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

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Tue Sep 15 17:00:43 EDT 2009

+1, except not just PDFs. We have much better presentation formats,
such as Scratch, Turtle Art Portfolio, and Etoys presentation objects.

On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 6:16 AM, Caroline Meeks
<caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
> 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.

And the search engine makes it easy to find suitable materials in the database.

> 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.
>>> 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?
>>> 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 :-)
>>> 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.
>>> 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:
>>> 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
>>> 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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