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by Cindy Rubin, Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:10 PM
Goal:                  Ways to Effectively use Technology to Enhance Student Learning

Beta Project:   Building a Global Curriculum with NOAA's Large Marine Ecosystems                            Programs
Features:

  • Incorporating technology into the curriculum
  • Supporting key components of learning
  • Common formative assessments, frequent feedback and student recognition
  • Create a natural desire to learn
  • Open 24 hours (yikes, is this a good thing?)
  • Project based curriculum linked to real world concerns


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Benefits:


  • The benefit of incorporating technology into the curriculum is unlimited resources at your finger tips.

  • The benefit of supporting key components of learning are inquiry based; active student engagement; cooperative learning within a variety of groups (classroom-to-classroom at the local, national and global levels); managing their own learning experiences; developing critical thinking skills; connecting to experts in the field itself; etc…

  • The benefit of common formative assessments, frequent feedback and recognition is the building of self-confidence.

  • The benefit of creating a desire to learn is developing the internal passion to become a life learner; develop self-directed learning skills; student ownership to their learning; and becoming committed citizens on the local and global level.

  • The benefit of a 24 hours access to your learning is learning when you want or so inspired; such as, the pizza and soda group that hangs out after school and wants to talk to their peers in another country to solve or share an idea they just thought of.

  • The benefits of being a real project based program are a natural desire to comprehend and develop their analysis and problem-solving skills. And, as a real world application the students will be working individually or in teams to find, process, and synthesize information of real major global concerns that ultimately benefit them and their (our)future.



If this intrigues you, please inquire about more information! We are a group of teachers or professionals in the field of education and learning who are exploring a new way for students to learn. Ultimately we wish to enhance teaching & learning for everyone.

Please feel free to join our weekly Skype chats: Wednesdays 8PM EST or post your comments here or e-mail us or check out our on-going Wiki.
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  • Thank you for taking the time to read this and possibly want to join in. C. Rubin 8/4/2011
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    by Flavio Mendez, Thu Aug 04, 2011 4:59 PM
    Welcome Cindy and others interested in this topic to the Learning Center discussion forums. Below is a link to a small collection of PD resources for teachers on the topic of ecosystems that I assembled with the hopes that it can contribute to your discussion.

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    by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton, Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:48 PM
    Hi Cindy,

    I just read this entry on your wiki. Think this is important to mention :


    http://lme-nsta.wikispaces.com/Background+on+LMEA-NSTA+project

    Cindy Rubin, in speaking with Dr. Kenneth Sherman who is the Director, U.S. LME and Dr. Marie-Christine Aquarone who is the Deputy Director, U.S. LME Program: They suggested that we begin with the reading outlined on "Where to Start" page.


    Plusses to this program are the social aspects in dealing with different countries. Several countries that have had political conflicts with each other have been coming together for the common goal of recovering depleted fish stocks, restoring damaged habitats and reducing their coastal pollution because of something they all share in common: the viability of their needed food resources.

    My understanding is that their vision is to create a curriculum that embraces the teaching of the three R's: Recovering, Restoring, and Reducing
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    The timing of this happened when Cindy began an outreach to the NSTA list server community about technology in the classroom, eventually thinking: how cool it would be to create a global curriculum that wraps itself around the National Science Frameworks but using the learning about something so important like this Ecosystem Based Management program to restore global fishing...can only make the learning not only engaging but the understanding of how important and real it is creates a sense of urgency to learn.

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    by Laurie Henry, Fri Aug 12, 2011 8:23 AM
    If you are not familiar with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Framework, you should review this material. The CCSSO has recently partnered with this organization and there are alignment projects taking place that align the new Common Core State Standards with this framework. You can view the P21 information at this link:
    http://www.p21.org

    Note the emphasis on developing Environmental Literacy and Global Awareness that fit in nicely with the goals of this community.

    My expertise is in the integration of instructional technology and development of the 21st century skills in K-12 classrooms. I have worked on several grant projects that focus on science literacy with an emphasis on technology integration. I look forward to working with this group to see what we might accomplish for the future of education.

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