R Curry/ETP Final Copy

ETP TITLE: Class Tutorials: Integrating Web Courses into the Language Arts/Social Studies Core Middle School Classroom FELLOW NAME: Rob Curry FELLOW PRIMARY E-MAIL: rdcurry@sjteach.org SPONSOR COMPANY: National Semiconductor MENTOR NAME: Tansie Iwafuchi ABSTRACT: This ETP is designed to help differentiate instruction for student learning. The web-based tutorial lessons are designed especially for learners in need of relearning and review to reach grade level proficiency and for advanced students to advance at an accelerated rate. I developed web-based courses using the NSC Ready/Go program. For my ETP, I have used my new-found skills to replicate a similar web course development using Dreamweaver and Mozilla Composer. Using web editors, such as MS Word (at NSC), Dreamweaver and Mozilla Composer (on my own computers), I designed a template for the class tutorials and started inserting content, links and questions.

Describe how your ETP aligns with NBC or State standard as stated in your proposal:
The tutorial units will be based on most CA state standards in Language Arts and History/Social Studies and connect to the state adopted standards-aligned curriculum in use in the classroom.

Describe the connection between your ETP and the Summer Fellowship.
In my Summer Fellowship, I worked on creating Web Courses for industry. Using many of those skills, I have designed and launched web-based student tutorials to support student learning. Throughout the school year, I will continue adding tutorials related to almost every major learning goal.

Identification of Resources
In utilizing this process, the student will need to have access to the internet. This includes access at both home and at

school. Since a few students will have limited or no access at home, they will have priority access at school.

Check it out online at www.sjteach.org/tutor6.html

I have already created general web pages for the first several chapters or units and will work on creating more detailed and specific content during the year, at least a few weeks ahead of using it in class. By the end of the first year, I will have a complete set of tutorials for every chapter and section to support the text program in meeting the learning needs of all learners. I will pilot this with my class and offer it to other teachers in my districts 3 middle schools. Upon request, I would be glad to share it with teachers elsewhere as well. I will encourage participating teachers to give ongoing informal feedback to modify it to make it more effective. I also envision having them complete a survey in the later part of the year using the free online survey tool, www.surveymonkey.com . I will also keep track of student progress for those who take assessments both before and then after taking the class tutorials. Since I do not have access to any web editor other than MS Word at the NSC worksite, I had to work on much of the ETP plan off site. Whatever I did at NSC, had to be redone later. The project will eventually include a tutorial for every Language Arts and Social Studies unit. Every chapter and section will have a review/relearn section and a chapter review test which will cover all areas covered on the actual section and

chapter tests. If there is a need, I can also do section and chapter summaries in the students’ home languages as well.

Language Arts Tutorial: http://sjteach.org/tutor_la6.html For the content, I am using chapter summaries from the district’s adopted text programs. The images are linked to their source on the web and can serve as catalysts of interest for the students as they browse them. Social Studies Tutorials: http://sjteach.org/tutor6_ss6_1.html

Assessment / Evaluation

In order to assess the effectiveness of this tool, students who need to take the tutorial for remedial purposes will re-take the test and should hopefully show progress between the original test and the re-test. Most of the testing in my class is done online at www.quizlab.com on tests which I have created based on the tests in the text based programs and the state standards. I have also developed a rubric to evaluate the creation of such tutorials.

Web Site Design: Creating A Class Tutorial Website
Teacher Name: ____________________
ATEGORY 4 The site has a well-stated clear purpose and theme that is carried out throughout the site. 3 2 1

Content

The site has a clearly The purpose and theme of the The site lacks a purpose and stated purpose and theme, site is somewhat muddy or theme. but may have one or two vague. elements that do not seem to be related to it.

Standards Based

The state or national The state or national The state or national standard The state or national standard standard is clearly identified standard is identified and is not clearly identified but it is not clearly identified nor and addressed in the tutorial addressed in the tutorial is addressed in the tutorial addressed in the tutorial

Layout

The Web site has an exceptionally attractive and usable layout. It is easy to locate all important elements. White space, graphic elements and/or alignment are used effectively to organize material. Links for navigation are clearly labeled, consistently placed, allow the reader to easily move from a page to related pages (forward and back), and take the reader where s/he expects to go. A user does not become lost. All links point to high quality, up-to-date, credible sites.

The Web pages have an attractive and usable layout. It is easy to locate all important elements.

The Web pages have a usable layout, but may appear busy or boring. It is easy to locate most of the important elements.

The Web pages are cluttered looking or confusing. It is often difficult to locate important elements.

Navigation

Links for navigation are clearly labeled, allow the reader to easily move from a page to related pages (forward and back), and internal links take the reader where s/he expects to go. A user rarely becomes lost. Almost all links point to high quality, up-to-date, credible sites.

Links for navigation take the reader where s/he expects to go, but some needed links seem to be missing. A user sometimes gets lost.

Some links do not take the reader to the sites described. A user typically feels lost.

Links

Most links point to high quality, Less than 3/4 of the links point up-to-date, credible sites. to high quality, up-to-date, credible sites.

Background and Graphics

Background and graphics are exceptionally attractive, consistent across pages, adds to the theme or purpose of the site, and does not detract from readability.

Background and graphics are attractive, consistent across pages, adds to the theme or purpose of the site, and does not detract from readability.

Background and graphics are Background and graphics are consistent across pages and from the readability of the site. does not detract from readability.

Date Created: Jul 24, 2007 01:47 pm (CDT) by rdcurry@sjteach.org

Ability to Replicate

In order to make it readily available and easy to replicate, other teachers are encouraged to download the templates and modify any part of my websites.