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Making Cross Curricular Work. Ben Smith and Tim Smith Red Lion Area School District Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Ben Smith: Physics Teacher K-12 Science Coordinator Technology Resource Teacher Keystone Technology Integrator Doctoral Student in Instructional Technology STAR Discovery Educator

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making cross curricular work

Making Cross Curricular Work

Ben Smith and Tim Smith

Red Lion Area School District

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

about us
Ben Smith:

Physics Teacher

K-12 Science Coordinator

Technology Resource Teacher

Keystone Technology Integrator

Doctoral Student in Instructional Technology

STAR Discovery Educator

ISTE Consultant

EdTechInnovators

Tim Smith:

Government Teacher

BlendedSchools Consultant

AP Reader

STAR Discovery Educator

Masters in Educational Technology

Staff Development Trainer

About Us
our vision
Our Vision
  • Students will use technology seamlessly as a regular part of their education
  • Each student will come to class with their own computing device
  • All of the computing devices will be interconnected
  • Teachers and Students will have the skills necessary to appropriately use the Hardware and Software
taxonomy for integration of technology into the curriculum
Taxonomy for Integration of Technology into the Curriculum
  • Observing
    • Students are passive spectators of the technology
  • Incorporating
    • Students are leveraging technology to increase productivity
  • Producing
    • Students create a product with a single technology
  • Exploring
    • Students engage in discovery learning prior to formal instruction.
  • Collaborating
    • Students interact with peers, instructors, and outside resources
  • Applying
    • Students are guided to combine and integrate technologies
  • Creating
    • Students are making sound choices about the appropriate synthesis of content and technology into a final product

Created by Ben Smith and Jared Mader

why work cross curricular
Why Work Cross-Curricular?
  • Knowing Content is NOT enough
  • Students must be able to
    • Construct new understandings
    • Solve problems
    • Make decisions
    • Communicate and express themselves
    • Understand complex issues
    • Work collaboratively
    • Set goals and work to a timeline
    • Make ethical choices
why work cross curricular1
Why Work Cross Curricular?
  • Makes for an authentic assignment
  • Students develop a deeper understanding of the content from each discipline
  • Students identify relationships among different and distinct subject areas
  • Students visualize the interconnectedness across curricular areas
buzz words making the case
Buzz Words - Making the Case
  • Knowledge and skills are Transferred
    • (Applebee, Langer, & Mullis, 1989)
  • Raise the Level of Engagement
    • (Resnick, 1989)
  • Meet the needs of Diverse Learners - Differentiation
    • (Brozo & Puckett, 2008)
  • Creates an effective Learning Environment
    • (Thaiss, 1986)
handouts and links
Handouts and Links
  • PowerPoint File and Related Links
    • www.edtechinnovators.com
  • Wikispace
    • http://redlionsssci.wikispaces.com
why wiki
Why Wiki
  • Collaboration Opportunities
  • Ability to Include Rich Media
    • Embed Code for video and web 2.0 tools
  • Makes Communication Transparent
elements of a curriculum project
Elements of a Curriculum Project
  • Dynamic Material
  • User Created Content
  • Visible Communication
  • Grading Rubric
dynamic content
Dynamic Content
  • Audio - Podcasts made with Audacity
  • Video - Use Photobooth or iMovie
  • Multimedia - Web 2.0 Tools
    • Animoto, OneTrueMedia, Google Timeline
user created content
User Created Content
  • Photobooth
  • Mimio
  • Wacom Tablets
  • Screenshots
  • Graphic Organizers
  • External Links
  • Web 2.0 Tools
communication
Communication
  • Emails
    • CC the teachers
  • Discussion Tabs in wiki
  • Wiki page itself
our project
Our Project
  • AP Government - AP Physics
  • Find areas of common ground
  • Examples
    • Ben Franklin
    • Isaac Newton - John Locke
keys to success
Keys to Success
  • Be Vague
  • Give Time
  • Guide students through discussion
  • Be Flexible
  • Communication
    • Among Teachers
    • Among Students
    • Between Students and Teachers
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Students can work at high level
  • Exposed the differences and similarities in the nature of each teacher and course
  • Communication and Monitoring is very important
    • Students may not understand the scope / requirements of the assignment
the future
The Future
  • Add other content areas
  • Add other schools
    • Please contact us to get involved
new possibilities
New Possibilities
  • Embed Code for Wikis
    • Blabberize
    • VoiceThread
    • Animoto
    • OneTrueMedia
  • Graphic Organizers
act 48 credit
Act 48 Credit
  • Session Number: HL08Session
  • Title: Making Cross Curricular Work
  • Act 48 Code: HL081668
questions
Questions
  • Email:
    • ben@edtechinnovators.com
    • smitht@rlasd.k12.pa.us
  • Website: www.edtechinnovators.com
    • Click on PETE&C link