Create the Future Team Template

Team members add names here:
RIchard McWhinnie
Helen Keogh
Mr. Brendan Lea

Reflection and discussion

Use the discussion tab to post reflections and comments on plenary sessions and other events during the workshop. We encourage you also to comment on each others reflections, including those in other teams, and foster meaningful conversations to support the curriculum development project challenge.

Project Challenge

Based on the topics discussed during the workshop, your TEAM CHALLENGE is to develop, pitch, refine and present an idea for a classroom collaboration. Use this template to collect and synthesize ideas. You may also choose to use the Understanding by Design Unit Template

Project Title: Rethinking Pen Pals
Participants level/age: Grade 1 and 4
Curriculum focus: IB PYP, IT, Language Development, Art
Timeline: Begin around April
Learning outcomes:
1. Digital Citizenship
2. Learning to analyse and comment on the work of others
3. IB Learner Profile (communicator, risk taker, reflective, caring)
4. IT Skill development (logging in, commenting etc.)
5. IB TD Skills (thinking, social, communication, self-management, research skills)

'Seven Steps to Flatten Your Classroom' - Essential objectives for global collaboration

Use this list as a template for brainstorming and creating your project

In what way will classrooms connect globally? (Tools and expectations)
By using the VoiceThread tool students will be able to view the work of fellow students across the globe. VoiceThread takes this one step further and allows those to provide insightful comments on the work they view (either their own or others).

What are the modes of communication? Synchronous? Asynchronous? (Tools and expectations)
Asynchronous (timelsss)

What do you and your students need to know to be reliable and responsible online learners? What do you need to prepare to complete a classroom collaboration?
Positive critique
Digital citizenship
Basic computer operation skills
Use of keyboard, mouse, headset, webcams etc.

How will the classrooms work together? What are the parameters of the project? (Tools and expectations). How will contribution be encouraged and monitored (Tools and expectations)
Monitoring-All comments requiring viewing by the moderators before being posted to the VoiceThread.
What choices will learners have to accommodate different learning styles and abilities?
VoiceThread naturally allows students to communicated in a variety of different ways that reflect their learning style and abilities (ex. typing, drawing, speaking, webcasting, etc.). The work that teachers put up can of course reflect the varying styles of work done in the class (movies, Power Points, stories, models, reports, art work, etc.)

What are the expected outcomes from the joint knowledge creation and sharing activities?
Students will create their work in the class (can be done in a variety of ways). Students will then create comments on the work of others.
How will the project and collaboration be celebrated and shared at its conclusion?
Skype celebration, meeting of the two/three classes (at school or on a fieldtrip).

Final Team Product

Share your final team product via this wiki by uploading or embedding files created to support the curriculum idea.