Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

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Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. In this second post you will discover how careful examination of the nouns in a standard can help you find resources to assist in proper technology integration. You may want to click on the link below to the first of this series. Be on the look out for future posts entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015  are now over half full.

Past Series Articles

Link: Part 1…Beyond the Shine : Authentic Technology Integration and Content Standards

Part 2… Beyond the Technology Shine… Content Standard Nouns Meet 25 Free OER Education Resources

In this post I would like to investigate how examining the nouns in curricular standards helps teachers investigate ways to integrate technology in order to facilitate student understanding of curricular content. It all really begins with something that has been around for quite awhile. You probably know them as the curriculum standards.

A portion or foundation of a curriculum is the standards. Standards make up the general knowledge of what educators want students to know. Standards are a great starting point and through careful examination, exact content and skills can be aligned with technology integration. Simply stated, examining or unpacking a standard allows a teacher to see what a child will know and be able to do. It can also help educators determine what digital resources may work best to help support learning. Now, the phrase “unpacking the standards’ may not bring out the smile you want from teachers. For this reason I will refer to it as finding the technology in the standard. Let’s take a look!

I provided five steps in the last post which you can read about in a little further depth here. The point of emphasis for this article is item number three below.

  1. Identify the standard
  2. Reflect on the standard
  3. Determine the content by reviewing the standard and circling the appropriate nouns.
  4. Investigate the skills by reviewing the standard and circling the appropriate verbs.
  5. Create Learning Targets demonstrating what students will be able to do.

In the last post I provided the following standards and listed the nouns I thought might be important:

Example Standards

  • Students will be able to research and record key facts involving the planets of the solar system.
  • Students will explain orbit, gravity, and gravitational pull.
  • Students will be able to collaborate on a presentation that provides what they have learned in their own words

Relevant Nouns –   planets, solar system. orbit, gravity, and gravitational pull

By examiing the content appropriate nouns in the standard it is possible to identify key concepts that students should learn about and show an understanding of. While all areas of Blooms can be applied for deep understanding, a good starting point might be the areas of Blooms regarding understanding and remembering. Please note that the higher levels of Blooms can help fosters learning in  these two areas. By idenifying content appropriate nouns it is possible to search for both resources available at a school district along with some amazing free resources found on the web.

That’s right, the identified nouns can give you keywords that will allow you to search a wonderful world of OER (Open Education Resources) on the internet. You will find a wide assortment ready for you as you begin to design lessons, activities, or even a textbook! Best of all, they are free and contain quality resources. Take a moment to check out the wide assortment of possibilities that you can mix into brand new possibilited. Remember OER resources provide curriculum that:

  • Makes learning more authentic by giving the teacher the ability to localize learning
  • Contains formative learning and assessment opportunities
  • Is based on standards
  • Is often amplified by technology
  • Vetted by organizations and individuals
  • Can be used in whole or in parts
  • Provides free content… it fits the budget and provides opportunities to spend money on needed resources and money that allows for teacher creation in the district
  • Can provide differentiation and allow educator to adapt to their students’ needs
  • WIll provide a foundation for further learning opportunities
  • Is flexible for mixing with other resources

A Listing Of 25 OER (Open Education Resource Sites)

How might your identification of the curriculum standard nouns along with OER  fit into a classroom ? You will never know until you begin your exploration. The links below provide you an opportunity to learn more about Open Education Resources. Please enjoy and share with others. Send me some others that I should include in a future post.

The Index of Open Educational Resources – Open Educational Resources come in many shapes and sizes. This partial list of sources introduces the scope of OER and the organizations cultivating its increasingly vital role in opening higher education up to the greatest number of people worldwide.

Open Education Resources – Talk about big, this network brings together 44,129 OER tools for sharing curriculum. It also provides a host of world and news and training on the amazing  arena of open education!  Great place to investigate whether you have an hour or a month!

CK12.org – Imagine creating your own textbook. Better yet, think about a wonderful base of a textbook that is already created, vetted, and matched to standards. Now, what if you could add to it, localize it, widen or deepen scope, and individualize it for your students’needs? Best of all, what if you could now make it your own and share it with your students? It is all possible with  CK-12. This wonderful OER makes it easy for teachers to assemble their own textbooks. Content is mapped to a variety of levels and standards including common core. Teachers can start from scratch or build from anything in the FlexBooks library.

Curriki – What happens when classroom teachers from every country in the world take part in a global community of sharing curriculum and best practices?  You can imagine that teachers are empowered to create extraordinary learning experiences for their students. As Curriki states, “Barriers to equal access to education begin to lift—geography and politics become immaterial. And the economy benefits from a highly educated population.” That’s the basis of Curriki, a nonprofit K-12 global community for teachers, students, and parents to create, share, and find free learning resources that enable true personalized learning. It is their mission that free and equal access to the best curriculum materials is possible. Take some time and explore how Curriki is leading the way.

SAS Curriculum Pathways – Actually a resources from one of my first blogs and has it come a long way! Year after year, SAS Curriculum Pathways earns numerous awards for educational technologies. It has also earned the support of teachers, students, and parents across the nation. The approach is innovative, but the goals are traditional. Teachers, developers, designers, and other specialists clarify content in the core disciplines. SACS than targets content difficult to convey with conventional methods. This includes topics where doing and seeing provide information and encourage insights in ways that textbooks cannot. As stated on the website, “The products make learning more profound and efficient, not simply more entertaining.” Discover this special place where  audio, visual, and interactive components all reinforce the educational objectives identified by teachers

Concord Consortium – What an amazing place for those individuals working in STEM Education.  At Concord Consortium you can help your students learn with hundreds of interactive, research-based resources covering a huge variety of science, engineering, and math topics. You will note that many activities let the teacher see assessment results after student completion of an activity. This allows for outstanding formative learning and assessment which makes alignment with lessons quick, easy, and rewarding!

International Children’s Library – At the ICL educators can  search for books by genre, age level, length, keyword, by collection, and more. Many books are in multiple languages which fits into world language instruction. All students have to do is open and read the book… no download needed. It is even possible to create an account to set up a bookshelf if desired

Wikipedia –  Not only does Wikipedia have awesome vetted content, it also has a way educators can make their own books with Wikipedia Content. These books can be distributed in numerous digital content, or printed as hard copy. It is a great way to put significant content on any LMS. For articles with easier reading possiblities check out Simple English Wikipedia… and yes it is still possible to make a free book.

FreeReading (pk-3) is a free, high-quality, open-source reading program addressing literacy development for grades K-3. Leveraging the collective wisdom of researchers, teachers, reading coaches, and other education and industry professionals, FreeReading provides a high-quality, cost-effective alternative to static materials. By establishing a foundation of hundreds of research-based lessons and materials that users can download and use for free, FreeReading has created the framework for intervention programs supporting K-6 literacy. The collective wisdom within FreeReading is invaluable and can be more beneficial than any one reading program..

MERLOT – This is an organization that states its mission, “Putting Educational Innovations Into Practice.” At this site you will find peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials. Share advice and expertise about education with expert colleagues. Best of all you can be recognized for your contributions to quality education. Take some time to take a look!

Connexions – As stated in the title… an awesome place to connect with free and open source lessons! This site allows you to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules. These chunks can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute:

  • authors create and collaborate
  • instructors rapidly build and share custom collections
  • learners find and explore content

Open Course Library – A collection of high quality, free-to-use courses that teachers can download and use for teaching and learning. All content is stored in Google docs. This  makes  it easy to access, browse and download for use anytime, anywhere, regardless of connection.

Wisconsin Online Learning Objects – It is so true, learning objects add flexibility to the teaching and learning experience. In this site teachers have the opportunity to use learning objects when teaching a basic concept, applying concepts in “real world” applications, checking and testing true learning, providing understanding through simulation, and giving essential remedial instruction.

Vision Learning – This organization has  developed a set of peer-reviewed materials for learning science including modular readings, interactive multimedia, and a glossary. Best of all, it is available for free on the web in both English and Spanish. Note that as emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards, Vision Learning emphasizes science as a process, not just a collection of facts. You will find that these resources can be used individually by anyone and can also be combined and customized within online classrooms by teachers.

Community College Consortium for OER – The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) is a combined effort involving individual community colleges, regional and statewide consortia, the Open Courseware Consortium,  the American Association for Community Colleges, the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, and many other educational partners. The mission is  to develop and use open educational resources,  open textbooks, and open courseware. It is the desire of CCCOER to expand access to higher education and improve teaching and learning.

NROC – Take a moment to visit a place that truly rocks! You will find it at The National Repository of Online Courses (NROC). Here you will discover  a growing library of high-quality online course content for students and faculty in higher education, high school and Advanced Placement.  For all of you Hoosiers… NROC is provided to you free in the state of Indiana by the DOE.

Flat World Knowledge – This is a website that is authored by  the industry’s top authors. These textbooks are helping improve teaching and learning at more than 2,500 leading colleges and universities worldwide.

Hippocampus – This is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge. If this fits in your budget than be sure to visit a discover a wide selection of excellent lessons, inter actives, and activities.

Georgia Virtual – You will find a wonderful collection of resources from the Peach State. The content available on this Shared Resources Website is available for anyone to view.  Courses are divided into modules and are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards.

Moodle Share – MoodleShare is a community of Moodlers sharing their Moodles, Moodle Sites, and Moodle Lessons.

Moodle Exchange – Shares Moodle courses and other content useful for Moodle teachers.

Open Source Physics Project –  Physics teachers will measure a great equation of material. This wide range of curriculum resources both involve and engage students in physics, computation, and computer modeling.

California Learning Resource Network Digital Initiative – Take a moment to review results from all three phases of the Digital Textbook Initiative are listed separately in this report. Each link will take you to the full CLRN textbook review. While digital textbooks were reviewed for their alignment with the content standards, California’s Social Content Review criteria were only applied during Phase Three. Districts, schools, and individuals planning to take advantage of these books are reminded to conduct their own reviews to determine whether these resources meet their needs.

Khan Academy – One cannot forget the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy states a desire to provide “free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” Perhaps the academy is best known for its collection of over  3,000 videos covering K-12 math and some topics in science, history, business, art history and test preparation. Please note that Khan is going beyond Math. There are also more than 300 practice modules contained in the Khan Knowledge Map. This map orders the learning  modules by concepts.. Educators and students can view a wide variety of data in regards to student progress.

SmartHistory -(K-12)  Smarthistory at Khan Academy is the leading open educational resource for art history. They make high-quality introductory art history content freely available to anyone, anywhere. Smarthistory is a platform for the discipline where art historians contribute in their areas of expertise and learners come from across the globe. We offer nearly 500 videos and these are being translated into dozens of languages

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators.  As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Part 1…Beyond the Shine : Finding the Technology In The Standard

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Welcome to a series of posts that are dedicated to going beyond the shine of technology by examining ways to use digital tools to engage students in real learning. In this particular post you will discover how careful examination of the standard is essential in proper technology integration.  Be on the look out for future posts entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015  are now over half full.

Part 1…Beyond the Shine : Authentic Technology Integration and Content Standards

I remember when I first started using digital  technology in the classroom. I was in awe of the amazing Apple Classic and programs such as Claris Works and Hyper Card. In fact, I tried to find anyway I could to make this new technology fit the curriculum. Students were so engaged with programs such as Oregon Trail and Lemonade Stand that teachers found ways to make them fit, regardless of the standards. It was 1980 something and computers had finally entered the classroom. Many times it was one computer and thirty-five students, and everyone was being mesmerized by the shine of new technology. I may have forgotten a standard or two, possible even over taught the technology at the expense of some content. It may have even been science class, but somehow we were all on the Oregon Trail… after all there must have been some wildflowers along the way!  The lure and brightness of the Apple Classic  Computer was just to captivating. I was caught in the shine of an amazing new device.

Fast forward to 2015 and one will find many schools replacing their analog tools of the past with a new digital device. Many times this takes on the focus of a “one to one” program. Visions are acquired and missions are written describing how this amazing new device will change the classroom. There is always a great deal of focus on the programs and applications that will change learning. An image is created of students learning and engaging with this new technology throughout the school day. The excitement grows and the shine becomes brighter until it is soon discovered that this amazing new tool is really only… a device. What comes next? Perhaps the most exciting stage, exploring the real possibilities that technology can bring to learning. Let’s call it the pedagogy, or process that allows classrooms to go beyond the shine.

In this post I would like to investigate how examining the curricular standards helps teachers investigate ways to integrate technology in order to facilitate student understanding of curricular content. It all really begins with something that has been around for quite awhile. You probably know them as the curriculum standards.

A portion or foundation of a curriculum is the standards. Standards make up the general knowledge of what educators want students to know. Standards are a great starting point and through careful examination, exact content and skills can be aligned with technology integration. Simply stated, examining or unpacking a standard allows a teacher to see what a child will know and be able to do. It can also help educators determine what digital resources may work best to help support learning. Now, the phrase “unpacking the standards’ may not bring out the smile you want from teachers. For this reason I will refer to it as finding the technology in the standard. Let’s take a look!

Finding the Technology in the Standard

I have actually broken it down into five tasks or steps. You may even wish to practice by applying each step below  using a standard from your curriculum.  As you go through the process it is important to keep focused on the task of “finding the technology and examining” … there will be ample opportunity later to think about specific lessons, activities, and resources.

Five Tasks (steps)… 

  1. Identify the standard (sometimes referred to as a Power Standard which would be broken down to specific grade level)
  2. Reflect on the standard… if possible collaborate with others (What does the standards mean, why are we teaching this, what should students know, what should students be able to do, how does it apply to students at my grade level, where might it stand on a Depth of Knowledge Chart or Bloom’s Taxonomy)
  3. Determine the content by reviewing the standard and circling the appropriate nouns.(This will help you determine content and allow you to determine what is appropriate for your level of students. Later we will examine digital resources that will align with these nouns or content.)
  4. Investigate the skills by reviewing the standard and circling the appropriate verbs. (This will allow you to determine the appropriate skills  to be practiced by students. This can be aligned to Depth of Knowledge, Blooms, and/or 21st century 4 C’s. Later we will be able to explore interactive technology that will help students learn and also demonstrate knowledge as seen in these verbs.)
  5. Create Learning Targets demonstrating what students will be able to do. (This is done through reflection and listing of verbs and nouns. The nouns allow us to state what students will know, and the verbs allow us to see what students will be able to perform or do. Digital applications and resources will blend together wonderful classroom opportunities that use these nouns and verbs to reveal the standards.)

Let me provide an example below…. note the standards

  • Students will be able to research and record key facts involving the planets of the solar system.
  • Students will explain orbit, gravity, and gravitational pull.
  • Students will be able to collaborate on a presentation that provides what they have learned in their own words

Relevant Nouns –  research,  planets, solar system. orbit, gravity, and gravitational pull

Relevant Verbs – explain , collaborate , presentation

Learning Targets for students:

  • I can research and explain my findings on planets and their relationship to the solar system
  • I can collaborate with others to create a presentation
  • I can present with others to demonstrate our our learning and understanding

At this stage it is important to look at the nouns, verbs, and learning targets in order to determine where the technology aligns. The nouns could point to numerous OER (Open Educational Resource) sites available on the internet. The verbs may point to numerous Web 2.0 tools and apps. Looking at the standards and applying this “find the tech” filter allows technology to integrate with the expected learning, rather than possibly just shine right through the learning. In the upcoming articles in this series I will focus on wonderful internet content resource sites that you should to get to know as you identify and apply the nouns. I will also  point out collections of apps and Web 2.0 tools that help support the verbs. You will also discover great lesson plans collections that can be used to accomplish some of those learning targets. I do hope this provides you a reason to return and be part of the 21centuryedtech Learning Community.  Please remember that the best way to avoid the technology shine is to focus on standards while you put students, not devices, at the center of learning. As you emphasize standards and students you will find there are so many amazing opportunities for learning….  beyond the Oregon Trail!

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators.  As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Teacher Appreciation Post: It’ True!.. I Teach Because I Can’t Do Anything Else

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Happy upcoming 2015 Teacher Appreciation Week! I wish to share with you one of my favorite annual  postings that I dedicate to  an amazing world of educators. I hope you find this reflection one that you will continue to enjoy and share with others!   Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and  join me on twitter at mjgormans . I have some great posts coming your way involving PBL, STEM, tech integration, and a continuing series on Professional Learning Communities!  Most of all, thanks for being one of those over 25,000 visitors a month and over 10,000 subscribers.  I would appreciate it if you pass this special post on to others through and email or a retweet!  Also, remember that I can come to your conference or school district and provide engaging authentic and purposeful professional development . See booking info and please contact me anytime at (mjgormans@gmail.com). Thanks so much.  Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. It is not to early to think about planning PD for the next school year …. dates are  already over half full for next fall.

It’ True!: I Teach Because I Can’t Do Anything Else! – Michael Gorman – (21centuryedtech.wordpress.com)

Ok, so it’s true! I have spent nearly thirty-eight years in education because I cannot do anything else! In fact, while I travel around the country providing professional development involving all sorts of exciting educational possibilities I also still work at my school district providing learning experiences for students and educators. The idea of not being able to do anything else actually is something I have recently learned,  something I did not know  when I  presented my very first classroom lesson! I actually  began my undergraduate career in the College of Business with an eye on marketing. In the early stages of my teaching career I became licensed to sell securities with the idea of becoming rich!  Little did I know that because I could only teach, I would find richness beyond monetary wealth! I dedicate this list of reasons to all of those great educators who teach, because they cannot do anything else! Again please retweet and share with all of our colleagues that really can’t do anything else! Most of all enjoy the week and know that you are appreciated! – Mike

The List

I can’t be a banker or work in the financial business because while I might enjoy counting money and financial growth, I would rather count and measure the success of my students.

I can’t be a doctor or dentist because because while I enjoy seeing people smile as they leave and are healed, I get even more satisfaction if I see a smile when they first sit down.

I can’t be a professional athlete because while I do enjoy competition, I get even more satisfaction coaching young people to play each game with honor, integrity, and respect.

I can’t be a computer programmer because while creating new digital applications is exciting, finding ways to integrate technology to inspire real learning is rewarding.

I can’t work in agriculture or landscaping because while supplying food and natural beauty is appreciated by all, I enjoy planting seeds of life-long learning knowing that it will nourish one’s life.

I can’t work as a cook or chef because while I appreciate the art in a great meal, I most enjoy finding just the right ingredients that allow for a child’s success.

I can’t work in sales or marketing because even though I have learned from their great people skills, I would rather sell students on their abilities and possibilities.

I can’t be a pilot even though I appreciate them as I travel to new places, as I would rather facilitate young people as they climb in altitude and arrive at new destinations.

I can’t be an artist despite my appreciation for the beauty they bring, as I have found that my art is the ability to inspire and nurture children as they discover their innate abilities.

I can’t be a scientist or inventor because, while I am aware of the great advances they bring, I wish to create  innovative learning experiences that always end in success.

I could go on and on! As you can see, I really do appreciate all of the other professions and realize there are so many more I can’t do. After all, as teachers we really are preparing students for what they will do best in the world. Possibly in the future those we teach will not be able to do anything else, because we have assisted them them in becoming the very best at what they do!  As I continue my journey I have expanded my teaching horizon and understand that genuine educators, whether they be teachers, administrators, or educational leaders, continue to teach and inspire others, because they really can’t do anything else.

A  big shout out to all  educators on a very special week! . Thanks for joining me on another journey dedicated to learning in the 21st Century! As always I invite you to follow me on Twitter (@mjgormans), I will return the favor and we can teach each other! I also encourage you to sign up for this blog by email or RSS.  I invite you to share this posts with others through email or a retweet!  Thanks for your visit and know that I will keep  sharing, teaching, and facilitating all learners, after all, I can’t do anything else! – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

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Integrating Technology with Project Based Learning… Four Indicators to Blend the Learning

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Welcome to this April post designed to look at the idea of technology and PBL. In my work at the BUCK Institute (BIE). I am often asked about the relationship of PBL and technology. This post is designed to give you my best reflection as to how they can work together. Also, be on the look out for my next few series… entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning, Going Beyond the Tech Shine,  and also… 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015  are now over half full.

PBL and Technology Twitter Chat – Just a quick note to let you know that Graphite which is part of the Common Sense Media Organization will be hosting our their first  this Thurs (4/16/2015) at 7 PM – 8 PM EDT. The theme of the chat is “Weaving Tech into Teaching with Project-Based Learning,”  I know I plan on attending and learning from others and hope to see you there.  

Integrating Technology with Project Based Learning… Four Indicators to Blend the Learning-  Michael Gorman

There are many educators that believe that Project Base Learning must be integrated with technology. In a sense this could be correct, although it depends on the definition of technology. One must remember that John Dewey was an advocate of projects long before the laptop computer, or even mainframe. He did believe that students must be doing, and this does involve something beyond sitting in a row listening to a lecture. Doing involves using tools, and tools are a basic definition of technology. It is for this reason that some form of analog and pre-analog technology should be blended into the learning experience..

In this increasing binary world it is also important to bring in digital devices including the computer, and so many other electronic tools. The SAMR Model ( developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura  http://www.hippasus.com/) must be examined and considered. SAMR is based on the progressive steps of Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Replacement. It is the SAMR lens that can be a first step in enhancing the PBL experience… amplifying opportunities with endless possibilities.

I would like to suggest that PBL should include some type of blended experience. With this idea in mind I have wish to provide to you four indicators that could be investigated when blending technology into the PBL experience.This is a quick preview of one of the building blocks I feel help makeup PBL and deeper learning.

The Four Indicators – While PBL does not require all four, it is important to keep in mind that one or all the indicators can be employed to enhance the learning experience. Also, it is important that these indicators be used in alignment with expected standards. You can read more in the future post… Going Beyond the Technology Shine.

Analog Tools – In referring to analog I include tools that have been in existence long before the first vacuum tube. Perhaps it is a paint bush, a carpenter’s tool, or some items from a maker’s workshop. These may be referred to as the analog tools. There are all of those the pre-digital age tools that can still be used to engage learning. Take a moment and watch a child play with an old fashion toy and it will become obvious there is still a world of possibilities from a past era. In fact,there are some experiences that the world of advanced technology and computers could never replace. PBL demands that student do… and tools beyond paper and pencil can provided so much. We must never forget that smell of a first crayon, or the joy of playing more with the box… then the item inside. Of course we can also include some of those true analog tools that actually do contain a vacuum tube.

Digital Substitution and/or Augmentation – In this area we do explore the arena of digital tools. . In the 21st century classroom digital technology can also be infused. Many times this is used with the infusion of a digital device, either one to one, or in a lesser extent. Through the study of the SAMR Model, educators can learn to Substitute and even Modify activities using technology. This form of integration allows for enhancement and must be carefully thought-out. After all, there may be times and situations that the learning experience could be more powerful and effective with the analog approach. When one or both of these two steps are applied successfully, technology will foster a positive impact on PBL.

Digital Modification and/or Replacement – This reflects the second two letters, Modification and Replacement, of the SAMR Model. You may wish to learn more about the SAMR Model and how it relates with Bloom’s Taxonomy at this site from Common Sense. At these levels of integration skilled use of technology allows for a true transformation to take place in the PBL environment. PBL experiences are amplified and new possibilities exist that were not possible in the analog only world, or even when digital technology is used to Substitute and Augment. It is at this point that students can venture into real voice and choice, deeper learning, and reapplying of knowledge. This level also allows for students to practice the 4 C’s at deeper levels while moving up Bloom’s Ladder. Keep in mind that much of this can still happen under the analog structure, but together the experience and learning can be further amplified. Connections to authenticity can be strengthened.

Digital Tools Beyond the Device – It must be remembered that the digital world goes beyond just the binary devices whether it be a computer or tablet. There are a multitudes of digital possibilities including toys, cameras, GPS units, games, robots, and some amazing electronic wonders. An investigation in the of the Makers World will not only enlighten the digital possibilities, it may also bring a new look to the analog world. Keep in mind that as this amazing shine is brought into the classroom, it must also be integrated with those important curriculum standards.

One can only imagine what John Dewey may have done in today’s 21st century classroom. It is certain that he would have had the students helping him make those decisions by blending all the technology indicators I have shared. As you may now see, I really believe that PBL has always relied on some sort of technology, no matter how basic it may have been. After all, it is the tools that allow students to do. Remember that doing connects to learning. It is important for educators to understand that digital technology along with past and pre-analog tools can help foster a blended learning experience beyond the classroom and its physical walls, reaching to the community and a wonderful authentic world.

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators. PBL really allows for student centered learning that an authentic and deep way. Contact me to learn more. I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Part 8… STEM Resource Series… 80 Stemtastic Sites

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Welcome to this April post and the  eighth in a series of posts that will bring you over 70  STEM links. As promised with this posting, I have provided over 70 amazing STEM possibilities… in fact the count is at 80! Be on the look out for my next series… entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning and also 40 great education sites to discover in 2015. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015  are now over half full.

Part 8… STEM Resource Series… 80 Stemtastic Sites – Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com) 

 If you wish to see the prior post with all of their resources… Click Below… also email or reply with your own STEM Site. I will try to fit it in to a bonus post. I have already received a few suggestions. Keep them coming!

eGFI Dream Up The Future – Be ready to discover a variety of tools to boost your students’ math and science skills, enliven the classroom with engineering projects, expand your own professional horizons and stay informed. There is also an amazing free newsletter with updated features that will arrive in your in-box every month. This is a site that is a must visit for any STEM teacher.

NSF Resources For STEM Education – A great collection of teacher resources, instructional materials, assessment, and up-to-date research regarding STEM. This site focuses on findings generated through educational research and development projects funded in part by the National Science Foundation You will find resources that will help you develop strategies for improving K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education

PBS STEM Education Resources Center – Great information from PBS including engaging lessons, activities, and of course those award winning PBS videos. You will have an opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning through television and online content.

NSDL – The National Science Digital Library has some outstanding resources that include numerous links to some great STEM programs and organizations. You will discover high quality online educational resources for teaching and learning, with current emphasis on the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The resources include formal and informal, institutional and individual, in local, state, national, and international educational settings.

Design Squad Nation – Another great service from PBS filled with some entertaining and engaging ways to integrate STEM into any classroom. Teachers can explore and use Design Squad Nation activities, animations, video profiles, and episodes in classrooms and after-school programs, in libraries and museums, at events and at home.

Museum of Science – Great database allowing STEM teachers to search for lessons and ideas involving science, math, and engineering from one of the finest science museums located in Boston. You will note that this link brings some wonderful online and digital STEM activities, experiences, and exhibits. It clearly is a must visit for those wanting to bring STEM into the classroom.

APlusPhysics – This site is designed to help high school physics students and beginning college physics students succeed in the authentic world of physics.  APlusPhysics is a free online physics resource that focuses on problem solving, understanding, and real-world applications in the context of high school physics. Discover podcasts, readings, and amazing project possibilities.

CIESE– Explore a website dedicated to improving K-16 STEM education through the meaningful and effective integration of technology.  CIESE fosters the use of research-based instructional methodologies and technologies to improve and pioneer novel technologies to explore and better understand their impact on improved education and society.

My Science Box– At My Science Box you’ll find complete, scaffolded lesson plans to teach a 4-6 week middle school science unit through activities, projects, and field trips. The lessons have been tested and should provide some great STEM activities for those students in the middle.

Cases Online – This website provides a collection of inquiry-based lessons to engage students by exploring the science behind real-world problems. Its goals are to promotes self-directed and life-long learners, critical thinkers and keen problem solvers. Cases are grounded in Problem-Based Learning (PBL), Investigative Case-Based Learning (ICBL).

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators. While I have supplied 80 STEM resources I am working on finding 20 more so that the total list will be 100! As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Booking Info – Check out my Booking Page… Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and am already half full for fall of 2015 – Mike

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Part 7… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites

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Welcome to the last March post and the  seventh in a series of posts that will bring you over 70  STEM links. Along with this series, be on the look out for another series I will be posting entitled the ABC’s of PBL and Deeper Learning. First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015  are now over half full.

Part 7… STEM Resource Series… Over 70 Stemtastic Sites – Michael Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com) 

 If you wish to see the prior post with all of their resources… Click Below… also email or reply with your own STEM Site. I will try to fit it in to a bonus post. I have already received a few suggestions. Keep them coming!

Science Buddies – Looking for inspiration for a science fair project? Science Buddies has over 1,000 Project Ideas in all areas of science. It is also important to note that Science Buddies isn’t just for science fairs! Let your students try out science activities for a quick science exploration or just plain science fun.

Algodoo – An amazing free program, Algodoo gives teachers and students the opportunity to play with physics. One can use their own hands and simple drawing tools to design, construct and explore the world of physics. If it sounds like an interesting idea, than Algodoo is that program to take a look at. It is available for iPad, Windows, or Mac.

Code Academy – If your students are into coding… this maybe the place to go. With a mission set on teaching the world how to code, Code Academy just might be the right program. There are resources to help educators with coding and tools to make it happen in the school.

Maker Camp – Here is an opportunity to join young inventors and artists from around the world on Google+ to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual “field trips,” and meet the world’s coolest makers. You will find that Maker Camp inspires kids ages 13-18 to embrace their inner maker, get their hands dirty, fix some things, break some things, and have a lot of fun doing it. Everything is archived so all lessons and projects will be available at Maker Camp even after the summer.

EchoEarth – The mission of this site is to equip today’s youth with relevant tools, interactive resources and timely information to help them take action by identifying and working to solve environmental challenges in their communities. It utilizes service-learning to help students identify the root of a problem, develop an action plan and execute that plan in their community. There is a wonderful collection of rich online resources to assist teachers and students.

Graphite – Common Sense Media welcomes offers you Graphite, a platform created to make it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.  You will find many of these resources embrace STEM.

Popplet – Teachers can use this tool to promote student metacognition and learning. Used as a mind-map, Popplet helps students think and learn visually. Students can capture facts, thoughts, and images and learn to create relationships between them.  This is an ideal classroom to promote STEM and conceptual thinking

AAS – The American Astronomical Society has a wealth of STEM information in relationship the study of the universe. This link leads to the education page. Here one can find educational opportunities and resources to enrich the STEM classroom.

STEM Education Coalition  – The STEM Education Coalition works aggressively to raise awareness in Congress, the Administration, and other organizations about the critical role that STEM education plays. Discover an abundance of STEM ideas, facts, research, and resource to help with STEM advocacy.

EDpuzzle – Use only what is needed from any video. Search for videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, Crash Course, etc. Insert audio notes or record over a video with voice. Add questions along the video to give students immediate feedback and track their understanding. Upload your videos to EDpuzzle and make them perfect for any STEM class.

 

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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Project Based Learning Connects To Flip Learning… Plus Hundreds of Resources

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Welcome a post that is a companion to my PBL Flipped Learning Presentation.  You will see that Flipped Learning really does connect with PBL plus find 100’s of resources.  Those at my presentation will even learn more!  First, to ensure you do not miss a valuable post or other resources covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, Web 2.0, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration, please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on. Have a great week – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech)

Booking Info – Time to think about your school or conference needs. Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am almost booked through August and fall dates for 2015  are now over half full.

Project Based Learning and Flipped Classrooms: There Really is a Connection – Mike Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

Have you ever considered flipping your classroom and engaging students in Project Based Learning at the same time? As I study these learning processes I see possibilities that allow the two to not only coexist, but also complement each other. How might this work? They do share similar emphasis on higher order thinking skills. Another not so obvious way the two can complement each other is based on productivity and time. Let’s take a closer look.

As you might know Project Based Learning (PBL) is a dynamic process that allows students to learn and understand content at Bloom’s highest level while taking an active part in their learning. PBL provides for deep inquiry, which leads to rich and powerful understanding. Through authentic experiences, and a driving question that engages students with content standards, PBL has the ability to be a delivery method for the student centered classroom. In PBL, formative learning activities are scaffolded throughout the project. This allows for productivity between content delivery, facilitation, and student production.  Let’s consider a way to allow for even more student productivity in PBL, which can  exponentially spiral learning,  How can this increased productivity for both teacher and learner take place? A flipped infusion just might  be the answer.

As you might already know the Flipped Classroom was first coined with the idea that class lectures are recorded and watched at home while the teacher assists students with homework in school. Technology makes this very basic scenario a real possibility. Through the years the Flipped Classroom concept has become more sophisticated with an increased benefit to the student. While lectures still may be ported for home use, teachers have found powerful ways to  utilize class time beyond homework help. The Flipped Classroom has become more of a Flipped Learning experience. While instructional videos may be  viewed at  home, teachers are providing higher order learning activities at school to compliment the home learning experience.

As we look at the process of PBL and Flipped Learning we can begin to see how the two together can promote Bloom’s higher order learning.  Together they provide  a streamlining of valuable time, which in turn allows for increased productivity. As we continue to examine this concept several other added benefits are accomplished.

First, as teachers combine the PBL and Flipped experience,  they see learning spiral. This allows teachers the opportunity to bring the home learning experience up a notch. Students are provided open ended questions, engaging interactive activities, and front loaded thought provoking videos at home that can spur classroom discussions and activities for the next class period. This blended experience erases the classroom walls allowing for an authentic and constant learning experience. Instructional videos, while still used at home, can also be incorporated as part of the PBL scaffold during class time.  After-all, research has demonstrated that an instructional video can be more time productive than a live lecture. Plus, there is also the added benefit of the student able to pause, rewind, and replay the instruction. Try that in a lecture. Please note that the teacher is still available for face to face time in order to provide any reinforcement needed in the learning process.

In this day of what appears to be numerous educational initiatives, it is exciting to see how two are able to work in harmony with each other. In fact, as we further reflect we just might see how other initiatives such as 21st century competencies (4 C’s), technology integration, digital curriculum and literacy, 1 to 1 computing, PBL, and Flipped Learning really do blend as one.  In closing, we just may wish to ask, how many educational initiatives there really are? Perhaps there are not as many as we originally thought. It may be time for you to see how PBL and Flipped Learning really can work in productive harmony. After implementing these two practices, you may wish to work on student centered learning next. Or perhaps you will have already done it!

Now… Discover Links to Hundreds of Resources

Webinars and Podcasts

PBS Learning Media: Flipped Classrooms For Real Learning: Definitions, Resources and Tools – Educators keep hearing about the benefits of flipping their classrooms, but what does that really mean? PBS Learning Media invites you to join Jon Bergmann, a pioneer in the Flipped Class Movement and co-author of Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day – along with Mike Gorman, a 21st century educational technology and learning expert.

BAM Radio Interview with Michael Gorman – Listen to Jon Bergmann author of Flip Your Classroom interview Michael Gorman who has served education for 37 years and has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. He oversees a one to one laptop program and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana and a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE,  Follet,  and November Learning. Mike is on the National Faculty for BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech & Learning Magazine.

ISTE Presentation of PBL 8 Essentials With Michael Gorman – Join Mike at ISTE in Atlanta as he shares the 8 essential elements found in PBL. This is a must video for those wanting to get started with PBL.

PBL Links

BIE Tools – PBL Project Search – Here you will find a collection of 450 proven lesson plans to set any PBL desire into action. Look at the database found on the right hand side of the page.

West Virginia PBL Project Data Base  – This is a wonderful site where teachers can search through the subjects of reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, dance, visual arts, theater, and music. You can select from grade two all the way through grade twelve. These are PBL projects made by teachers for teachers!

Learning Reviews – This website claims to connect kids to learning on the web. It really connects kids to awesome, engaging, rigorous, and relevant projects. It points to numerous websites on the internet that house some great PBL possibilities. Be sure to check out all of the subjects and grade levels.

Here are more than 30 websites with free PBL examples, guidance, rubrics, and templates.  To see project-based learning lessons sorted by subject go to:

Edutopia – Learn all about Project Based Learning from the amazing people at Edutopia. You will discover lessons, videos, and thought provoking articles that will peak your PBL interest!

Flipped Learning Network – Network for those wishing to learn more about Flipped Learning

Turning Learning on its Head – Wonderful site from Jon Bergmann devoted to flipping the learning.

Cycles of Learning – Ramsey Mussullam provides some wonderful insight into flipped learning

Other Links from Mike’s Flipped Classroom and PBL Presentation

Flipped Classroom Resources – A goldmine of Flipped Resources

PBL Super Highway – 45 Links to some great resources to help with PBL

170 Ways to Use Wordle in the Classroom – Yes… Mike really did come up with 170 ways!

10 Tools to Engage Students in Academic Discussions –  These tools are a must read fro anyone facilitating elearning

10 Pointers Academics in Online Discussions – Don’t miss this article focusing on Digital Citizenship and learning.

Engaging Classroom Lessons with Simple One Take Video – Flip your classroom, engage in PBL, encourage student creation.

57 Digital Interactives for All Teachers – Check out these amazing possibilities for formative learning in class and at home.

Pre-search Strategies – Great ways to begin that search

Multimedia for PBL Content and Flipped Video

PBS Learning Media – Launched within the last year, PBS Teachers is an awesome place for all kinds of educational multimedia. PBS Teachers is PBS’ national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources.

The Khan Academy – At Khan, students and teachers are encouraged to “Watch… Practice… Learn almost anything for free”. The academy has a library of over 2,700 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and 276 practice exercises.

TedEd – The the makers of TED… these really are some wonderful flipped lessons with formative tools built in. These are definite lessons worth sharing! You can even make your own.

MIT K12 Video – A wonderful collection of videos that cover some difficult STEM concepts in a very simple way. Join these MIT students as they try their best to get K12 students to understand.

Discovery Education – This outstanding pay service also has a section that is free, found via this link. Discovery Education offers a broad range of free classroom resources that complement and extend learning beyond the bell.

Some Content Making Tools for PBL and Flip

EduCannon – Create video and even insert questions for formative assessment along the way. A great tool for those who Flip

Jing – A screen capture tool great for explaining content or showing students how to perform a task.

Screencast-o-matic – Another tool perfect for content creation and flipping the classroom.

Books

Flipped Learning Network

BIE Store

Thank you for joining me and I hope you found this information something you can use in your school and useful to share with other educators. As always, I invite you to follow me on twitter (@mjgormans). Please give this post a retweet and pass it on to someone who will benefit. To ensure you do not miss a future valuable post or other resource covering PBL, Digital Curriculum, STEM, 21st century learning, and technology integration please sign up for 21centuryedtech by email or RSS. Have a great week… enjoy the Websites! – Mike (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/

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