Creating a School of the Future
Participants will be able to:
Cooperative groups of teaches generated ideas for a school of the future. Orally they described the ideas they would want in their new school. After narrowing down the one particular trait they were interested in investigating the particpants picked partners to work with.
Using the PDA resource center and the local library the teachers located journal articles and books on the topic they were interested in. These topics included: curriculum, teaching methods, school buildings.
Once each team of teachers finalized their reserach they would put together a poster or mobile identifying the key traits. This, along with, an oral report defined their vision.
Teacher Role: The instructor handed out two product descriptors at the beginning of the activity. One described what was needed for the process of research (number of sources, time period, quotes from experts, etc) and the other defined the product itself (poster or mobile)
The teachers worked in teams to brainstorm initial ideas. No jobs were assigned and only one report-out was needed. The rest of the project was done in self-selected pairs with only one product produced.
Hook:There was no hook-just an assignment distributed.
Student-Directed Learning: Pairs of students could determine what to choose as their topic and whether or not to do a mobile or poster.
Use of Technology: The only technolgy used would have been the computer for word processing the final product. Presentations would have been made orally with visuals created with posters or mobiles.
Assessment: Teachers would have been graded on their effort in researching information for their project and on the final presentation. A product descriptor distributed to the teachers by the instructor would have given them the expecations.
Created for the Fermilab
LInC program sponsored by Fermi National
Accelerator Laboratory Education Office
and Friends of Fermilab, and
funded by United States Department of Energy,
Illinois State Board of Education,
North Central Regional Technology in Education
Consortium which is operated by North Central
Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National
Lockporty High School District 205 Lockport, IL
Created: February 15, 2001 - Updated: April 18, 2001