Presentation on theme: "Learning Circles The Project The Course"— Presentation transcript:
1 Learning Circles The Project The Course Barry S. Kramer Learning Circles Coordinator
2 Learning Circles Objectives What Are Learning Circles?What Is the Schedule for Learning Circle?What Kind of Projects Are Found in Learning Circles?What Are the Educational Benefits of Learning Circles?How Do I Become a Participant?Teacher TestimonialsWhat Is the Learning Circles Course?
3 Learning Circles A Brief History Timeline:Margaret RielInter-Cultural Learning NetworkAT&T Learning NetworkiEARN Learning CirclesBarry KramerCoordinator
4 Learning Circles Why Do Teachers Join Learning Circles? Meaningful Work For StudentsAuthentic Audiences for StudentsTelecollaborative Project WorkEmphasis on Writing across the CurriculumFocus on Multi-Disciplinary ThemesProject-based LearningSupport for Collaborative LearningConnecting Learning to People, Places and ActivitiesUnderstanding the Values and Perspectives of Different GroupsLearning CirclesLearning Circles
5 Learning Circles What Are Learning Circles? Cross-Classroom Collaboration To Create A Circle PublicationGroup Investigations within Classrooms.Group Investigations across Classrooms.One of the best ways to learn something is to agree to teach it to someone else!
6 Learning Circles What Are Teachers’ Expecting? Teachers are looking for a global education experience for their studentsTeachers are looking for theme-based project work they can integrate with their classroom curriculumTeachers want students to develop important interpersonal skills by working with other students from around the worldTeachers want to professionally learn through interactions with other teachers
7 Learning Circles Support for Learning Circles OverviewThe Learning Circle Teacher Guide provides a structural approach to promoting cross-classroom collaboration with telecommunications. The first chapter provides an overview. If you want to understand this model of online teaching and learning, it is a good place to begin
8 Learning Circles The Learning Circle Model Learning Circle Partners(A Group of 6-8 Classes)Grade Level CompatibilityGeographic DiversityCommon TimelineTask CoordinationResponsibility to the GroupIndividual Creativity
9 Learning Circles Sample Project Groups Places and PerspectivesTehran, IranKumasi, GhanaAleppo, SyriaKennesaw, Georgia, United StatesPretoria, Gauteng, South AfricaKocaeli, TurkeyMinsk, BelarusGanja, AzerbaijanTinghir, Ourazazte, MoroccoKortkeros, Komi Republic, RussiaLjubljana, SloveniaEsigodini, ZimbabweLearning Circles My HeroJanetville, Ontario,CanadaThies, SenegalJakarta, IndonesiaTrujillo, La Libertad, PeruManah, OmanPort Said, EgyptKharkov, UkraineMedgidia, Constanta, RomaniaXalapa, Veracruz, MexicoLynnwood, Washington, United StatesAccra, GhanaWarragul, Victoria, AustraliaCleveland, Ohio, United StatesBaku, AzerbaijanMississaga, Ontario, CanadaSlonim, Belarus
10 Learning Circles Management of Learning Circles Management OptionsIn general, Elementary Circles are teacher led and managed.The goal is for High School Circles to be student led and managed.Middle School Circles are usually a mixture of both management styles.Elementary CirclesTeacher ManagedMiddle School CirclesTeacher and Student ManagedHigh School CirclesStudent Managed
11 Learning Circles Phases of a Learning Circle Getting Ready for Learning CirclesOpening the Learning CirclePlanning the Learning Circle ProjectsExchanging Student Work on Learning Circle ProjectsOrganizing the Circle PublicationClosing the Learning Circle
12 Learning Circles Opening the Circle Classroom Survey (Online)About the StudentsAbout the SchoolAbout the CommunityWelcome Packs (Postal Mail)Send whatever fits in a large envelope (pictures, brochures, drawings, symbols, etc.) that will tell othersWho you areWhat you look likeWhat you like to doWhere you live
13 Learning Circles Planning Circle Projects Responsibility & CommitmentEach Class as a team organizes or "sponsors" a project for the groupEvery class is responsible to send at least one response to the projects in their Learning Circle
14 Learning Circles Project Idea Template Learning Circle Group: Computer ChroniclesSponsoring Teacher: Barry S. KramerSponsor School: Franklin Township SchoolCity: QuakertownCountry: USAName of Project:Goal Of The Project:Type Of Writing Requested:Description Of What You Are Looking For From Other Schools:Example: (Questions, Story Prompts)Detailed Instructions For Collecting Information:Ideal Number Of Submissions From Each School:Preferred Length Of Articles:Deadline For Receiving Information (Circle deadline is November 20, 2009):
15 Learning Circles Sample Project Idea Holidays and CelebrationsIn the United States we enjoy celebrating holidays throughout the year. For our project idea we would like to know about some of your holidays, celebrations, customs, and traditions.We would like you to choose one of the following topics and write a paragraph (or two) about the topic.1. Choose a holiday and describe to us how you celebrate the holiday.2. Is there a holiday that is unique to your country? Tell us about it.3. Tell us about some of your minor holidays and how they are celebrated. When do they occur? How did they start?4. Describe how your family celebrates a specific holiday. Do you have any family traditions that you practice every year?5. If you could create a new holiday, which holiday would you choose? When would it be celebrated? How would it be celebrated?6. If you could create a holiday that the entire world celebrated on one day, which holiday would you create? Why? When would it be celebrated?
16 Learning Circles My Hero: Authentic Performance Task The United Nations is starting a new museum dedicated to honoring heroes throughout the world in different areas such as angels, animals, artists, business, community, earthkeepers, explorers, faith, freedom, hero’s hero, lifesavers, literary, peacemakers, poets, scientists, sports, teachers, and writers. As a noteworthy and admired citizen, you have been asked to be on the nominating committee and have been requested to personally nominate two people. One person should be someone that you know personally and other person should be someone who you have not met personally, but admire because of his/her accomplishments and public image.From your two choices you are asked to narrow your choice to one person and submit a convincing argument for your choice in the form of a written essay (that can include photographs), an original illustration, or a short media clip.
17 Learning Circles Examples of Learning Circle Projects Places andPerspectivesElementaryMindWorksMiddle SchoolGlobalIssuesHigh SchoolComparing PlacesMy Special PlaceSchool Days from the PastA Day at SchoolWeather and SeasonsEarly ExplorersAnimals in My BackyardCircle StoriesInvention ConventionPlace PoetryCultural StoriesPredictions 2020Environmental ProjectsTeen TalesLocal History TimelineGender IssuesEconomic IssuesOzone and the EnvironmentAlternative Energy IdeasCity Life vs. Village LifeStudents and Video GamesLife in the FutureImpact of ICT
18 Learning Circles Exchanging Student Work Students...Research topics from other classes.Work with community resources.Learn to monitor goals on schedule.Develop strategies to encourage others to meet deadlines.Store & retrieve information with technologyPicture by Heather DavisJohn Wayland Elementary School
19 Learning Circles Publishing Projects - Print and Web Students...Work with information, analyzing, comparing, and editing to create a final presentation.Use technical tools to create a final presentation.Accept responsibility for the work, making sure that all tasks are completed within a group timeline.
22 Learning Circles Closing the Circle Overall Learning ObjectivesLocate and Evaluate InformationResearch & Organize IdeasCreative Problem-Solving within a TeamUnderstand Multiple Perspectives on IssuesDevelop Cooperative Learning StrategiesIncrease Self-Esteem and ConfidenceAccept Individual and Group ResponsibilityUse Technology Effectively
23 Learning Circles Schedule for Learning Circles Session 1 (September to January):Begins mid-September and ends inJanuary (16 weeks with a 2-weekbreak in December).Learning Circle Placement formsare due in early SeptemberSession 2 (January to May):Begins late January and ends in May (15 weeks with a 1-week break in Spring). Learning Circle Placement forms are due early January
25 Learning Circles How To Become a Participant To join iEARN Learning Circles, you must first be a member of iEARN and complete an iEARN Learning Circle placement form two weeks before the beginning of the session. Once you complete the placement form you will be placed in a circle for the next session.
26 Learning Circles Teacher Testimonials 150 to 200 teachers participate in Learning Circles each year. Some teachers participate for one session, others participate for both sessions.
27 Learning Circles The Learning Circles Course In this online course, you go through all six phases of a Learning Circle and have assignments that correspond to the work you would normally do during a Learning Circle experience.Most of the work and assignments during this course and a Learning circle are student centered.Sign up in August/September or January/February
28 Learning Circles The Learning Circles Course As part of this course:You and your students will join a small group (a Circle), share cultural informationChoose a collaborative civic education project in which to participateYou will develop this topic for your students and make plans to research and share student work via the InternetYou will also develop ways to teach your students to gather and organize information for publication in print and on the Internet
29 Learning Circles More Information - www.iearn.org/circles Barry S. Kramer iEARN Learning Circles Coordinator