Internet: Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls. Milpitas Christian School January 3, 2005. Gail Lovely – www.GailLovely.com. Overview of Session.
Internet: Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls Milpitas Christian School January 3, 2005 Gail Lovely – www.GailLovely.com
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: • 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 • http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson318.shtml
Wishes, Hopes, Fears • Every Workshop brings with it wishes, hopes and fears (or concerns)… • What are ours?
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 • 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 replacementfor the “Real Thing! • Field trips of our past • Successful? • Issues? • Problems? • Lessons Learned?
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
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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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!
Virtual Field Trips –Planning Steps • Think through your lesson planning steps – like normal! • Introduce • Purpose • Input • Guided Practice • Independent Practice • Assessment and Evaluation
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
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! • Connections, connections, connections… • Guidance (but not spoonfed) • Planning • Have a sense of adventure!
Everything is Online • http://www.gaillovely.com/fieldtrips.htm