[IAEP] Where should we put Lesson Plans? Currwiki?

Caroline Meeks caroline at solutiongrove.com
Mon Sep 14 09:16:15 EDT 2009

Thank Martin!
Your email really helped me.

Here is my current thinking on lesson plans (not courses)

Dimension - Lesson Plans can be found.

Level 1 - People who did lesson plans have notes in varies places, if you
want to replicate what someone else has done you have to find them and ask
them to give you, then explain to you their notes.

Level 2 - Clear lesson plans are written up (often as pdfs) and posted but
everyone has their own place to post them.

Level 3 -
There is an official place to find printable lesson plans but there is
no search and no categorization.
 The location maybe language or country specific.

Level 4 - Pdf type lesson plans are gathered in one location that is managed
by a searchable database.  You can search by language, grade level and other
keywords as well as full text.

Dimension - Lesson Plans are easy to reuse with Sugar.

Level 1 - Lesson plans are in various formats on the internet.

Level 2 - Lesson plans are in neat easy to read and print pdfs

Level 3 - Lesson plans are more then pdfs they include sample files,
template files, links to what activities to download.

Level 4  - All the materials of the lesson are bundled into one file that
can be downloaded and loaded into your local Moodle instance making it ready
to go.

I'll let Kellie put that into Rubric Language ;)

So Peru looks like they are at Level 3 and Level 2.

The GPA team is at Level 1 on both dimensions. Its Kellie's job to move us
up between now and January.

I agree that Level 4 integration with Moodle is a goal, but first we have to
have examples where we have used Moodle to manage the lesson flow, then we
have to take those examples and decide how to export and import them.  I
don't think we will be there by this January.

Meanwhile on the Lesson Plans can be Found scale if we partner with
Curriwiki we can potentially get to Level 3.  Plus for the teacher while
they are searching they may well find other lesson plans not specifically
designed for Sugar that can be adapted to Sugar.

On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 6:06 AM, Martin Langhoff
<martin.langhoff at gmail.com>wrote:

> Some notes I think may be interesting.
> On Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 4:58 PM, Caroline Meeks <
> caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
>> For the Moodle advocates. I am a big Moodle fan. But I don't think its our
>> right now solution for the work we are talking about doing.
>>    1. Our target, elementary school teachers are not currently using
>>    either Moodle or Sugar, adding both at once makes the learning curve even
>>    harder.
>> Adding a 3rd system... easier?

>>    1. We are focusing on lesson plans in the 1 hour and even 20-minute
>>    groupwork time frames.  Moodle is more focused on longer time frames.
>> I am about to include José Cedeno's new 'timeline' courseformat which
> should make classroom usage a bit better :-)
>>    1. We are focusing on what the teacher will do and what the class will
>>    do both online and offline during the lesson as well as learning goals,
>>    standards, help for the teacher in differentiating the lesson etc.  Think
>>    the teachers guide for the text book. Moodle is more focused on what the
>>    student is doing online. Its not a very natural fit.
> That sounds a lot like the paper-based materials Peru is putting together.
> A booklet for the teacher that guides a (probably multi-day) "lesson"
> called "XO-Reporter" that covers lots of things, from choosing a topic to
> report on, asking good questions, writing in "news style" with inverted
> pyramid -- some parts involve using the XO.
> http://www.perueduca.edu.pe/olpc/archivos/Fasc_PERIODISTA.pdf
> More like that (though of varied depth)
> http://www.perueduca.edu.pe/olpc/OLPC_fichasfasc.html
> For new teachers, and in agreement that we are snowing them with a ton of
> new things, these docs seem to be most useful _on paper_.
> I cry a bit for the lost trees, but we do need these stepping stones. And
> heck, I like my key guides / books / references to be on paper. If things to
> aid & support computer use want to use the same screen I am trying to use
> for something else, it's a losing proposition.
>>    1. Moodle has tremendous promise in terms of reducing teacher
>>    workload.  Here is an example of what I hope that in the future Moodle will
>>    be able to:
>>       1. Provide a link that students click and they open a Write
>>       document that is a template/scaffolding for a specific assignment, say
>>       writing a scientific argument.
>> I have _just_ published a Moodle update on Friday that should do this. If
> a teacher creates a template and uploads it as part of Moodle topic
>>    1. When the document is saved it is automatically turned in as
>>       Homework in Moodle allowing the teacher to review and comment on the
>>       document from anywhere, even on days when the class does not see the science
>>       teacher.
>> That's a bit harder :-) but doable.
>> However, I still see Moodle as just one format teachers will use.
> Of course :)
> m
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Caroline Meeks
Solution Grove
Caroline at SolutionGrove.com

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