Once Upon a Training....in a cyberspace not so far away the Intel Teach Elements Courses were born. They were new young online courses who needed to spread their digital resources to teachers all across the globe. They were created to inspire, enrich and give educators the opportunity to boldly go where no educator has gone before. But... they were missing certain ELEMENTS that would make their world complete. For example, they didn’t have a Facilitator Professional Learning Community (FPLC) who could network ideas and tips to help the Elements Courses reach their full potential of providing deeper exploration of 21st century learning concepts.
Currently, there are 3 Elements courses living in the Kingdom of 21st Century Classroom Cyberspace (Project Based Approaches, Collaboration in the Digital Classroom, and Assessments in 21st Century Classrooms), with others joining them soon. Each course has a special magical power to enhance classrooms and professional development environments, but each needs a round-table discussion to explore the benefits of this anytime, anywhere learning kingdom.
Queen 21st Century has summoned two of her loyal subjects, The Dynamic Duo, to help expand the digital resources of these short online courses...however, our heroines need your assistance, as well. They need you to share ideas and resources to help each course reach its highest potential.
The Dynamic Duo has decided to focus on one Element course at a time. Their first quest will be to explore the online-world of Project Based Approaches. What resources, ideas, and strategies do you have to enrich the integration and implementation of PBA? Include the module number that your ideas, resources and strategies would best fit.
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Share your thoughts between May 8 and July 18th to have your name entered into a drawing for the Kindle. The drawing will end on July 18, but this thread will remain active after the incentive period. It’s a wonderful opportunity for all of us to better facilitate the Elements courses.
Unfortunately, for legal reasons, we can only ship prizes within the U.S.,but the contents of this discussion are applicable to every Intel Teach educator worldwide, so please help build a solid set of tips and resources for everyone. We look forward to your contributions.
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When I facilitate the Elements courses, I try to find videos or case studies that give real examples of each Module's content. Each week (module) I have the participants view at least 2 of these examples while adding to their action plans.
Here are the resources I used the last time I ran Project Based Approaches:
Module 1: What do projects look like? How do they address the 21st century skills? What are the benefits of project-based learning?
Video 1 - A 21st Century World (Source: YouTube)
Video 2 - A Vision of K-12 Students Today (Source: YouTube)
Module 2: Project Design - What should students learn through PBL?
Video 1 - Elementary Kids Invest in the Future (Source: Edutopia)
Video 2 - Geometry and Architecture (Source:Edutopia)
Video 3 - Hearing Impaired Students Write and Produce and Opera (source:Teachers.tv) - link currently unavailable
Module 3: Assessment - How do we provide feedback and monitor progress of 21st Century Skills?
Video 1 - 1st Class Citizens:Civics Just Isn't a Class (Source: Edutopia)
Video 2 - Keeping it Real and Authentic (Source: Edutopia)
Module 4: Project Planning - What are the strategies that go into managing a project?
Video 1 - Project Video - Teachers Discuss the Challenges of Daily PBL (Source:Edutopia)
Weblink Resource - Do You Believe in Teacher Field Trips? (Source: MrsSmoke.onsugar) - I have them read the article and explore what field trips would be the most beneficial for them to begin planning for a project and building a network of experts in the field that support classroom content.
Module 5: Guiding Learning - Plan instruction to improve student learning processes and thinking skills, such as collaboration and critical thinking.
Video 1 - Global Classroom (Source:YouTube) - participants are asked how they might consider partnering with another classroom to provide personal connection to the learning process.
Dyane, great resources. Next year, one of the schools I work with are going to do a "project" during our monthly training sessions. We will use the tools we have looked at over the past four years to complete a task. I had planned on using some of the project ideas from the Designing Project area and will hopefully be able to incorporate some of these videos as "starters". The "A 21st Century World" YouTube video is great.
Do you find that many of the teachers you work with are reluctant to use the tools in the classroom or do the jump right in?
Hi Ya Neil!
No, I haven't seen any reluctant ones, but I have seen the inexperienced ones who are afraid of tech come in, especially with the Collaboration Course. They are nervous, but I try to inspire them with real classroom applications and videos that provide a true sense in how these tools or projects should be implemented.
I'm currently wrapping up Module 5 of Collaboration and all I can tell you is these folks are PUMPED about finding experts or partner classrooms to connect and collaborate after the course. Mission accomplished!
The Buck Institute for Education has some great videos on Project Based Learning. This is a list of some of the videos. (http://www.bie.org/tools/videos). They also have some other online resources.They also break done some of their projects by grade level.
This video gets teachers to think about how theycan plan and integrate different subject areas in a unit. They talk about some of the struggles.
I like to help teachers find the "big ideas" in their content. A big idea in my 7th grade science core is "Density." I ask teachers to walk and talk with others looking for big ideas that match or are parallel with their content "big ideas." I was once pleased when a math teacher approached me and told me how much he liked the "big idea" of "density." He continued by saying this density concept worked with his math core due to how density is calculated. He asked me if we could design a project around density and its calculation. Our students worked all year identifying how the density of water in the Great Salt Lake changes. Students then calculated the survival of brine shrimp in these different densities.
The biggest challenge I find is teachers trying to identify what their "big ideas" are. What suggestions can my fellow Intel Teach friends provide on how to help teachers recognize the "big ideas" of their subjects?
When I facilitated PBA, I shared a new tool with each Moudle to demonstrate how the tools could be used to facilitate project based learning.
Module 1 - Glogster - glogster.com or storybird (depending on the group)
Module 2 - Storyboarding - http://www.blogher.com/frame.php?url=http://www.olejarz.com/arted/digitalvieo/MyStoryboard.pdf
Module 3 - Strategies for assessing - Rubrics, Checklist, peer assessments, etc. (Kathy Schrock's assessments and rubrics) Intel assessment database
Module 4 - Disscussion form (engage community)
Module 5 - Collaboration - google tools, linoit, wallwisher, etc.
Great idea! Sometime I create a Google Doc or some other type of wiki where participants can add resources - that way when the course is over they can print off a list of resources - where a discussion thread might take them more time to find the resource they are looking for. I also know some who build and share resources with an electronic bookmaking site like Delicious to share resources with participants that way.
I find it very beneficial to check out resources that other educators are using and recommending.
Towards the end of one of my trainings someone had taken all the resources we discussed and put them into a Live Binder. Everyone in the class was thrilled to have this resource and she thought it was a great idea to really teach herself the tool. I have also used a social bookmarking tool to share resources, videos etc with the group where we put all our resources in one spot.
I would appreciate a link to your LiveBinder if possible. I envision teachers are excited to see how you have used LiveBinder as well as the resources available in it. Do you make the LiveBinder available for participating teachers to add or do you input all the resources?
Vanessa, and all,
I haven't run the course in full yet but I would like for my participants to create a Wall using one of the Visualization tools to demonstrate what PBL is all about. Perhaps each participant could document their explanation to another teacher in their school and discuss what some of the challenges might have been and how they overcame them. One of the things I love best is finding other teachers to collaborate with on a project. Giving them an opportunity (or a task) to at least explain the concept and brainstorm a possible future scenario might be a good assessment. Thoughts?
Good plan Blanca. Almost like role play when they are discussing their challenges etc. I'm facilitating a Collaboration course and there are several of them who would love to collaborate. I'm working on posting a thread for educators to make that connection. I'm searching the threads to make sure there are not any other threads that have already been started.
This is a great topic. I am still trying to facilitate my first group. I have offered the course up to my faculty and signed about ten teachers up, but I have had a tough time getting tem to start on the course. Any suggestions? I am doing this all online through the site and would any pointers (I have arranged for anyone who participates to get CEUs, to no avail).
Jonathan, when did you start? Did you have an orientation session where the teachers have an opportunity to introduce themselves and get comfortable with Moodle? Since you are doing this with your faculty, you may need to contact them and "nudge" them some.
Don't know if that helps, but sometimes you just need to grease the skids.
I have had this issue with various online courses that I have taught. I know it may sound strange, but I do little weekly incentives or challenges. I post a thread and may call it Star Educators for the week. I feature the participants that posted all of their posts on time etc. If if is a local course, I give away little small prizes, from pencils to keydrives that I pick up at conferences.
Hope this helps.
Are you close enough to have a face to face first session? I have done that a couple of times and that really seemed to get them excited and also started on a positive footing. I've even followed up with another face to face later on or a live webinar.
I do know that with the face to face beginning session, I've always included some food goodies and some surprise attendance prizes. That has always been a hit.
Have you asked your principal to also join the course? Sometimes that's all it takes is to get your administrator also excited.
Thanks for all the feedback! I did have an initial session face to face and I have sent out gentle reminders.one huge challenge is that I am on a different grade level than most of the participants that signed up. I am hoping ot maybe get the interest renewed for over the summer or next year, when End of Year testing is not so looming and projects are more easy to plan for.