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Internet: Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls. Milpitas Christian School January 3, 2005. Gail Lovely – www.GailLovely.com. Overview of Session.

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internet taking learning beyond the classroom walls

Internet: Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls

Milpitas Christian School

January 3, 2005

Gail Lovely – www.GailLovely.com

overview of session
Overview of Session
  • This workshop gives participants hands-on guidance in locating Web sites for virtual tours that enhance existing classroom lessons. Participants will develop activities that take their students on journeys to other lands…and beyond.
objectives
Objectives:
  • Explore a variety of Internet resources that support the classroom curriculum.
  • Understand how to use Web site evaluation skills/rubrics.
  • Gain an understanding of the variety of online activities and projects.
  • Design a lesson using virtual tours on the Internet.
two truths and a dream
Two Truths and a Dream
  • http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson318.shtml
wishes hopes fears
Wishes, Hopes, Fears
  • Every Workshop brings with it wishes, hopes and fears (or concerns)…
  • What are ours?
agenda
Agenda
  • Introductions and Overview
  • Discussion of Strategies and Success Stories
  • Examples of Virtual Field Trips
  • Tools
        • Filamentality
        • TrackStar
        • Word
        • Rubistar
  • Work Time
  • Evaluation and Sharing
virtual field trips
Virtual Field Trips
  • A definition: A “trip” using the Internet which utilizes real-world resources or other “rich” resources to create experiences which are similar in depth/impact to “real” field trips.
not a replacement for the real thing
NOT a replacementfor the “Real Thing!
  • Field trips of our past
    • Successful?
    • Issues?
    • Problems?
    • Lessons Learned?
strengths
Strengths
  • Use of Primary Sources
    • Letters, first hand accounts, pottery shards, diaries, THE places
  • Primary sources encourage students to make inferences, hypothesize, and make comparisons.
  • No one else is deciding what is important
  • Virtual primary sources can provide these as well
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Strengths
  • Can create a more student-directed approach to learning
  • Provide multiple points of view or entry points to information and knowledge
types of virtual field trips
Types of Virtual Field Trips
  • Fact Finding Missions
  • Awareness Explorations
  • Exposure to Primary Resources
  • Multimedia Approach to Content
  • Preparation for Actual Field Trips
  • Follow-up to Actual Field Trips
  • Way to Show What One Knows
fact finding missions
Fact Finding Missions
  • Students visit a variety of online resources to learn about a topic or concept.
  • Can be more like a scavenger hunt with guiding questions – but be careful not to create an online worksheet.
  • One example: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/globaltrek/index.htm
awareness explorations
Awareness Explorations
  • Students explore a land, culture, biome, career, to gain basic understanding or as an introduction to a topic.
  • This approach can lead to application of knowledge or information later, or as a follow-up to a unit of study.
  • Example: (A compelling story)
    • http://www.brookfieldzoo.org/pagegen/wok/index_f4.html
    • http://www.greatestplaces.org/book_pages/top.html
exposure to primary resources
Exposure to Primary Resources
  • A focused, first-hand experience MAY be the best, but seeing things or hearing things you can’t hear or see or visit may be almost as good.
  • Look, listen, explore the artifact, article, interview and come to your own conclusions, form your own questions for further exploration or validate your prior learning.
  • An Example:
    • http://4hgarden.msu.edu/kidstour/tour.html
    • http://www.chimacum.wednet.edu/elementary/oregontrailVFT.html
multimedia approach to content
Multimedia Approach to Content
  • Listening to the music of a time period, looking at the art of a nation or culture, exploring ideas, concepts and time periods through audio, video, art, and more to enliven and enrich the experience.
  • Examples:
    • http://www.thebeijingguide.com/great_wall_of_china/index.html
    • http://www.discovery.com/guides/history/titanic/Titanic/titanic.html
preparation for actual field trips
Preparation for Actual Field Trips
  • You can use or create a virtual field trip to help focus your students during a “REAL” field trip.
    • Remove some distractions or provide some incentives for the physical trip.
    • Provide a taste of what to expect and what they may want to explore more.
    • Provide tools to prompt thought while on the trip.
  • An Example:
    • http://www.thinker.org/fam/education/publications/ghost/index.html
follow up to actual field trips
Follow-up to Actual Field Trips
  • Compare a “REAL” trip with a virtual trip to the same (or a different) place –
    • Provides insight into how similar or different things may be (Are all farms alike?)
    • Provides insight into how point-of-view may color presentation of “facts” online
  • An Example:
    • http://www.msichicago.org/exhibit/farm/video.html
way to show what one knows
Way to Show What One Knows
  • Students can create their own virtual field trip for others.
  • Students can explore on line and then compare and contrast their experiences.
  • An Example:
    • http://trackstar.4teachers.org/trackstar/ts/viewTrack.do?number=242449
challenges
Challenges
  • While virtual field trips made with the Internet have some great advantages,  they also create several challenges. 
  • Getting more comfortable with a learning process which is more controlled by the student and less directed by the teacher. 
  • Having enough computers for all the students to take their virtual field trips.
  • Planning, planning, planning!
virtual field trips planning steps
Virtual Field Trips – Planning Steps
  • Curriculum needs to drive the trip
    • What does it help you teach or your students learn?
      • (Internet skills is not enough)
      • (Being interesting or fun or cool is not enough)
    • You can often repurpose a trip to work FOR YOU
      • Reading in Content Areas or for Details
      • Enrichment
      • Culture to go with a story to be read
    • Teacher is still central in the planning!
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Virtual Field Trips –Planning Steps
  • Think through your lesson planning steps – like normal!
    • Introduce
    • Purpose
    • Input
    • Guided Practice
    • Independent Practice
    • Assessment and Evaluation
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Virtual Field Trips –Planning Steps
  • Extend the learning during…
    • Paper Guidebooks
    • Passports
    • Travel Buddies
      • Peers
      • Experienced travellers
      • Adult helpers
    • Sketchbooks
    • Question sheets, scavenger hunts or other guided experiences
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Virtual Field Trips –Planning Steps
  • And extend the learning after…
    • Create a Multimedia product
      • Multimedia show, report or newscast
      • Make a video review
    • Create a Print product
      • poster, travel brochure, report, newspaper article,
      • Travel journal, diary, sketchbook
    • Create a “Performance”
      • Share a story or favorite “place”
      • Act out a tour or visit
      • Tell about it
virtual field trips make them powerful
Virtual Field Trips –Make them POWERFUL!
  • Connections, connections, connections…
  • Guidance (but not spoonfed)
  • Planning
  • Have a sense of adventure!
everything is online
Everything is Online
  • http://www.gaillovely.com/fieldtrips.htm
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