Warren Township combines Cooperative Learning and the use of 21st Century Skills to enhance student achievement
Technology is used extensively in our classrooms 1. Computers in every classroom 2. Three computer labs 3. Computer cart available for every grade level 4. I pad cart available 5. Smart Boards are in every classroom 6. Technology committees to help train staff and answer questions.
Webspiration is a program used widely throughout the district to promote visual learning methods which provide students with a framework to brainstorm ideas, and organize information in both a web and outline format. Its use increases comprehension, and the graphic organizers assist in the production of essays and research papers throughout the entire writing process. Educator resources include lesson plans, templates for all subjects, and the ability to customize pre-made documents or to start from scratch. The online feature allows for easy student collaboration as well as student-teacher interaction. This program allows students to be creative and holds their attention which increases productivity, extends learning time and therefore increases student achievement.
Collaboration Extends learning time by allowing students and teachers to communicate in and out of school environment Collaboration on group projects is possible by allowing up to 25 students to work and edit the same project. Peers can share their work with others for review and can get teacher feedback. Students can chat with each other online
Brainstorm through Diagrams Diagrams are created through a pre-made template or creating your own. Every aspect can be customized to the users preferences Brainstorm and develop ideas in a unique manner, URL links can be embedded in the diagram Classify and organize information in any way desired. Visuals holds student interest Automatic save feature prevents students from losing work Work can be published to the web with URL link, shared with other Webspiration users, or downloaded to Word.
Outline View All work done as a diagram is converted to a traditional outline with the click of a mouse. Outline can be edited without going back to the diagram Teaches student about the outline process Clearly Displays ideas and information to facilitate the writing process. Easily add and organize ideas to promote effective writing skills Publish and share work product by sharing documents online or with other users
Lesson Plans Create a lesson plan template Lesson plans can be shared with Students or colleagues via Webspiration. Download to word or make a URL Link Link to a sample diagram Lesson Plan http://www.webspirationclassroom.com/view/933532a2455d Link to a sample diagram Lesson Plan http://www.webspirationclassroom.com/view/933532a2455d
Links to Samples of Work Link to student book report in diagram form http://www.webspirationclassroom.com/view/95206 2a19027 Link to a vocabulary unit in diagram form http://www.webspirationclassroom.com/view/10037 99ac9b4
Link to article on Webspiration in the district http://www.inspiration.com/sites/default/ files/images/case_studies/Webspiration ClassroomCaseStudy.pdf
The combination of teacher and student creativity makes learning potential in our district endless!