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

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Internet: Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls

Milpitas Christian School

January 3, 2005

Gail Lovely –

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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.

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  • 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.

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Two Truths and a Dream


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Wishes, Hopes, Fears

  • Every Workshop brings with it wishes, hopes and fears (or concerns)…

  • What are ours?

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  • Introductions and Overview

  • Discussion of Strategies and Success Stories

  • Examples of Virtual Field Trips

  • Tools

    • Filamentality

    • TrackStar

    • Word

    • Rubistar

  • Work Time

  • Evaluation and Sharing

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    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.

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    NOT a replacementfor the “Real Thing!

    • Field trips of our past

      • Successful?

      • Issues?

      • Problems?

      • Lessons Learned?

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    • 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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    • Can create a more student-directed approach to learning

    • Provide multiple points of view or entry points to information and knowledge

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    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

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    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:

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    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)



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    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:



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    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:



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    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:


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    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:


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    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:


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    • 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!

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    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

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    Virtual Field Trips –Make them POWERFUL!

    • Connections, connections, connections…

    • Guidance (but not spoonfed)

    • Planning

    • Have a sense of adventure!

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    Everything is Online