Learning Objects to Enrich Your Classroom. WEMA/Brainstorm 2006 March 7, 2006 Susan Cramer -- UW Oshkosh JoAnn Carr -- UW Madison. http://asimov.coehs.uwosh.edu/~cramer/. What are learning objects?.
March 7, 2006
Susan Cramer -- UW Oshkosh
JoAnn Carr -- UW Madison
Instructional materials found on the Internet that can be used to illustrate, support, supplement or assess student learning.
They are small in size, and can take on a variety of different shapes, formats, and purposes.
Or, a website with all sorts of references….
A great site for information on marine mammals, other animals, fish, birds or ecosystems
Materials should be short in duration, 2-15 minutes in length, and should be used to support the understanding of a concept or process.
For example… a short video clip of how hydrogen fuel cells work.
Introduction to the Holocaust
What is Genocide?
Mapping the Holocaust
They likewise can be used by multiple people in multiple locations simultaneously, and can be accessed over and over without time or location constraints.
What did the teacher say today about mitosis? I know, I can go to these websites and review the concept myself until I understand it!
meiosis, mitosis, cell biology, microbiology, immunology, microscopy, plant cells, animal cells and more.
http://Cellsalive.com/ A great site for illustrating…
Just in time,
Just for you…
Shodor (next page)
San Diego Zoo
Yellowstone National Park Wolf news, sightings, history, packs, captive wolves, a wolf map, and audio clip of a wolf howling.
How can we find them?
There’s lots of stuff out there and I don’t have much time.
One can find learning objects in a myriad of locations. A Google search on “learning objects” done as this presentation was being written returned 79 million hits. A second search using “learning objects fractions” yielded 2.47 million hits while “learning objects fractions middle school” yielded 1.3 million hits.
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Materials developed primarily by instructors from the Wisconsin Technical College System
2, 025 objects online with 68 more in development.
Unique features are peer review, assignments, and member collections.
Has fantastic materials including historic maps, photos, documents, audio and video clips, virtual tours of galleries, multilingual resources on world culture and more.
Riverfront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, showing a bridge spanning the Milwaukee River near the Pabst building
Contains a wealth of digitized materials from the UW System libraries you can use to support instruction. A sample of collection titles includes Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent, Great Lakes Maritime History Project, Icelandic Online Dictionary and Readings, Illustrated Shakespeare, SouthEast Asian Images and Texts, and Wisconsin Public Land Survey Records: Original Field Notes.
(Waxman, Lin, Michko, 2003).
(Reeves 1998 cited in Ringstaff and Kelley, 2002)
These new circumstances and opportunities – not the technology on its own – can have a direct and meaningful impact on student achievement” (Goldman, Cole, and Syer, 1999 cited in NCREL 1999, p. 6).
They use the Internet as
What are you waiting for?
What’s your next unit?
What learning objects can make it come alive?
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