Thursday, May 27, 2010

Guided Inquiry in the 21st Century

In May we began the third stage or our Title ll grant for 2009-2010, a state funded graduate level course, EDU 593 - Guided Inquiry in the 21st Century - offered at UMF.  On May 18th, we held our first session involving 15 educators from WMEC schools.  All of these educators have participated in previous staff development in literacy focusing on the meta-cognitive processes involved in problem - solving, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.  As a team, we are now transferring what we know about strategies into the medium of technology (see rubric).  As a final project, teachers will produce  teaching units.  

 Over the last 2 years of the grant, as I have traveled among schools, I have begun to see the literacy-technology integration piece as two-fold:  1.  an understanding of the cognitive processes necessary to responsibly  maximize the opportunities offered through technology and 2. the use of technology itself.   

You will notice I listed the cognitive piece first.  So far, my experience has lead me to believe teachers struggle more with this part than the technology piece because it requires a firm understanding of the process as well as a new way of teaching (for many).  

Following is an article - courtesy of ASCD Smartbrief -  that looks at what some schools in Virginia are doing about the thinking strategies we are exploring.  

Stay tuned.  We are meeting again in June.  Enjoy!!

Virginia schools test 21st-century skill sets of students
A number of Virginia schools are testing students on problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and the use of technology -- all considered to be 21st-century skills. One county is beginning testing this year with its eighth-graders, while another county has been using portfolio assessments during the past five years to test the skills of younger students. "We want to go beyond what NCLB is asking, beyond what the Standards of Learning tests assess, to really ensure that we're preparing our students for a global economy," one Henrico County official said. Richmond Times-Dispatch (Va.) (5/24) Bookmark and Share

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Webinar Series on Literacy and Technology

Yesterday we completed our webinar series:)  The webinars were based on classroom practices and presented by Maine teachers.  They were well received - viewed during their presentation and after they were archived.

We wish to extend a special thank you to Barbara Moody, Title II Coordinator, Maine DOE; Peter Bernard, Maine DOE; and Mona Baker, Executive Director of the Western Maine Educational Collaborative for sponsoring this project.  Teachers networking with teachers!  Best practices in action!

You can access the webinars at:  Title II, DOE (scroll down the page) or The Literacy and Technology Pilot  in the right navigation bar.

Thank you and Enjoy:)  Darlene

Thursday, May 13, 2010

May 19 - Perspectives on Blogging by Hattie Deraps and Jake Bogar

Blogging is one of the most beneficial, but frequently overlooked uses of technology available to educators and students.  Used within a classroom framework focused on higher level thinking skills, blogs prepare students for the 21st century. 

This is not the same thing as writing.   

               Two high school teachers, one Alt Ed English and one physics/engineering 
               teacher, share their experiences in using blogs with high school students. 
               The pros and cons, challenges and successes of blogging will be shared.  
               Student perspectives will be included. - Participants will be encouraged to                 offer suggestions and ideas.       Presenters: 

  Hattie Deraps,  alternative ed. English teacher

Jake Bogar, physics/engineering teacher

Date:  May 19, 2010 
Time: 3:15-4:15 PM
Telephone Number:  1-866-910-4857

Pass code:  985399

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Monday, May 10, 2010

May 13 - Reading Differentiation in the Content Areas by Darlene Bassett

               This webinar with demonstrate how content area teachers can organize 
             their instruction around curriculum based on the learning results, while 
            differentiating reading levels according to RTI guidelines.

Darlene Bassett, literacy specialist and educational consultant  
    Date: May 13, 2010
    Time: 3:00-4:00 PM

Telephone Number:  1-866-910-4857

Pass code:  985399

Please Note: 

Perspectives on Blogging is being rescheduled.  The webinar was canceled due to circumstances beyond our control.  We apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you, Darlene 
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