TEP 231 New Technologies for Learning
Summer 1999

Exemplars and the Bruce & Levin taxonomy

Subject: From Joanne & Joyce

This page is the Internet Public Library.  It houses links to a variety
of library-type resources: science info, encyclopedias, reading
(complete books/ some with audio and some without), etc.  It also has
"newspaper - like" articles, a question/answer option, and hints for
using computers. This site is like spending time at a library, but from
the comfort of your own home...

Fit in  the taxonomy ?
A. Media for Inquiry 2. Data access

What resources?
Computer, Internet access, mouse skills, ability to read, have to know
what they were looking for,

What goals?
Revision in writing process, research,  calculation, "digital desk"

Provides lesson plans for using the newspaper in the classroom.

Fit in taxonomy?
A. Media for Inquiry  1. Theory Building --> especially, knowledge

What resources?
Not necessarily in the classroom: Computer, Internet access

What goals?
This can be used to synthesize ideas presented in class in a real-life
Can tap prior knowledge of students.
Present life skill learning opportunities -- ie. classifieds.

Subject: 231- sites/taxonomy Ann Cerny Kim Douillard Teacher Site: www.surfnetkids.com/math.htm Where it fits into Taxonomy: This site links a teacher to examples of lessons, resources, etc. This particular site would probably be categorized as Inquiry (specifically data access and collection). However, some links take a teacher to sites that can be categorized as Communication (collaborative, etc.). Resources needed: Linked to web. TIME! Educational Goals: Helps take teachers (and thus students) beyond a texbook mode of learning. Gives variety to delivering information and to learning skills. Student Site www.score.rims.k12.ca.us Where it fits into Taxonomy: Definitely Inquiry. This site links students to sites for research on any topic within any subject taught in California schools. Those sites are also Inquiry in that they access information. (Other parts of the site may get into communication but we've only really explored the History and English pages. - in fact we just found a link under the Science page that allows students to connect with over 3,000 scientists and their work to answer a specific question. This takes the student into the Communication level.) Resources needed: as many computers with internet access as possible. This site is great for research projects because it is organized by grade level and/or subject. Depending on internet ability level, a computer resource person would be helpful. Because the internet can take a kid all over the place, having relatively specific tasks or pieces of information for the student to find may be helpful. Educational Goals: Increasing access to a greater variety of information, sources, and type of sources. Providing students with opportunities to direct their own inquiry (self-guided research).
Subject: Deaf World Web http://dww.deafworldweb.org/ This site would fit into two categories in the taxonomy: A: Media for Inquiry 1.Theory building a.Knowledge integration B: Media for Communication 2. Communication with others a.E-mail 3. Collaborative media Resources : Access to the internet Instructional goals: Exposure to the culture of deaf community. Acess to vocabulary support through the sign language dictionary. http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/jeannie/geometry/5-6/web/web.html This site would fit into three categories of the taxonomy: A: Media for Inquiry 1. Visualization software 2. Procedural models 3. Mathematical models B: Media for Communication 3. Collaborative media 4. Teaching media C: Media for Construction Resources: Acess to the internet. Some basic knowledge of tangrams. Instructrional goals: Expose students to the history of tangrams and how to construct different figures using the basic tangrams. Jodi Mowrey Annie Rego
Subject: TEP 231 categorization task Jones and Gerardi Teacher site: http://www.ciera.org/ideas-at-work/ This site is dedicated to early reading and has links to lesson plans, communicating with other educators, and resources for early reading. We felt that this site fit in to two areas of the taxonomy: inquiry and communication. The site made data accessible and included procedural models. It also included computer conferencing with other educators which is typical of communication media. Teaching media was also evidenced in the lesson plans and sample writing on the web site. As far as resources needed to use the information, teachers would need access to the internet and time. Teachers should have questions or areas in which they would like to research about early reading. Instructional Goals: Perhaps a teacher has a specific question about a child in his or her classroom. She could go to this web site to ask questions or look at student samples. Teachers can also find out how other teachers are translating research into action. Site for students: http://frog.simplenet.com/froggy/ Taxonomy: Inquiry: This site included frog pictures, sounds, scientific information, links to other frog sites, and songs. We thought that maybe songs could be included in the media for expression category. But, maybe that's a stretch. Resources: Access to the internet and a color monitor with sound. A tutorial on how to use the program. Students who could work together. Instructional Goals: Researching frogs Singing along Using a mouse Following along with a storybook.
Exemplary student website www.cellsalive.com fits into the Bruce & Levin taxonomy in the following categories: *Media for Inquiry --virtual reality & visualization --uses technology to extend the senses *Media for Construction --students can control the equipement--the "cams" Exemplary teacher website www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/cyberguide.html fits into the taxonomy by: *Media for Inquiry --procedural models via lesson planning *Media for communication --read suggestions from other teachers, experts in various fields, etc. --teaching media Both of these websites fit the authors' taxonomy well because they put the interests of the child first and meets the educational challenge to "nurture impulses for lifelong learning." Resources needed: 1.) STUDENTS: You have a couple of options-- Most useful if you had enough computers that students could explore in groups or on their own. If that is not a possibility, you could project the internet images onto the (overhead) screen as most public schools do today. 2.) TEACHER: You simply (ha) need a computer and whatever materials your particular interest dictates (i.e. the particular novel, access to software, etc) Educational goals: 1.) STUDENTS: Students will be able to see and manipulate something that is too small and obscure to really observe minus technology. It allows them to make stronger visual connections in their learning. (& it's exciting and more interesting than an old picture in an old book:) 2.) TEACHERS: Teachers will be able to integrate technology easily into their curriculum while being sure to meet content standards. Additionally, teachers are able to invigorate (or re-invigorate) old lesson plans with new ideas and sources--tried and true by educators. --Shawna Jackson and Kristi ELlis
Student Site http://disney.go.com/liveevents/today/drawing2.html Disney.com - Where the magic lives on This is an example of: A. Media for Inquiry 2.Data Access Music, voice, images, graphics, video, data tables, graphs B.Media for Communication 2.Communication (with other students) 4.Teaching Media (instructional simulations) D.Media for Expression Drawing, and animation Resources needed: A computer connected to the internet, specialized software(for instance real player), color printer for the graphics, sound card. Instructional Goals: The instructional goals would vary with the activity. Some parts of the site can support the arts and Art education. Teacher Site http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/ Science Net Links A.Media for Inquiry 1.Theory Building 2.Data Access 3.Data Collection 4.Data Analysis C.Media for Construction Construction of graphs and charts, and construction of a robot. Resources Needed: Computer, printer, access to internet, robotic kit Instructional Goals: Each activity on this site has a list of goals, and is correlated with a list of national science benchmarks and standards. Dan Trujillo Sharon Sinclair
From: april & Colleen Fitting to taxonomy: Teacher site: http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/ Taxonomy: Fits into Media for Inquiry: Data Access Resources needed: a computer with access to the internet. Probably a printer if you find curriculum you want to implement in your classroom. Goals: Curricular ideas, current legislation in education, connection to the state standards. Student site: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/main.html Taxonomy: Fits into Media for Inquiry: Theory building, Data Access. Fits into Media for Communication: Teaching media Fits into Media for Expression Resources Needed: Class lab of computers with internet access. No printers needed.Higher internet modem connection is desired otherwise it takes forever to move from screen to screen in the virtual museum. Desirable to have projection system for teachers directed instruction before students use. Goals: Instruction in geography, science, learn and apply concepts to solve problems.
Educator Site http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/ We find this web site falls into the category of Media for Inquiry as it includes theory building, data access, data collection, data analysis. Resources required would include access to the Web, a computer, a printer. Educational goals likely to achieve: A teacher could align classroom curriculum to the state standards, analyze and compare data, be informed about legal issues. Student Site http://www.pbs.org/kids/ We find this exemplary student site also falls into the category of Media for Inquiry. It has opportunities for students to connect to the world of video, texts, and images. It also has knowledge integration. Resources required would include: computer with audio, keyboard, and headphones. Educational goals would include knowledge acquisition, skill development, reading comprehension, encourages higher level thinking skills etc. Mary Noble Carla Sandu
Jim: Our first teacher resource web site choice: http://www.rethinkingschools.org/cgi/search.pl We think Rethinking Schools web site fits in the "Media for Inquiry" state of the taxonomy since this site offers article/journal index references and a database of all past and current journals. http://www.toefl.org/ is the second web site that is for students. It falls in the media for inquiry due to its data access to the TOEFL test. In addition, as the test is computer adaptive, it involves statistical analysis. Because students are able to interact by taking practice TOEFL tests, this web site also falls into the media for communication. Su Lee Stephanie La Qua
http://forum.swarthmore.edu/models/fredin.html A. Inquiry 1. Theory Building - math models (procerural) For example written and graphically illustrated models for constructioning solutions for various analytic functions - visualization software 2 Data Access - Has databases, imaging, graphs, texts,etc... 3. N.A. 4. Data Analysis - enviromnents for inquiry - problem solving programs B. Communication 1. N.A. 2. Communications witrh others 4. Theaching media C. Media for Constructio - Construction of graphs and charts D. N.A. Resources: A computer to access site, paper, cardboard box, and yarn for the example given. Instructional goals: Use this to teach about analytical equations and their graphic solutions. Exemplary web site for students: http://www.askjeeves.com/ Find out information such as characteristics and types of mollusks. Taxonomy: A. Inquiry 1. Theory Building -Knowledge representation -Knowledge integration 2. Data access -digital libraries -data bases -images and graphics B. Media for communication 4. Teaching media -tutoring systems Resources: This site requires the user to use a computer linked to the internet. It also requires the person to have some sort of inquiry. Dave has used this site in his classroom as a reference source for his students. For example, a student asked him, "What is a mollusk?" Dave sent him to look at this site and the studetn found this URL with info about mollusks as well as relevant links. This site can be used like an encylcopedia and contains science labs as well as a wide variety of info and resources on other subjects. Jean and Dave
http://www.pbs.org/ This is one of the exemplary web sites we thought fit in the taxanomy. Why? Because it has the following: A. Media For Inquiry-- Model exploration and simulation tool kits, data modeling, math models, knowledge integration, hypertext and hypermedia environments, library access and ordering, music, voice, etc., problem solving programs B. Media For Communication-- e-mail, computer conferencing, tutoring systems, instructional simulations, drill and practice systems. C. Media For Construction-- nothing D. Media For Expression-- drawing and painting programs, interavtive video and hypermedia The resources needed to use this web site include: computer, modem, mouse or touch pad, (one for each student would be best if at all possible). The goals to be accomplished include" learning within the fiels of math, science, social studies, art, literature, music, (just a about everything). The second Web page has the following: A. Media for Inquiry--model exploration and simulation toolkits, virtual reality environments, nath models, knowledge integration. Also contains hypertext and hypermedia environments, library access and ordering, music, voice, etc., survey makers for student-run surveys adn interviews, problam solving programs. B. Media for Communication--word processing, tutoring systems, drill and practice systems. C. Media for Construction--nada D. Media for Expression--nothing Lisa and Liz
I and Stephanies sent you the information about the exemplary educational web site. However, as far as needed resources to use any of the exemplary web sites that everyone has found so far, I have found that the English language to be an obstacle for my class. I will have a class of Spanish-speakers learning reading and writing in their primary language. All of the suggested web sites would be great once they get closer to transitioning into English. However, for the time being, what educational Spanish web sites are out there for Spanish speaking students? Where would be the best place to start looking? (I have to admit, I haven't gotten a chance to look, yet.) For my students, it would be ideal to find any web site that promots Spanish literacy as well as other academic areas such as math or science. However, the web sites that Stephanie and I have found would be a complex exposure to English vocabulary. It would be ideal to have a web site that would be more simplistic for my "English learners." Su

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