Live web streams from DL2014

We will be live-streaming three events from DL2014:

  • Wednesday, March 26 – 9:15 – 10:15 am Pacific (Los Angeles) – Opening Session
  • Thursday, March 27 – 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific (Los Angeles) – Keynote: Ron Berger, Expeditionary Learning & Polaris Students – UPDATE: This event will not be streamed live but instead will be posted to YouTube later in the day. Stay tuned for the link.
  • Friday, March 28 – 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific (Los Angeles) – Special Academic Mindsets panel

For those MOOCers who will be attending, we would like to invite you to an exclusive Academic Mindset Panel with Eduardo Briceño, Camille Farrington, and Carissa Romero. Come hear about their takeaways from the conference, and answer any unaddressed Academic Mindset questions.

Where:  Room 8 High Tech Middle
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Moderated by MOOC participant Aaron Maurer
Online here

DLMOOC – Wk 9 email – student panel

(This is a duplicate of the March 20 email sent to registered participants.)

Dear DLMOOC participants:

Tonight at 4pm Pacific (Los Angeles) will be our final panel discussion. This one will be an all student panel about deeper learning.

Please take a minute to fill out our final course evaluation survey, and check out these Put it into Practice options to help you reflect on deeper learning and your DLMOOC experience.

And don’t forget that we’ll be live streaming these events from DL2014:

  • Wednesday, March 26 – 9:15 – 10:15 am Pacific (Los Angeles) – Opening Session
  • Thursday, March 27 – 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific (Los Angeles) – Keynote: Ron Berger, Expeditionary Learning & Polaris Students
  • Friday, March 28 - 9:00 am – 10:00 am Pacific (Los Angeles) – Special Academic Mindsets panel

Happy deeper learning!

Sincerely,

Ben, Rob, Laura, Ryan, Karen, and the whole DLMOOC team

Wk 9 email – Final reflections

(This is a duplicate of the March 16 email sent to registered participants.)

Dear DLMOOC’ers:

Well, it’s hard to believe, but this is the last week of DLMOOC. There’s no new content this week, but it’s not over — we want you to take this opportunity to catch up on something you didn’t get to AND to close the loop and reflect on your own deeper learning during the course. We think that time for this should be built into every learning experience.

  • On Mon., March 17 at 4pm Pacific (Los Angeles), we’ll be having a special DLMOOC participants’ discussion. We’ll have a few participants in our regular hangout, and we also want ALL OF YOU to participate via chat. We’ll have a page for this up here (will require a Google sign-in), and we’ll be running a simultaneous Twitter chat.
  • On Thurs., we’ll be having another all-student panel discussion about deeper learning.
  • We have several options for Put it into Practice activities to help you reflect on your DLMOOC experience.
  • Our Tweet of the Week this week is:
    How did DLMOOC affect your idea of what #deeperlearning means? How will you carry this forward?
    Tweet with the hashtag #dlmooc
  • Complete this short survey to help us (and our funders) evaluate the impact of DLMOOC.

We would like to sincerely thank you for your participation in DLMOOC. This has been a tremendous learning experience for us here on the team, and we are happy that you were able to join us for the ride.

All of the materials from the course will remain posted online indefinitely, and they are open licensed so that you can remix and reuse them for your own professional learning. We hope that the discussions about deeper learning we’ve had here are only the beginning for all of us as we go deeper!

Sincerely,

Ben, Rob, Laura, Ryan, Karen, and the whole DLMOOC team

 

Put it into Practice – Final reflections on DL

Credit: Daniel A D’Auria MD

Throughout DLMOOC, we’ve emphasized putting into practice the ideas we’ve talked about. In this final week of DLMOOC, choose one of these activities or make up your own.

  • On last week’s panel, Sonya Ramirez suggested these prompts for framing feedback for learning:
    “Once I thought…”
    “Then I saw…”
    “And now I see….”
    Complete these prompts as they relate to your understanding of deeper learning before and after DLMOOC.
  • Write a post (or make a video or create a poster or make something else) that shows how DLMOOC has affected your learning or your learning environment.
  • Choose a PIP from a previous week that you didn’t get a chance to do and do it now.
  • Share with the world your message about what deeper learning is and why it’s important. You can express this in text, images, video, a song, spoken word or some other way we haven’t thought of.
  • Write a short article about deeper learning in your own learning environment and submit it to the Deeper Learning Story Bank.
  • Think about how you might reuse, remix, or redistribute some of the DLMOOC content. It’s all open licensed and will be posted indefinitely, so spread the love!
  • Think about how you’ll leverage the connections you’ve made in DLMOOC into the future. Are there people you want to stay in touch with on Twitter or G+? Might you try doing your own Google hangout? Are there Twitter chats you might join?
  • Any of the work above would great to submit for a DL badge.

We look forward to sharing our reflections on DLMOOC and deeper learning.

Wk 8 – Live streams coming from DL2014

(This is a duplicate of the March 12 email sent to registered participants.)

Dear DLMOOC participants:

For this week’s discussion on exhibiting student work, we invite you to try this Put it Into Practice.

You can also respond to this tweet of the week: Tweet a picture of a space where you can imagine student work living. Use the hashtags #dlmooc #dlspace, and respond to others’ tweets with suggestions of how the space might be transformed.

There is no Thursday “Lens into the Classroom” session today.

Finally, we are excited to announce that the Deeper Learning 2014 conference will be live streaming several events for remote viewers:

  • Wednesday, March 26 – 9:15-10:15 am Pacific (Los Angeles) – Opening Session
  • Thursday, March 27 – 9:00-10:00 am Pacific (Los Angeles) – Keynote: Ron Berger, Expeditionary Learning & Polaris Students
  • Friday, March 28 - 9:00-10:00 am Pacific (Los Angeles) – Special Academic Mindsets panel

These events will be linked on the DLMOOC G+ community page and on Twitter.

We will also be having a DLMOOC meet-up during lunch on Thursday, March 27. If you were a part of DLMOOC or if you are interested in DLMOOC, join us at the DLMOOC tables!

Regards,

Ben, Rob, Laura, Ryan, Karen, and the whole DLMOOC team

Wk 7 email – How do you assess DL?

(This is a duplicate of the March 6 email sent to registered participants.)
Dear DLMOOC participants:

As we explore assessing deeper learning this week, we invite you to share your own experiences with this topic — How do you assess deeper learning? What assessment is most useful to you and your students? What gets in the way? Share your thoughts on G+, Twitter, or your own blog. (And any of these would be a great submission to get your Deeper Learner badge as well!)

And here are some other ways to put DLMOOC into practice for this topic:

Finally, the High Tech High Graduate School of Education is offering full fellowships in School Leadership and Teacher Leadership, some of which also include a living stipend. Fellows are immersed in a HTH school for a year, while earning their M.Ed. Priority Deadline March 10 with rolling admission after this date. Questions can be sent to: hmurugesan@hightechhigh.org. More information is available here.

Regards,

Ben, Rob, Laura, Ryan, Karen, and the whole DLMOOC team

Week 7 – Lens into the Classroom

This week’s “Lens into the Classroom” session features Jennifer Pieratt Ph.D., a current School Development Coach for the New Tech Network of schools. She works with schools in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas at various stages of development including start up, school turnaround and district extension. A former High School humanities teacher at High Tech High North County, Jenny received her PhD in education-her research focused on teacher-student relationships in PBL.

New Tech Network (NTN) works nationwide with schools, districts and communities to develop innovative public schools. They provide services and support that enable schools to fundamentally rethink teaching and learning. Their goal is to enable students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow. They have 130 + schools and focus on teaching that engages, technology that enables, and school culture that promotes trust, respect, and responsibility.

NTN focus on five school-wide learning outcomes, with corresponding assessments created by SCALE at Stanford, and inspired by Envision. They are (see example rubrics below):

  • Oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Collaboration
  • Knowledge and Thinking
  • Agency

Jenny’s question is:

How can I leverage the NTN collaboration rubric to help promote deeper learning in teacher’s classrooms?

Here are a few of NTN’s collaboration rubrics:

Here is a sampling of some other rubrics NTN that uses:

Here are slides we are using in this session:

Panel on assessing deeper learning

We had a great panel discussion about assessment and deeper learning today. The archive is below, and here are links to some of the resources that were mentioned:

Archive of panel:

Wk 7 email – Assessing deeper learning

(This is a duplicate of the March 2 email sent to registered participants.)

Dear DLMOOC participants:,

It’s week 7 of DLMOOC, and we’re talking about assessing deeper learning. A list of the activity options for this week is available here.

We also want to let you know that High Tech High is offering a full fellowship in School Leadership! This includes a full tuition fellowship, a living stipend, a year-long immersion at a HTH school and of course, earning your M.Ed. in School Leadership in sunny San Diego, CA. Priority Deadline March 10. Questions can sent to: kwilson@hightechhigh.org. More information is available here.

Sincerely,

Ben, Rob, Laura, Ryan, Karen, and the whole DLMOOC team

 

Put it into Practice – Assessing deeper learning

This week’s “Put It Into Practice” can be done on your own, but it is also a great collaborative activity, especially for content group meetings. The goal is to take existing assessment questions and rewrite them at a higher level of thinking using Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomy and/or Arthur Costa’s Levels of Questioning. You can also move in the opposite direction and rewrite higher level questions at lower levels. The example below comes from a recent middle school math department meeting, but the exercise will work for any content area.

Bloom’s Taxonomy – A helpful infographic that organizes the different levels in an intuitive and aesthetically pleasing way. Bloom’s taxonomy divides educational objectives into three “domains:” cognitive, affective, and psychomotor (sometimes loosely described as “knowing/head,” “feeling/heart” and “doing/hands” respectively). The inner and outer circles connect verbs for learning objectives with matching assessment types.

Credit: K. Aainsqatsi

Credit: K. Aainsqatsi

Costa’s Three Levels of Questioning (adapted from Noelle Combs); CC BY SA)- This table aligns Costa’s Levels with Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Rewriting math questions at a higher level – An example of a math department’s recent attempt of this exercise.