November 5, 2010
|Digital Literacy Workshop|
Monday, November 8:
Web 2.0 Wows: I find new tools and resources every week. Join me as I share a many of my favorite finds. Some new finds and some of my old favorites. Come with a few of your own favorites to share if you’d like. This is going to be a fun session, with prizes and games. Come and join the fun and learn about some great resources.
Upcoming Digital Literacy Workshop: Monday, Nov 22
Organizing Resources Online : Using tools such as LiveBinder and ShareTab, you can create great lists of resources to share with students.
Note: There will be no Digital Literacy Workshop on November 15th of 29th due to time conflicts.
See a schedule for the year.
Open Lab: 2:30 - 5:00
Resource Instruction: 3:15 - 4:00
Monday Afternoons, District Office Tech Lab.
Clock Hours are available.
Links to Explore
Math Open Reference: Animated glossary of math definitions and explanations.
YouTube Time Machine: Travel through time with You Tube videos from different years.
The Best Sites for Cooperative Learning Resources List of research and resources.
Google Tutorials for Teachers
TargetMap Create customized data maps.
|Cooperative Learning in the Digital World|
This week I worked with secondary teachers on the High Yield Teaching Strategy of Cooperative Learning. Cooperative Learning is not a new term or concept for any of us. We have been dabbling in it for years. When done right, cooperative learning is a very powerful way for students to learn. As I worked with teachers this week, I had on my Digital Literacy Specialist hat and was thinking of how cooperative learning fits in the digital world. A growing body of research demonstrates that students learn more deeply if they have engaged in activities that require applying classroom-gathered knowledge to real-world problems. I am wondering how to extend this idea of “classroom-gathered knowledge” to “flat classroom-gathered knowledge.” Meaning that my classroom might not just be the students in my room, but students in other classrooms in the same district, state, country or even students across the globe. If I plan on extending the definition of cooperative learning in this way, I need to take a look at the 5 Key elements of Cooperative Learning and see if they fit my broader view of classroom.
There are a growing number of digital tools that help to facilitate collaborative and cooperative learning in both face to face and virtual settings. These tools include products such as the Google Docs Suite where many students can be working on the same document or presentation at the same time, adding comments, having discussions etc. Other tools such as Bubbl.us let students work together on charts, and build webs collaboratively. Wikis are websites that are created collaboratively, with different students adding different pieces of information. Tools such as Linoit.com provide virtual post it notes for group planning and collaboration. Sites like Thinkquest.org put students into cooperative groups to work on project based learning activities. The list of digital tools for cooperative learning grows daily as this type of collaboration becomes a more important part in the way work gets done and problems solved in the real world.
Take Aways from Cooperative Learning:
Video of the Week
Neat idea for summarizing a lesson for students. Great for student review. What kind of ideas do you have for using this idea in your classroom?
Triumphing over Treasures! I am so impressed with our Elementary teachers as they work hard to learn a new reading curriculum and really even new reading philosophy and implement this in their classrooms. Many resources for this program are available only in digital format. Teachers are doing a great job of problem solving, exploring and innovating to make things work. There are still issues with making the tech work and kudos to our technicians who are also doing some great work to make things work that the vendor said wouldn’t work. What great examples of persistence and problem solving all the way around. Do you think our students are learning from us as we model our new learning?
NetBullies: This site has many resources to help work with students on the subject of CyberBullying.
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