Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Personalized Learning Models: Webinar

As part of Connected Educators Month this October, we hosted another free webinar on October 29th for educators to share and connect online. We also invited a few more of our friends from our Journeys page to broadcast and share their experiences on personalizing learning.

Click on image or link below to get to the archived webinar:

We thank Lisa Welch and Wanda Richardson from KM Explore in Wisconsin and David Truss from Inquiry Hub in British Columbia for sharing about their schools even though there were some technical difficulties. We really appreciate their perseverance and humor as they shared exciting information with the audience.

Lisa came back to co-present with Wanda since they co-teach K-1 44 little ones together. Just seeing the redesign of the classroom with 2 classes in one large room was exciting. They shared about generative curriculum where learners are the architects of their own learning. KM Explore is designed around K-1, 2-3, 4-5 multi-age learning environments with collaborative teaching and learning. Mission Monday showcases strategies of Habits of Mind in very entertaining ways. 

Dave Truss is lead administrator for the Inquiry Hub provides learners blended instruction, reduced timetable structure, and a learner-driven inquiry approach to learning. Dave shared that learners follow their interests around topics and develop projects around these topics. As a small school, it is a community built around a learning commons environment. Learners have dedicated inquiry time to work collaboratively and independently on their projects.

After the technical difficulties with the platform, we worked with Steve Hargadon and Peggy George from Classroom 2.0 to set up future webinars with KM Explore and Inquiry Hub using Blackboard Collaborative. Dave has agreed to return for another webinar on December 17th with some learners who will tell their stories. Lisa and Wanda talked to all the teacher teams and we are looking for another time to talk about the co-teaching multi-age model at different grade levels. Cannot wait!

Here's the chat from the webinar:
10/29/2013 05:06:49: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: So excited to join in the conversation.
10/29/2013 05:07:11: Betty Wottreng: Love what you did with your space!
10/29/2013 05:07:15: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Great you are here Kim!!!
10/29/2013 05:07:28: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Hi Betty!
10/29/2013 05:07:36: Betty Wottreng: Hi Barbara!
10/29/2013 05:08:09: Nancy White from Colorado Springs: What a concept! Get students out of the "institution" look & feel !
10/29/2013 05:08:46: Betty Wottreng: We have those too, but I love your community focus with them.
10/29/2013 05:09:14: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Engagement is the most important piece for our learner - love that!!
10/29/2013 05:09:21: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: Love the free library idea! What a great service project!
10/29/2013 05:09:42: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Kim - this could be a great idea for Verona. Let's talk about that when we meet.
10/29/2013 05:10:38: Heidi from St. Paul: can you explain the logistics of generative curriculum when working with K-1?
10/29/2013 05:10:51: Kathleen McClaskey: Love the idea of ageless and gradeless
10/29/2013 05:10:53: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: ageless and gradeless - think about that
10/29/2013 05:11:04: Betty Wottreng: I love that concept of ageless and gradeless!
10/29/2013 05:11:10: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: Ageless and gradeless learners!! YES!
10/29/2013 05:11:30: Nancy White from Colorado Springs: The original 1 room schoolhouse model?
10/29/2013 05:11:34: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Heidi - we'll open the question to Lisa and Wanda after Dave's presentation - thanks for the question
10/29/2013 05:12:57: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: Ageless and gradeless- it is about their own personal progres
10/29/2013 05:12:57: David Truss from Canada: I have a long delay, so if I miss my que, let me know here. 
10/29/2013 05:12:58: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: Almost like that Nancy, but BIGGER!
10/29/2013 05:13:03: Kathleen McClaskey: How great is that! 
10/29/2013 05:13:09: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Everyone is welcome to ask questions that they can answer later - all questions and comments are welcome
10/29/2013 05:13:20: Kathleen McClaskey: Dave- are you hard wired?
10/29/2013 05:14:33: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Habits of MInd - community building - love listening with empathy and understanding
10/29/2013 05:14:47: Betty Wottreng: Kim - there is a little free library on the bike trail.
10/29/2013 05:15:20: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: There is! Stephanie Symes was trying to get one outside of SOMS. 
10/29/2013 05:15:43: Betty Wottreng: We need more of them!
10/29/2013 05:16:17: David Truss from Canada: I'm back:)
10/29/2013 05:20:58: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: We use the Essential 55 by Ron Clark and the books of Laurie Frank. We flip flop every other Monday- Essential 55 and Community Building. They are right. The students use the language and it is seen outside the classroom
10/29/2013 05:23:58: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: School designed around ideas - yes
10/29/2013 05:24:34: Betty Wottreng: So does a reduced timetable mean less FTF instruction?
10/29/2013 05:24:48: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: cross-curricular in nature - thesis statement around political cartoons - interesting
10/29/2013 05:25:16: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: No time frame on workshops is great!
10/29/2013 05:25:29: Betty Wottreng: Do your teachers create the online content, or are you using content from another source, or both?
10/29/2013 05:27:35: Nancy White from Colorado Springs: I would really like to know what kind of things they work on online. Is it research for their projects? Just drill-based work? 
10/29/2013 05:30:01: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: David- do manage the standards with Project Foundry?
10/29/2013 05:30:32: Betty Wottreng: yes!
10/29/2013 05:31:37: Kathleen McClaskey: The Inquiry Hub is in their second year
10/29/2013 05:31:51: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: Where do you begin connecting to community partners?
10/29/2013 05:32:15: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: It is! Thank you!
10/29/2013 05:33:02: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: My undergraduate degree is from Carroll!
10/29/2013 05:33:14: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: Mine too!
10/29/2013 05:34:19: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: What year? I graduated 1995.
10/29/2013 05:34:40: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: We like that idea too! Our parents used Home Depot for the lumber for our Little Free Libraries. The parents are a great part of the community of learners!
10/29/2013 05:35:00: Laura Lindquist from Verona, WI: Unfortunately I have to run - thank you for this! Looking forward to next time
10/29/2013 05:35:08: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: It is great how the kids invested their time in it. What a life lesson!
10/29/2013 05:35:12: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: Bye Laura!
10/29/2013 05:35:15: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Thank you Laura!
10/29/2013 05:36:39: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Who else is doing maker spaces?
10/29/2013 05:36:44: Kathleen McClaskey: Makers Space - Tell us more about that
10/29/2013 05:37:42: Betty Wottreng: new term...tell us more!
10/29/2013 05:37:51: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Maker Space Manifesto
10/29/2013 05:38:04: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: allows students to tinker
10/29/2013 05:39:01: Betty Wottreng: I love that concept. The Steve Jobs autob. talked about having spaces like this to encourage creativity and new ideas.
10/29/2013 05:39:22: Nancy White from Colorado Springs: School libraries are embracing maker movement in a big way here.
10/29/2013 05:39:35: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: Very nice! Young or old, we all need a space to create!
10/29/2013 05:40:10: David Truss from Canada: type a question, audio is not great
10/29/2013 05:40:43: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: Yea for play!
10/29/2013 05:41:02: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Lisa - you are so right - play is important and not just for K-1
10/29/2013 05:41:15: Kathleen McClaskey: 7 Ways to transform learning 
10/29/2013 05:41:20: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: If you think about it, we all go home and play!
10/29/2013 05:41:55: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: We should be able to learn through play, young or old. 
10/29/2013 05:42:10: Nancy White from Colorado Springs: Here is great example of maker space: Discovery Center for Make/Hack/Play:
10/29/2013 05:42:22: Kathleen McClaskey: Play=Learning Experience
10/29/2013 05:42:36: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Visitors say --"it feels good" - really neat place to learn
10/29/2013 05:42:42: Kathleen McClaskey: Thank you Nancy for the link
10/29/2013 05:44:10: Nancy White from Colorado Springs: More from St. Vrain:
10/29/2013 05:44:19: David Truss from Canada:
10/29/2013 05:44:42: Nancy White from Colorado Springs: Awesome - thanks, David!
10/29/2013 05:46:00: Heidi from St. Paul: so, it sounds like the learning plans are theme-based?
10/29/2013 05:46:02: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: What format do you use for the PLP? Website? Powerpoint?
10/29/2013 05:46:49: David Truss from Canada: - A great school to follow on their 'Connect blog' is the Calgary Science School 2 highlights from the first link are 'Work that Matters' and the 'Points of Inquiry' Model
10/29/2013 05:46:55: Heidi from St. Paul: do you survey kids? how do you discover their interests throughout the year?
10/29/2013 05:47:06: Betty Wottreng: I still "tease" my kids who are college aged, saying they should ask for a new lego set for Christmas. ;)
10/29/2013 05:47:50: Heidi from St. Paul: are parents involved in sharing learners' interests?
10/29/2013 05:48:03: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: Wanda and I need to head out in about 5 min
10/29/2013 05:50:01: Betty Wottreng: Lisa, David and Wanda, thank you so much for sharing! Your work is inspiring many.
10/29/2013 05:50:04: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: Heidi, we send the learning plans home through Google Docs...both learner and parent get them
10/29/2013 05:50:29: Betty Wottreng: David, I couldn't hear the rest of you sentence...we aren't just covering curriculum...
10/29/2013 05:50:52: David Truss from Canada: "Uncovering" - discovering, not covering
10/29/2013 05:51:26: Betty Wottreng: Love it...thank you. Staff sometimes get stuck on the "covering"...
10/29/2013 05:51:34: Tracy Hanson from New Hampshire: This has been very inspirational. Thank you.
10/29/2013 05:51:42: Heidi from St. Paul: @ Lisa Thank you. Do parents help create the plans too? How are their interests uncovered? Interviews? Conferring? Surveys?
10/29/2013 05:51:47: Kathleen McClaskey: It is about practice not homework
10/29/2013 05:51:49: David Truss from Canada: Our 'homework' is a suggestion of an hour a day... not prescriptive.
10/29/2013 05:52:14: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: Sometimes the kids create the plans and sometimes parents will send ideas! 
10/29/2013 05:52:32: Kathleen McClaskey: Minds on fire!
10/29/2013 05:52:34: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Cannot lose the love of learning - engagement is the most important piece
10/29/2013 05:52:35: Heidi from St. Paul: @Lisa Thank!
10/29/2013 05:52:42: Heidi from St. Paul: Thanks!
10/29/2013 05:52:46: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: Thank you all!
10/29/2013 05:52:52: Kim Schaaf from Verona, WI: Thank you!!
10/29/2013 05:53:02: David Truss from Canada: Thanks for having us join. I'm sorry about the technical issues. 
10/29/2013 05:53:22: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: Dave - don't worry about that. We are so honored to have you here with us
10/29/2013 05:53:23: David Truss from Canada: Collaboration and adult learning is key
10/29/2013 05:53:34: Nancy White from Colorado Springs: Wanda, Lisa & David - thank you! This has been so helpful. Barbara & Kathleen - thank you, too!
10/29/2013 05:53:56: Betty Wottreng: I so enjoyed this. Thanks for arranging this. I
10/29/2013 05:54:11: Lou Howell from Iowa: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This has been great! I look forward to more!
10/29/2013 05:54:16: Lisa Welch from KM Explore: Bye Dave!
10/29/2013 05:54:36: Betty Wottreng: I have to leave...have a good evening everyone!
10/29/2013 05:55:56: Nancy White from Colorado Springs: David - do you offer any special times for visitors to come to your school? :-)
10/29/2013 05:56:41: David Truss from Canada: I think I'm done connection wise.
10/29/2013 05:56:55: Nancy White from Colorado Springs: Would be awesome to see in person!
10/29/2013 05:56:57: David Truss from Canada: I have students give tours.
10/29/2013 05:56:58: Kathleen McClaskey: @Dave We are putting Inquiry Hub as a model on our site. There have been many requests to see models.
10/29/2013 05:57:11: David Truss from Canada: They do a better job than me.
10/29/2013 05:57:45: David Truss from Canada: We can arrange visits. 
10/29/2013 05:58:02: David Truss from Canada: So true.
10/29/2013 05:58:32: Kathleen McClaskey: @Dave Do you have any video to share about your school?
10/29/2013 05:58:48: Jason Ellingson from Collins-Maxwell CSD (IA): This has been very informative. Much to think about!
10/29/2013 05:58:49: Nancy White from Colorado Springs: I need to get going-- so glad I was able to tune in today - gives balance to some of the things I see coming from #inacol13
10/29/2013 05:59:13: Lou Howell from Iowa: Not at this time.
10/29/2013 05:59:25: David Truss from Canada: @datruss on Twitter and on Gmail
10/29/2013 05:59:39: David Truss from Canada: nothing yet, just the garden 
10/29/2013 05:59:50: Barbara Bray from SF Bay Area: @kmexplore @inquiryhub
10/29/2013 06:00:16: David Truss from Canada: I summarize here: 
10/29/2013 06:00:31: David Truss from Canada: Thanks and sorry for the delays. I'll go to starbucks next time and get some real web access;)
10/29/2013 06:00:51: David Truss from Canada: @inquiryhub yes
10/29/2013 06:01:30: David Truss from Canada: Thanks. We'll Skype soon and fill in the blanks from today! Bye.

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