- Engagement: The students are using the technology to focus on their learning task by connecting with the students in Germany to get authentic answers to their questions and discuss language. (6/6 Score)
- Enhancement: This project would be difficult to do without technology. The technology enhances the students opportunities to learn from students in Germany in a synchronous way, that could only be done via technology tools. (4/6 Score)
- Extension: The technology allows students to connect their learning of German language and culture to the real world of life and culture in German. (6/6 Score)
- Total Score= 16/18, Exceptional connection between the learning goals and technology used in the project. See here for more information on scoring results.
The German students from L’Anse Creuse High School – North in Macomb, MI, along with teacher James Ekdahl used Twitter and the European educational network of #edchatde to meet and network with Jan Hambsch, English teacher and multimedia consultant from Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg Germany. These American students participated in a live video chat with the students from the Josef Durler Schule in Rastatt, Germany to discuss language, culture, and societal questions. The project culminated in a video project where students sent videos about their daily life to each other. Teachers James Ekdahl and Jan Hambsch were also able to meet up in person the summer afterwards when the students from Michigan were visiting Heidelberg, Germany. The use of Twitter and educational professional networking resulted in a project that offered authentic educational connections in a real-world context that engaged students in a powerful way. This project meets the Triple E Framework in the following ways:
New Book by Jeremy Hyler and Troy Hicks Features the Triple E and Connects the Framwork to Grammar Learning with Digital Tools: From Texting to Teaching
Jeremy Hyler and Dr. Troy Hicks have put together an amazing new book about grammar in the digital age! Liz Kolb wrote the forward for the book. The book highlights the history of grammar as well as how it is impacted with digital tools. Hyler and Hicks use the Triple E Framework as a guide for evaluating and measuring digital tools as they relate to grammar learning. Learn more about this new publication here.
Are you interested in learning more about the Triple E Framework? ISTE is putting on a webinar on April 26th at 7pm EST called "Learning First, Technology Second." Liz Kolb, the University of Michigan Professor who helped research and develop the framework will be sharing the research behind the framework, the easy to use framework and many case study examples. This framework is now being used by K-12 teachers and school districts to help measure the effectiveness of technology choices on learning goals. It's practical and easy to use. The webinar is being supported by ISTE STEM. If you are interested, you can sign up here.
In this lesson by Trudy Denton in Westport, Connecticut, students are using statistical analysis to make predictions, hypothesis and conclusions about baseball based on authentic data. Rather than having students use made up data, the teacher took actual data for the students to analyze. She also made certain that there was no one correct answer, that the students would have to use higher-level thinking skills to prove their answer with evidence from the data. The students are using spreadsheets and Fathom software.
Total Score=13/18 (Link to understanding scores)
Engagement: Students are working in pairs (co-use), the spreadsheets are specific to the math and students can create graphs and charts based on the spreadsheets to help them dive deeper into the math Score 5/6
Enhancement: The software allowed students to use higher-level thinking skills to analyze the data and meet the learning goals. This could be done with traditional tools but would be very difficult. Score 4/6
Extension: The statistics used come from real world data and students are hypothesizing about a possible real world question. Score 4/6
A second grade teacher, Beverly Ladd, from North Carolina is teaching Geography in a whole new way: Skype! Her classroom is trying to find 50 classes from other states to Skype with and share geography and cultural norms. She set up an open Google doc where classrooms can sign up to do a mystery Skype with her classroom. This is a wonderful way to use technology to extend learning and make it more authentic. Rather than reading about other states, learning from the local "experts" in an inquiry-based way is something that these students will remember, and this would be very difficult to do without the aid of technology!
Liz Kolb is a clinical assistant professor of education technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She works with over 150 preservice teachers every year on integrating technology into K-12 teaching.
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