- Unit Overview:
- Please review the Unit Title Page of this unit, before our first PD Session. This page gives a brief overview of the session, provides information on the Vermont State Legislative Act No. 77, and contains a video about blended learning. Please read the overview, download the Act 77 file, and become familiar with its contents, and watch the blending learning video, prior to the first PD session. Also, please review this Vermont Personalized Learning Conceptual Framework Narrative for Students. The text we will be using is titled "Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World" Edited by Heidi Hayes Jacobs.
- Before the PD sessions begin, please review Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Theory and How the Brain Learns Information here.
- Learn here about the SAMR Model, before the PD sessions begin.
PD Session One ~ Connect and Gain Background Knowledge: As a group we will go over the Unit Overview and briefly discuss the importance of upgrading curriculum with technology, and the importance of connecting the upgraded curriculum with student Personalized Learning Plans (PLP's). Threaded Discussions in shared Google Docs will also be explained. Teachers will:
- Complete Pre-Assessment Google Form
- Complete the "I Know" and "What I Want to Know" sections of this K-W-L Chart
- Locate background knowledge, which can be used to connect the ideas introduced in the Unit Overview. This will provide a strong foundation upon which to build your knowledge base. Suggested sources of information to collect background knowledge are here.
- View this video to learn about sharing files in Google Docs
- Read pages 1-96 in "Curriculum 21" by Jacobs
- Review classroom gaming tech tools, which can be used to motivate students to learn.
- Review Universal Design for Learning technology tools to differentiate and create access to learning for all students.
- Click here to view associated learning standards.
- Answer the two discussion board questions here
- Fill out this exit slip after you have completed this session
PD Session Two ~ Wonder ~ In what ways can I connect my curriculum to student learning plans to personalize the learning for my students in my content area? You will first need to think about various career paths your students may choose to take. You will then start to take notes and use digital-maps, highlighted below, as you think of various ways to connect your content area with different career pathways. Teachers will:
- Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook and My Next Move to search for and identify career areas to start 'wondering" how you will connect your content to a students personalized learning plan.
- Review the information that the Rutland Region Workforce Investment Board has to offer: "Volunteers linking many Rutland County business and education communities to bridge the gap between the workforce of today and the one we need for the future. Partners working to strengthen our economy by fostering relationships among employers, educators and service providers to enable people to get the skills they need to find productive and rewarding work."
- Review technology tools that can be used for the second phase of the inquiry process ~ Wonder and the fourth stage ~ Construct ~ here.
- Read pages 97 -185 in "Curriculum 21" by Jacobs
- Post two of your own questions to the discussion board here and reply to two of your colleagues on the board.
PD Session Three ~ Investigate ~ Now you have collected background information on the topic you are researching, connected your own prior knowledge, formulated questions pertaining to your connections with your content area and student PLP's, and have made your own predictions about how you will best be able to personalize the learning for students. PD Participants will now search for relevant, authoritative, and high quality information. A minimum of 15 resources are to be used. These resources are to be evaluated according to information literacy standards. Digital citizenship and the ethical use of resources will be reviewed. Make predictions, and continue to ask questions, as to determine how you can best help each individual student, personalize their learning. Think about other ways you may be able to make your content connect with PLP's. Teachers will:
- Review the technology tools for the third stage of the inquiry process here.
- Choose a digital tool to curate your resources and share this with me by September 30, 2015.
- Read pages 186 - 210 of "Curriculum 21" by Jacobs
- Please answer the discussion questions for the board this week ~ here, and comment on the remarks, of two of your colleagues.
PD Session Four: Construct ~ In this session PD Participants will think about how they will construct a unit, of which they can then use for their own students, which is student-centered and will also take consideration of how the teacher will allow connections with individual student PLP's, thread technology throughout to ensure that students are intrinsically motivated to learn, differentiate student learning opportunities, and ultimately upgrade their curriculum. The unit will incorporate technology, as suggested in each of the six PD lessons and associated with each of the following steps of the inquiry process, transforming learning and providing students the opportunities to:
- Connect (Gain background knowledge and connect to prior knowledge)
- Wonder (Develop questions, make predictions, and hypothesize)
- Investigate (Access information, evaluate it, test hypothesis, think about new questions and hypotheses)
- Construct (organize ideas and synthesize, form hypotheses and draw conclusions)
- Express (knowledge) & share
- Please use these Technology Tools to construct (organize ideas and synthesize, form hypotheses and draw conclusions) your student-centered unit.
- Please view this video to help you differentiate your lessons using Howard Garner's Multiple Intelligences Theory.
- Please post two questions you have for the discussion board this week here and comment on the remarks from two of your colleagues.
PD Session Plan Five: Express ~ Now is the time to express your learning, by selecting one of the Technology Tools associated with this stage of the Inquiry Process to build/show your student-centered lesson plan. You will also be threading the technologies that you have learned in the past several weeks, throughout your lesson plan. Your lesson plan include all six steps of the inquiry process, and the technology should be appropriately aligned. Teachers Will:
- Construct one unit of your choice, following the above guidelines, to show your understandings.
- Select a tech platform or tool from the "express" stage of inquiry, to build a student-centered learning unit, and express what you have learned.
- Complete Performance Task Review Criteria Sheet to self-assess the learning unit. See Pdf file at the bottom of page.
- Share your unit with your fellow PD members, on the discussion board, and respond to two of the units here.
PD Lesson Plan Six: Reflect ~ Teachers Will:
- Create an ePortfolio, using a Google Site, Weebly, Wordpress, or a Blog to reflect upon your own learning. Please see the tech tools associated with this stage of the inquiry process here. What worked for you? What did not and why? Do you have any new questions that you are asking yourself at this point in time? How will you connect technology, inquiry, and student PLP's with your classroom content in the future? Please share the ePortfolio or Blog with us on the discussion board here, and respond to at least one ePortfolio or Blog reflection.
- List the ways here, in which you intend to lead and stay connected to local and global learning communities, so that you are always on the cutting edge of technology and curriculum development.