July 6-9, 1999 - Hawai'i

Facilitator: Patti Weeg (Salisbury, Maryland)

Course Description: The ACES II summer course contains practical examples of curriculum based online projects and strategies that support engaged learning and incorporate the Internet in the curriculum. The course also provides useful suggestions for classroom management when using online activities.

Purpose: This course is designed to support teachers as they strive to inspire a love for learning in their students and renew their personal commitment to life-long learning. In order to help their students "long for the sea" of knowledge, teachers will be given concrete examples and strategies to use in their classrooms.

Objectives, Activities and Evaluation

Objectives Activities Evaluation
To examine the indicators of engaged learning and to decide which indicators will be included in the participant's teaching strategies.
  1. To visit web sites that define "engaged learning"
  2. To examine and assess current personal teaching strategies
  3. To define a personal comfort level for adopting strategies that support engaged learning
Teachers will chart a plan of indicators to embed in their online project developed during the course.
To explore projects which include technology and the Internet and also support engaged learning. Examine projects such as:
  1. Kids@work: Math in the Cyberzone
  2. Scribes Online
  3. English@work
  4. CyberDesign
  5. ThinkQuest entries from Hawai'i
  6. ECELL program - Hawai'i
  7. KIDLINK "Who Am I?" program
  8. "Hunt" projects in KIDLINK
  9. "Building Bridges" project in KIDLINK
Teachers will identify components of online projects that support active and engaged learners. They will determine the kinds of strategies to implement in their classroom projects.
To develop a management plan for using available computers and technology in the classroom or lab
  1. Identify available technologies and computers with Internet access.
  2. Make a tentative schedule of access to online computers for students
  3. List the ways students will send e-mail - online directly or uploading saved text.
Project plan will be organized to include effective management procedures for the available computers and technologies such as scanners and digital cameras, etc.
To design a technology enhanced curriculum-based project that supports engaged learning
  1. Identify a project topic from within the curriculum
  2. Describe project goals using Hawaii outcomes
  3. List performance indicators
  4. Identify indicators for engaged learning
  5. Decide on the best telecomputing model or models for the intended class
  6. Develop project timeline
  7. Develop activities and discussion questions for participants
  8. Find Internet resources on the WWW for the students to use
  9. Invite online participation of other schools or mentors if appropriate
  10. Provide for evaluation
The final project will
  1. address learner outcomes from Hawaii performance standards
  2. include resources from the Internet
  3. incorporate indicators for engaged learning
To bring the knowledge and skills learned in this course into the classroom To implement, assess and refine the project during the course of the 1999-2000 school year. Teachers will submit a portfolio of student work during the project and will attend a "wrap up" session at the end of the term.

Patricia A. Weeg
The Global Classroom
Updated June 5, 1999