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Deanna E. Mayers blendedschools.net Melissa Rager The Learning Lamp Collaborate to Clarify

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Develops understanding A work force skill for today’s global world Why Collaboration?

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Why Collaboration? “…if the purpose of instruction is to enhance critical- thinking and problem- solving skills, then collaborative learning is more beneficial.” Anuradha A. Gokhale JTE Volume 7, Number 1 - Collaborative Learning Enhances Critical Thinking Builds Understanding

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Builds Understanding Why Collaboration? According to Vygotsky, students are capable of performing at higher intellectual levels when asked to work in collaborative situations than when asked to work individually. Vygotsky , L. (1978). Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Why Collaboration? “…by interacting with others, children learn not only what to think but how to think” Productive Work Groups Frey, Fisher, Everlove Builds Understanding

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Why Collaboration? If you Google the term “online collaboration”… …you will find at least 30 million hits with more than the first 1 thousand hits focused on tools for business professionals to collaborate online. Workforce Skill

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Workforce Skill Why Collaboration? “The shared learning gives students an opportunity to engage in discussion, take responsibility for their own learning, and thus become critical thinkers.” Totten, S., Sills, T., Digby , A., & Russ, P. (1991). Cooperative learning: A guide to research. New York: Garland

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Why Collaboration? Businesses are using online collaboration to do everything from: developing concept maps planning projects creating drawings chatting discussions sharing documents and videos Workforce Skill

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments WHAT IS KEY TO A STRONG COLLABORATION EXPERIENCE? Build Positive Interdependence

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Responsibility Learning Model Moving to the student assuming more responsibility for the task

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Responsibility Learning Model Teacher Centered Learning Productive Work Group Fisher and Frey p. 7, 2008 Student Centered Learning

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Steps to Building Positive Interdependence Goal – each member must contribute to reach the goal Resource – each member has a unique piece of information Reward – should be both independent and overall Roles – each member should have a job that is necessary to complete the task Productive Group Work Frey, Fisher, Everlove , p. 15

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A real life productive work group www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Curriculum and Technology Trained online Teachers Expertise, leadership , communication Active learners and communicate with teachers support students and communicate with teachers Resource

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments teacher, parent and student feedback to further refine curriculum Building a pool of Experienced Online teachers save money, maintain control of curriculum and enrollment P articipate in extra- curricular at schools, Variety electives and AP courses, interact with Students across the state individualized learning for child More involvement Reward

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www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments P rovide support through help ticket system for curriculum and technology Recruit and train teachers , Match students with teacher, Issue progress reports and grade, Modifying courses/enrollments to meet needs of the district Facilitate communication with parents , process grades and progress Complete work in a timely manner, communicate with the teacher when something prevents or slows their learning Support the students Roles

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The Role of The Learning Lamp: How We Collaborate Recruit and train teachers Match students with teachers Issue progress reports and grades Class creation Student enrollments Modifying courses/enrollments to meet needs of the district www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Info on new slides: Could Delete?

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The Role of The Learning Lamp: Why We Collaborate Students graduate with a public school diploma Opportunity to participate in school electives like art and music Access to school sports and after school activities Wide array of electives and AP courses Opportunity to attend the career and technical school The school district maintains control over curriculum, content and student enrollment www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments Info on new slides: Could Delete?

CREATING A DISCUSSION BOARD ON STERIODS :

CREATING A DISCUSSION BOARD ON STERIODS Build Positive Interdependence www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Questions About Things and People Things and People: 1.    What action does this thing or person usually perform? 2.    What action is usually performed on this thing? 3.    How is this thing usually used? 4.    What is this thing part of? 5.    What is the process for making this thing? 6.    When this thing is used, does it present a particular danger or other things or to people?  What is it? 7.    What particular color, number, location, or dimensionality does this thing have? 8.    How is this thing usually sold? 9.    What particular emotional state does this person have? www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Questions About Events/States Events: 1.    What people are usually involved in this event? 2.    During what season or time of year does this event usually take place? 3.    On what day of the week does this event usually take place? 4.    At what time of day does this event usually take place? 5.    At what point in history did this event take place? 6.    What equipment is typically used in this event? 7.    How long does this event usually take? State 1.    What is the basic process involved in reaching this state? 2.    What changes occur when something reaches this state? www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Questions About Actions 1.    What thing or person usually performs this action? 2.    What effect does this action have on the taste, feel, sound, or look of this thing? 3.    How does this action typically change the emotional state of a person? 4.    How is the value of this thing changed by this action? 5.    How does this action change the size or shape of a thing? 6.    How does this action change the state of a thing? www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

Responding to Others:

Questions based on ideas in Productive Group Work by Frey, Fisher, and Everlove. Explaining Ideas 1.    The main idea is ______________ 2.    The reason I know this is from ______________ 3.    This is like _____________ and different from ________________ Check for Understanding 1.    Does that make sense to you? 2.    Is there a part that is confusing? 3.    Can you repeat it in your own words? 4.    I understood _______________, but I didn’t understand ____________. 5.    Can you show the me where you found the information 6.    Can you explain the information from the lesson to another person? Reflecting on another persons words: 1.    ______________ said _________and it reminded me of ____________ 2.    Our ideas are similar because ____________ 3.    Our ideas are different because ______________ 4.    We could use ___________ and _____________ to explain ___________ 5.    Here’s a new idea that uses _____’s thoughts and ___________’s thoughts. Responding to Others www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Sample Discussion Board Question and Response www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Journal Tool - Communicating with Clarity Graphic Organizer – Note Taking - Summarizing www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Note-Taking Promote greater comprehension Analyze to expose what's essential Research shows that taking more notes is better than fewer notes Verbatim note taking is ineffective does not allow time to process the information Teachers should encourage and give time for review and revision of notes Notes can be the best study guides for tests. www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Question Notes www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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T - Notes www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Summary Notes www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Cornell Note-Taking www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Learning Log Encourage students to chronicle their learning across several days or weeks Must have a plan for learners to review the learning log Many formats “T” notes Organizers Illustrations Text –based Teacher posed question to answer www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Sample Journal Question www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Sample Journal Response www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

COMBINING BLACKBOARD TOOLS:

COMBINING BLACKBOARD TOOLS Layered more complex learning activities www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

Student-Teacher Collaboration:

Student-Teacher Collaboration Journals Discussion Boards Voice Boards Story Boards Wimba Classroom (sample) Blackboard IM Email www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Quick Talks (Quick Write) Voice Board Create a short 1-2 minute Voice Board Post Prompts can be general or more specific to the lesson Can do this before, during or at the end of a lesson Question starters: What’s the best thing you learned today? What was confusing to you in the lesson? What do you already know about this topic? How did you help yourself to learn today? What do you think the next lesson will be about? What would a person who skips this lesson in the course need to know about? www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Vocabulary Squares Journal Term Discussions PhotoStory presentation on a wiki or blog Collaborative Vocabulary Building Academic Vocabulary, Marzano and Pickering www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Read and Respond Activity (Cube It) Journal 6 questions – describe it analyze it apply it take a stand reinvent it choose a different perspective Wiki Create a section for each student to answer the questions Create a section for them to work together on a summary Discussion Board Respond to one question then reply to other responses to the remaining 5 questions www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

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Collaboratively Constructed Products Collaborative Project Information Poster or a PowerPoint presentation Ask each student to contribute in a different color ink and sign in that color Give each member a responsibility to specific content, must create 2-3 multiple choice question for their section, all must “take” the quiz. A Jig-Saw approach Phase 1: Meet in home groups Go over overall goals Phase 2: Meet in expert groups Focus on one specific aspect of the content Ensure mastery before they leave the group Phase 3: Return to home groups to teach each other www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

Teacher Collaboration:

Teacher Collaboration Moving your professional learning communities to the online collaborative world Use online asynchronous and synchronous collaboration technology to stay informed Build strong learning opportunities with students. www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

A Challenge for YOU:

A Challenge for YOU Share your “best practices” with others while searching our database for ideas and learning objects for your courses. BSN Cloud www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

Collaborate to Clarify: Join the Discussion here: http://tiny.cc/3jz7z:

Collaborate to Clarify: Join the Discussion here: http://tiny.cc/3jz7z Deanna E. Mayers Melissa A. Rager Curriculum Coordinator Assistant Education Director dmayers@blendedschools.net mrager@thelearninglamp.org www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments

References:

References Classroom Instruction That Works by R. J. Marzano, D. J. Pickering, and J. E. Pollock, 2001, Alexandria, VA: ASCD. http://www.tltguide.ccsd.k12.co.us/instructional_tools/Strategies/Strategies.html “Collaborative Learning Enhances Critical Thinking” by Anuradha A. Gokhale JTE Volume 7, Number 1. Cooperative learning: A guide to research. Totten, S., Sills, T., Digby, A., & Russ, P. (1991). New York: Garland Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes. By Vygotsky, L. (1978). Cambridge: Harvard University Press. Productive Group Work by Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Sandi Everlove, 2009, Alexandria, VA: ASCD. “Teaching Students to Construct Graphic Representations,” Beau Fly Jones, Jean Pierce, and Barbara Hunter, Educational Leadership, December 1988. Building Academic Vocabulary, by R. J. Marzano and D. J. Pickering, 2005, Alexandria, VA: ASCD. The Global Development Research Center, http://www.gdrc.org/kmgmt/c-learn/strategies.html www.blendedschools.net Providing Engaging Learning Environments