Cohort Name- Science and Math in the Middle School Classroom

Science with Toni Erni
Not much direction in this cohort. The Mr. Erni tried to get us up on chatzy and a file sharing program, but it didn't work out.
chem idea:
create periodic table format, give clues for elements, they insert elements into the table, could do this as a historical

ecology idea:
M&M fishing
Materials: M&ms, straws, paper towels
Each kid is a harvester and tries to harvest the fish by sucking the M&Ms in the straw out of the central pool
Factors: fish only reproduce at 30 years

Mathematics with Darren Kuropatwa
  • Mathematics is around us, and we can use photos/video to capture this real-world examples to describe.
    • Fibonacci series: 1,1,2,3,5,8... is way trees grow, leaves on branches, bees reproducequadratics: walk around your world, find quadratic functions --> send to flikr, use notes feature to make a digital map, tags important feature so kids can find it
  • Digital platforms are useful for real-time monitoring of students understanding. Obviously, this is good for information movement between teachers and students. In addition, students are able to look back and reflect. However, the most valuable part o digital sharing is that students can see each others work. They can see each others "digital galleries of thought"

Watch it, do it, teach it
Need to create digital galleries of thought; need to publish learning that shows how you've grown

Un-Conferences Notes

1)Online tools:

2)Lenses of Learning

3)Using Geogebra

4)Design still Matters with Darren

5) Curation of the Digital
Curation is a collection of excellent digital resources grouped under a theme/topic

Check out some cool sites: for teachers of EAL, EFL
scout report: great source for free videos, books and other sources

can highlight, good modeling for notetaking, slower than others

can tag, bookmark, can create a report in annotated online bibliography

Ideas Standing Alone

-school can purchase "clickview" which is a media center for video
-use camvideo or screen-o-matic for screen recordings
-use cellphones! cameras,as kids learning tools
-Flikr: allows you to create badges which you can copy and paste into badges
-Delicious is a site that you can use to bookmark and tag websites
-Instapaper --> strips adds and can download article and load onto ipod, ipad

can insert a google translator into a blog

WEBROWSING: using "command + f" keys to find stuff on browser page

Notes from Darren in Bricoleurs:
-uses four lenses for evaluating/using tech tools. The four lenses overlap:
1) learner centered: encourage attention to preconceptions and begin instruction from eliminating preconceptions and bringing solid foundation
2) knowledge centered: focus on what is to be taught, why it is taught, and what mastery looks like
3) assessment centered: provide frequent oppotunities to make student's thinking and learning visible as a guide for both the teacher & the student learning and instruction; make students transparent; use technology in ways that we can get behind students' eyes. Also, want kids to see how you are thinking. In addition, make students' thinking visible to each other.
4) community centered: encourage a culture of questioning, respect and risk taking

Start with community, uncover kids preconceptions, create knowledge networks and allow metacognition

Every class, a kid is assigned to be a scribe; "what did you learn today?" summarize that in a blog post and choose someone at random; want kids opinion not the "classified section" use alias names,

Using wikis: kids make solution manuals
Week 1: post sample example problems; annotate solutions; have to do 1 each; have 1 week to do your best work
Week 2: go back to wiki and look at questions that are not their own;
Wikis are websites that do two things: 1) make content or 2) modifiy content

create a wiki with problems and kids have to make solution set.

FOCUS on: how kids learn and how we can structure learning for kids

1st copy you think something is clever
2nd modify/augment the 1st thing
3rd transform it to something completely different


Great Edugoodness is happening with
Flikr, with Twitter, googledocs, blog and wiki
How to use Twitter:
tag photos, can upload 10MB pics free

Notes from Design with Darren Kuropatwa
The universe has multiple layers of beautiful symmetry. We need to mimic that symmetry in our design of teaching.

Different colours have different psychological means

Principles for designing instruction
1)Students' Errors and Misconceptions based on previous learning.
2) Learning is a network

Use Helvetica and sans serif fonts for screens.
Read "Brain Rules" by Dr. Medina, "How People Learn", "How Students Learn", "Made to stick" --> how to make ideas sticky

1) Upload image to site by using URL (from Flikr or something) or file itself

check out collection of science music vids
check out death by powerpoint vid
check out bonnie bassler on tedtalks




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