Using Think.com in Collaborative Student Projects Steven Caringella.

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  • Using Think.com in Collaborative Student ProjectsSteven Caringella

  • Presenter BioSteven Caringellascaringe@musd.orgFourth Grade Teacher and Tech Coordinator at Zanker, Milpitas UnifiedPart-time instructor, Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College

  • Want to learn more?Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College in Los Altos, CA (Northern Cal)Inexpensive, hands-on technology courses.$29 reg., $13 per unit.Face to face and online

  • Classes I teach at KCIApril 26 Internet Projects for EducatorsMay 17 Blogs and Wikis in the ClassroomJune 21 Think.com

  • Krause Center for InnovationKrause Centerhttp://www.krauseinnovationcenter.org/kci/To register, go to:http://www.foothill.edu/cfi/linc/preregister.php

  • Presentation OverviewWhat is Think.com?Live web demoHow can Think.com be used to support and enhance inquiry-based cross-curricular projects?

  • What is Think.com?Think.com is a password-protected, student-safe online learning community.https://www.think.com/en_us

  • What is Think.com?Allows students to publish, blog, share documents, communicate, and collaborate.Free access provided to schools by the Oracle Education Foundation.

  • How to Access Think.comTeachers at accredited primary and secondary schools can apply.Oracle Education Foundation requires site principals approval.

  • How to Access Think.comIf you are the first at your site to use Think.com, you become the site administrator.You can then add other teachers at your site.

  • Online safetyTeachers who use Think.com with their students must monitor student content.Teachers must teach students how to stay safe online.Must have parental consent.

  • Think.com and Student ProjectsThink.com is ideal for use in inquiry-based, cross-curricular student projects.Environmental Concerns in the CommunityWhat Makes Me Unique?

  • Think.com and StandardsThink.com can be used to help students meet California content standards.Think.com meets ISTE National Technology Standards.http://cnets.iste.org/students/

  • Inquiry-Based LearningA learner-centered process that begins with questioning and investigating.Children have a desire to discover and finds things out.Exploring, asking questions, searching for new understandings.

  • Project-Based LearningStudents investigate a real-world problem, working collaboratively.They use technology tools, gain skills and knowledge, and end with a learning product.

  • Environmental ConcernsStudents used Think.com during research, for reflection, to communite and collaborate, and as an eportfolio.

  • ECIC OverviewMulti-classroom: Students from three Northern California schools collaborated using Think.com.Cross-curricular: One school focused on science and two schools focused on language arts.

  • Essential QuestionHow do we become aware of environmental concerns and how can we make a difference?

  • Communicating With Think.comStudents from all three schools wrote bios about themselves, then met each other online.Throughout the project, students read, reviewed, and evaluated each others work.

  • Collaborating With Think.comAlmaden Fourth graders wrote letters and posters in response to the River Glen newsletters that they viewed and discussed.http://ourenvironmentproject.org/almadenschool/FellowsStudentWork2.htm

  • Collaborating With Think.comFifth and Seventh grade students included the Fourth graders water quality data in their research.

  • Collaborating With Think.comZanker Fifth graders created web resource lists during research that were shared by team members for the essays and the PSAs.

  • Reflective BloggingThroughout the stages of the project, students reflected on their learning process by writing reflective blog entries.

  • Think.com as eportfolioThroughout the project, students uploaded finished learning products, reflected on them, and received teacher and peer review and feedback.

  • What Makes Me Unique?Multi-classroom collaborative project.Participants include teachers and students from two middle schools and two elementary schools.http://my-ecoach.com/project.php?id=10446

  • What Makes Me Unique?Students explore their dominant learning styles, using the Multiple Intelligences theory, and apply this knowledge to how they approach learning.

  • What Makes Me Unique?Cross-classroom partners were formed, and the project organized in the Think.com project pages.

  • What Makes Me Unique?Students use Think.com to post learning and reflections, and respond to their project partners at each stage of the project, including group audio podcasts as a culminating activty.

  • Think.com Project IdeasThink.com provides project ideas that can be used in the K-8 classroom, that meet ISTE standards.http://www.think.com/iste