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  1. Higher Level Thinking for 21st Century Learners using Asynchronous Learning Tools Barb Schulz, M.S.,Ed.S., ABD Magnolia Middle School, Harford County

  2. About Me • Taught in K-5 for 20 years • Higher Education - 3 colleges • Back to 5th grade • Worked in a large district outside of Denver • Taught in 4 different virtual schools • Returned home and am now in Middle School

  3. Session Objective • Connect today’s students with skills for the millenium. • Validate reasons for using online asynchronous tools • Become familiar with tools already available to them in order to utilize these strong tools for developing higher level thinking.

  4. Learning Styles • Millennial students • use social networking on a daily basis, and • research says that online writing can promote • higher level thinking and • cognitive understanding. Net Day 2007 Survey 1.2 million students, parents , and teachers from 14,000 schools in 50 states

  5. How are they using online tools for School? http://hosted.mediasite.com/hosted4/Viewer/Viewers/Viewer320TL.aspx?mode=Default&peid=ce8f0201-7d54-4abb-b1b0-4f8a0479f481&pid=06155cca-0a78-4cd5-880f-d4c5ce23ba9c&playerType=WM7

  6. Student Value of Tech Skills http://hosted.mediasite.com/hosted4/Viewer/Viewers/Viewer320TL.aspx?mode=Default&peid=ce8f0201-7d54-4abb-b1b0-4f8a0479f481&pid=06155cca-0a78-4cd5-880f-d4c5ce23ba9c&playerType=WM7

  7. Interest in STEM careers

  8. More tools in the ideal school

  9. Why are Tech skills Important?

  10. Top Ten from 2008 • Digital Divide is alive and well • Use of mobile devices has increased. • Too many rules – use of firewalls, can’t use their own equipment • Free-agent learner • Link to Word version • Link to website http://www.futureofeducation.com/forum/topics/julie-evans-from-project 1.3 million respondents

  11. Free Agent Learner Characteristics: • Self directed learning • Un-tethered to traditional education • Expert at personal data aggregation • Power of connections • Creating new communities • Not tethered to physical networks • Experiential learning – make it real • Content developers • Process as important as knowledge gained (sometimes more important) What it Looks like: • Online learning • Control over knowledge authenticity • Mobile learning

  12. Congressional Briefing – Capitol HillMarch 24, 2009 – • Un-tether learning and leverage mobile devices to extend learning beyond the school day and meet all learners in their own world • Create new interactive, participatory learning spaces using tools such as online classes, gaming and simulations, online tutors, and virtual reality environments • Incorporate Web 2.0 tools into daily instruction especially those tools that develop collaborative or social-based learning and provide unique opportunities for students to be content developers • Expand digital resources in the classroom to add context and relevancy to learning experiences through new media tools • Get beyond the classroomwalls and make learning truly experiential such as using high tech science instrumentation and creating podcasts with content experts. http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/speakup_congress.html

  13. Digital Learners vs. Digital Immigrant Teachers

  14. Research says……. • Researchers state that using online asynchronous discussion boards encourage • active learning, • makes students generate ideas and • clarify meaning to each other, and therefore • develop higher level thinking skills • cognitive understanding • Every student gets heard

  15. More Research…. • Teach students to maximize their learning style {Muir, 2001 #25} • Delegate intellectual authority to the students {Lotan, 2002 #23} • Learn vicariously from each other {MacDonald, 2001 #9}

  16. Teacher Benefits • Online logs of interactions can aid teachers in understanding the thinking process of students or groups • Logs provide a history of the learning process to show growth from beginning to end of the process.

  17. But I’m tethered……. • Many school systems still lock out these tools, which could benefit students. Using tools such as • TappedIn.org, and • NetOps makes communication a possibility for teachers and can extend the school day • Wikispaces for group work • Edline for sharing documents and links to discussion boards • Blogger.com

  18. Tapped In • www.tappedin.org • Sponsored by Purdue University • Free account for teachers – just join • Then can set up a class of students • Only 30 logins – made them generic mamstudent01 • White board for co-writing • Can post all worksheets online • Chat room not accessible from school but extends the school day

  19. Tapped In Classroom Activities • Measuring Prior Knowledge or Reflections • Usinga Word Processor • Tell about a time that you've used a word processor in the past. What are some of the benefits or drawbacks of using it to write? • How is this version (of Word) different from the old version? • Share your thoughts about…….. your Winter vacation/today’s lesson/

  20. Giving Feedback to peers • Post your reactions to the slide shows here. Be sure to talk about the criteria for critiquing them: 1. Information2. Aesthetics3. AnimationsRemember to Praise, Question, and Polish!

  21. Sharing files • Posting files to shared drive on the network • OR can be put on Edline

  22. WikkiSpaces • Also PBWiki • Can create wiki • Allows upload of .csv files • Can assign student logins and passwords • More accounts available than in Tapped IN • More like a website more customizable

  23. Brainstorming

  24. Collaboration/ Decision Making in groups

  25. Critiquing a Peer’s Work

  26. Posting FAQ’s for Help

  27. Net Ops • Network administration software • Lets me control their computers • Has a chat room • Survey tools • Testing tools • Used for • Measuring progress • Reflection • Closure

  28. Measuring progress…. • <Teacher>:What do you think about using the comptuer to edit with a friend? WX84I-MCLAB-16:hiWX84I-MCLAB-18:dfndsjkfhhdadsjghsdlfWX84I-MCLAB-13:lolWX84I-MCLAB-18:fhsdklafhsdahflaksdhf WX84I-MCLAB-28:what is the questionWX84I-MCLAB-17:it is coolWX84I-MCLAB-09:ITS COOL IT HELPS ME WX84I-MCLAB-30:STOP SPAMINGWX84I-MCLAB-01:i thinks it awesome!!!!!!!WX84I-MCLAB-28:oh

  29. Used to plan group work WX84I-MCLAB-08:what do u mean?WX84I-MCLAB-21:"hacking slide 4 "WX84I-MCLAB-27:yea i totally didWX84I-MCLAB-07:not talking to youWX84I-MCLAB-08:let me see!!WX84I-MCLAB-07:lolWX84I-MCLAB-21:lets get seriousWX84I-MCLAB-21:bily come check out the title so far MCLABRow 2 Period PPt chatFriday, November 07, 2008, 10:29:35 AMWX84I-MCLAB-08:im doing phishingWX84I-MCLAB-07:i want to do one about fowarding messages and chain mailWX84I-MCLAB-11:what is the ? WX84I-MCLAB-08:what is evryone else doing....?WX84I-MCLAB-10:im doing hackingWX84I-MCLAB-08:the what?WX84I-MCLAB-11: i chose spam WX84I-MCLAB-11:spamWX84I-MCLAB-07:i'm doing spamWX84I-MCLAB-11:spam!!!!!!!!WX84I-MCLAB-08:dont get craieWX84I-MCLAB-07:coputer 11 better not do spamWX84I-MCLAB-08:crazie*WX84I-MCLAB-11:why!?WX84I-MCLAB-10:im doing file extension

  30. Reflecting on a process (using track changes in Word to edit) • WX84I-MCLAB-22:Its comfusing!!!WX84I-MCLAB-29:sup shawtyWX84I-MCLAB-25:i dont like it WX84I-MCLAB-08:what do you thing about using the computer edit with a friendWX84I-MCLAB-28:yeaWX84I-MCLAB-30:DONE IM DONE EDITING WITH CONORWX84I-MCLAB-27:i like ediont my friends paperWX84I-MCLAB-13:idkWX84I-MCLAB-22:I dint even start!!!!!

  31. Working on vocabulary • <Teacher>:What is a file on the computerWX84I-MCLAB-17:somewhere on a computer where your saved data goWX84I-MCLAB-25:a folderWX84I-MCLAB-01:a place were u can store ur stuffWX84I-MCLAB-02:were you keep saved workWX84I-MCLAB-03:its a saved documentWX84I-MCLAB-09:a file is to block imformation or to WX84I-MCLAB-07:something that is saved.WX84I-MCLAB-25:fotoeuriWX84I-MCLAB-15:a place were u ca store ur stuffWX84I-MCLAB-22:were saved things go

  32. Blogger.com http://www.learningbyts.net/Blog/GCMindex.html

  33. 5th Grade Blogging on a daily basis http://www.learningbyts.net/Blog/RyeBlog/2004/09/posting-about-our-learning.html#comments

  34. Conclusion…. Hopefully I’ve given you ideas to help you meet the goal stated by the NetDay Organization at their Congressional Briefing in March, 2009 --- • Incorporate Web 2.0 tools into daily instruction especially those tools that develop collaborative or social-based learning and provide unique opportunities for students to be content developers • I’d like to share some content that my students have created to teach adults about their world….. https://www.edline.net/files/9133235b953341f63745a49013852ec4/CydneyWaltonWiki_0003.wmv

  35. References • Hein, T. L., & Irvine, S. E. (1998 ). Assessment of Student Understanding Using On-line Discussion Groups. Paper presented at the FIE Conference. • Hu, B.-Y., & Yang1, J.-T. (2005). Analyzing critical thinking and factors influencing interactions in online discussion forum. Paper presented at the Fifth IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies. • Lotan, R. A. (2002). Group-Worthy Tasks : Carefully constructed group learning activities can foster students' academic and social growth and help close the achievement gap. Educational Leadership, 60(no. 6), 72-75. • MacDonald, J. (2001). On-Line Learning: A Radical Pedagogy? Adults Learning, 12(5). • Muir, D. J. (2001, June 25-27, 2001). Adapting online education to different learning styles. Paper presented at the National Educational Computing Conference Proceedings, Chicago, Illinois.