Saturday, October 20, 2012

Superhero12: Mini-Sessions

In this session at the Superhero conference, participants shared a 15 minute session on a topic. 

Flipping with Glogster
Rojanne Brown shared her ideas about Flipping the classroom with GlogsterEdu.
Here is a link to her resources.

This provides a different way for students to share information.
With the paid version, teachers can manage student accounts.



Breaking the Barrier of Space and Time
Siri Anderson who is the Director of Online Learning at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, talked about how to transform their practice. Here is the link to her presentation.
Right now, colleges are really worried about COWS!
MOOCS!
Here are her notes:
Breaking the Barrier of Space and Time Siri Anderson, St. Catherine University
There is a lot of concern about MOOC’s right now in higher ed. Coursara, Udacity, EDX, MIT Open Courses
in higher ed. Coursara, Udacity, EDX, MIT Open Courses
Can we use the acronym RATS = Replacement - Amplification - Transformation  to transform what can we transform as a group?
Amplification - Transformation  to transform what can we transform as a
group?
avenues for content to reach learners, learners to reach opportunities,
opportunities to reach teachers.
Example - students in a pre-service methods class worked directly with K-8 students through online tools and develop curriculum for the teachers to use as well as respond to each students inquiry.This transforms the usual paradigm where students (in college and in elementary school) perform only for their teacher. It creates efficiencies for the faculty in the schools and opportunities for the college students at no additional cost. Elementary students experienced improved engagement and interest in the topic with tremendous enthusiasm for working directly with college students. http://kernelsoftruth.pbworks.com/w/page/50521536/FrontPage
worked directly with K-8 students through online tools and develop curriculum
for the teachers to use as well as respond to each students inquiry.This
transforms the usual paradigm where students (in college and in elementary
school) perform only for their teacher. It creates efficiencies for the faculty
in the schools and opportunities for the college students at no additional
cost. Elementary students experienced improved engagement and interest in the
topic with tremendous enthusiasm for working directly with college students. http://kernelsoftruth.pbworks.com/w/page/50521536/FrontPage Can we move towards increasing opportunities for students to demonstrate
competencies in authentic means by integrating more collaborative tools in our
settings -- reduce the need for learning to happen in classrooms and assessment
to be offered only by the teacher.

There is a lot of concern about MOOC’s right now
Can we use the acronym RATS = Replacement -

Transformation can happen when we provide new
Example - students in a pre-service methods class

Authentic Assessments : Open-Internet Tests 
Malene Krig from the Blake School talked about making her 7th grade Science assessments more authentic. She shared some of the projects students have done in the past, such as the Science Fair project, where students are studying, presenting and making things more authentic.
She wanted to make some changes, caterpillars start by eating!
She went to the Constructing Modern Knowledge Consortium, where she was able to learn some constructivist methods of learning.
She shared this video that was an "aha!" moment for her:

Krig asked herself, 
         What am I having my students do? 


Why am I asking students to memorize facts and give it back to me on a test.  

What evidence will students demonstrate on what they are learning?  

Her revelation: “Open Internet” summative (performance) assessment

  • Premise: An earthquake has occurred somewhere in the world.  Students are “earthquake experts” and they would be interviewed by a news channel and report out.  
  • Students were given the location of the earthquake on the day of the test.
  • Students were given a choice to document their interview in Google Docs or Video (PhotoBooth or an Audio Recorder)
Video record answers became option  (PhotoBooth or Audio Recorder)...be the expert
She shared a great example of a student who video taped herself talking about different waves generated by earthquakes.

Sean Beaverson asked,

How can you do this kind of “open computer” kind of test in your own classroom?"
He shared this idea from John UnruhFriesen:
“Tag” one of the five videos of the course of the year that would be assessed by the teacher.  (John U-F does this with blogs in his classroom.  He doesn’t grade every blog post, but rather his students “tag” which ones to use)



iPad as Documentation Tool
Joe Druskin from The Blake School E & P Lab
Druskin talked about how providing students choice in how they share their learning is one that is resonating with him.
Design Process
Students in 4th grade create Amusement Park Rides. 
Students he uses the engineering design process from Engineering is Elementary.

Students video taped themselves as a documentation tool for every step of the process. The reflection happens as they look at all of their learning throughout the process.
The keys are working on workflow to get the information off of the devices. Since the videos are titled by date and time, there are some management issues, but there are definite benefits.
Reading
In reading, they are using the iPad for video to gather information to reflect on what they have read, and allows the students the opportunity to ask questions about the story. It also allows them to share visualization and comprehension.

Design Challenge
The Blake School shared how they migrated from FirstClass to Google Apps
The Hive model for Professional Development-Seeding ideas in how others have worked on inherent design challenges.
Flipped Direct Instruction! They used a Google Form as a self-assessment tool.
Once submitted, they used Flubaroo to send out the results. If they passed, they went to the Intermediate session. It identified the discrete skills people struggled with. 
Developing Expertise-Watching a video about how to do things, paired with a helpdesk ticketing system.
35% tried it, 86% passed it.


Post a Comment