key elements of Digital Literacy Recognize the importance of passion in learning Empower student...
Session Goals
What is Digital Literacy? “A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a  digital environment... Literacy includes...
Why Digital Literacy Matters
What is Passion? “ A strong inclination toward an activity that people  like, find important, and in which they invest ti...
Why Passion Matters
Factors that Influence LearningSchool-Level Factors:• A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum• Challenging Goals and EffectiveF...
Factors that Influence LearningTeacher-Level Factors:• Instructional strategies• Classroom management• Classroom curriculu...
Factors that Influence LearningStudent-Level Factors:• Home Environment• Learned Intelligence and BackgroundKnowledge• Stu...
What Motivates Students?
What Motivates Students? “Students respond positively to tasks that they perceive as challenging but  “do-able” and that ...
Digital Literacy Framework: UbDStages of Backwards Design2.Identify desired results.3.Determine acceptable evidence.4.Plan...
Digital Literacy: Essential QuestionsOver the course of this semester, youwill work toward answering twoessential question...
Digital Literacy: Enduring UnderstandingsTo answer these important questions,you must come to understand that:learning ca...
Digital Literacy: Evidence/OutcomesBy the end of the course, you will be ableto:identify your personalinterests/passion(s...
Digital Literacy: Course Outline Learning Styles Passion-Based Learning Networking Social Bookmarking Effective Searc...
Digital Literacy: Course Outline Learning Styles Passion-Based Learning Networking Social Bookmarking Effective Searc...
Digital Literacy: Student Workflow      Course Materials                   Student WorkSchoology (Learning Network)   Wiki...
Lesson: Learning StylesLearning styles address how students acquire understanding and arefrequently divided into three mai...
Learning Styles
Student Learning Styles: Class of 2017
Lesson: Passion-Based LearningPassion-Based Learning is an experience that empowers students to Discoverand Consume, Commu...
Interest-A-Lyzer Sample Questions You are a photographer and you have one picture left to take on your roll of  film. Wha...
Lesson: NetworkingInformation sharing (networking) will prove to be more than a passing fad forGeneration Y as the habit h...
Digital Literacy Learning Network Profile The first step in learning to network  is to create a profile. Schoology provi...
Digital Literacy: Topic Outline Learning Styles Passion-Based Learning   Networking   Social Bookmarking   Effective ...
Digital Literacy: Research Project Learning Styles Passion-Based Learning   Networking   Social Bookmarking   Effecti...
Digital Literacy: Research Project
Managing the Research Process Wiki permissions can/should be  managed to afford students privacy The History, Discussion...
Supporting the Research Process Each student completed a Google Form on which she identified her passion. Affinity group...
Lesson: Expression StylesUnlike learning styles, which focus on how students acquire and processinformation, Expression St...
Expression Styles
Student Expression Styles: Class of 2017
Technology to Support Expression Styles   Shared Document for Technology That Supports Expression Styles
Final Project Requirements Your research project will culminate in a final product that will be shared with  your advisor...
Final Project Assessment All final projects, regardless of topic or form, were presented in advisory and  graded using a ...
Final Project Assessment
Final Project Examples    Expression Style: Artistic       Passion: Animation     Technology Tool: Pencil
Final Project Examples  Expression Style: Audio/Visual         Passion: Dance      Technology Tool: Prezi
Final Project Examples    Expression Style: Written    Passion: Creative Writing   Technology Tool: Myebook
What Did the Students REALLY Think? Several months after the course ended last year, a brief,  anonymous survey was sent ...
Student Survey Results: How important was the       role of passion in your learning? My passion moves me along and keeps...
Student Survey Results: Did you notice a different level of commitment or engagement? Yes, because your passion is someth...
Student Survey Results: How many other times in school have you explored/shared your passion? None. I haven’t had any cha...
Lessons Learned Students come to us with incredible knowledge and skills that we may  never see because we never ask. If...
Making it Work for You Focus on student passion Connect like-minded learners Share their passions with others
Questions and Contact Info Presentation Resources:  http://bit.ly/passionbasedlearning Blog: http://pwoessner.com/ Emai...
Works Cited§   Barbara R. Jones-Kavalier and Suzanne L. Flannigan: Connecting the Digital Dots: Literacy of the 21st Centu...
Works Cited§   Source: Renzulli, Joseph S., Mary Rizza, Thomas P. Hébert, Michelle F. Sorenson, Vidabeth Bensen, and Ann ...
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  1. 1. Fostering Digital Literacy Through Passion-Based Learning Patrick Woessner Lausanne Laptop Institute 2012 http://bit.ly/passionbasedlearning
  2. 2. Session Goals Identify key elements of Digital Literacy Recognize the importance of passion in learning Empower students to identify their passion Design learning experiences that leverage passion to foster Digital Literacy Enable students to share their passion with the world
  3. 3. Session Goals
  4. 4. What is Digital Literacy? “A person’s ability to perform tasks effectively in a digital environment... Literacy includes the ability to read and interpret media, to reproduce data and images through digital manipulation, and to evaluate and apply new knowledge gained from digital environments.”1 What is your definition of digital literacy? My definition: “Digital Literacy is participatory culture.” 2
  5. 5. Why Digital Literacy Matters
  6. 6. What is Passion? “ A strong inclination toward an activity that people like, find important, and in which they invest time and energy.”4 What is your definition of passion? My definition: “Passion is motivation in action.”
  7. 7. Why Passion Matters
  8. 8. Factors that Influence LearningSchool-Level Factors:• A Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum• Challenging Goals and EffectiveFeedback• Parent and Community Involvement• Safe and Orderly Environment• Collegiality and Professionalism
  9. 9. Factors that Influence LearningTeacher-Level Factors:• Instructional strategies• Classroom management• Classroom curriculum design
  10. 10. Factors that Influence LearningStudent-Level Factors:• Home Environment• Learned Intelligence and BackgroundKnowledge• Student Motivation
  11. 11. What Motivates Students?
  12. 12. What Motivates Students? “Students respond positively to tasks that they perceive as challenging but “do-able” and that have relevance (value) to them. Also, creative tasks, which provide the student a degree of freedom in their resolution (e.g., creating artworks that use design principles and functions to solve specific visual art problems embodied in the standards; composing a musical composition) can be a source of personal pride and intrinsic motivation. To maximize motivation, then, teachers should develop tasks that are authentic, appropriately challenging, relevant, and creative.”7 Passion Motivates Students!
  13. 13. Digital Literacy Framework: UbDStages of Backwards Design2.Identify desired results.3.Determine acceptable evidence.4.Plan learning experiences and instruction.Establish Curricular PrioritiesWorth being familiar withImportant to know and doEnduring understanding
  14. 14. Digital Literacy: Essential QuestionsOver the course of this semester, youwill work toward answering twoessential questions:How does technology affect andreflect who you are as a person andlearner?How does your passion affect andreflect who you are as a person andlearner?
  15. 15. Digital Literacy: Enduring UnderstandingsTo answer these important questions,you must come to understand that:learning can be informal, social, andnetworked.information serves as the basis forunderstanding our world.content creators have rights; contentconsumers have responsibilities.learning and expression styles affecthow we acquire/process knowledge anddemonstrate understanding.
  16. 16. Digital Literacy: Evidence/OutcomesBy the end of the course, you will be ableto:identify your personalinterests/passion(s).communicate and collaborate in an onlineenvironment.locate, evaluate, utilize, and citeinformation.identify your personal learning andexpression styles.create and share a product that answersthe essential questions.
  17. 17. Digital Literacy: Course Outline Learning Styles Passion-Based Learning Networking Social Bookmarking Effective Search Strategies Website Evaluation Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons Expression Styles Final Product Presentation
  18. 18. Digital Literacy: Course Outline Learning Styles Passion-Based Learning Networking Social Bookmarking Effective Search Strategies Website Evaluation Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons Expression Styles Final Product Presentation
  19. 19. Digital Literacy: Student Workflow Course Materials Student WorkSchoology (Learning Network) Wikispaces (Research Project Pages) Private to Course Public to School
  20. 20. Lesson: Learning StylesLearning styles address how students acquire understanding and arefrequently divided into three main types: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. TheC.I.T.E Instrument9 organizes and refines these styles into nine major categoriesas they relate to information gathering, work conditions, and expressiveness.
  21. 21. Learning Styles
  22. 22. Student Learning Styles: Class of 2017
  23. 23. Lesson: Passion-Based LearningPassion-Based Learning is an experience that empowers students to Discoverand Consume, Communicate and Connect, and Create and Produce based ontheir deep-seated interests.The primary purpose of the Interest-A-Lyzer10 is to identify students’ interestareas is to stimulate thought and discussion. Students not only come to knowthemselves better, but also get a chance to share their discoveries with bothteachers and peers.
  24. 24. Interest-A-Lyzer Sample Questions You are a photographer and you have one picture left to take on your roll of film. What will it be of? Why? Teenagers in your community have been asked to prepare individual time capsules for future generations. You are allowed to include 10 personal possessions that are representative of you. What would you include in your capsule? You have written your first book which you are ready to submit for publication. What is the title? What is the book about?
  25. 25. Lesson: NetworkingInformation sharing (networking) will prove to be more than a passing fad forGeneration Y as the habit has grown to become an integral part of howburgeoning and young adults find information, seek help, sustain and nurturefriendships and remain engaged with their communities.11
  26. 26. Digital Literacy Learning Network Profile The first step in learning to network is to create a profile. Schoology provides a safe, “walled garden” approach to networking. Students can view their classmates’ profiles and begin making social connections based on mutual interests schoology
  27. 27. Digital Literacy: Topic Outline Learning Styles Passion-Based Learning Networking Social Bookmarking Effective Search Strategies Website Evaluation Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons Expression Styles Final Product Presentation
  28. 28. Digital Literacy: Research Project Learning Styles Passion-Based Learning Networking Social Bookmarking Effective Search Strategies Website Evaluation Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons Expression Styles Final Product Presentation
  29. 29. Digital Literacy: Research Project
  30. 30. Managing the Research Process Wiki permissions can/should be managed to afford students privacy The History, Discussion, and Notify Me tabs make it easy to monitor and comment on student work
  31. 31. Supporting the Research Process Each student completed a Google Form on which she identified her passion. Affinity groups were created for each topic within Schoology. Students joined the affinity group relevant to them. This space became a source of student-led support and inspiration.
  32. 32. Lesson: Expression StylesUnlike learning styles, which focus on how students acquire and processinformation, Expression Styles reflect the types of products students prefer tocreate to demonstrate their understanding.The My Way…An Expression Style Instrument, developed by Karen Kettle,Joseph Renzulli, and Mary Rizza, identifies 10 broad categories ofproducts/forms of expression.13
  33. 33. Expression Styles
  34. 34. Student Expression Styles: Class of 2017
  35. 35. Technology to Support Expression Styles Shared Document for Technology That Supports Expression Styles
  36. 36. Final Project Requirements Your research project will culminate in a final product that will be shared with your advisory. Although you have a great deal of flexibility, your final project must: Reflect your preferred expression style (e.g. if Written Expression is your preference, your final product should take a written form) and have been created (at least in part) by technology (e.g. no dioramas). Address/answer (directly or indirectly) all six driving questions 1. What is your passion and why is it more than a mere interest for you? 2. Who or what got you interested/involved in your passion? 3. What aspect(s) of your passion would you like to learn more about? 4. What would other people need to know about your passion in order to understand it? 5. How has your passion influenced/affected the St. Louis area? 6. How does your passion affect and reflect you as a person and as a learner? Be uploaded/embedded/linked/displayed on your personal Digital Literacy wiki page and include a description of the project (i.e. what the project is all about).
  37. 37. Final Project Assessment All final projects, regardless of topic or form, were presented in advisory and graded using a common rubric. Providing a rubric helps ensure that (1) students clearly understand the requirements/expectations and (2) all topics/products are valued equally. Assessment Categories
  38. 38. Final Project Assessment
  39. 39. Final Project Examples Expression Style: Artistic Passion: Animation Technology Tool: Pencil
  40. 40. Final Project Examples Expression Style: Audio/Visual Passion: Dance Technology Tool: Prezi
  41. 41. Final Project Examples Expression Style: Written Passion: Creative Writing Technology Tool: Myebook
  42. 42. What Did the Students REALLY Think? Several months after the course ended last year, a brief, anonymous survey was sent to all students:  How important was the role of passion in your learning?  Did you notice a different level of commitment or engagement during this passion-based project compared to past project work?  How many other times in your schooling have you had a chance to formally explore and share your passion with others?
  43. 43. Student Survey Results: How important was the role of passion in your learning? My passion moves me along and keeps me happy and helps me to learn. I can think in terms of my passion to understand something better and that helps me learn. Very important. Passion is everything. Learning my passion was important to me because I got to learn how I learn and more about my self that I didnt realize before. It was very helpful for extending my learning in other subjects It was very important because the fact that it was about me made me more motivated to research and participate.
  44. 44. Student Survey Results: Did you notice a different level of commitment or engagement? Yes, because your passion is something that interests you and sometimes school projects do not. It encouraged me to make it good since it was about something I loved. Yes, because it was on a more personal level, instead of "homework". Also, it was fun to do because it was about things we like to do. Yes, I learned more because I actually cared about the topic I was researching and making a final project for. No. I say this because I give a full amount of effort and commitment to ALL of my work.
  45. 45. Student Survey Results: How many other times in school have you explored/shared your passion? None. I haven’t had any chances to do that at all so far in my learning life. Not any other ones, it was only this project. None other times besides people asking "oh what do you like to do?" or "what are some of your favorite things?" and stuff like that. Not a lot, if at all. This is the first time, and I really enjoyed it! Rarely ever. The only times passions come up are with conversations with friends, and they are usually labeled as fun activities
  46. 46. Lessons Learned Students come to us with incredible knowledge and skills that we may never see because we never ask. If we expect students to explore and understand our passions they must first come to explore and understand theirs. The content/skills acquired in a passion-based learning experience are mastered more deeply and thus can be more easily applied/transferred. Students understand that learning is social; they don’t understand how it translates to school. Utilizing different learning styles can help students learn but they do not help them demonstrate what they know.
  47. 47. Making it Work for You Focus on student passion Connect like-minded learners Share their passions with others
  48. 48. Questions and Contact Info Presentation Resources: http://bit.ly/passionbasedlearning Blog: http://pwoessner.com/ Email: pwoessner@micds.org Twitter: http://twitter.com/pcwoessner Skype: pwoessner Office: 314-995-7375
  49. 49. Works Cited§ Barbara R. Jones-Kavalier and Suzanne L. Flannigan: Connecting the Digital Dots: Literacy of the 21st Century; http:// connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/ConnectingtheDigitalDotsL/39969§ Jenkins, Henry, Puroshotma, Ravi, Clinton, Katherine, Weigel, Margaret, & Robison, Alice J. (2005). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century, available at http://www.newmedialiteracies.org/files/working/NMLWhitePaper.pdf.§ Jenkins, Henry. “The New Media Literacies.” Video. 11 Nov. 2008. YouTube. 14 Oct. 2011. http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEHcGAsnBZ§ Vallerand, R. et al (2003). Les passions de l’aˆ me: on obsessive and harmonious passion. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85(56), 756-767. Retrieved from http:// www.psych.rochester.edu/SDT/documents/2003_VallerandBlanchardMageauKoesterRatelleLeonardGagne_JPSP.pdf§ Motivation Problems Scene from Office Space Movie (1999) | MOVIECLIPS. Dir. Mike Judge. Perf. Ron Livingston. MOVIECLIPS: Movie Trailers, Previews, Clips of Old, New & Upcoming Films. MovieClips.com. Web. 14 Oct. 2011. http:// movieclips.com/2pyJo-office-space-movie-motivation-problems§ "Motivation Demotivator® - The Original Demotivational Posters." Despair, Inc. - Creators of Demotivators® Posters, Calendar, Coffee Mugs, Apparel and More. Web. 17 Oct. 2011. http://www.despair.com/motivation.html§ Source: Kellaghan, Thomas, and George F. Madaus. The Use of External Examinations to Improve Student Motivation. Washington: American Educational Research Association, 1997. Print.§ Wiggins, Grant P., and Jay McTighe. Understanding by Design. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, 2006. Print.§ Babich, Burdine, Albright, & Randol (1976). C.I.T.E. Learning Styles Instrument. WVABE Instructor Handbook, Section 3, 2003-04. Retrieved October 17, 2011 from http://wvabe.org/CITE/cite.pdf
  50. 50. Works Cited§ Source: Renzulli, Joseph S., Mary Rizza, Thomas P. Hébert, Michelle F. Sorenson, Vidabeth Bensen, and Ann McGreevy. Interest-a-lyzer Family of Instruments. Mansfield Center, CT: Creative Learning, 1997. Print. Available online from: http:// www.gifted.uconn.edu/siegle/CurriculumCompacting/SEC-IMAG/ialsecon.pdf§ "Millennials Leading the Way on Social Media | Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project." Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project. Web. 18 Oct. 2011. http:// www.pewinternet.org/Media-Mentions/2010/Millennials-leading-the-way-on-social-media.aspx§ Hill, Karhmir. "How To Teach Kids Digital Literacy? Build A Private Social Network Playground For Them. - Forbes." Information for the Worlds Business Leaders - Forbes.com. Forbes, 13 Oct. 2011. Web. 28 Oct. 2011. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2011/10/13/how-to-teach-kids-digital-literacy-build-a-private-social-network- playground-for-them/>§ Kettle, Karen E., Joseph S. Renzulli, and Mary G. Rizza. "Exploring Student Preferences For Product Development." Neag Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. University of Connecticut. Web. 20 Oct. 2011. http:// www.gifted.uconn.edu/sem/exprstyl.html§ "Motivation Demotivator® - The Original Demotivational Posters." Despair, Inc. - Creators of Demotivators® Posters, Calendar, Coffee Mugs, Apparel and More. Web. 17 Oct. 2011. http://www.despair.com/recognition.html

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