Weekly materials

Weekly course materials and events will be posted shortly before each week begins.


Week 1, Week of January 20, 2014
Theme: Introduction to this course; Deeper Learning: What is it, why do we want it, how does it promote student engagement and achievement

Week 2, Week of January 27, 2014
Theme: Looking at student work for Deeper Learning

Week 3, Week of February 3, 2014
Theme: Students in the adult world: Internships, job shadows

Week 4, Week of February 10, 2014
Theme: Personalized Learning, student voice and choice

Week 5, Week of February 17, 2014
Theme: Deeper learning for a wide range of students

Week 6, Week of February 24, 2014
Theme: Academic mindsets

Week 7, Week of March 3, 2014
Theme: Assessing deeper learning

Week 8, Week of March 10, 2014
Theme: Exhibiting student work, audience, and curation of student work

Week 9, Week of March 17, 2014
Theme: Final reflections

Archived:

Preview week – Week of November 4, 2013
Theme: Academic mindsets


Week 9, Week of March 17, 2014

Theme: Final reflections

This is the last week of DLMOOC. There’s no new content, but it’s not over — we want you to take this opportunity to catch up on something you didn’t get to AND to reflect on your own deeper learning during the course.

Please fill out this short survey to help us and our funders evaluate the impact of DLMOOC.

Live events (will also be archived for later viewing)

  • Panel discussion
    Date and time: Monday, Mar. 17 – 4:00-5:00pm Pacific
    Topic: DLMOOC participant reflections – We’ll have several DLMOOC participants online and invite all of you to join in on chat!
    View here (live and archive)

Tweet of the week #9

  • How did DLMOOC affect your idea of what #deeperlearning means? How will you carry this forward?
    Tweet with the hashtag #dlmooc

Put it into practice #9


Week 8, Week of March 10, 2014

Theme: Exhibiting student work, audience, and curation of student

Live events (will also be archived for later viewing)

  • Panel discussion
    Date and time: Monday, Mar. 10 – 4:00-5:00pm Pacific
    Topic: Exhibiting student work, audience, and curation
    Panelists: Panel discussion with with Laura McBain, Director of External Relations, High Tech High; Jeff Robin, Art Teacher, High Tech High; Sonya Ramirez, Humanities Teacher, High Tech High North County; Tom Vander Ark, author of Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World and CEO of Getting Smart
    View here (live and archive)

  • No live event on Thursday this week, but stay tuned for special exhibition activity.

Suggested resources

  • Jill Davidson describes the what and why of exhibitions.
  • The Teaching Channel captured how High Tech High tries to use its space as a living museum.

Tweet of the week #8

  • Tweet a picture of a space where you can imagine student work living. Respond to others’ tweets with suggestions of how the space might be transformed.
    Tweet with the hashtags #dlmooc #dlspace

Put it into practice #8

Additional resources


Week 7, Week of March 3, 2014

Theme: Assessing deeper learning

Live events (will also be archived for later viewing)

Suggested resources

Tweet of the week #7

  • What is the best piece of feedback or assessment that you’ve ever had on your work?
    Tweet your response with the hashtags #dlmooc #feedback

Put it into practice #7

Additional resources

  • The Alliance for Excellent Education gives an inside glimpse of the portfolio defense process at an Envision school (video: 9:57).


Week 6, Week of February 24, 2014

Theme: Academic mindsets

Live events (will also be archived for later viewing)

  • Panel discussion
    Date and time: Monday, Feb. 24 – 4:00-5:00pm Pacific
    Topic: Academic mindsets
    Panelists: Camille Farrington, University of Chicago; Eduardo Briceño, Mindset Works; Carissa Romero, Stanford University; Stephen Mahoney, Principal, Springfield Renaissance School; Jennifer Charlot, Doctoral candidate, Harvard University
    View here (live and archive)

Suggested resources

Tweet of the week #6

  • Describe something that you have (or used to have) a fixed mindset about and why. Tweet with the hashtags #fixedmindset #dlmooc

Put it into practice #6

Additional resources


Week 5, Week of February 17, 2014

Theme: Deeper learning for a wide range of students

Live events (will also be archived for later viewing)

Suggested resources

Tweet of the week #5

  • Share your biggest challenge or success with making #deeperlearning work with a wide range of students.
    or
    Share a way that you have successfully differentiated learning for a wide variety of students.
    Post your response with the hashtags #dlmooc and #DLdifferentiate

Put it into Practice #5

For this week’s “Put It Into Practice”, you will have the opportunity to choose from one of two options that address deeper learning practices from different content areas. Part of meeting the needs of kids is scaffolding to meet the needs of your students so please accommodate, shift, and modify as you see fit! Enjoy!

Your options include:

  • “The Discourse Triangle” – An 8-12 grade-level, introductory activity focusing on the concepts of “discourse” and “perspective” through the curricular lens of the ELA/Social Sciences. Duration: 30-45 minutes. (as developed by and modified from Steven Lynn’s Texts and Contexts)
  • “The Horizon Problem” – A K-12 grade-level, introductory activity focusing on the concepts of “perception” and “perspective” through the curricular lens of mathematical thinking. Duration: 15-30 minutes. (as developed by and modified from Bryan Meyer, High Tech High)

Additional resources


Week 4, Week of February 10, 2014

Theme: Personalized Learning, student voice and choice

Live events (will also be archived for later viewing)

Suggested resources

  • The Teaching Channel describes how Edvisions schools co-plan projects with students (video, 3:04).
  • The Teaching and Learning Initiative (TLI) is a program at Bryn Mawr College where undergraduate students are paired up with new faculty to help faculty develop as teachers. This notion is problematized by Emma Gulley, a Bryn Mawr senior who acted as a TLI student consultant, in her piece “Letting Us All Be Learners.” Alison Cook-Sather, a panelist on Monday, is the TLI director.
  • Pedro Noguera suggests we ask students how to improve our schools (pdf).
  • Dennis Littky and Farrell Allen explain the Big Picture Learning approach to personalized instruction.

Tweet of the week #4

  • Ask a young person about their most significant learning experience in the past few years. What was it and why was it so meaningful? Tweet your response with the hashtags #stdvoice and #dlmooc

Put it into practice #4

This week, we have a variety of choices for putting this week’s content into practice in your learning environments. Choose one of the options here or come up with your own idea.

Additional resources


Week 3, Week of February 3, 2014

Theme: Students in the adult world: Internships, job shadows

Live events (will also be archived for later viewing)

  • Panel discussion
    Date and time: Monday, Feb. 3 – 4:00-5:00pm Pacific
    Topic: Students in the adult world, internships, job shadowing, and more.  Panelists: Elliot Washor, Co-Founder, Co-Director, Big Picture Learning; Tim Jenkins, Principal, MetEast School; Joe Battaglia, Director of Curriculum & Instruction at The Met in Providence; and a mentor and student from a Big Picture school
    View here (live and archive)

Suggested resources

Tweet of the week #3

  • In your own K-12 education, when did you have a chance to experience the adult world?
    Tweet your response with the hashtags #dladultworld #dlmooc

 Put it into Practice #3

Choose one or more of the following PIPs for the week or come up with your own:

  • “Bring an educator to work day.” Visit a workplace in your community (and bring some students if you can).
  • Host a “power lunch” (pdf) at your workplace and document your learning.
  • Virtually or physically bring an “expert” into your work environment. Consider using Google Hangouts.
  • With a group complete the cold call activity.

Additional resources


Week 2, Week of January 27, 2014

Theme: Looking at student work for Deeper Learning

Live events (will also be archived for later viewing)

  • Panel discussion
    Date and time: Monday, January 27 – 4:00-5:00pm Pacific
    Topic: Looking at student work for deeper learning
    Panelists: Ron Berger, Expeditionary Learning; Steve Seidel, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Carissa Romero, Stanford University; Joseph McDonald, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University; Iza McGawley, 7th Grade HTMCV student
    View here (live and archive)

  • Lens into the Classroom
    Date and time: Thursday, January 30 – 4:00-5:15pm Pacific
    Topic: A look into a real classroom teacher’s dilemma about determining what kind of student work would better enable him to see student understanding

View here (live and archive)

Suggested resources

Tweet of the week #2

  • Tweet a picture of a piece of student work (with appropriate permission) that reflects deeper learning or one that does not. Tell why it does or doesn’t show deeper learning.
    Tweet with the hashtags #dlstdwork #dlmooc

    (Note: This doesn’t have to be from one of your students. You can find something online. Here are some examples from Expeditionary Learning and from High Tech High)

Put it into practice #2

On your own:

  • Explore the EL student work archive, pick a piece of work that strikes you, and share it with your small group or the larger G+ community.
    What strikes you about the work?  How does it reflect deeper learning?  What could help this work better reflect deeper learning outcomes?

With a group:

Additional resources


Week 1, Week of January 20, 2014

Theme: Introduction to this course; Deeper Learning: What is it, why do we want it, how does it promote student engagement and achievement

Welcome to week 1! Make sure you’ve joined the DLMOOC G+ community — that’s where most of the action will be. You can post your reflections there as well.

Live events (will also be archived for later viewing) [Note: There is no Monday session this week.]

  • Panel discussion
    Date and time: Thursday, January 23 – 4:00-5:00pm Pacific
    Topic: What is deeper learning?
    Panelists: Marc Chun, Hewlett Foundation; Eduardo Briceño, Mindset Works; Camille Farrington, University of Chicago; Larry Rosenstock, High Tech High; Jal Mehta, Harvard Graduate School of Education
    View here (live and archive)

Suggested readings (it’s like required readings, except we can’t really make you)

Tweet of the week #1 (read more here about the purpose of the tweet of the week)

  • Think of a time during your youth when you had a significant learning experience (in or out of school). What was it and why was it so significant?
    Tweet your response with the hashtags #WhatisDL #dlmooc

Put it into practice #1 (read more here about the purpose of PIP assignments)

On your own:

With a group:

Additional resources (even more optional than the suggested readings)


Preview week – Week of November 2, 2013
Theme: Academic mindsets

Welcome to our DLMOOC preview week! Please feel free to participate in any or all of these activities, either on the schedule we suggest or at some other time.

DLmooc on g+

Make sure to join our DLMOOC G+ Community, post what you’re doing this week there, and read what others have to say.

Panel discussion #1
Date and time: Monday, November 4 – 4:00-5:00pm Pacific
Topic:Academic Mindset Panel
Panelists: Eduardo Briceño, Camille Farrington, Carissa Romero
View here (live and archive)

Panel discussion #2
Date and time: Wednesday, November 6 – 4:00-5:00pm Pacific
Topic: Tuning Protocol on Academic Mindsets
Panelists:
View here (live and archive)

Readings

Core:

Additional:

Videos

Core:

Additional:

Put it Into Practice (PIP) – Assessing Our Mindsets

In this activity, you and/or your students or colleagues will have a chance to assess your own mindset and think more about how academic mindsets affect our learning.

  1. Take of one of these academic mindset assessments (You might also have your students or colleagues take one and then debrief as a group):

Or if you’d prefer, try developing your mindset survey and post it to the G+ Community. SurveyMonkey or Google doc forms are good tools for something like this.

  1. Look at the results. Do you mostly have a fixed or growth mindset? Does this seem right to you? How do you think this affects your learning process and how you approach things in your daily life?

  2. Post a short comment on the G+ Community about this exercise and what you learned from it in the context of our discussions this week, and/or tweet it out as well.

Tweet of the Week

Describe something that you have (or used to have) a fixed mindset about and why. Tweet with the hashtags #fixedmindset #dlmooc #deeperlearning

Additional resources

Rubrics on academic mindsets:

At the end of this week, please complete this survey to give us feedback to make DLMOOC even better. Thank you!