Will Gibbs - MS History Teacher
Alison Keffer - 5th Grade Teacher
Kim Farrell - LS Technology Coordinator
Linda Lew - MS Technology Coordinator (team leader)
Lisa Park - US English Teacher

21st CENTURY LEARNING PROJECT - http://www.episcopalacademy.org/plp/


  • A cultural shift needs to occur in order for our school to start thinking about learning as distributive and not linear.
  • Our original intent was to design a cross curricular project using web 2.0 tools, but further discussion led us to designexternal image dietas-parabajardepeso.gif a student learning community (SLC).
    • We recognized 2 things
      • 1) students are digital natives who are receptive to different learning environments
      • 2) having combined 2 schools onto one campus this year, our faculty has dealt with many transitions and realistically could not effectively participate in a new initiative. This year we would offer faculty exposure opportunities and work directly with students.
    • Intent: engage students to become web 2.0 pioneers within curricular units
  • Faculty exposure was approached by exposing interested teachers to useful Web 2.0 capabilities.
  • We hope to reach beyond our walls to connect with other educators in global classroom (see 8th grade history class below).
  • Ultimately, we want to have the SLC work with a newly formed Faculty Learning Community (FLC) to collaborate within the classroom and globallyexternal image gefrierschrank-test.gif.

2008-2009 INITIATIVES* We urlaub usa günstig were anxious to have targeted groups of students begin working with some of the Web 2.0 tools and expose faculty to these applications. While we recognize it is not about the tools, faculty and students need to be introduced to Web 2.0 applications so they can start the process of transforming their classrooms.

STUDENTS:Lower School - after school class offered March - May for fifth grade
What pizza do I like in this area? Where should we go for ice cream after school? Are chicken patties more popular than breakfast for lunch at the Tierney Dining Hall? 5th Grade students are invited to join teachers from the Lower, Middle, and Upper School during the third trimester for an exciting, new Digital Arts Program. On Tuesdays from March 10 to May 5, Mrs. Keffer, along with special guests Mrs. Farrell, Ms. Lew, Mrs. Park, and Mr. Gibbs, will guide students as they use 21st Century web technology (Web 2.0) to create a list of favorites places on, in, and around our new campus. Web 2.0 is changing how students interact and learn. Explore these new technologies and their applications while creating a collaborative, cutting edge, student driven project to be shared with the entire EA community. Each student who participates will need an active e-mail address.
Middle School-
6th grade: introduced Glogster to a 6th grade history class. Students have researched and written papers about historical figures and will each give a 15 minute presentation. The students' glogs will be part of their presentations. Click example below to view one of the glogsexternal image finanztesttagesgeld.gif.

8th Grade:

The Eighth Grade History students have all signed up google passwords, from there they have explored:

Google Docs
  • taking notes and sharing back and forth for groupwork
  • creating a classwide PowerPoint Presentation and presenting to classmates
  • Peer Editting
  • "Green" assignments

Google Reader
Students have added subscriptions to 3 different website tagged with issues relating to the Arab-Israeli Conflict.

Google Notebook
In the Future - We will be completing a DBQ on India using Google Notebook

Commenting on BLOG - www.mrgibbs.blogspot.com
Students have been completing 2X2s on my Blogspot Page (google's blog) - when completing a 2x2 - they have to read a particular section and then go to the Blog page. Once there, they have to answer 2 questions that have been posted on the blog and they also have to post two questions of their own.
I get the exercise started with 3 or 4 questions, but from that point forward it is 100% student generated

"20 Questions" – Multi-Cultural Collaborative Learning Project
This is still in the early stages, but we have been in contact with the American School in Bombay in India. This is where we are in our conversations….

  • Phase 1 – Using an existing NING site from Solomon Senrick (7th/8th Grade Social Studies Teacher at the American School of Bombay, India) One of our groups posts "20 Questions" which takes the form of 20 1-2minute videos - questions ranging from topics from class, daily life, economy, school, personal life, etc. The other school has time to go through the videos and answer the questions in the comment portion of the blog
  • Phase 2 - flip flop roles - the asker turn into answerers, and vice versa

  • Phase 3 - some kind of culminating "thing" - not sure yet.....

Upper School:
Currently five upper school English classes are utilizing the ning in an effort to expose the students to the idea of collaborative learning. We are in the process of connecting with other schools around the country to broaden learning experiences. Our classes are also using a wiki as a collaborative tool to share class notes. In addition, we are also beginning to experiment with social bookmarking sites.

December 2008 - Faculty Professional Day - Four 1 hour offerings about wikis, blogs and social networking.
Workshop resources: http://eatech.pbwiki.com/

March 2008 - Faculty Professional Day - workshop offerings about Glogster, wikis, blogs, social networking, Ning, and Google Docs.

Summer 2008 - Possible Summer Faculty Workshops


Lower School: still in planning stages
Middle School:
6th Grade: Re-orient the 6th grade history project about historical figures. Expose the entire grade to Glogster and other apps, and use the tools to help them with all aspects of the long term project. Students will seek out expert voices about their subjects and use that knowledge as primary sources. Use a wiki for their papers and build in peer feedback options. This year's 6th graders can be Glogster mentors.

MS Elective: Web 2.0 Student Leaders - Train students in how to use various web 2.0 tools. They become the MS student tech leaders and will apply what they have learned to the classes that they are taking. As part of the elective, these leaders will work with a current or past teacher (LS or MS) and will collaborate on a project that enhances the class. They may take a current project and revamp it, or they may start from scratch. - Student Leaders can assist with Faculty Weekly Web 2.0 Workshops.
8th Grade -
Upper School: Continue to establish ning on a wider scale. Goal is to have students feel comfortable using the ning as well as develop an interest for connecting with a global community and sharing with others as a means of learning and expanding knowledge base, pursuing individual passions by communicating with a global community.

MS Elective - recruit teachers to collaborate with MS Web 2.0 Student Leaders. Assign a PLP team member to act as facilitator for each of the student-teacher collaborations. These teachers start to become faculty tech leaders.

Weekly Web 2.0 Workshops (WWW) - Schedule small group workshops that focus on a specific skill or tool. Design general workshops and department specific workshops to appeal to faculty. Select times throughout the day to accomodate all of the different teaching schedules. Infiltrate deptartment meetings. Have MS Web 2.0 Student Leaders, as well as the teachers working with them, assist or run some of the workshops. Teachers and students teaching teachers.

Summer Technology Workshops - Build in a component to the TLI workshop that focuses on implementing the projects they create. Work in progress ...