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  • Mark Mouck posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    HI Karen,

    This is the best comment ever. You saw things in the student comments that I didn’t. I have lived in Asia, my fourth continent, for only a year and a half, and I still have much to understand about the unique learning needs here. To be honest, I was completely thrown by comments about “plagiarising” in a number of the interviews…[Read more]

  • Mark Mouck posted a new activity comment 3 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Thomas,

    I just finished reading your final project for course five. I’m heading off to work now so I will catch your video later. It looks like you were able to pull off some pretty serious international collaboration. Very cool. We’ll have to trade notes on approaches to R&J to start thinking about things we can do together!

    Mark

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  • Final Course Final Project
    Social Note Taking
    COETAILS, I think you moved me.  Here’s how I know for sure: after a year and a half of coursework, my students are better at documenting their understanding of a di […]

    • Hi Mark,

      I’m watching your movie and screen shot of your google drive. In keeping with your sharing notes, would you share English 9 Course Description and Syllabus and English 9 Back to School? Gleaning them would be good fodder for me.

      Yours,
      TW

      • Hi Thomas,

        I just finished reading your final project for course five. I’m heading off to work now so I will catch your video later. It looks like you were able to pull off some pretty serious international collaboration. Very cool. We’ll have to trade notes on approaches to R&J to start thinking about things we can do together!

        Mark

    • Loved your movie! It’s artful in a way I can only aspire to but probably not attain. And of course, how can anything be bad with funky socks and cute cats?! More seriously, I think some of the issues your kids had with the note-sharing may be cultural in terms of ideas like where knowledge comes from (many of our Asian kids would say the teacher, and probably distrust each others’ interpretations) and who it belongs to (a feeling that “I have the right answer, and I don’t want to share”). As for the girl who said she didn’t like it because seeing others’ ideas made her question her own, I would actually see that as a ringing endorsement. That kind of cognitive dissonance, in my mind, is what we want students (at least older ones who can handle different perspectives) to experience, so they can question their own assumptions and move forward to new learning, even if it takes them beyond their comfort zone.

      I haven’t worked with collaborative note-taking but once (long ago) interned in a community college ESL classroom where we were using an early version of a LAN for pre-writing discussions. It definitely deepened the level of learning and writing when students were able to view each others ideas on the articles they read, often about controversial topics. Even students at opposite ends of the political spectrum, and those with very different cultural backgrounds, gained a much more mature perspective on both the issues themselves and the reasons for other people’s beliefs.

      • HI Karen,

        This is the best comment ever. You saw things in the student comments that I didn’t. I have lived in Asia, my fourth continent, for only a year and a half, and I still have much to understand about the unique learning needs here. To be honest, I was completely thrown by comments about “plagiarising” in a number of the interviews from my students (I have well over three hours of interviews from before and after the project – only a very little made it in.) In the interviews where comments surfaced on the ownership of ideas, as you rightly call it, I ended up having lengthy discussions, not about plagiarism, but about socially constructed knowledge. I had not considered the relationship between their ownership of knowledge and some of the issues I see our students having with the social construction of it. I will have to go back and reevaluate the interviews. This is good stuff, Karen.

        But then you take it a notch higher. I had no clue what to make of the girl who said that seeing the ideas of others made her doubt her own. I did not see it as the opportunity to talk about the nature of knowledge and its relationship with certainty. This idea I will take back to my students. This comment will change how I help my students navigate the encounter with “the other” in order to build on (rather than steal from, or disregard) ideas.

        Thanks, Karen, thank you for seeing way beyond the parochial view I took while making this video. And thanks for sharing what you saw with me.

        Mark

    • Mark,
      Thoroughly enjoyed reading about your project. I am dabbling with Cornell Note taking with my 8th grade science students. I am finding that students are becoming more successful when I they see how others are doing it via Google Docs. Through sharing, my students are coming up with the same responses that your students did on the video. They like it, don’t like it, or are on the fence.
      I have found that the students who don’t like it are either my advanced students who feel they aren’t benefitting from it, unless they only see other advanced student work or they are a few who are wary of showing their notes to others for fear of not being good enough. Then there are those who feel that there are takers who aren’t putting in the effort but are benefitting from the work of their peers.
      I really appreciate the documentation you provided at the end of your post. Now I can look up some culled information on the subject and continue working on note taking skills.
      Thank you for sharing a great project!
      Valya

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    I have had a bit of a mind shift.  I have spent the last several weeks of COETAILS reading about note-taking.  I realized, however, that there is a bit of problem that is greater t […]

  • Mark Mouck posted a new activity comment 4 years ago

    Hi Kate,

    Thank you for your comment. It is too early to tell if students are not learning as much because they are relying on others to take notes for them.

    There was a similar concern regarding the way in which I had students share their essays with each other. The teacher with whom I spoke about how students submit assignments in my…[Read more]

  • Engaging Professional Learning Networks
    Some people like to keep their personal lives and their professional lives separate.  The fishbowl of International Teaching, however, distorts the line between the two […]

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  • I swear I have vowed to write shorter posts.  The excitement, however, cannot be contained within 750 words.
    Concerns over the Project Design

    Over the past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending an IB […]

    • This is excellent! I to have struggled through grading essays on Google docs and now I so appreciate it! This year we have changed to Schoology so I have a whole new system to learn. I really like your ideas about note taking. Sometimes I struggle with letting them collaborate because I worry one of them will not even read what they share and then they will not learn as much. Do you find that to be true? Thanks for your post!

      • Hi Kate,

        Thank you for your comment. It is too early to tell if students are not learning as much because they are relying on others to take notes for them.

        There was a similar concern regarding the way in which I had students share their essays with each other. The teacher with whom I spoke about how students submit assignments in my class, and, in fact, several teachers since, have expressed concerns that students would simply copy each other. I suspect, however, that rather than copying ideas wholesale, they are copying approaches to analyzing literature, which, as I see it, is the whole point of my class. Plagiarizing off of another student in the class has never been an issue but would be immediately obvious.

        You are right, though, that I need to be on the lookout for students who are mindlessly copying and pasting to ensure that they master the skills and content that are the purpose of the notes. I think one trick I have armed myself with is frequent low-stakes testing (quizzes). They have to know the day’s notes well enough to apply them to next reading or writing assignment.

  • Mark Mouck posted a new activity comment 4 years, 4 months ago

    Hi John, Great plan! The communal documentation of ideas is excellent. I had to stop using wikis because all of the wikis I have ever found only allow one person to modify the page at a time. For the several years that I used them, I would always have to explain several aspects of wikis that they need to be aware of. 1) You must prepare your…[Read more]

  • Mark Mouck posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Kara, your discussion of the engagement created by games reminds me of the work Judith Langer does with the literary classroom http://www.albany.edu/etap/Judith_Langer.php. Where video games create an imaginative world with its own internal logic and structure, books create worlds to be inhabited. Langer’s process, which relies on socially…[Read more]

  • Mark Mouck posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    Rats, somehow the second half of my comment got cut off. It said something to the effect that it is curious that a system that was so powerfully good for so long is now viewed so disdainfully. Part of the answer lies in the abuse such human systems inevitably encounter and which is documented in Diane Ravitch’s review of Yong Zhao’s “Who’s…[Read more]

  • Mark Mouck posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    I enjoyed the way in which you contrasted the future of education with the past of education particularly as you presented education as a way to get the empire in lockstep. The Confucian model of education, and the imperial examination, or keju, originated as a meritocratic process to identify and prepare civil servants and, at the upper…[Read more]

    • That’s very interesting – Sugata Mitra was more euro-centric! You’re right though – the Chinese beat the British by a fair few centuries with mass education!!! I used both examples this afternoon when tutoring a high school student of mine who loves to discuss “why are we learning this?” and “why in this way?”!

  • ThumbnailThe Evolution of Educational Technology
    As we develop technology, technology develops us.

    What’s interesting about the video above is the accelerating speed with which the eras evolve.  Some several […]

    • I can’t believe it…I watched/listened to that tomato kitchen timer video for about 8 minutes before I realized that nothing else was going to happen. So now I had to check out the App to see how it works, which led me to some research on the Pomodoro technique (good old Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique). I am intrigued and am going to try it with grading, which is always a source of procrastination for me. When reading about time management I found another, free app called Nozbe (https://nozbe.com/) that allows you to collaborate on projects, make to-do lists and manage your time. I feel like it might be a neat tool to try, especially in today’s world of constant collaboration.

  • Mark Mouck posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    I recently read about another COETAILer who described how nice it is to receive a comment. He’s right. Thank you for yours.

    TodaysMeet offers the potential for anonymity because participants can choose any name they want when they log into a room. The first time I used the transcript from a room for a post, the names did not appear. I…[Read more]

  • Thumbnailsocially constructed notes: a review of previous posts
    Over the last several weeks, I have been exploring the variety of aspects that go into collaborative note taking.  First, I began by looking at why note […]

  • Mark Mouck posted a new activity comment 4 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks, Thomas, I have been having trouble figuring out how to make PBL authentic and relevant to the curriculum. I spent quite a bit of time jumping around the two blogs you mention here as well as a link to BIE, a website that hosts information about PBLs including research and examples:…[Read more]

  • Thumbnailreverse instruction, games and play
    I am taking permission from the description of course four to move slightly off piste.  The description of course four says that we can respond to inspirations in the course […]

  • Mark Mouck posted a new activity comment 4 years, 6 months ago

    I have met that horse and he is me 8^> (with apologies to Commodore Perry and Walt Kelly: http://www.thisdayinquotes.com/2011/04/we-have-met-enemy-and-he-is-us.html). There is some great research coming out about the effects of the use of technology in the classroom. Interestingly, according to this article in Education Week…[Read more]

    • Thanks for your encouragement, Mark. Using it effectively as a teacher and how to guide students to use it effectively is the biggest and amorphous challenge for me. I look to creative people like Ileana Jimenez and Bianca Hewes for ideas, and my colleagues are great. Then I work to connect it to MYP and DP. That brings its own rewards.

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