Using Think.com in Collaborative Student Projects Steven Caringella.

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Using Think.com in Collaborative Student ProjectsSteven CaringellaPresenter BioSteven Caringellascaringe@musd.orgFourth Grade Teacher and Tech Coordinator at Zanker, Milpitas UnifiedPart-time instructor, Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill CollegeWant 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 onlineClasses I teach at KCIApril 26 Internet Projects for EducatorsMay 17 Blogs and Wikis in the ClassroomJune 21 Think.comKrause Center for InnovationKrause Centerhttp://www.krauseinnovationcenter.org/kci/To register, go to:http://www.foothill.edu/cfi/linc/preregister.phpPresentation 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_usWhat 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.htmCollaborating 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=10446What 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

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