This section of the portfolio provides examples of my work as a Humanities and Social Studies teacher as well as an Instructional Technologist working as a partner with students and teachers to facilitate learning. Common themes for these artifacts are inquiry and project-based learning through constructivist instructional and assessment strategies.
I use WebQuests and Learning Pursuit online blended learning modules as the vehicle to structure the units of study for my classes. These learning journeys provide differentiation in learning groups as well as speed and depth of study depending on each student's English ability and learning background. They are also open-ended to provide the freedom to pursue personal learning questions. Do note that the resource section for most of these WebQuests do not include databases and other mainstream resources. They were created during my time at international schools which did not have them.
AfricaQuest | ChinaQuest | China Learning Pursuit | ColonialQuest | ESPRAT+G
Geography Learning Pursuit | Germany Learning Pursuit | Global Awareness Technology Project | Greece & Rome | Learning About Germs (online book) | LearningQuest | Media Literacy Pursuit | MiddleEastQuest |
MiddleAgesQuest | Native American Pursuit | ReconstructionQuest
Renaissance & Reformation | Research Pursuit | Revision Learning Pursuit
Rise of Dictators | US RegionsQuest | WWII Learning Pursuit
Curriculum writing with teaching partners is key to finding ways for the Information and Communication Literacies (ICL) curriculum to support all disciplines while helping students reach the technology and information standards. The following are three Fifth Grade units provided as samples.
Rocks and Minerals Unit
At times our hopes for innovation through the curriculum collaboration process do not take root. Here is a blog post and podcast describing a science unit that my wife the media specialist/GATE Coordinator, science coordinator and myself diligently tried to guide into the minds of one grade level team of teachers. We look forward to having the opportunity of sharing it with teachers at our next school. :)
Collaboration for Learning
Imagine This PYP Unit
Collaboration and Curriculum PD Site
Program Overview & Course Listing
Teaching Critical Thinking & Research Skills
Throughout this eFolio there are several mentions of the Information and Communication Literacies (ICL) approach to technology integration. Students use their ICL knowledge and skills when they access, analyze, curate, create and communicate information. Technology is one of several literacies including information, media, visual, design and of course technology. As an instructional technologist, I work with teachers to bring ICL learning into their classrooms to support the regular curriculum. As a Middle School Humanities teacher, my courses centered on applying ICL and the ESPRAT+G construct to the learning of social studies. We approached the learning through inquiry and project-based instruction usually delivered through WebQuests. All our 8th grade students prepared for Exhibition evening at the end of the year when they presented their learning to an audience of students, faculty, and parents. One portion of Kevin's presentation (see photo) dealt with his learning and using critical thinking and research skills in the "Why Dictatorship?" WebQuest that I designed for the class. Select the link below to view the ICL Learning Outcomes we developed at one school as well as a video of one portion of Kevin's presentation.
Making Thinking Visible
Technology provides students multiple pathways to be creative writers and to communicate their understanding. Being able to create digital books and screencasts engages creativity including artistic and speaking skills. Technology offers students adaptive ways to make their thinking visible especially if they are young preliterate learners or struggle in general with their writing. Web tools can also provide avenues for students to think differently as they create. See the videos below for examples of student creativity and of sharing their understanding.
Kindergarten Water Unit Assessment
Grade 1 Book Creator Stories
Grade 2 Storybird Project
Student Multimedia Assessments
When we create common assessments, we look for ways that technology can support learning styles and empower student creativity. Working through the curriculum review process, I partner with teachers to increase opportunities for students to access, evaluate and process information while using various literacies to then communicate their understanding. Check out the videos below to see our Information and Communications Literacies (ICL) approach supporting language arts, social studies and science learning.
Celebration & Community Building
A great deal gets accomplished by students and teachers. It is important to celebrate our community whenever possible. Select the links below to see examples of video celebrations.
5th Grade Graduation Video
George Marshall High School Cross Country Team Regional Meet
Little League Baseball
Videography in Learning
Video production is a powerful generative tool when placed in the hands of students. Student teams managing a video product use multiple intelligences, habits of mind and language arts skills to share their learning and understanding. Watch the DragonNews morning shows produced by Grade 3 & 5 students. Select the links below to view each video.
Resources for Learning
Whether it is a resource or media rich website to introduce terms, a video for math concepts or a video to support a science unit, I create media and tutorial resources to support student learning. Select the links below to see resources created to support student learning.
The Power of Sound for Science
Guidelines for Grade 4 Art-Music-Language Screencast
Google Drive Lesson for Grade 3
Documenting Teaching and Learning
I work to document, share and celebrate instructional strategies and assessments that model our efforts to help students learn 21st century skills. This effort to cross-pollinate ideas supports our learning community and leads to further innovations. Take a look below at a video documenting Mr. Lambert's project-based economics unit completed with an actual market where students sell their goods. Review many examples of project-based learning from the Alexandria Country Day School blog. Look to check out several videos from Washington International School.