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Project Based Learning: Virtually AuthenticDr. Kerry Rice, Boise State UniversityBarbara Frey, Connections Academy

1Background - programAgendaIntroductionsThe Teacher in Online TeachingConstructivist practices in a digital ageLCPs + PBL = Best PracticeLesson Development


The TEACHER in Online Teaching

Movement from teacher-centered to learner-centered networked learning environment.Just this shift in interaction patterns creates interesting opportunities to rethink teaching and learning.3

How are constructivist practices translated to the online environment?Our focus today is taking what we know about the constructivist teaching method of Problem/project based learning in particular, and envisioning what that looks like in the online classroom. Student centeredPBLonline4From Theory to Practice

Virtual Learning Scaffolding ModelStudent-centeredEngagingConstruct active learningSupports learning through varied instructional tools and strategies

Learner AutonomyLearner AutonomyLearner Autonomy

6Program level implementation

Learner Autonomy Scaffold learning to support the learner in the use of the designelements of the virtual learning environment. The scaffolding process engages andsupports learning of the individual through the integration of a variety of instructionalStrategies

Program level


Technology is the medium for delivering instructionTechnology tools to follow7

Learning Portals

Communication Tools

Writing and Reflection Tools


10Collaboration Tools


11Web-Based Multimedia Tools

VideoAnimationsSimulationsVoki/site palsVoiceThreadSlidesharePrezi


Networking Tools

NingFacebookProfessional Learning Communities

13Instructional Teaching Aids




Technology years are equivalent to dog years17Tool-Centered vs. Learner-CenteredTool-centric vs. outcome-centricLooking at the outcome essential or driving questionsOutcomes in pbl1821st Century SkillsLCPsPBLBest Practice19Framework for thinking about planning instruction

Problem based learning, student centered teaching, collaboration, small group work and authentic performance based assessments all contribute to student academic performance (Lowes, 2005).Online learning can broaden the experiences and background of the learner.

Learner AutonomyActive ParticipationCollaboration and Community BuildingAuthentic Assessment21st Century Skills

20Supported through:Scaffolding and careful guidance Instructional learning aids Modeling and promptingCoaching strategiesReflective thinking and problem solving

The ability and motivation to take responsibility for one's own learning.Learner Autonomy

21Self-regulating learning strategies have been found to have a positive relationship with the ability to think critically and use metacognitive strategies in online learning environments, which in turn may lead to higher achievement gains (Artino and Stephens 2006; Kawachi 2003; Meyer 2003).

Learner AutonomyLearner AutonomyInteractive Simulations

John Travoltage web-based simulation at Phet 22Instructional learning aid: Static electricity propertiesInteractive Learning Aids

Learner AutonomyLearner AutonomyLearner AutonomyMultimedia

24Early elementary students use Voicethread to demonstrate their thinking through visual representation along with audio description

Metacognition describe thinking, illustrate it, record and archiveLearner AutonomyLearner AutonomyNegotiated Inputs and Outcomes

25Savery (1994) contends that the more structured the learning environment, the harder it is for the learners to construct meaning based on their conceptual understandings.

Learner AutonomyLearner AutonomyReflection

26Ninth grade language arts students participated in a Glogster poetry project. Their teacher, Jared Nichol, linked to each student's poetry on his Student Poetry Glogs page. And then he blogged about it: Journey's in 2.0 Teaching blog.Supported through:Authentic projects and assessmentsRole assignmentsTeamworkPeer reviewStrategies to structure activities (consensus building, Tuning Protocol, Fishbowl Method)

Strong feelings of community have been shown to promote a greater sense of well-being among learners as well as increases in engagement, cooperation, commitment to group goals, information flow, and satisfaction in group interactions. Collaboration and Community Building


Collaboration and Community Building

Collaborative Resources29

Collaboration and Community BuildingCollaborative Spaces

30Collaboration and Community BuildingOnline Instructional SpacesRole PlayThink-Pair-Share by assigning email pals or web-buddiesModify fishbowl by dividing the class into 2 groups, allowing group 1 to contribute the first half of the week and group 2 to contribute the second half. Writing Roulette each learner adds to expanding class storyClass voting and pollingDebateConsensus buildingStudent generated discussion questionsPeer review

31Collaboration and Community BuildingOnline Social SpacesVirtual IcebreakersShare favorite WebsitesStudent lounge, RecessQuestion Cafe PLCs



32Global Spaces

Global SchoolNet's mission is to support 21st century learning and improve academic performance through content driven collaboration. We engage teachers and K-12 students in meaningful project learning exchanges worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding. 33

Multiplayer Gaming

http://www.my.kidscom.com/jsp_a01_mkc/jsp_a01_b01_pb/planets.jsp34Supported through:Authentic, collaborative, inquiry-based projectsNegotiated learning outcomes Active research in the fieldPartnerships with the outside communityInteractions within the learning community as well as engagement with the content being studied.Active Participation

35Active ParticipationDiscussion leaderResource providerTech supportClass Twitter contributionRole play games

Role Assignment36Kidscom.com sustainable role play gameDorrie Fussy

Active Participation


Active ParticipationReal-Time Communication

Live presentations and lecturesGuest speakersOne-on-one tutorials and mentoringGroup discussions and activitiesInformal chat sessionsQuestion and answer sessions

Adobe Connect38Active ParticipationStructured Learning Paths

39Supported through:Timely and consistent instructor and peer feedbackReflectionAuthentic purposeDissemination to real-world audiences

Instructional environments that promote a process rather than an end product necessitate the development of assessments that are progressive rather than summative. Authentic Assessment

40Self- explanation and self-evaluationAuthentic AssessmentWritten assignments Participation in online discussionsPublication of student work /presentationsOnline quizzes and questionsExperiential activities, such as role-playCollaborative assignment work DebatesPortfoliosReviewsOnline Exams (open-book; structured; timedJournals and reflectionComplete a simulation or win a game

41Authentic Assessment

Make it Visible

I started making this website because I had the Idea of instead of just doing a project paper for my class I could spread my information around the continents... 42Our Environment WikiAuthentic AssessmentMake it Meaningful


http://www.mathalicious.com/?p=1694 Cell Phone ExtravaganzaWarranty For You43Warranty for You?

OverviewHow can we use math to decide whether to purchase a product warranty, and how can we use this to better understand health insurance? In this lesson, well use percents, probabilities and expected value to find out.Essential QuestionsHow can we use percents and probabilities to determine expected value?How can we use expected value to compare how much a warranty costs to how much its worth?How can we use this to determine whether to purchase a product warranty?How is the decision to purchase a product warranty like/unlike the decision to purchase health insurance?How do consumers and health insurance companies value insurance differently, and what are the effects of this on health care in the United States?

Cell Phone Extravaganza OverviewHow do you pick the right cell phone plan? In this lesson, well use piecewise functions to explore the various voice, messaging and data plans from Verizon and AT&T. Well even look at some of the worst real-world examples of having the wrong plan. Think it doesnt matter? Weve got eighteen thousand ways to disagree!Essential QuestionsHow do we write equations for different types of cell phone plans?How can we use tables, graphs and equations to determine the cheapest plan?How can we apply these skills to text message plans?What are the financial consequences of picking the wrong plan?

A major challenge facing educators in the 21st century "is how to design our educational system... in order to produce graduates who are better prepared to take up jobs in a knowledge-based environment characterized by a pervasive use of information communications technology" (Bodomo 2006, 1) 21st Century SkillsGlobal awarenessDigital, information, media and social literacyFinancial, business and economical literacyCreativityCritical thinking and problem solving

Communication and collaborationFlexibility and adaptabilityInitiative and self-directionLeadership and