"I believe that we as teachers need to cultivate our "learner's instinct..." for if we approach the world, in wonder, as learners, there are countless epiphanies awaiting us out there."
Lynne Sueoka

As we began our preparation for this week's workshops we thought about cultivation and preparing the "soil" where our students grow. If all of us are "perennials" then we are growing and growing more each year... students and teachers together.

This week let's stop for a minute and reflect on where we are and where we want to be. "Mistress Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?" Dr. McIntyre says that we have to do more than pull weeds to have a garden. We have to make something grow.

Gardens are always challenging Mother Nature. They have their own will. Just as flowers grow and blossom at different times, so do the students. We plant them in neat rows and carefully space them for proper lighting and sprouting.

New tools are appearing in the shed for our gardens called classrooms around the world. The collection of tools is building and promises of healthy and beautiful flowers are heard.

...but the tools are many and their ways are new.

The landscape is vast and the garden is filled with many decisions. How do we make them? The centipede looks like an understanding creature. He knows our dilemmas. We have the "centipede syndrome."

Which foot do we start on first??

Today we start on our right foot (certainly not the wrong one!) and take a walk through some places on the Internet where people are using technology and online resources with their students. Remember, best foot forward. Umm... now... which foot was that? Oh dear... right side, 7th foot back... Follow Lori's friend. He's headed in a good direction.

8:00 - 8:15 Welcome and introductions
8:15 - 8:45 Course overview and expectations
8:45 - 9:45 Tour of "The Global Classroom," Global Classroom Teacher Resource page
9:45 - 11:00
  1. Tour of KIDLINK projects
  2. Identify Hawaii learner outcomes in projects we have seen this day.
11:00 - 11:45
  1. Tour of Judi Harris' 18 frameworks for educational computing
  2. ThinkQuest
  3. ThinkQuest Junior
  4. WebQuests
11:45 - 12:00 Explanation of listserv mail, subscribing and sending mail. You will be expected to send mail to the aiea-l listserv during the week.
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 3:30 The afternoon hours will provide independent time for you to work on your project for Credit. Unit plan and Lesson plan templates are here to guide you. During this time you will:
  1. Decide on a unit in your curriculum that will lend itself to enhancement by infusing technology. It might involve:
    • research on a particular topic
    • comparing and contrasting information
    • information gathering from human sources such as other students or experts
    • a multicultural or global perspective
    • critical thinking and analysis
    • using graphics, art or sound
    • collecting and analyzing data and building a database
    • conducting a survey via questionnaire
    • working in teams
    • timely information that cannot be found in books
  2. Determine the best online model(s) for your class of learners after visiting Judi Harris' 18 models of telecomputing activities
  3. Send e-mail across the listserv with any questions that arise during the day.

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Patricia A. Weeg

Updated June 29, 1998