2011-2012 Challenge Map

Breakdown for Engage by Marking Period

1st Marking Period

  • 3/4: Ed Tech Skills
    • Fab Fables Theatre
      • Focus Skills (Instruction and Assessment)
        • Technological Literacies - Wiki editing, audacity, commenting
        • Teaming, Collaboration, and Interpersonal Skills
        • Interactive communication - commenting on others' work
      • Secondary Skills (no direct instruction, only providing opportunity to explore/practice)
        • Creativity
        • HOTS - Metacognition/Reflection
    • Mini Michigan Biography (Character Ed)
      • Focus Skills (Instruction and Assessment)
        • Technological Literacies
        • Questioning / Curiosity - Students ask some of their own questions as a part of the inquiry process
        • Information literacies - notetaking and citing sources
      • Secondary Skills (no direct instruction, only providing opportunity to explore/practice)
        • Teaming, Collaboration, and Interpersonal Skills
        • HOTS - Metacognition/Reflection
    • Interview - Favorite Class, Choice Hour, Activity so far
      • Focus Skills (Instruction and Assessment)
        • Technological Literacies
        • Visual literacies
      • Secondary Skills (no direct instruction, only providing opportunity to explore/practice)
        • Teaming, Collaboration, and Interpersonal Skills
        • HOTS - Metacognition/Reflection
  • 5/6: Engage Overview & Towers
    • Focus Skills
      • Team-Building, Collaboration, Interpersonal Skills
        • sharing & blending ideas
        • listening to others
        • asking questions
        • staying with group
        • sharing control - leading & following
        • including others in decision-making

    • Secondary Skills
      • problem-solving
      • time management
  • 7/8: Engage Overview & CSI
    • Focus Skills:
      • documentation
      • effective use of real world tools
      • higher order thinking
        • inventive thinking
        • in/deductive thinking
      • sound reasoning
      • managing complexity
      • literacies
        • basic scientific & technology
        • visual information
    • Secondary
      • self direction
      • interactive communication
      • risk-taking
      • problem-solving

2nd Marking Period

  • 3/4: Simulations - Zoo Tycoon
    • Focus Skills (Instruction and Assessment)
      • Add
      • Add
    • Secondary Skills (no direct instruction, only providing opportunity to explore/practice)
      • Add
      • HOTS - Metacognition/Reflection
  • 5/6: Project - tbd

  • 7/8: Sim City
    • Focus Skills:
      • prioritizing/planning
      • personal, social, civic responsibility
      • real world/cities connections
        • city planner guest speakers

      • higher order thinking
        • problem solving
          • solving bad sim city
        • understanding systems (understanding implicit rules of simulation)
        • interdependence
        • predicting, drawing inferences
    • Secondary:
      • documentation
        • tinker to proficiency
        • tips & tricks
        • video/screen cast
      • reflection
        • machinama - videos out of screen captures (remixing, creative writing)

3rd Marking Period

  • 3/4:
  • 5/6: Invention Convention(?)
    • Focus Skills
      • Inventive Thinking, Creativity, Innovation
      • Adaptability
        • flexible thinking
        • problem-solving: try, fail, regroup, try again
      • High Productivity
        • self-direction
        • planning
        • prioritizing
    • Secondary Skills
      • Documentation & Reflection
      • Digital literacy
        • information literacy (research)
        • visual literacy - representation/demonstration of ideas & product in ways others can understand
  • 7/8: Race & Crash
    • Focus Skills
      • basic scientific literacy - physics
      • team work & collaboration
      • iterative design
      • sound reasoning
      • curiosity
      • creativity
      • risk-taking
      • managing for results
      • relevant high quality product
      • problem solving (design, test & redesign)
        • trial & error
    • Secondary Skills
      • self-direction
      • documentation & reflection


4th Marking Period

  • 3/4:
  • 5/6: Engage Olympics
    • Focus Skills - in 4 separate rounds?
      • Digital Age Literacy - tool flexibility/fluency, representation of ideas
      • Inventive Thinking - problem-solving, adaptability, blending ideas
      • High Productivity - time & project management; self-direction
      • Effective Communication - documentation & reflection, sharing ideas,
    • Secondary Skills
      • teamwork, collaboration, interpersonal skills

  • 7/8: (Re)Make -This unit is an open-ended opportunity to create an investigation of the student's choice, once their proposal is accepted.
    • Focus Skills
      • managing for results
      • prioritizing and planning
      • team work & collaboration
      • iterative design
      • sound reasoning
      • curiosity
      • creativity
      • risk-taking
      • managing for results
      • problem solving (design, test & redesign)
      • trial & error
  • Secondary Skills
    • self-direction
    • documentation & reflection
    • teamwork, collaboration, interpersonal skills


Possible ideas?

3/4 Likely projects
  • Game Simulations
    • Wiki Pages - FAQs, Tips & Tricks,
    • Game Review?
    • Creativity - What tool, modification, etc. would you add to the game? How would that affect the game?
  • Digital Storytelling
    • Photostory or
    • Scratch Animation
  • Math HowTo videos
    • Screencasts like Khan Academy or
    • Photostory like Jim and Tom's
  • Science Olympiad styles Challenges
  • Multimodal Science Labs
  • Animations for teaching (life cycle, water cycle, etc.)
    • Scratch
    • Hype
    • Animoto
  • Michigan musEum - Open ended Make type project for end of year
    • Cooking show episode of a Michigan recipe with Michigan products
    • Virtual Field Trip
    • History Reenactment
  • African American History Month (probably for co-teaching)
    • Glogster
Digital art project
http://www.epals.com/projects/info.aspx?divid=spotlight_main#

5/6 Ideas for 2nd Card Marking:
  • "Design Your Own School"
  • Programming
    • Scratch
    • Kodu
    • Others?





5/6 Team Notes

Meeting Agendas


4/1/10
1/4/10
Riding the Edge
read & respond
setting a goal

Invention Convention
timeline: Feb. 1st - April 15th
begin - Feb. 1st
end - April 15th

To do:

Engage Olympics
timeline: 2 weeks
begin - Tuesday, June 1st
end - Wednesday, June 16th

To do:

2010-2011 Map
Other
science topics?

12/20
see Riding the Edge - CBL
11/30

1. Solar system -
  • timeline
  • resources
  • photostory
  • add team glossaries to wikis
  • review wiki gardening
2. Review assessments from rotation - how'd things go?
3. Test probeware
4. Rolling On the River, global collaboration project (sci)

11/23

1. Discuss how rotations went. Wiki questions? Are the crickets all inventoried & put away properly for the spring.
What went well:
  • managing materials; don't need as many
  • roller coaster & crickets good for rotation model
  • renewable/non-renewable, energy conservation & electricity more difficult
  • kids enjoyed engaging activities at little cost
  • kids surfaced as leaders who haven't before
  • wikis worked very well
    • transparency
    • students able to use flexibly (Pauline's student - taking pic to model understanding & post it to wiki)
What needs to be tweaked:
  • too much information
    • sift and pull out needed/necessary information; make deeper, more meaningful; less is more
    • add templates to wiki for note-taking; data-recording; etc.
  • plan in process, application, reflection time
  • mind calendar dates when planning rotation (one team lost 3 consecutive
  • 1 teacher mans single rotation - students rotate T,W,Th to teacher of assigned rotation; M,F regroup, debrief with classroom teacher

If I could change one thing to strengthen experience for students next time...
- reduce paper load
- teacher access - could we post info digitally so they can have resources to draw from without needing to revisit with teacher?
- full afternoon classes = larger blocks of time
- breathing room; protected time for debrief, reflection with homeroom
- create online tutorials
  • Intro topics: rotation introductions; daily directions
  • List online resources with each rotation
  • Uploading videos to wiki, Moodle, etc. (atomic learning, bps wikis, ask another team)
  • Keep pushing team work
To Do:
  • inventory cricket kits; list replacement/repair supplies to Sara BEFORE Dec 14
  • Review assessment - see what they show


2. Review & Update Digital Storytelling Unit (Prepare all materials) What do we need?
Goal:
Work to build personal story - what makes a good personal story
Students create rubric


Edit, proofread,

3. Laptop status? Do we have all the software we need. How many laptops are still working?
4. Solar system review.