ELTing in a Hi-Tech World


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  • ELTing in a Hi-Tech World

    1. 1. Project Based Learning Susan Gaer, Santa Domingo Dominican Republic, 2009 [email_address]
    2. 2. What is Project Based Learning Project Based learning, is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small collaborative groups. http:// www.edutopia.org /project-learning
    3. 3. Why use Project Based Learning? <ul><li>It is active and engaging </li></ul><ul><li>It inspires students to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. </li></ul><ul><li>Research also indicates that students are more likely to retain the knowledge gained through this approach far more readily than through traditional textbook-centered learning. </li></ul><ul><li>In addition, students develop confidence and self-direction as they move through both team-based and independent work </li></ul>
    4. 4. Folktale Project <ul><li>Population-southeast Asian refugees </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong oral traditions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minimal reading and writing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>District librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eighth grade language arts class </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Curriculum integration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Objectives that match the curriculum </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Cookbook Project <ul><li>Literacy/Beginning Level Southeast Asian Refugees and Latino immigrants </li></ul><ul><li>Language Objectives: Giving step by step directions </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Process <ul><li>Visalia Adult School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn American Folktales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn various ways of telling folktales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop storyboards to tell their folktale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tell the folktale to the middle school students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Green Acres Middle School </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn about culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop illustration skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen critically and take notes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write the folktales in publishable format </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. The Newspaper Project <ul><li>Population-Mostly Latino students at the intermediate levels of language development. </li></ul><ul><li>Elective Class that students chose to take </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Setting –Large School </li></ul><ul><li>Students choose this project the first semester the class ran. </li></ul>
    8. 8. The Process <ul><li>The Teacher’s Role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help students organize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help students develop survey </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop writing skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop an understanding of copyright issues </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The Students’ Role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop an Editorial Committee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write surveys and memos soliciting articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write key articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Layout and publish hard copy </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. International Home Remedies <ul><li>Developed by teachers to train other teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Model remedies from training placed on web </li></ul><ul><li>Advertise on webpage for other classes that have interest </li></ul><ul><li>Convenient form developed for easy additions </li></ul><ul><li>Additions continually archived </li></ul>
    10. 10. Photo Project <ul><li>Students created a list of verbs using beginning level textbooks. </li></ul><ul><li>Students learned how to use a camera </li></ul><ul><li>Students took pictures of verbs </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures were critiqued. </li></ul><ul><li>Students practiced verb forms </li></ul><ul><li>Students wrote sentences </li></ul><ul><li>Students made quizzes and activities </li></ul><ul><li>( http:// www.quia.com ) --online quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>Powerpoint and Word for print activities </li></ul>
    11. 11. Class Demographics <ul><li>Intermediate-Advanced level language students </li></ul><ul><li>Independent study class </li></ul><ul><li>Hundreds of student cycling through 1 hour class for only 8 sessions. </li></ul>
    12. 12. Crucial Elements <ul><ul><li>Develop a Model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Project must be geared to the population </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students must see value in the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timelines need to have flexibility </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Benefits <ul><li>Students are engaged in a meaningful project that develops authentic language </li></ul><ul><li>Motivating </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a sense of community in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Student Centered Classroom </li></ul><ul><li>High Self Esteem Levels </li></ul>http:// www.susangaer.com
    14. 14. What Questions do you have?