Welcome! Last session, you learned how to have students create WordPress ePortfolios. Over the past month, your role was to have them create these and their first blog posts. Today, you are going to finalize one relevant activity or lesson that the students will participate in for your specific classroom content. This is different than your session three brainstorm, which was more teacher-centered. This month, we want you to explore how to give your students some freedom and to allow them to start reflecting on their learning and using the ePortfolios for their own learning. Instead of you posting content on your ePortfolio for them to find, they will start creating their own content. Your role today is to start realizing what kinds of content they can create relevant to your particular class.
Today’s Objective- Teachers will discuss and create at least one student-centered and classroom-relevant application.
- This month’s video, Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud, reminds us about the power of curiosity and play. After watching this, we will discuss how our students have already taken initiative with their ePortfolios and what they have discovered so far.
- Teachers will work for 15 minutes with department partners to discuss last month’s troubleshooting areas. Be sure to address any areas of concern with one another and other teachers.
- Work for the rest of the session with your department partner AND one other pair to start coming up with content ideas for your students.
- Example: English: Students can create a digital poster on character analysis instead of a construction paper poster.
- Example: Social Studies: Students can create current event blog posts and comment on each others’ reactions to the news stories.
End of Session Deliverable:Add at least one content-related idea for students to the Google doc. Try to come up with more than one.
Take Away and Bring Back: Continue to work on the Google doc as you come up with ideas. Discuss with students, and have students share ideas as well. Implement AT LEAST one of the student-centered content ideas, and document pros, cons, concerns, etc. on the Google doc you have been working on.
- The Internet/WordPress