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Title: Building Learning Communities

Building Learning Communities
  • Projects for the Global Classroom

Howie DiBlasi Emerging Technologies Evangelist
Digital Journey www.toolsfor Presentation 2008
Conference Links Tools For The
Classroom BLOG http
// WIKI http//t e-mail
Why? B.L.C. …..What is it?
  • The term professional learning community
    describes a collegial group of administrators,
    school staff and PARENTS who are united in their
    commitment to student learning.
  • They share a vision, work and learn
    collaboratively, visit and review other
    classrooms, and participate in decision making.
    (Hord, 1997b).
  • The benefits to the staff and students include a
    reduced isolation of teachers, better informed
    and committed teachers, and academic gains for
    (1997b) notes,
  • "As an organizational arrangement it is seen as a
    powerful staff-development approach and a potent
    strategy for school change and improvement."

Small Town
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The following projects have the following
criteria associated with each and our goal is to
teach our students how to
1. Deal with massive amounts of information 2.
Become self-directed 3. Create global
communications and connections 4. Create
life-long learning skills 5. Collect and/or
retrieve, organize and manage information 6.
Interpret and present information 7. Evaluate the
quality, relevance, and usefulness of
information 8. Generate accurate information
through the use of existing resources 9.
Information and effective communications
skills 10. Thinking, problem-solving
interpersonal skills 11.Self-directional
skills 12. Use digital technology tools 13.
Teach and learn in a 21st century context. 14.
Understand Digital Age Literacy 15. Understand
Inventive Thinking 16. Produce High Productivity
We need to
  • Install Photo Story
  • Install Media Player 10
  • Install Memories on the Web
  • Install Audacity
  • Put the Audacity lame encoder in the Audacity
  • Create a Google account
  • https//
  • Create a VoiceThread account
  • http//

My Hero
Who is your hero?
Groups of 3
  • What is a hero?
  • What qualities are common in hero's?
  • Pick one Hero for the group
  • Why are they a hero?
  • Be prepared to share with everyone

Define a Hero…
Definitions of hero on the Web a man
distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility
and strength "RAF pilots were the heroes of the
Battle of Britain" the principal character in a
play or movie or novel or poem champion
someone who fights for a cause Greek
mathematician and inventor who devised a way to
determine the area of a triangle and who
described various mechanical devices (first
century) (classical mythology) a being of great
strength and courage celebrated for bold
exploits often the offspring of a mortal and a
god (Greek mythology) priestess of Aphrodite
who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned
while trying to swim the Hellespont to see her
bomber a large sandwich made of a long crusty
roll split lengthwise and filled with meats and
cheese (and tomato and onion and lettuce and
condiments) different names are used in
different sections of the United States
My Hero Project
  • http//
  • http//

  • The study of heroes applies across the curriculum
    in all grade levels. It can be an integral part
    of character education, media arts and computer
    literacy and a tool for reading comprehension and
    the development of writing skills. MY HERO can be
    used to enrich thematic studies in the arts and

  • Step One
  • Introduction
  • Step Two
  • Definition/Description
  • Step Three
  • Identification/Naming of Heroes
  • Step Four
  • Read a MY HERO Story to the Class
  • Step Five
  • Analyze Characters in the Story
  • Step Six
  • MY HERO Website Scavenger Hunt
  • Step Seven
  • Descriptive Pattern Organizer

  • Objectives
  • Students are expected to be able to
  • Describe the characteristics of a hero.
  • Recognize the hero in a story.
  • Name heroes in their lives and express why those
    people are heroes to them.
  • Use a computer to access the Internet, find and
    read stories on the MY HERO Website.
  • Distinguish between a hero and a celebrity.

My Hero Sample Project My Grandpa Said….
My Grandpa Said….
Google Docs
  • At the top of the section put your names
  • Answer the 3 questions
  • Put a break line with the at the
    end of you answers
  • What is a hero?
  • What qualities are common in hero's?
  • Pick one Hero for the group
  • Why are they a hero?
  • Be prepared to share with everyone

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To complete the project
  • Make a PhotoStory using photos and music

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This I Believe
  • This I Believe in the Classroom
  • Hundreds of teachers around the countryin almost
    every statehave embraced This I Believe as a
    powerful educational tool. Many have told us that
    our project was the most enriching writing
    assignment they have given in many years of
    teaching. To help teachers guide students through
    exploring their beliefs and then composing
    personal essays about them, we offer the
    following tools

  • This I Believe is an international project
    engaging people in writing, sharing, and
    discussing the core values that guide their daily
    lives. These short statements of belief, written
    by people from all walks of life, are archived
    here and featured on public radio in the United
    States and Canada. The project is based on the
    popular 1950s radio series of the same name
    hosted by Edward R. Murrow.

  • Introduction
  • Lesson 1 What is a Personal Essay?
  • Lesson 2 How Is a Personal Essay Different
    from Transactive Writing?
  • Lesson 3 What Do Students Really Believe?
  • Lesson 4 What Quotations Guide Students
  • Lesson 5 How Do Students Get Off to a Great
  • Lesson 6 How Do I Support My Personal

  • I also urge teachers NOT to bypass prewriting and
    guided discussion activities that prepare
    students for producing a quality personal essay.
    Proceed slowly. Invest ample class time in
    front-loading, soul-searching, and model-reading.
    Your students first drafts will be far more
    effective and require less revision time.
  • Dottie Willis, Jefferson County Public School
    Writing Specialist and author of the This I
    Believe curriculum

  • Contributor Kitana Location Highlands
    Ranch, CO
  • Country United States of America Series
  • This I Believe… I believe in discipline,
    compassion, responsibility, integrity, courage,
    and leadership. Im a 14 year old student at an
    outward bound school, and these character traits
    have helped me succeed, not only in school, but
    in life. As an 8th grader in a "crew" of 6th, 7th
    and 8th graders, my role is to be a leader. I
    will admit Im not a leader 24/7 but this is only
    because I believe that my younger classmates need
    to learn and grow from experience. However, as
    part of my final contribution to my middle school
    crew, I did work hard to demonstrate
    responsibility and leadership skills by planning
    our spring 2006 backpacking trip. I showed
    responsibility by using maps of the Colorado
    State Forest to plan a route, mathematically
    finding the miles we needed to hike each day to
    reach that evenings campground and tabulate the
    total miles of the trip. Other trip planning
    needs I considered while planning the route
    included access to water, layout of the terrain,
    and elevation. I showed leadership by helping the
    6th and 7th graders organize their packs,
    practice setting up and tearing down their tents,
    and giving them tips on how to make the trip as
    safe and enjoyable as possible. I believe that
    for every action there is a reaction and this is
    where integrity is crucial. Over the years, I
    have learned to take accountability for my
    actions. Last year, in 7th grade, I accidentally
    hit one of my teachers with a wasp. (A wasp is
    a folded up piece of paper that you fling using a
    rubber band and its impact feels like a
    bee-sting.) None of my classmates knew that I had
    done it, but my whole crew was about to be
    penalized for my mistake. Even though I was
    nearly petrified, I worked up the courage to
    confess that Id flung the wasp at a classmate
    and missed. I felt it was important to admit my
    guilt so that others would not be punished for my
    actions. As a citizen, I believe that
    responsibility is big. I know a few people who
    dont vote - and thats their choice - but its
    important to me because I am living under these
    laws. If there is a bill that I dont agree with
    or I dont want to live under, I will take a
    stand instead of complaining. Complaints dont
    promote change. Even though Im a teen, there are
    still ways I can take action. Because Ive
    learned to take responsibility even in times
    where it requires a lot of courage (as in the
    wasp situation) I can commit myself to
    participate in attempting changing public policy
    by calling one of my states representatives.
    That is why the character traits of
    responsibility, integrity, courage, and
    leadership are important to me.

  • Personal essay Focused on belief or insight
    about life that is significant to the writer
  • Personal narrative Focused on a significant
  • Personal memoir Focused on a significant
    relationship between the writer and a person,
    place, or object

Tips for Writing Your This I Believe Essay
  • Tell a story
  • Be specific. Take your belief out of the ether
    and ground it in the events of your life.
  • Be brief
  • Your statement should be between 350 and 500
    words. Thats about three minutes when read aloud
    at your natural pace.
  • Name your belief
  • If you cant name it in a sentence or two, your
    essay might not be about belief. Also, rather
    than writing a list, consider focusing on a core
    belief, because three minutes is a very short

Sample mp3 of This I Believe http//www.npr.or
This I Believe Assignment A link to the essay
  • http//
    s3uid12278 Author - Betsy Wood Title
    The Best Way to Learn is to Teach One
    sentence of what the belief is She believes in
    the power of teaching and the effects that it can
    have. on her and the students she teaches. 2
    examples from the story that showed their
    belief 1. Its a wonderful truth that of all
    relationships, the one between teacher and the
    student is truly symbiotic. 2. On a daily basis,
    I learn as much from my students as I try to
    impart to them, and this is why I continue to
    teach. My motivations are selfish, and so be it.
    Its still a tandem ride, this learning and
    teaching, and on any given day I find myself
    leading and following, following and leading.

2 examples from the story that showed their belief
  • 1. Its a wonderful truth that of all
    relationships, the one between teacher and the
    student is truly symbiotic. 2. On a daily basis,
    I learn as much from my students as I try to
    impart to them, and this is why I continue to
    teach. My motivations are selfish, and so be it.
    Its still a tandem ride, this learning and
    teaching, and on any given day I find myself
    leading and following, following and leading.

Type it in Word and it
  • Copy and the paste it into the Blog

Sample of This I Believe
Use the Blog to post your comments
  • http//

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Five Frames Using Memories On The Web
Tell a Story in 5 Frames
  • Has two important parts.
  • The first part is creating and telling a story
    through visual means with only a title to help
    guide the interpretation.
  • The second part is the response of the group to
    the visual story. The group response can take
    many forms such as, a poetic or prose rendering
    of the visualization, a critique on the structure
    of the story, comments on the photograph, or
    other constructive forms of response.
  • Telling and enjoying stories should create
    entertainment for the group as well as offer
    insight into the universal elements that help
    create a story for an international audience.
  • The more people who respond, as either
    storytellers or respondents, the greater the
    reward for all.


Sample 5 Frame Project…Time
A good story has characters in action with a
beginning, middle, and an ending.
  • Title words or a photo with words
  • 1st photo establish characters and location.
  • 2nd photo create a situation with possibilities
    of what might happen. 3rd photo involve the
    characters in the situation. 4th photo build to
    probable outcomes 5th photo have a logical, but
    surprising, end.

Sample photos are in the 5 FRAME Folder on the CD
  • Use Memories On The Web
  • Or PhotoStory to tell you story
  • Insert Free Play music sample
  • You can export for the site 10-15-30 and 60
  • Lets practice

e-Pals Projects
  • ePals The home for meaningful learning through
    global collaboration
  • Safe and Protected E-mailSecure,
  • Award Winning Blogging
  • TechnologyConnections with other classrooms
  • Collaborative Projects Language Practice
  • Robust Tools and Learning Resources for Schools
    and Districts

The Way We Are
  • What makes me who I am? In this project, students
    will engage in a collaborative learning
    experience. Through e-mail exchanges, students
    learn about the daily lives, cultures, climates
    and geography of children who live in other
    regions of the world.
  • What is "The Way We Are"?
  • http//

Global Warming
  • How can we help to save our planet from global
    warming? In this project, students learn about
    the effects of global warming and ways to reduce
    its effects on our planet.  Through email
    exchanges, students collaborate on ways kids
    around the globe can make a difference. 
  • http//

  • If a camel lived in a rainforest, would it still
    have a hump? In this project, students research
    habitats, and the animal and plant life within.
    Students will learn about  threats to habitat
    life, as well as unique qualities of each
    habitat. Email exchanges help students identify 
    differences between their own habitat and that of
    their ePals.
  • http//

  • Why in the world would you need more than one map
    of the same location? In this project, students
    will learn to use three different types of maps
    (physical, climate, political) to gather
    information about where their ePals live.
    Students will participate in email exchanges
    focusing on how geographic location impacts their
    ePals' daily lives.
  • http//

Natural Disasters
  • What do you do when the news warns of a big
    storm? In this project, students learn about the
    natural disasters of the world.  Through email
    exchanges, students will learn about natural
    disasters, where and under what conditions they
    are most likely to occur, particularly those
    natural disasters common in their ePals'
  • http//

  • When is water good to drink?  In this project,
    students will research the world's water
    problems, focusing on how their personal water
    use affects aquatic ecosystems in their 
    communities.  Students will participate in email
    exchanges, exploring the global importance of
    water, particularly in their ePals' location.
  • http//

e-Pals Language and Learning Portal
e-Pals Language and Learning Portal
Classroom Match http//
  • You can find a classroom in several ways
  • Find a classroom by searching on a topic or
  • Find a classroom using maps.
  • See all the new classrooms that have joined
  • There are many more options in our advanced
  • When you find a match, click the "Contact" link.

E-mail from a teacher
  • Howie,
  • Thank you for keeping in touch. I have to share
    one thing that I have done this week. Out of all
    of the suggestions you shared last week I was
    most intrigued with the ePals program.  I
    immediately registered and posted a profile. I
    literally got goosebumps when I sent my first
    international email-----which was to Greece. Over
    the last few days I have heard back from schools
    in Japan, Germany, and Colombia.  I cannot even
    begin to tell you how excited my students are
    about this project! Thank you for telling me
    about it.  I will share more projects as we go.
    ……Beth Still

My Town…sample video
  • Students will obtain lyrics from the song My
    Town by Montgomery Gentry. A Photo Story will
    be created to tell about the students town that
    they live in. Connections about the community,
    schools, people, government, families, children,
    intercultural, environment will be demonstrated
    in digital photos. Contact will be made with
    the songwriter to obtain permission to use the
    song in the student presentation. Students will
    insert photos, determine timing, visual effects
    and show the final project for evaluation.

  • Label Curb Records address 48 Music Sq. E
    Nashville, Tennessee , 37203 Phone
  •  Reference Song Title Let Them Be Little
  • Artist/Composer Billy Dean
  • Songwriter Richie McDonald/Billy Dean
  • Recording Company Curb Records
  • Dear Sir
  • I am the Technology Director for the Durango
    School District in Durango Colorado.
  • As a part of our Technology Integration Project,
    we are instructing our teachers and students
    about Visual Literacy and Digital Story Telling.
    In the class each student creates a project with
    digital photos, images and/or slides. I am
    creating a Multimedia Power Point/ PhotoStory as
    an example. I am seeking permission to use one
    song from the Billy Dean Album Let The Be
  •  I have completed my research on the Internet and
    located the following information
  • Reference Song Title Let Them Be Little
  • Artist/Composer Billy Dean
  • Songwriter Richie McDonald/Billy Dean
  • Recording Company Curb Records
  • I would like to use the above songs in my
    Multimedia Power Point Project. The complete
    songs will play and show my digital photos of my
    grandchildren, clip art, text and digital images
    that I have created. I have included a slide in
    the presentation that provides the credits for
    the Song title, the artist, songwriter and the
    recording company. Below that information I have

  • How to make My Town
  • 1.     Select 3 members for your group
  • 2.     Person A Lyrics
  • 3.     Person B Power Point
  • 4.     Person C- Audio/Music
  • 5.     Group selects a song
  • 6.     Look for lyrics on the Internet
  • http// or
  • Or do a search on Goggle sample type in Name of
    song and lyrics
  • Sample My Town lyrics or My Way lyrics
  • 7.     Print out the lyrics
  • 8.     Locate the song on CD
  • 9.     Do a search on the Internet for the title,
    artist, song writer and publisher
  • 10. Write the publisher for permission see
    sample letter
  • 11. Rip the song into WMP format so it will
    play in Windows Media Player
  • 12. After ripping the song time it
  • 13. Make a folder for the slide shop call it
    the name of your song with PP at the end
  • 14. Decide how long each slide will be on the
  • 15. Make a storyboard for the slide show

Lets Make My Town using Memories On The Web
Memories On the Web
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The Best Part of Me
Students will
  • Students will identify a positive physical
    feature of themselves.
  • Students will work in pairs to take part in an
    online writer's workshop.
  • Students will create a descriptive poem about
    their favorite feature.
  • Students will create a digital photo of the
    physical feature.
  • Students will create a Photo Story Frame about
    their favorite feature.
  • Students will record the audio of their poem for
    Photo Story about their favorite feature.

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Groups of 2
  • Decide on the Best Part
  • Take a digital photo of the part
  • Write the Poem
  • Record it in Audacity
  • Start Photo Story
  • Impost the photo
  • Add the audio
  • Set up to start audio with photo
  • Add a title slide with your name and Best Part

Our Town Past and Present….
Our Town
Our Town Alternative Project
  • Our Town is the newest initiative of the Computer
    Learning Foundation. It's a resource, developed
    by students, on towns throughout North America
    that will be accessible through the Foundation's
    Web site. As part of their classroom and
    extracurricular activities, students research
    information about their community, develop Web
    pages, and create a Web site for their town.
    Students work with others outside their
    school--local businesses, community
    organizations, government offices--to develop or
    encourage them to develop Web pages for their
    town's Web Site.

Journey North
  • Web Site
  • http//

  • Journey North engages students in a global study
    of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12
    students share their own field observations with
    classmates across North America. They track the
    coming of spring through the migration patterns
    of monarch butterflies, robins, hummingbirds,
    whooping cranes, gray whales, bald eagles and
    other birds and mammals the budding of plants
    changing sunlight and other natural events. Find
    migration maps, pictures, standards-based lesson
    plans, activities and information to help
    students make local observations and fit them
    into a global context. Widely considered a
    best-practices model for education, Journey North
    is the nation's premiere "citizen science"
    project for children. The general public is
    welcome to participate.

Video on Journey North
My Family http//
  • Early childhood education ideas, activities and
    lesson plans that promote young children's
    self-esteem and self-identity. This education
    theme encourages self-awareness and enhances
    learning about family.  At the beginning of a
    child's experience these activities help ease
    separation anxiety and during the year they help
    youngsters cope with the birth of siblings.

Preschool Multicultural Activities Passports
  • Promote multicultural awareness and self esteem
    with this early childhood education activity by
    Matina. Materials Paper and a camera.
  • Description We made passports by stapling white
    paper to construction paper. Then from January
    until May we studied a different country. We
    studied Russia, Africa, Ireland, Israel, China,
    Antarctica, Australia, Mexico, Japan, France,
    Hawaii, and Saudi Arabia. Then for each country
    the youngsters wore a hat or a prop from that
    country (ex France, beret). We took digital
    pictures of each child wearing his or her hat or
    prop. Then I glued the pictures into each child's
    individual passport and gave it to them along
    with a world traveler certificate at the end of
    the year.

Family Project "Me and My Family"
  • Early childhood activity gives each child the
    opportunity to share information about their
    family as well as themselves.
  • Materials A note sent home to parents.
  • Description Send a note home to the parents at
    least 1 week before you plan to begin sharing the
    posters, pictures, etc. Ask the parents to help
    their children put together a poster or a collage
    of family pictures for the children to share with
    the class. 
  • Have each child return their poster or collage to
    school on a different day to share with the
    class. Each child gets to stand up in front of
    the class and tell all about their poster,
    pictures or collage. They can answer any
    questions that the other children might have
    after sharing their information.
  • Comments This activity was WONDERFUL in helping
    to create self-esteem and confidence in these
    young children. They loved getting to stand up in
    front of the class and telling about their
    pictures, posters and collages. They liked having
    the other children ask questions about the
    pictures and sharing their own thoughts and
    memories of their pictures.

Art Activity Me and My Family Pictures
  • Lesson encourages self-awareness, self-identity,
    self-esteem and family relationships.  During
    this lesson children will use fine motor and
    representation skills.
  • You will need  Drawing paper, crayons, felt tip
    markers, a mirror (full length if possible)
  • Description Ask preschool children to look in
    the mirror and describe themselves, "What color
    is your hair?  How many eyes do you have?  What
    color are they?" etc.  Describe the clothes that
    you are wearing and then ask children to describe
    what they and their classmates are wearing. 
  • Next, ask children to draw pictures of themselves
    (remember that many young children will only be
    able to manage organized scribbling).  Say, "Tell
    me about your picture" and accept what each child
    tells you.  Label the pictures accordingly (eyes,
    nose etc.).  Some children may want to draw
    pictures of their families, friend and pets.
  • Let each preschooler help you write his/her name
    on their individual drawings or, if they can, let
    them write their own names. Some children will
    want to take their drawings home others may
    permit the teacher to put their picture on
    classroom display.
  • Vary this lesson throughout the year with
    drawings of relatives, friends, pets, home,
    neighborhood etc.
  • Teacher Tip Save a few examples of each child's
    drawings from the beginning of their preschool
    experience and place them in individual
    children's developmental portfolios.  Repeat the
    lesson a few times during the year and note the
    development of the children's fine motor and
    representation skills.

This Is My Country
Sample of projects here http//www.schoolnetglob
  • Over half a million children around the world
    tell us about their lives, families and
    communities making this the world's biggest
    children's contributory website. It is dedicated
    to the development of global education by the
    promotion of intercultural understanding
    language learning internationalism and

How to Get Started with SchoolNet Global
  • It's quick and it's easy! School teachers can
    register for SchoolNet Global. You will get
    instant access to your own home page on the
    Members' site, with lots of information to help
    you run the project in your school. You will be
    able to create SchoolNet Student accounts for
    your pupils. They can to start working on
    projects and creating pages straight away

  • SchoolNet Global members can now collaborate with
    teachers and children around the world to create
    projects of common interest. Our first six
    projects are the Message for the Future project,
    led by Colette Cotton, from Folkestone, UK the
    My Culture Project, My Country Project and the
    Sustainability Project, led by Dave Allan from
    Victoria, British Columbia and the Road Map to
    Peace Project, led by Baldev Singh, John Cabot
    City Technology College, UK. SSLinkS is a fine
    example of online pubishing supporting
    international collaboration.

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Let Them Be Little
  • Song by Billy Dean
  • Tell a story of child growing up-
  • Preschool to 4th grade
  • Use PhotoStory or
  • Use Memories on Web
  • Use Windows Movie Maker

Let Them Be Little..Billy Dean
  • from the book The Backdoor to Enlightenment
  • Eight Steps to Living Your Dreams and Changing
    Your World

Will you be the 10th person?
  • For every nine people who denounce innovation,
    only one will encourage it.
  • For every nine people who do things the way they
    have always been done, only one will ever wonder
    if there is a better way.
  • For every nine people who stand in line in front
    of a locked building, only one will ever come
    around and check the back door.
  • Our progress as a species rests squarely on the
    shoulders of that tenth person. The nine are
    satisfied with things they are told are valuable.
  • Person 10 determines for himself what has value.