NOTE: This is a follow up to a recent blog post called Connected Learning and Web Literacy Training for NYC DOE Educators.
In January, 2015 Hive NYC held two professional development (PD) trainings with teachers, librarians, administrators and technology coaches representing different public schools across the five boroughs of NYC. Participants were tasked with series of requirements to complete over several weeks. This post captures the outcomes of those requirements.
On April 1, 2015 Hive NYC HQ held a celebration for participants to present and exchange feedback on their work. Below is a list of lessons that each teacher presented. The items on this list were developed and implemented over an eight week period. Each one demonstrates at least one way to implement Web Literacy and/or Connected Learning into a classroom environment. Links to lessons, slides, resources, student work and tools are included.
1. Changing the World One Headline at a Time!
Students use their web literacy knowledge to remix a travel section of a newspaper to reflect the countries and cultures they have studied this year in 3rd Grade. By Jackie Patanio, Third Grade Computer/Tech Teacher.
2. Make a Meme with Thimble
Students are introduced to basic programming by creating a meme using Mozilla Thimble. By Eileen Lennon, Middle School Computer/Tech Teacher
“My girls have played with Code.org and Scratch.mit.edu, but I want them to start understanding “what’s under the hood.” This is a simple way to get inside code to start messing with it.” – Eileen Lennon
3. Mythology Remix
Students write about a mythological character and the events that happened around them, as if it were a story for the newspaper. By Samantha Stouber, Pre-k – 8th grade Computer/Tech Teacher.
I collaborated with an English Language Arts (ELA) teacher to create a tech component for a lesson about mythology. Criteria was put forth by the ELA teacher and students came to tech lab, typed up their reports and emailed them to me. I created a compilation using X-ray Goggles. I also printed, cut and paste the X-ray goggle site into a poster to hang on the bulletin board. – Samantha Stouber
4. Social Movements Research Remix
Use X-Ray Goggles to remix the front page of a Newspaper and create articles based on your social movements research paper. By Saranii Muller, Middle School Computer/Tech Teacher.
- Lesson 1
- Lesson 2
- Presentation for students
- Activity Checklist
- Student Work sample 1
- Student Work sample 2
- Student Work sample 3
Peer to peer mentoring started to take place as students were using Thimble. Students were taking initiative to teach other students who were stuck on pieces of code. I just let students dive in with the Webmaker tools. Not much preparation was needed to prepare them. – Saranii Muller
5. Solubility Project via Curiosity Machine
Engineer a catamaran that can carry 15 ounces of cargo without sinking. By Jordan Weiselberg and Lauren Pedone, Middle School Social Studies, Science and Math Teachers (self-contained classroom of all boys).
- Lesson Plan (From Curiosity Machine)
- Student Work Sample 1
- Student Work Sample 2
- Student Work Sample 3
Curiosity Machine is a great way to bring the community into our classrooms. This platform allows experts to assist our students and provide feedback as they create, design, and redesign their models. The feedback from the experts made the students feel like this assignment had implications outside of the class. This provided further motivation and encouragement as students worked through their projects. – Jordan Weiselberg