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Introduction and Relative Advantage: Technology tools have completely changed the way that students can find, make sense of, organize, and share research. As educators, it is our responsibility to help not only with the research paper or project at hand, but to help students develop critical 21st Century digital literacy skills. Such skills prepare them for higher education, workplace, and life research. Incorporating Web 2.0 research tools into research papers and projects also helps reach students of varying abilities and learning styles. NETS-T Standards 1c. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes; 1d. Model collaborative knowledge construction by engaging in learning with students, colleagues, and others in face-to-face and virtual environments; 2a. Design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity; 2b. Develop technology-enriched learning environments that enable all students to pursue their individual curiosities and become active participants in setting their own educational goals, managing their own learning, and assessing their own progress; 3d. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning. SMART Goals and Expected Outcomes: ● Teachers will attend four 45-minute sessions (Search, Organize, and Annotate) offered over the course of four weeks. ● Teachers will discuss specific Web 2.0 research tools and how they can be used in the classroom to help students of all abilities strengthen research skills. ● Teachers will choose one tool from each session that they want to try using a research topic of their choice. They will create accounts if necessary, practice using the tool, and discuss findings or concerns with the class. ● Teachers will showcase their research and reflect on what they have learned. They will set SMART goals for classroom implementation using at least one tool from each session. ● Teachers will check-in monthly with the librarian and/or technology integration coordinator to address concerns and assist students as needed.
Prepared by Gretel Patch www.gretelpatch.com
Timeline: This lesson will take place over the course of four 45-minute sessions after school. The first three sessions will cover: Search, Organize, and Annotate. The final session will showcase what the teachers have accomplished and they will reflect on their learning. They will set SMART goals to use one tool from each session in their classroom within the next three months. Materials: 1 Computers for each teacher that are hooked up to the Internet 2 Projector, whiteboard, and speakers 3 Prezi Student Web 2.0 Research Grouping Strategies: Teachers will remain together throughout the instruction. Learning Activities: 1 Teachers will participate in a group discussion on the importance of helping students be effective 21st Century researchers. 2 Using the Prezi Student Web 2.0 Research as a guide, the instructor will introduce teachers to a few Web 2.0 tools within each session (Search, Organize, and Annotate). The instructor will demonstrate an overview of the tool and its potential to enhance student learning. Teachers will ask questions if needed. 3 Teachers will choose a research topic: one that they assign students, a pseudo topic for the purpose of this activity, or a topic that they want to learn more about. 4 Teachers will choose one tool from the session and use it to either search, organize, or annotate their research. 5 Teachers will share how they have used their Web 2.0 tool to search, organize, and annotate their research. 6 Teachers will set SMART goals to use at least one tool from each session with their students during the next three months. They will agree to meet with the librarian and/or technology integration coordinator once a month for follow up and support.
Measuring Student Learning Outcomes: The purpose of any professional development activity is to improve student learning. This workshop aims to help teachers apply a new Web 2.0 tool in a way that will have a positive impact on student research skills and ultimately their learning. In order to demonstrate this, teachers will collect student samples of research prior to this training, including works cited pages, rough drafts, brainstorming notes, and completed research papers. After the training and supported implementation of at least one tool from each category (search, organize, annotate) teachers will collect similar student samples. Before and after samples will be analyzed and compared and reflections will be made regarding student impact.
Prepared by Gretel Patch www.gretelpatch.com