I think that Wendy Drexler’s research on the creation of PLE’s in the science classroom is the very close to what I am thinking in the creation of the Open Classroom – courses. Although the courses will be much shorter, but ultimately lead to a project, Wendy’s student completed their Open Course -in their regular f2f classroom.
This is the outline of the unit for Science 7:
The Networked Student Unit Plan – 9 Weeks
Unit Objective: The student will model the scientific method through the construction of
personal learning environments to research a self-selected topic in life science.
Preparation – 2 weeks
• Teacher introduces the scientific method, what it means to be a scientist, and how to
think like a scientist. Students embark on a scientific exploration based on the scientific
method. Each student selects his or her topic of study, conducts a KWL (what you
know, what you want to know, what you learn), and establishes a research question and
• Acceptable/Responsible Use Policy is discussed and signed by each participating
• The project is positioned within the following perspective. What if your teachers
disappeared and you had to learn on your own? Would you give up on learning? Where
would you begin? Why would learning be important? You are an empowered learner.
You have the power to learn anything. How much you learn is up to you. How you
manage your learning is up to you. How you manage your time is up to you. A big part
of your success will depend on how well you are organized.
|Introduction of Tools – 2 weeksWeb applications are introduced one at a time to give
students the chance to master the tool within the context of the study topic. Digital literacy is integrated into these lessons as needed. The essential questions of digital literacy are presented. Where can you go for good information? How do you know if you can trust what you find? How will you find subject matter experts you can trust to help you learn? Why is reflection important when you are learning something new? Why is it important to share what you’ve learned? How will you share?
Daily research, reflection, share 3 weeks
Once the personal learning environment is constructed, the student will continue to conduct research and navigate new content on a daily basis. Daily activities should be divided between introducing a tip or offering a research theme for the day, actual time spent conducting research, ten minutes to reflect, and 15 minutes to share
This is a student video based on the project:
Now I need to think about how I can apply #oc courses into an open environment. At least I have a fantastic template.