Category Archives: Lesson plans
Excited to be part of this conference in Australia next June
I’m proud to have been asked to be part of this conference in Sydney as one of the facilitators. List and short introduction of the other facilitators found below. This text is from the conference website. More information to be found there. Sydney 2014 Flat ConnectionsThe Flat Connections Conference is a unique event that includes students and educators to envision the future of education and of learning communities as they use leading technology tools such as wikis, blogs, social networking and digital storytelling. The conference is diverse in participation while allowing smaller groups to work with leading world-class presenters in a “flattened” environment where virtual participants from remote corners of the world also join in the conversation and action.
Flat Connections Conference is produced by Flat Encounters, designers of alternative conferences. Educators will leave the conference understanding how to collaborate globally and a better understanding of how educational technology supports this and with skills and contacts in hand to start projects. Students will leave the conference with leadership skills, technology skills, presentation skills, and a better understanding of diverse cultures and collaboration.
Join us in Sydney, Australia. June 18-20, 2014
Flat Connections Conference 2014 Facilitators
Michael Furdyk is the Co-founder of TakingITGlobal (www.tigweb.org), which provides innovative global education programs that empower youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges.
Frank Guttler is a film/video educator, professional development trainer, Adjunct Professor of Instructional Media at Wilkes University and is a Lecturer of Cinema & Television Arts at California State University Northridge.
Anne Mirtschin is an award winning teacher from Victoria, Australia whose most recent major awards are ICT in Education Victoria Educator of the Year and Australian Computer Educator of the Year 2012.
Kristina Stoney began her career teaching english and science in south India with students eager to learn. In the following fifteen years, she has been dedicated to designing and facilitating programs that unleash the potential of young people and has worked in Guatemala, Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean.
Chris Betcher is a blogger, podcaster, speaker and author, and an active member of the Australian edtech scene. He shares openly and freely through his blog at www.chrisbetcher.com, and has presented at numerous national and international education events.
Julie Lindsay is the Director of Learning Confluence P/L, and the co-founder of Flat Classroom®. She has worked in six different countries in the past 15+ years as IT Director, Curriculum Coordinator, E-Learning Coordinator and more!
Who will you make peace with?
In August we received the following message:
Dear Ann, You recently showed interest in Peace One Day’s Skype in the Classroom project. This is an opportunity for groups of students to Skype with Nic Frances Gilley, our education ambassador, to learn about Jeremy’s journey to establish an annual day of ceasefire and non-violence with a fixed calendar date.
This week our class will be Skyping with Peace One Day and we are looking forward to it. To prepare for the Skype conversation will will be looking into the material provided on their webpage and prepare questions for the interview. After the Skype talk we will be posting the result on our blogs!
Who is Jeremy Gilley? Write a paragraph about his background.
- Watch this 5 minute introduction and write notes, see techniques here.
- In pairs compare notes and discuss the video
- Watch the documentary below and make 5 questions to Jeremy Gilley
- In pairs compare your questions and decide on 2 questions you could ask
- After Skype meeting write a post on your blog and answer the famous question: “What did I learn in school today!”
- Follow PeaceOneDay on Twitter and make sure to send a link with your new post and include their Twitter handle. https://twitter.com/PeaceOneDay
PBS Idea Channel smarty Mike Rugnetta attempts to deconstruct the definition of knowledge, and how the internet fits into our notion of it. “Having billions of facts at the tips of your typing fingertips may not necessarily be making us any smarter. Some people even think it’s making us more stupid and lazy. Whatever way we process the vast sea of data available, the question remains: is the act of googling the same as knowledge? What the episode and find out!” Source: MindShift.
Late Notice: Early Interview Today – Connected Student-Authors Talk about Building a Digital Classroom
Join me earlier than normal today, Tuesday, August 20th, for a live and interactive FutureofEducation.com conversation with a group of Norwegian students, and their English teacher (and blogger) Ann Michaelsen, to discuss their recently published book, Connected Learners: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom.
Written, edited, and designed by a team of 27 students at Sandvika High School (Oslo, Norway), with support from Ann, Connected Learners is a unique compendium of stories, advice and how-to articles designed to help high school teachers and their students around the globe shift from classrooms that are isolated and teacher-centered to digitally rich environments where learning is student-driven and constantly connected to the global internet. The 10-chapter interactive digital book is designed to be useful for teachers and students in both high school and middle school.
The 220-page collaborative book takes the reader through all the steps to create a digital classroom, says a spokesman for the team of Grade 9 students, “ranging from setting up Twitter and blog accounts, to finding educators and students online for global learning activities, to how to optimize the use of search engines and teach the key elements of digital literacy.”
“This book offers a unique insight into what students and teachers need to know in the 21st century classroom,” says Michaelsen. “I’m extremely proud of what my English learners have accomplished and shared in this remarkable example of project learning.”
Date: Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
Time: 2pm Pacific / 5pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at http://www.futureofed.info. The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording: A full Blackboard Collaborate recording and an audio mp3 recording will be available at http://www.stevehargadon and athttp://www.futureofeducation.com.
Meet the Student Team:
Plagiarism is the “wrongful appropriation” and “purloining and publication” of another author‘s “language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions,” and the representation of them as one’s own original work. The idea remains problematic with unclear definitions and unclear rules.The modern concept of plagiarism as immoral and originality as an ideal emerged in Europe only in the 18th century, particularly with the Romantic movement.
Starting the semester on a positive note!
Why not watch this video with your students when you meet this fall? Better to be prepared. You should be able to start some interesting discussions that might help your students both in high school and later university!
More discusion topcis to be found here! http://www.amazon.com/Connected-Learners-creating-classroom-ebook/dp/B00CYEFX8E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372938620&sr=1-1&keywords=connected+learners
Building a collaborative environment
It is all about relationships! Every great educator will tell you that. It is not about technology but building a safe environment where the students want to learn! Learning should be fun! We all know learning new content is hard work, but it can be fun as well! We all remember the joy of mastering a new skill. In this post I would like to suggest some ways to integrate technology and cooperative learning as a way of building a collaborative environment in your class this fall. In these activities students should be able to use their own mobile devices. The Apps mentioned here are free and should be available on different platforms. Spend some time on team building in your class and you will be rewarded! To read more about cooperative learning look here.
Exercise 1 – getting to know your group
- Divide class in groups of 4 (allows pair work and avoids odd person out!)
- Line up class according to distance to school and make groups of 4
- When seated in their new group, let the students number up 1- 4
- Short introduction starting with number 1, one minute each – name, previous school, favourite subject, food and hobby.
- Find the fib. Students share two true facts and one made up. They present this in the group starting with number 2. Team mates are to guess what the fib is.
Exercise 2 – getting to know your school
- Time to get up and go! Take a tour of your school and as a group decide find a motive for your picture, it can be your favourite place, room or facility at School. Use a mobile device to take the picture! Time: 15 minutes.
- Go back to your classroom and start working! Use Befunky to create a zoom in shot of the picture making it difficult to see what it is.
- Three stray, one stay. Student 1, 2 and 3 move to different tables (one table pr. number) student 4 stays. One point for each correct guess. Group with most correct wins! Move the students to at least 3 different tables.
Exercise 3 – being creative and inventive
- The perfect App for teachers! The perfect App for students.
- Every group should have plenty of sticky notes.
- 3 minute think time, what could be the perfect App
- Start 4s brainstorming. Students record one idea on slip of paper.
- Read the response.
- Place on the table for all to see.
- Structure the ideas and see if you can combine ideas and come up with a team project
- Create a 30 second or less video that demonstrates what your App does, use magisto to do it!
- End activity by showing the results to the class voting for the best product
- Class winner gets to present App to the principle!
Exercise 4 – getting to know the other students in the class
- Find someone who – use this form or make your own (print out in advance)
- Everyone needs a pen for this one. The form is only done when there are different names in all 20 sentences!
- Winner gets a prize!
Exercise 5 – gaining local knowledge, making a quiz
- In your group look up information on your school and community online. Use one of your mobile devices.
- In your group decide on information you think every student should know, but probably don’t!
- Make one QR code with question and one with answer, use QR Code Generator
- Print out both codes, if that is not possible, save the codes on your device
- Gallery tour. Groups walk around in class and scan the QR codes, write down your answer before checking the QR code for answer!
Exercise 6 – Your favourite App
- Each member of group thinks about favourite App to use that might be helpful during school. Activity 2 minutes .
- Starting with student 4 spend 2 minutes each explaining why the App is a favourite, what you can do with it that the other students might not be aware of, and how it can be used in school. Take turns.
- When done vote on the best App and present for the rest of the class.
- Vote for class favourite and If time make a QR code for the App and post on school website!
Why Double Entry Journal?
This is a great task to use in class after the students have read their novel. Every student should be able to do this task. It is a lot more challenging task then just writing a summary or answering questions that you find in a textbook or you as a teacher give the students. Using the double entry journal the students are forced to reflect on their reading and to give examples of sections in the book that are important and explain why they think they are important. This will also test the students’ understanding of the text.
How to write a double entry journal
Use a table function to make two columns. You can do this on your blog as well.
- In the first column, students should choose a quote/paragraph from the book that relates to a certain topic given by the teacher.
- In the second column, students should write why they chose that particular paragraph, and explain its significance.
- Write an entry on your blog. Call it my reading of…..(name of book)
- Make a table and in the left hand column write 4 different paragraphs from the book from each of the following topics: Theme, setting, plot and character development.
- In the right hand column write why you chose that particular paragraph and its significance in the book
- End the blog post by writing a small summary of your impression of the book! Make it out as a review and post it on Amazon! Would you recommend this book to others? Link to the review on your blog.
- Use this rubric to self-assess and grade your performance RUBRIC FOR JOURNAL
Reading in class
In Norway during the first year of high school we have two competency goals concerning literature
- Discuss and elaborate on English texts from a selection of different genres, poems, short stories, novels, films and theater plays from different epochs and parts of the world
- Discuss literature by and about indigenous peoples in the English-speaking world
Looking closely at these goals it seems to me that it should be voluntary for students if they want to read a novel in class, and if they do they would be smart to choose one by and about indigenous people.
I’m giving my students a choice here and among the suggested literature discussed at our last network meeting I have listed these books. Regarding literature by and about indigenous people suited for high school students, I have to admit I’m at a loss and need some help! Please comment here if you have any suggestions.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
- The book Thief, Markus Zusak
- Ender’s Game, Orson Scott
- Twice Toward Justice, Claudette Colvin
- The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
- Life of Pi, Yann Martel
- White Tiger, Aravind Adiga
- Click on the links above and read the book descriptions, check out related media and read at least 2 of the customer reviews. Based on your research choose one of the books and write a short post on your blog explaining your choice and your expectations for chosen book
- See if the writer has a Twitter account and send a short message to the author with a link to your blog post!
What do journalists do when they find news online?
The managing editor of Storyful.com, Markham Nolan has watched journalism evolve from the pursuit of finding facts to the act of verifying those floating in the ether.
Today the roles have shifted and now journalists are reacting to news from the audience. Journalists are actually relying on people in the streets and monitoring what they are talking about and experiencing. People are helping the journalists figure out what is the best angle today, what they want to hear about. It is a real time thing, and it is happening on a constant basis. Twitter is now the most used source for journalists. 60 seconds after a earthquake hit Haiti, it was on Twitter! Watch this lecture and see how they work to find out if the sources online are true or not!
- Watch the TED video and write an article where you give examples of news you might find online and what you can do to find out if it is true or not.
- Do you have any examples of untrue stories that have spread online?
- Use Twitter to find out if anything exciting is happening today. Explain what you found and what you did to see if it might be reliable news.