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Integrate and Disseminate Cutting-edge Technologies to Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

- A Consortium of Technology Integration/Innovation in Upstate NY


Background 1
Background (1) Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

  • Rapid technological changes - gap between “digital natives” (Web 2.0 users)and “digital immigrants” (Web 2.1 generation) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A-ZVCjfWf8

  • Web 2.0 – dynamic, interactive, open source

    • What is it?

    • Horizon Report (2009)


Background 2
Background (2) Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

  • Web 2.0

    • What is it? An intro in 5 minutes

  • Educational use

    • Blog

      • 8th Graders are blogging on Presidential Campaign (Son Michael's Social Studies Class Blog) (2 weeks – 83 comments)

    • Wiki

      • The Anatomy wiki - a middle-school class project started in summer 2008 and began popular (10, 000) visitors… or (StephanieClassWiki)

    • YouTube

      • Science class – eg. DNA evidence to trace human origins; video by National Geographic - animals, daily news, environment, kids, maps, music, photography, science and space, travels and cultures…

      • Teachertube.com – Abraham Lincoln Reads The Gettysburg Address

    • Free webs (Goggles sites/Wikispaces…)

      • Making instant family website – a Cortland family made one during Children’s Museum time


Overall goal
Overall Goal Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

  • Through the Consortium (name?), empower teachers, overcome barriers, disseminate cutting-edge technologies (Web 2.0), make meaningful integration of the technologies into curriculum to engage students and enhance learning outcomes in elementary and middles schools in Upstate NY …


Objectives
Objectives Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

  • #1: Identify/develop good teaching practices integrating Web 2.0 technologies into curriculum.

  • #2: Provide support (technical and instructional design), overcome barriers, empower teachers, and disseminate the practices/activities .

  • #3: Engage students and enhance learning outcomes


The consortium
The Consortium Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

  • College

    • Dean, PDS coordinator

    • Faculty (instructional design, technology expertise)

    • Pre-service teachers

    • Resources

  • Schools

    • Teachers (active ones + peers)

    • Technology coordinators

    • Administrators (superintendents, principals, board…)

    • Families

    • Others

  • Other existing resources (Technology Centers in schools, Teacher Centers, Career Exchange )

  • Kids


Rationale
Rationale Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

  • Why do we need such a system/mechanism

    • Computers oversold – underused

    • Why not using?

      • Technical skills

      • Application/Integration

      • Resources

      • Norms, conventions, values, and more

    • But if meaningful integration – could be very powerful


Theoretical framework 1
Theoretical Framework (1) Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

  • Information Ecology (Nardi, 1999)

    • Define: a system of people, practices, values, and technologies in a particular local environment.

    • Metaphorical


Information ecology
Information Ecology Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

Epistemological & Ethical beliefs

Technical Support

Current technology

Time

Budget

Teachers

Management issues

District laws

Activities (meaningful integration)

peers

Kids

Knowledge structure

family

interest

Peers


Theoretical framework 11
Theoretical Framework (1) Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

  • Information ecology (continued)

    • Is a complex system of parts and relationships.

    • It exhibits diversity and experiences continual evolution.

    • Different parts of an ecology coevolve, changing together according to the relationships in the system.

    • Several keystone species necessary to the survival of the ecology are present.

    • Information ecologies have a sense of locality.


Theoretical framework 2
Theoretical Framework (2) Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

  • Backward Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2007)


Norms conventions values and more
Norms, Conventions, Values, and more… Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools

Thirty spokes will convergeIn the hub of a wheel;But the use of the cartWill depend on the partOf the hub that is void.

With a wall all aroundA clay bowl is molded;But the use of the bowlWill depend on the partOf the bowl that is void.


Your ideas suggestions
Your Engage Kids Learning in Elementary and Middle Schools ideas, suggestions…

  • Feasible?

  • Who?

  • Where to start – 1sts step


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