High performance and high impact


How do we achieve this outcome at all levels of our school 2.0 enterprise?

The focus is learning. Personalising student learning is the key. Planned and sustained teacher professional learning will facilitiate maximum improvement. The classroom is place to achieve greatest enhancements thorough motivating and engaging practices. Educational leaders from regional though to international level can support changes in teaching practice through planned and research-based professional learning.

Subject teaching at the classroom level
Research on effective teaching and learning practice
This is an introductory list of practices commonly agreed to facilitate improved learning outcomes especially when used systematically across all subjects and classrooms. Google each of these practices and related practitioner and identify the essence of each learning tool.

Project-based learning - PBL
Learning Journey continue with focus on web 2.0 tools
http://www.iste.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Educator_Resources/YourLearningJourney/Learning_Journey_21.htm
Project-based learning, NETS downloads


Online learning, elearning
ADETA Exchange Canada - You are aware of some good tips, tools or resources related to Online Education?

Elliot Maisie courses
People learn based on rewards or punishment?
People learn based on their curiosity?
People learn based on social contracts and interactions?
People learn based on ...
We have asked Stanton Wortham, a leading researcher from the Wharton University of Penn program on Learning Leadership to explore these theories and our occasional contradictions with the participants at Learning 2007. He has produced a set of four short videos that will take you to a special Graduate School seminar on this topic. Take 10 to 15minutes to view these and examine your own theories of learning:http://www.learningwiki.com/theory

Terry Anderson revisits the concept of adding social interaction to self-directed courses: Having your Cake and eating it Too - Part Two.
In fully self-directed courses, procrastination and isolation are prominent concerns. Terry highlights, for example, a 30 percent lower completion rate in self-paced courses as compared with classroom instruction. The inclusion of social presence and interaction can hopefully increase completion rates. This is a good example of using technology for "what it's good for". In additional to giving learners the opportunity to connect with each other (possibly within the same course, but not necessarily), a discussion or interaction trail is created for subsequent learners to review the experiences of previous learners. From George Siemans blog:

e-learning networks online events
http://networksevents.flexiblelearning.net.au
Brilliant format for events and comprehensive information for online and off line learning activities.November 7 - 9 Online Event: e-Show n Tell Registrations are now OPEN: http://networksevents.flexiblelearning.net.auThis online event showcases some of the latest developments and future directions of e-learning in Australia and internationally. It follows on from the June 19 - 20 e-Trends online event and the September sessions e-Tools n Tips. Many sessions will be using the Elluminate virtual classroom software. You need to make sure you can access and use this environment. For documentation on how to do so, go to the E-learning Networks site at http://flexiblelearning.net.au/networks and select the e-Show n Tell link.

http://sandpit.edna.edu.au/course/view.php?id=60Weekly sessions are now being held for edna Groups Owners to familiarise them with features of Groups, and to enable them to meet people from edna's Collaborative Tools team.The sessions are using Live Classroom, a web conferencing tool which includes not only live audio, whiteboard, and application sharing. edna and Netspot Pty Ltd. have been conducting trials on the use of Live Classroom and its integration into edna Groups (Moodle)

Google UK
http://www.google.co.uk/schools/index.html
The Google UK Schools Site offers free resources for teachers to help use Google products in the classroom. Working with teachers, we have developed ideas for how Google Search, Maps, Earth, Images and News can be integrated into the curriculum to help bring subjects such as geography, history and citizenship to life.

Infinite Thinking Machine
**More Tips for New Classroom 2.0 Teachers**
Posted: 20 Oct 2007 1
My **last post** provided practical tips to help teachers manage the integration of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. An invitation to pioneering educators to share their strategies generated a wealth of resources for teachers aspiring to use these tools. Thank you **Ms. Mercer** for referring us to Scott McCleod’s **Moving Forward Blog**. **Greg’s 10 steps** to help teachers to use these tools themselves before asking kids and **Clay’s 10 must have Web 2.0 accounts** are a great complement to **Andrew’s Web 2.0 Tutorial for teachers** and Barbara’s prolific perspective as a school administrator on her **Dare to Dream Blog**.
I’d like to offer a very special thanks to Candace for turning me on to **Teachers First** –which not only offers some very practical **tips for first time teachers** but also maintains an **incredible database and review of web 2.0 tools** specifically aimed towards teachers who “want to try tools but cannot envision the how and why.” This one goes right at the TOP of my recommendations for all teachers starting their journey towards School 2.0.

Doing what works? US website with learning strategies and cases.
http://dww.ed.gov/index.cfm?

Create a classroom set of logins for your favorite Web 2.0 tool that you as a teacher keeps control of for your class. Google Certified Teacher, Kyle Brumbaugh, sent me **this video tutorial** he found in Google Certified Teacher Forums that allows teachers to easily create classrooms sets of logins without creating new emails for most Web 2.0 tools. However, I can't see a way to avoid creating a new gmail account to access Google docs for a each member of my class. Yet, this method did allow me to create those student accounts quickly using my teacher gmail account as the "required" alternate email account. I would also take the additional precaution of setting up a **forward rule** on each student gmail account, so that all mail gets forwarded to my teacher account. You can then use the "filter" method suggested in the video tutorial to keep this mail organized.
Keep those ideas coming; readers like **J. Allen** are particularly looking for those strategies that work for younger children.

Curriki's goal is to freely distribute world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. We'd love to have you collaborate on this project.

Online games
**Game Goo: Learning That Sticks!**
Bored with the same old online games you play with your kids? Here's a new site to try. This one has educational games for beginner, intermediate, and advanced-level kids that help develop early reading skills. Activities range from uppercase/lowercase alphabet match for beginners, word order for intermediates, and antonym match-ups at the advanced level.
http://www.cogcon.com/gamegoo/gooey.html

Thinking Skills
Blooms taxonomy
Art Costa's Habits of Mind
Howard Gardners multiple intelligences
Robert Marzano - What works in classroom instruction?
Questioning - Crafting questions for online discussions.
http://tlt.its.psu.edu/suggestions/online_questions/

Glossary of question words - answering assignment questions. Download pdf. Similar to Board of Studies glossary.
http://www.lc.unsw.edu.au/onlib/taskanal.html#equest2


**Instructional leadership and the reactive nature of the principalship**Sheryl Boris-SchacterA researcher and principal in the USA considers the relationship between management of a school and instructional leadership – ACER Research Conference. **View Abstract..**

Web 2.0 and language learning
I am interested in hearing people's ideas on how Facebook and other Web 2.0 applications can be applied to language learning. I hope that such applications will avoid the explicit "instruction" based language learning model that we are all so...


Kathy Schrock's Gadget Page
As more and more educators get digital cameras, camcorders, interactive whiteboards, or other "gadgets" to use in the classroom, they need ideas like the ones gathered on this page to help them best use the tools to support teaching and learning.

Create-A-Scape evaluation report
The Create-A-Scape website provides a set of resources to help teachers and pupils to create mediascapes – collections of location-sensitive texts, sounds and images that are ‘attached to’ the local landscape. This new evaluation report examines its use in schools so far, and puts forward some recommendations for future development. Read or download fro reflection. Then create a scape yourself!
http://www.futurelab.org.uk/projects/create_a_scape/research
http://www.createascape.org.uk/whats_new/whats_new.html

Exploratree website preview - free online graphic organisers
You're invited to an early preview of our new, free web resource which can be used for downloading, using and making interactive thinking guides. Thinking guides can be useful for supporting independent and group research projects with frameworks for thinking, planning and enquiry. The website is currently in beta version for testing and we'd really welcome your feedback.
Go to Exploratree website...
http://www.exploratree.org.uk

Literature review updates - best practice guides
Three of our literature reviews have recently been updated, to reflect the latest developments - in research, policy, industry and practice - relating to the use of technology in the areas of: creativity and learning, citizenship and learning, and e-assessment.
http://www.futurelab.org.uk/resources/publications_reports_articles/literature_reviews

Technology tips for teachers blog - reviews many useful web 2.0 learning tools
http://teachertechblog.com/

Followup to 80 Ways Around **Web 2.0**
Does my learning stop? No! However, as a teacher I will continue to try new tools with purpose. I will look for something new to engage a teacher or student who hasn't been reeled in before by the Web 2.0 tools. Cheryl Oakes.
Techlearning blog - http://www.techlearning.com/blog/

Smart schoold Edweek article
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/08/01/44rothman.h26.html?print=1

Future forces affecting education
While I tend to be wary of organisations with names like "institute for the future" KnowledgeWorks Foundation has teamed up with the Institute for the Future to present the 2006-2016 Map of Future Forces Affecting Education. You can access it here but I have downloaded and attached it to this mail.- Oct 7 2007 http:groups.google.com/group/teachAndLearnOnline/t/beb0f8df308dd3cf?hl=en

**web**20Tools Tuesday, October 16, 2007
http://theconnectedclassroom.wikispaces.com/page/diff/web20Tools/9537617
web 2.0: Cool Tools for the 21st Century Learner Presenters: Kristin Hokanson, Tiffany Schaff with help from Jason Hando (Sydney, Australia) Today’s web is not passive. Rather than being consumers of information, us­ers are active contributors, customizing media and technology for their own purposes. In this session you’ll learn about a variety of web 2.0 tools and technologies and think about ways these can be used to foster 21st Century learning in your classrooms . Original Agenda: What is web 2.0 ? RSS ...the glue Social Bookmarking ...share your resources Blogs ...get your students reflecting & responding. Wikis ....get your students collaborating. Podcasts ...get your students talking Digital Media.. .photos, and video and fun web

**Integrating Technology Into Lessons**Verizon's Thinkfinity project provides a database of lesson plans teachers can browse through and use that incorporate technology into everyday lesson plans in ways that are meaningful for students. Sort by grade and subject to find just what you're looking for!
http://www.thinkfinity.com/home.aspx

**Web-Based Science Learning: Tools for Teachers**This National Science Teachers Association site is still in the beta phase, but it's packed with articles, lesson plans, learning activities and other resources to help teachers and adults work with students. Some of the tools are free, some require payment.
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/default.aspx//

Scintillahttp://scintilla.nature.com/Scintilla collects data from hundreds of news outlets, scientific blogs, journals and databases and then makes it easy for you to organise, share and discover exactly the type of information that you're interested in.

**Web 2.0** for **Learning** - Zimbio
Of the thousands of Web 2.0 applications which have been introduced, which are appropriate for use in learning situations? What makes an impact? Zimbio is a tool that connects tools ...

Web 2.0 and Emerging Learning Technologies - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks [del.icio.us
Source: feeds.feedburner.com --- Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Welcome to the Wikibook Online Work (WOW) Projects! This book is a collaborative effort of students from universities in mainland China, Taiwan, Malaysia, and the United States all collaborating during the fall of 2007 on a book titled "web 2.0 and emerging learning technologies.
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Web_2.0_and_Emerging_Learning_Technologies

Alan Levine has compiled a resource of 50 tools (actually, it's 49, but that doesn't sound as complete) for telling stories (creating narratives is probably a better term): "It was not long ago that producing multimedia digital content required expensive equipment and technical expertise; we are at the point now where we can do some very compelling content creation with nothing more complex than a web browser." The shift has been enormous, in a short period of time...the narrative-creating power of an average web user is outstanding.

Pinakes
Is a subject launchpad - a page of links to major subject gateways which in turn let you find goodquality Internet resources which have been selected by hand. Pinakes is hosted by Heriot-Watt University Library, and has recently been updated.
http://www.hw.ac.uk/libwww/irn/pinakes/pinakes.html

Effective region and state support - national and international experiences

**The Classroom First strategy** The Classroom First strategy directly targets improved instructional practice in Western Australian Government schools. It contains six key elements: a focus on student achievement and success for all; an orientation to the classroom and sound teaching practice; attention to the specific contexts of different schools; practical support for teachers, in view of their increasingly complex role; meaningful accountability; and promotion of public confidence in the public school system.
http://cmslive.curriculum.edu.au/leader/default.asp?id=21586&issueID=10986

AYPF's Issue Brief, Postsecondary Access and Success, offers an excellent overview of the research.
http://www.aypf.org/programs/briefs/PostsecondaryAccessandSuccess.htm
Postsecondary Access and Success
Students are still falling from the educational pipeline. Of the students that graduate high school, only 53% enter college directly from high school and only 35% earn a college degree [1]. Lack of academic preparation, low socioeconomic status, fear of the unknown, or perceived inadequacies to attain a college degree are all barriers that can challenge a student’s ability to complete high school and persist to higher education [2].

Blog with examples of practical classroom applications of wiki and blogn learning
http://burell.blogspot.com/2007/09/shaking-up-shakespeare-ap-literature.html

Musings- Just Learning blog - Fun with Google presentation. Share your fave web 2.00 tool.
http://www.mtl-peters.net/blog/?p=164

Secret to raising smart kids
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-secret-to-raising-smart-kids&print=true

20 Project Ideas Inspired by **learning** **2.0**
http://mscofino.edublogs.org/2007/09/18/20-project-ideas-inspired-by-learning-20/Tuesday, September 18, 2007 --- 20 hours agohttp:www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=41718
Good list of classroom activities enabled by web 2.0 technologies, everything from weather prediction to storytelling to podpals. Kim Cofino , always learning, September 18, 2007 [Tags: web 2.0 ]

Open Source software - Google Apps and Google for Educators
I've been playing with Google presentation - a new addition to Google'sdocuments and spreadsheets. its a basic Powerpoint type clone - with theaddition of being able to share your presentation online easily thepresentation once shared - includes a chat window so you can discuss thepresentation with others. - Tues, Sep 18 2007 3:19 am1 message, 1 authorhttp:groups.google.com/group/teachAndLearnOnline/t/53225561381376aa?hl=en>Read the PCWorld article and look at the online presentation @ http://docs.google.com/TeamPresent?docid=df39gxnz_22dnqd5j

Wikispaces - Our new Widget tool. Wikispaces now has Widgets! What does this mean? You can now put a video, calendar, spreadsheet, poll, chat room, slideshow, map, or any other tool, gadget, or plugin on your Wikispace. You want to put that YouTube video on lunar eclipses directly on your wiki or share your Google calendar? You can. To add a Widget, click on the Widget button on our toolbar (it looks like a little TV) which leads you to a handy list of widgets that you can use, along with helpful instructions where necessary. To learn more on how to easily add these Widgets to your wiki, read our blog post at: http:blog.wikispaces.com/2007/09/widgets.html

Learning Times - Onlinelearning conference blog http://www.onlineteachingandlearning.com/blog///