Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Location for the BLC 10 - Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston
- Learning through creative gaming - Dr. Bronwyn Stuckey
- Safe environment
- Need to participate in training to bring students into it.
There is not any teacher in the system that is not part of a school system and they are background checked. Every account links with a real person. There is filter for language.
There are chat monitors - frame positive rules, norms from Indiana University
- Same rules that are at play on the regular internet.
- Students are not allowed to share their own email, phone, bullying,etc.
- There are monitors who look and then email the teachers about any questionable chat. Teachers then use the experience to teach internet norms with students.
- They also send the exemplary behaviors in online communication to teachers
- all the content areas are represented
- increases literacy
- teachers contribute to content
- no killing
- leveling up is the curriculum
- cyber safety
- tranformative play
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
(by the way he used Prezi to do his presentation)
The turning point for his team was feeling far behind in the textbook as always.
“Needing to catch up” They asked themselves, "What is our mission as educators of history?" - independence - Goal is not your mission - nurture skills in kids. Goal is to cover content - Mission is to nurture skills to develop independence in learning!
Skills v Content
So their course centered around:
Year long course around 5 questions
Needing to ask meaningful questions -essential questions for the course and which for what will be studies
- To what extent is America a land of opportunity?
- What is the proper role of government in the lives of Americans?
- What is America’s place in the world?
- What is the problem is race in American history?
Ideas for us - World History - social structure - looking at class in America today? Does medieval life have a comparison to
the America today?
World History was working on something similar - frustrated with the surface level of what they were teaching
Sept-Dec - Middle East - broke into politics, economics, religion - Is the conflict in the middle east unresolvable? - area studies, historical focus, geography, - have to have contemporary issues
A challenge: the teachers saw that students started to lose the sense of chronology - students needed an overview - as a group the students wrote their own reader. This makes me wonder about copyright.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Saturday, January 09, 2010
Report on Boston Public School's implementation.