Introduction





There are many journeys one can take when incorporating 2.0 web applications into your classroom pedagogy. I will take you on four journeys that I have taken. I know you will find them useful. The first 3 journeys have a high level of teacher involvement. The last journey goes down a different path and allows students to have a larger role in their learning. Unprojects, this final journey, can set your students free and let them amplify their learning.

This is a trailer for an unproject. You will have to go through the rest of the wiki to see the actual unproject. Enjoy your journey.



Scribe Posts


Best places to host Scribe Posts
Choose a blog because of its built in chronological dating. This creates an accurate record of the class throughout the year.
You could host this at a wiki but there are many more set up proceedures.

What teachers need to know.
  • The role of the teacher is to be courageous enough to allow students to scribe their classes.
  • Scribe Posts are ideal for single subject classes (middle school,high school model)
  • Teachers need to create a class blog or wiki to be the home of the scribe posts.
  • Teachers must create a scribe list and maintain it to allow students to know who can be the next scribe.
  • Teachers must comment on scribe posts to show that the scribes have an audience.
  • Teacher controls the content in the Scribe Post (the day's lesson). The Student decides on the level of effort they will put into the post.

What students need to do.
  • Record the day's class to the blog or wiki to create a class "text book"
  • Use images, colour and text to create their scribe post.
  • Include new 21st Century learning tools i.e. bubbleshare, voicethread to make the scribe more understandable.
  • Understand that the scribe posts are being read by their teacher, classmates, and people from around the world.
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Growing Posts


Best places to host Growing Posts
I have used Growing Posts at blogs in the past. I like to use these posts to introduce the students to the blog. They are excellent for teaching subject content and 2.0 applications. You could use a wiki to do Growing Posts. I would use a Growing Post to demonstrate how to operate within the wiki environment.


What teachers need to know.
  • Growing posts can have 2 objectives. Core curricular content and teaching 21st Century Learning Skills.
  • Sprinkle some new tools to be learned in the Growing Posts.
  • Give enough time for students to complete the assignment.
  • Allow students to improve their assignments.
  • Growing Posts are excellent for multi-subject teachers.
  • Be flexible with the due dates for Growing Posts. Allow students to revisit these posts and improve them during the year as new tool are introduced.
  • Find other students from your school or a different school to be an audience.
  • Teacher controls the content of what goes into the Growing Post. Students decide how to display that information.

What students need to do.
  • Contain all information within one post.
  • Learn new tools.
  • Answer all questions.
  • Leave comments behind at other posts.

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E-Portfolios


Best places to host E-Portfolios
I have only used a wiki to create E-Portfolios for my students. It is a great place to house this type of work. Both Wikispaces and PBwiki are easy sites to use and have students understand.

What teachers need to know
  • Teachers need to start the E-Portfolio early in the school year.
  • Have students demonstrate knowledge of subject content and 2.0 applications.
  • Create a site (hub) where access is simple for all students and parents. Create a class page then have students create their own pages.
  • Create a page that is simple enough for their parents to understand but fun enough to keep the students interest high.
  • Teacher controls the content of what goes into the portfolio. Student controls how to display the information.

What students need to do.
  • Recreate their learning over the year.
  • Be able to teach their parents with the information provided at the class hub.
  • Show their parents the steps needed in completing the necessary learning task.
  • Bling up their site so that it captures peoples attention.

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Unprojects



Best places to host Unprojects
I think that Unprojects can be hosted almost anywhere. Wherever your class is most comfortable is a great place to make a class hub. I chose wikis to be the hubs. You could easily choose a blog or website. Go with whatever makes you feel comfortable as a teacher.

What teachers need to know.
  • Create a small teacher project that is similar to the E-Portfolio. Students have to understand the subject content and display this information in such a way that their parents would understand what is being discussed.
  • Give students a deadline to achieve this part of the assignment.
  • Once this part is done the teacher needs to step back and let the students be creative. Do not step in their way. Let the students be as creative as they can.
  • The teacher is a resource to sound ideas off of not the creative force in these projects.

What students need to do.

  • They are in the drivers seat. Not the teacher. This is the students chance to showcase their learning. Amplify their knowledge not mirror content.
  • Choose a project they like.
  • Be prepared to live by a deadline.
  • Show creativity but still show an understanding of the subject content.
  • Teach other students how to use new tools and applications.

Screencasts and other Unproject Links
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Conclusions

You started out this journey controlling the content your students were creating. There is a need for this in today's classroom. By the end of your journey as your students have learned more you have released the leash and set them free. I would not have expected students to create material like the movies before I used 21st Century Learning technology in my class. Now their conceptual understanding and love of assignments makes them better learners. They do homework... assignments that require home time for completion. They want to learn math. They enjoy the subject and say "Math is O.K. I liked Grade 8." Thanks for viewing this presentation.