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Building fluid environments for learning involves developing instructional materials, activities, and assessments that meet the needs of all learners.

Let's explore projects, collaborations, and reflection.

Eight Effective

Project Missions

Rather than individuals or teams simply creating reports, comics, movies, or presentations, refocus the activity on a specific category of deep understanding.

The comic examples were created using Comic Life and in some cases online software.

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Explore eight missions: Entertain, Emote, Inform, Instruct, Challenge, Engage, Provoke, and Persuade.


• Visual Storytelling • Language Development • Creative Writing • Diary • Re-enactment • Speculative Project • Experiences •

Goal: Convey a story, imagine a world, illustrate an idea

Watch Somewhere over Web 2.0 from Wizard of Apps: The Musical.

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• Show, Not Tell • Share Insights • Connect to Emotions • Activate a Poem • Demonstrate Traits • Convey Concepts •

Goal: Express a feeling, illustrate an abstraction, move an audience

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• Documentaries • Histories • Databases • Photo Essays • Represent Ideas • Categorize • Show Patterns • Share Results •

Goal: Analyze information, explain causality, visualize ideas

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• Tutorials • Directions • Demonstrations • Presentations • Conduct Experiments • Demonstrate Procedures •

Goal: Show strategies, explain concepts, teach others

Watch how teens are Using the Flip Video in a High School Math Class (YouTube): Part 1 and Part 2. Add pipecleaners (Youtube) for some fun with graphs.

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• Present Issue, Challenge Thinking • Visual Story Starters • Introduce Problems • Inspirational Examples • Extend a Story •

Goal: Create dilemmas, envision problems, kickstart projects

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• News Programs • Visual Journal • Travel Logs • Yearbooks • Highlight Programs • Create Welcomes • Showcase Work •

Goal: Announce events, document experiences, reflect on lessons

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• Public Service Announcements • Stir Interest • Influence Thinking • Impact Behavior •

Goal: Arouse emotions, heighten awareness, change attitudes

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• Illuminated Term Papers • Advertisements • Book/Movie Trailers • Apply Advertising Techniques • Promote Action•

Goal: Support arguments, show perspectives, convince others

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KoreaWhat does this type of activity look like?

Make it Authentic... identify personal interests and local connections to the Korean War.

Korean War through...

Focus on firsts. How was the Korean War different from other wars? Explore some aspect and interview veterans about their experiences. Generate a product to share conclusions.

Truman desegregated the Armed Forces in 1948 just prior to the Korean War. This was the first war where African-American and white soliders were fully integrated. Learn more at Desegration of the Armed Forces.

Use Stixy for planning. Upload to SchoolTube.

Interdisciplinary Connections: Find Natural Fits

Seek opportunities for collaboration. Combining two subjects can create synergy. Look for natural fits such as Physics and Mathematics or Stage Light Math. Explore ways to combine history and historical fiction writing such as Chicago Stories.

mash-up is a web application hybrid. It combines data or functionality from two or more sources to create something new. These have become increasingly popular with Web 2.0 applications such as blogs, maps, and photo networks. With so many different sources of information, it's sometimes difficult to get the "big picture." Mash-ups provide a way to begin synthesizing information. For instance, Google Maps can provide a geographic view of content. At his blog Learn Digital History, John Leeconnects the Library of Congress Folklife Center audio interviews made after the bombing of Pearl Harbor with Google Maps. You see Buffalo New York on the map, then you can hear what the people said.

Think of the ways young people could create their own mashups. Show them the Sherlock Holmes maps. Use the Mark Twain Stormfield Project for ideas. They've identified Mark Twain's Connections on Google Maps. Could your class create a project identifying this connections to other places around the world?

VietnamInfusing technology into teaching and learning.

Reading Plus History. The teacher infuses tools such as a VoiceThread to bring the learning experience together through photos, video, and website materials to motivate and engage.

In learning about the Vietnam War, young people can draw on a wide range of resources including graphic histories such as the Dwight Zimmerman's Vietnam War: A Graphic History, a collection of short stories such as Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, and websites such as the Library of Congress Veteran's History Project. The resources and technologies come together as the student uses a maps, photos, a Flipcamcorder and SchoolTube and Google Docs to share her project.


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Collaboration create synergy and promotes transfer of learning.
Who will you collaborate with this year?
Identify another teacher in the building and begin a discussion about collaboration.


How will you use these resources in your classroom?

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Go back through your handouts and circle ideas you want to explore later.
Create a list of three things to get yourself started.

Tips for Success


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