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Martin Elementary
Professional Development Workshop
Andover, Kansas

Create a Thinking Curriculum with Technology

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Discover how to modify the curriculum you are already teaching so that it becomes student-centered. Using project-based and problem-based learning examples, you will explore ways that technology can be used as a tool for enhancing student learning. You will discover how to address state standards, meet curricular goals, and use formative and summative assessments to measure student success.

Create a Thinking Curriculum with Technology

  1. Understand Your Resources
    1. Four Types of Technology - Activity One
    2. Four Levels of Technology Use - Activity Two
    3. Best Use of Technology
    4. Engage Model - Framework for Effective Technology Use in Schools - Activity Three
  2. Thinking Curriculum Is Goal-Oriented
    1. Learning Standards
      1. State Learning Standards
      2. National Educational Technology Standards for Students
      3. National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers
      4. National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators
      5. Information Literacy Standards
    2. Using Technology for Professional Development
      1. CINCH Searching Strategies
      2. Educational Databases
      3. http://ltts.org/
  3. Understand What Is Thinking Curriculum
    1. Best Practices - Activity Four
    2. Nine Authentic Challenging Tasks Activity Five
    3. Suggested Framework: Big6TM - Activity Six
    4. Exploring Applications
      1. http://pblmm.k12.ca.us/
      2. http://www.bie.org/index.php/site/PBL/web_resources/
      3. http://www.schoolnet.ca/grassroots/e/project.centre/search-projects.asp
      4. Grades K-2: http://www.esc20.net/etprojects/formats/k_2.html
      5. Grades 3-5: http://www.esc20.net/etprojects/formats/3_5.html
      6. Grades 6-8: http://www.esc20.net/etprojects/formats/6_8.html
      7. Grades 9-12: http://www.esc20.net/etprojects/formats/9_12.html
  4. Applying this to Your Curriculum
    1. Determine the Scope
    2. Identify Learning Goals and Objectives – Activity Seven
    3. Defining a Problem – Activity Eight
    4. Teaching Students Searching Strategies – Activity Nine
      1. http://www.tammypayton.net/courses/search/
    5. Teaching Students How to Cite Electronic Resources
      1. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/cgos/idx_basic.html
      2. http://www.classroom.com/community/connection/howto/citeresources.jhtml
    6. Applying Big6TM to Your Curriculum
    7. Assessing Your Thinking Curriculum
    8. Using Formative and Summative Assessments – Activity Ten
    9. Online Resource Help
      1. Assessing Student Work with PBL
      2. PBL Checklists
      3. RubiStar


Big Six +1
Canning, Annie. (2001) Big6TM: Information Problem Solving with Technology. Big6TM. http://big6.com/showarticle.php?id=107&page=0. (accessed: 24 March 2003).
Kinds of Technology and Authentic Challenging Tasks
Using Technology to Support Education Reform. (1993). Office of Educational Research and Improvement. http://www.ed.gov/pubs/EdReformStudies/TechReforms/chap1b.html (accessed 24 March 2003).
Best Practices: Shift in Educational Paradigms
Zemelman, S., H. Daniels, & A. Hyde. (1998). Best Practice New Standards for Teaching and Learning in America’s Schools, 2nd ed. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
What is Project Based Learning?
Project Based Learning Handbook. (1999). Buck Institute for Education. Novato, CA: Buck Institute for Education. http://www.bie.org.