This was their challenge: Give me 5!
This is what it is all about! The most impressive workshop I
attended at TCEA was presented by students from Dublin ISD, TX. It was
inspiring to see the real tangible benefits of putting technology tools
in the hands of students and focusing on 21st century skills. It was like watching 21st century skills in 3D!
challenge was based on these five skills: Challenge, Collaborate,
Research, Create and Assessment. The students selected and effectively
leveraged simple web tools in unique ways to achieve their goals. The
challenge they chose was to connect the schools and community to
increase pride and school spirit. They focused on the rich history of
the town (home of the original Dublin Dr. Pepper) by connecting the
schools with local museums.
Collaborate, Connect and Research
wonderful to see the students select and use the tools to do the job
rather than have the 2.0 tools retrofitted to the project. They started
the challenge by brainstorming solutions to problems in both their
school and local community. Inspired by Steve Jobs, they sought to
think globally and act locally.
They began their collaboration using TodaysMeet
, a simple online meeting room to brainstorm solutions to community
challenges from their school community to their local community. This
allowed them to post ideas, comment on posts and contribute 24-7 to the
conversation. They also used project share as their workspace to “virtually” meet and share ideas, resources, etc.
Understanding the power of social media in their world, they chose to use Twitter (developing hashtags) and Facebook to get the word out and increase school spirit, connect to local museums and increase community pride. They also used Twitterfall
to research attitudes towards the Dublin Dr. Pepper plant shutting
down production of the original Dublin Dr. Pepper recipe. They continue
to use these communication tools to improve school spirit and student
participation by announcing school events, news, etc.
of their solutions was to strengthen the connection between local
museums and the schools. Working closely with local museums, they
created content, and contributed to off-site curriculum centers. They
made QR codes to link artifacts and information using Beetagg and Kaywa. The created videos and posted them on schooltube to promote school spirit.
Are they making a difference? In order to find this out, they used polleverywhere,
a place to get responses to questions via text messages, to gather data
about the success of their campaigns. I have no doubt that this
project will go further.
Bottom line, under the guidance of
Jennifer Miller, these students were given the opportunity to problem
solve, choosing tools to create an impact beyond their classroom doors.
This teacher has provided a true training ground for the 21st century. No doubt, these kids will go far!