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1 Justin Reich Thomas Daccord Falmouth High School, 1/18/2008

2 A Brief Survey Please!

3 Center for Teaching History with Technology Summer Workshops Teaching History with Technology Teaching English with Technology Teaching with New and Emerging Technologies Web Sites Best of History Web Sites: Teaching History with Technology: Books Best of History Web Sites (Neal-Schuman) Classroom Tested Ideas for Teaching History with Technology

4 Why Teach with Technology? #1- Whoever is doing most of the talking, or most of the typing, is doing most of the learning (and the more people listening the better). #2- The more different ways we put things in our brain, the more likely we are to learn and remember. #3- We can reach out to the world, and we can bring the world into our classroom- including all of the sources that helped us fall in love with our disciplines in the first place. #4- Sometimes technology makes things easier, sometimes…

5 Taking risks and failing Experimenting with computers models the kind of risk taking we ask students to do Students need to see us try and fail and try again Start small- simple applications of a tool harness many of the benefits Plan a back-up Practice as teachers and students Put a colleague on call The more you do it, the more things work

6 Computers and the Collaborative Classroom #1- Whoever is doing most of the talking, or most of the typing, is doing most of the learning (and the more people listening the better). #3- We can reach out to the world, and we can bring the world into our classroom

7 Tools for the Collaborative Classroom Wikis - Empowering students to publish their collaborative work Blogs- Persistent conversations amongst students- where its easy to invite the world Chatting- Inviting reluctant speakers into the conversations - Turning assignments into real-world conversations

8 Anatomy of a Blog (r u a blogger?) Comments POSTS SIDE BAR

9 Two Basic Blog Types

10 Two Basic Blog Safety Rules Require students to follow the school Acceptable Use Policy or other computing guidelines Enforce that students not reveal personal information publicly

11 Ten Ideas for Blogging Post a homework question Each student writes a one paragraph response Read a few before class to see what your students think about the reading You can require students to respond not only to the reading, but to each others responses as well. Start a discussion Pose a question and require that students post at least three contributions to a discussion over the course of a week, or more contributions over the course of a unit. Invite outsiders to comment on student work If you know the author of a book you are reading, have students write feedback and have the author respond Have students from another school comment on your students work Have students post discussion questions for tomorrows class This is great when you know you wont have time to plan If you know that youve flubbed a class and students are confused, have them post questions about things they dont understand Post your lecture notes or a summary of the days class You can even record a podcast and post an audio summary of the days class on your blog.

12 Have students post their notes for the day Assign one student per day to be the scribe for the class. This is great for discussion based classes where you want students to focus on the discussion and not have to worry about taking notes. Post the daily homework assignment Post links to supplementary materials from the internet Author bios or websites Links to book reviews Links to relevant news articles Post progress reports on team projects Students can post their work to the blog so that others can see what they are doing. They can also comment on each others work. If faculty are trying to work as a team or core group, use a blog to communicate with each other about lessons, etc. For an independent study- have students create their own blog I have my students post an outline of their weeks work before our weekly meeting

13 Extending the Conversation Once you start collaborating online, be on the lookout for unexpected benefits… Temporally Geographically

14 Assessment

15 BLOG REFLECTION RUBRIC OUTCOME ASSESSED BeginningDevelopingProficientStrong SCOREWEIGHTVALUE Overall Use of Blogs Blog entries are few and generally simple retellings of personal events. No comments are made on blogs of others. Almost all required blog entries and comments have been completed. Five blog entries and five comments are submitted, though not all of them may give evidence of a substantial contribution. Five blog entries and five comments are submitted, all of which are substantial. Beyond the required five, your blog includes many more reflections. 40% Intellectual Engagement with Key Concepts Blog entries make no reference to issues raised through readings and/or class activities Blog entries make some reference to issues raised through readings and/or class activities Blog entries demonstrate awareness of most of the key issues raised through readings and/or class activities Blog entries demonstrate engagement with the important issues raised through readings and/or class activities 25% Personal Response to Key Concepts Blog entries show no personal response is made to the issues/concepts raised in the readings/activities Blog entries convey little evidence of a personal response to the issues/concepts raised in the readings/activities Blog entries convey evidence of a personal response to the issues raised in the readings/ activities, and demonstrate that the author is capable of reflecting on learning, technology, and society. Blog entries convey extensive evidence of a personal response to the issues raised in the readings/ activities, and demonstrate the author's growth through reflection on learning, technology and society. 25% Engaged Writing Blog entries use incorrect grammar and syntax consistently, making it difficult for others to follow. No links are included connecting your thoughts to those of others. Blog entries demonstrate some evidence of correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc. Audience will have little trouble reading your blog. An occasional link is included. Blog entries show a good command of Standard English. No problems for your audience. Most blog entries include links. Blog entries show a very good command of Standard English and have some flair and originality. Blog entries may contain multiple links. 10% Modified from a rubric found at From:

16 Teaching with Old and Established Technologies: Word Processors Improving Writing and Grading with Word Editing with a Twist Historical Newspaper Projects

17 Improving Writing and Grading through Microsoft Word Set your grammar preferences Use the find command Setting auto-correct preferences

18 Editing with a twist Students come in with a piece of writing and need to change: The Author The Audience The Context The Argument The Length ???

19 The Original Assignment 1) Write a 2 page sermon, drawing on the New Testament readings we have read for homework and in-class. The sermon will be delivered on September 16 th, 1963 in Birmingham. This is several weeks after the successful March on Washington, and right in the middle of the heroic and brutal Birmingham Campaign for Civil Rights. Your sermon should use Christianity to inspire, console and motivate your congregation 2) Please use Times New Roman 12 point font, 1.5 spacing 3) Save it somehow to NoblesNet. If you use a program other than Word or Appleworks, you should copy and paste the text into an or a document. 4) At the beginning of class i will give you instructions, and then I'll give you about 30 minutes to revise the sermon.

20 The In-Class Twist… After successfully presenting your sermon at the morning service, you retire to your quarters to rest before the 11:00 service.. At 10:30, one of the church members rushes in and tells you that something horrible has happened: the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was bombed, 4 little girls at Sunday School have been killed. As an important leader in your community, it will be your job to console your community, and to help them understand how these deaths fit into your struggle for civil rights. The second service starts in 1/2 hour. You probably don't have time to write a whole new sermon. Your challenge then, is to adapt what you have written to take into account this shattering loss of innocent lives.

21 Newspaper Projects Editorials Cartoons Cover Art Articles Classifieds Advertisements And more!

22 Dont worry about fancy publishing, learn Columns and the Text Box Image from Microsoft Word


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