SL01:BEEF-UP

This morning, woke up at 8am to catch up with another workshop/ talk in SL. I was pretty excited when I reach the place. Looked very charming and awesome for a place to discuss. Unfortunately, my SL / internet-line is giving me problems. So I wasn’t much of a help in the discussion. The discussion was lead by Diane Lewis or K9 Kidd (in SL), focused on beefing up the instruction / pedagogy in using the tool.

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During the discussion, we were NOTECARDS to guide us in the activity. Each phase of discussion was overseen by K9 Kidd. She would also remind us of the time.

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NoteCard 1: SIMULATION 1

WHAT TO DO:

LOOK over the standards (below) for the unit you will teach.

AS a group, decide which activities (below) you will do with your students

GO to Survey Monkey:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H6GQG82

HAVE one member of your group select the activities your group selected.

RETURN to home!

Standards

1.    SS.5.A.2.2: Identify Native American tribes from different geographic regions of North America (cliff dwellers and Pueblo people of the desert Southwest, coastal tribes of the Pacific Northwest, nomadic nations of the Great Plains, woodland tribes east of the Mississippi River).
2.    SS.5.A.2.3: Compare cultural aspects of Native American tribes from different geographic regions of North America including but not limited to clothing, shelter, food, major beliefs and practices, music, art, and interactions with the environment.
3.    SS.5.A.3.3: Describe interactions among Native Americans, Africans, English, French, Dutch, and Spanish for control of North America.

Possible Activities

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2.    Make Totem poles representing the cultural aspects of your assigned tribe using paper towel or toilet paper rolls.
3.    Create a class Wikipedia- Create a wiki page that includes your research on a tribe from one of the regions (Desert Southwest, Pacific Northwest, etc.)
4.    Blog about a “Day in the Life Of” a Native American.
5.    Native American Picture Writing- Use crinkled brown paper to create a “leather” drawing using elements of Native American culture.
6.    Create a VoiceThread from the perspective of different Native American tribes and persons from other cultures.
7.    Dress up in clothing of traditional Native American and persons from other cultures and have a treaty meeting/pow wow.
8.    Create Native American beads or moccasins.
9.    Read and/or watch Island of the Blue Dolphins (a story about a 12-year-old Native American girl who gets stranded on an island and has to learn how to fend for herself).
10.    Use Inspiration to illustrate the relationships between various tribes

11.    Label a map of North America and pinpoint where the tribes lived in each region.
12.    Create a PowerPoint presentation with a slide for each cultural aspect of the tribe you’re assigned.
13.    Create a timeline of events for an assigned tribe.
14.    Create a digital story examining what traditional cultural aspects remain and what has changed for your tribe.
15.    Conduct Internet and book research about your tribe.
16.    Participate in a Quest Atlantis mission on a Native American- Mesa Verda Unit.
17.    Write a report about your tribe.
18.    Debate the pro’s and cons of gambling on Native American reservations today.
19.    Write your own Native American folktale and record it as a podcast.
20.    Compare/contrast two tribes from different regions. Create a PowerPoint presentation.

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NoteCard 2: SIMULATION 2 – Part A

WHAT TO DO:

LOOK over the standards (below) for the unit you will teach.

READ the Understanding (below) that you are planning for the students to develop.

AS a group, decide how you would assess whether or not students had that understanding.
(This does not have to be “tool” or “strategy” specific – such as “students will podcast…” – but might be action-oriented – such as “students will debate…” “students will present…” “students will create…”

HAVE one member create a note card outlining your assessment(s).

RETURN to home!

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NoteCard 3: SIMULATION 3

WHAT TO DO:

LOOK over the standards (below) for the unit you will teach.

THINK about the High, Medium and Low impact circles we talked about.

IDENTIFY each of the 20 activities below as having High, Medium or Low impact on the development of the understanding (below).

DISCUSS which activities you would NOW choose to do. Did you make some changes from your first set? Elect a leader that will report orally to the whole group on this!

GO to Survey Monkey:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6TFPG6J

HAVE one member of your group select the activities your group selected.

RETURN to home!

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Here I am “beamed” up with my group mates, Kimberly and Scottmerrick to have a more private discussion overseen by K9 Kidd. Awesome idea!!

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This is the conversation I had with them..trying to catch up despite the lagging laggish internet line.

The moral of the story:

Make sure the internet line is OKAY.

How the discussion was conducted can be replicated for a discussion in a virtual classroom.

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