It is that time of year again and we are publishing our annual Maine Literacy and Technology Pilot report. I am sharing part 1 here because - as you will notice - the level of meta-cognition required for students within this 21st century framework. Collaboration requires a level of self-awareness and self-direction. This begs the question - are we teaching meta-cognition as explicitly as we should?
Sunday, June 26, 2011
To many of you, this may sound like an odd combination - given the grade levels and content areas. However, one of the essential elements we discovered last year through our EDU 593 class, was the existent of common characteristics in the collaborative process - spanning grade levels and contents.
We began EDU 593 - Guided Inquiry in the 21st Century Classroom: Technology and Literacy - in the Spring of 2010.
Guided inquiry of and in itself demands collaboration - between the expert other and the novice (Vygotzky). However, within the context of technology and what we now know about the importance of social interaction, we soon identified students' and teachers' ability to - "share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society" - as the top priority as well as the area where many teachers need the most assistance; staff development and practice.
We began with the rubric found in Carol Kuthlthau's text, Guided Inquiry; Learning in the 21st
Century (one primary text for the course).
Using Guided Inquiry to foster collaboration in the classroom with technology in order to provide a framework for students to understand information through a globally aware and culturally literate lens.
- Research & Gather information
- Empathy / Frame of reference
- Making connections (Gardner)
- Cause and effect
- Cultural Awareness
- Understanding the role of Technology
- Participant Responsibilities
- Effective communication
- Research & Gather Information
- Share Information
- Be Punctual
- Take Responsibility
- Fulfill Team Role's Duties
- Participate in Science Conference
- Share Equally
- Value Others' Viewpoints
- Listen to Other Teammates
- Cooperate with Teammates
- Make Fair Decisions
Cultural Literacy Rubric:
- Awareness of culture
- Awareness of history and its impact
- Perspective taking - history
- Stereotyping and bias
- Language proficiency
- Awareness of technology’s impact on interconnections between nations/ individuals, global economy
- Understanding of the interconnected-ness of the global economy
- Understanding of the impact of global economy on political decision-making
- Understanding the impact of decisions made by national, international organizations on societies, environment, economies
- Understanding of the impact of culture on political relationships
- Understanding of the impact of ideology, culture on decisions related to technology and access
- Participation in the global society
Definitions:Guided Inquiry - definition here
Collaborative Reasoning - not consensus,...
Can we create core common language and a core language --> Use in the rubric
“Collaborative reasoning discussions are intended to create a forum for children to listen to one another think out loud as they learn to engage in reasoned argumentation.”
Look at Costa’s work