[Concurrent Session : BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)]
Wednesday, 6/29/2011, 1:15pm–2:15pm
Catlin Tucker, Windsor High School with Colt Briner
Experience the limitless possibilities of a structured online discussion tool: dynamic discussions, community-building activities, student-driven projects, and collaborative formal and creative writing. You’ll leave inspired!
This session will provide attendees:
- Support materials to aid them in creating and maintaining a safe space online- focusing specifically on “Dos and Don’t of Student Online Communication” and “Say Something Substantial: Establishing Clear Expectations for Student Participation”.
- Strategies for designing discussion questions that drive higher-level thinking.
- An opportunity to explore innovative student driven projects/assignments compatible with Collaborize Classroom.
- Hands-on practice with Collaborize Classroom, a free online discussion tool available to teachers. Attendees will actively participate in example ice breakers and discussion questions.
15 minutes – Importance of Creating and Maintaining a Safe Space Online
- Establish clear expectations for student communication and participation online.
- Discuss online ice-breakers to build community and foster relationships.
- Attendees will complete a sample ice-breaker. Results page will show them the results/outcomes of their responses/discussion.
15 minutes – Art of Asking Questions
- Discuss strategies for designing complex, interesting questions that drive higher-level thinking skills.
- Attendees will experiment designing and posting questions related to their field of study.
15 minutes – Using an Online Discussion Forum to Facilitate Student Driven Projects/Assignments
- Examples of the following will be posted on a sample Collaborize Classroom site for participants to explore: Challenge Based Learning Project, Literature Circles, Reciprocal Learning Opportunities, Creative Writing Assignments, etc.
- Attendees will visually “see” how an online discussion tool can support innovative learning experiences for students. Questions about the various projects/assignments will be addressed during this part of the session.
5 minutes – Close with a discussion of “Weaving Strategies”
- How can online discussions be woven back into the classroom to achieve optimal results for student learning?
10 minutes- Question and Answer