Mooc-ed Course by Friday Institute
Disciplinary Literacy for Deeper Learning
Session Spring 2016
More information about the courses sun by Friday Institue Mooc-ed can be found online:
I had enrolled last year- in 2015 but I was not able to finish the course. I thought that the issue presented could be interesting for me too but the course was run for American teachers. I did enrol to check and see how it would work.I enrolled in January and did the 6 week course from February to March. I could follow all the sessions and I must confess that I loved the ideas of learning about a topic which is really important for educators and students. Here in Europe we still need to struggle as reading and writing skills need improvement . This is true in a digitalized society and for learners who are living in the XXI century. Our students need to be able to read, understand and ask themselves questions about what they are learning.
The video with the presentation online was catching and made me decide to enroll a second time.
DISCUSSING ABOUT DL
Key Ideas about Project Based Learning ( PBL)
UNIT 4- PROJECT BASED LEARNING - TECHNOLOGY
UNIT 4 ON LINE RESEARCH COMPREHENSION
UNIT 4 21st CENTURY LEARNERS
UNIT 6 RESOURCES " THE POWER OF LEADERSHIP"
MY INQUIRY-BASED PROJECT
I teach English and German and I like teaching languages while I am also teaching about issues and topics for discussion. I usually present topics like WW1 and WW2 and the Holocaust to my students in the last year of secondary school.
I chose the topic " War and Peace and education" as this is a theme that usually meets the students' attention. Last year marked an important anniversary about WW1 and I decided to choose " sentences" about war, videos about WW1 and the theme of today's wars. I choose Sarajevo in the 1990s and a song which is related to the sad years in Sarajevo.
The slide is a summary of the documents that I would use in class and out of class to brainstom the topic.
In week 3 we had to plan activities for close reading and chose to present two poems about WW1 : I chose a reading with some videos and two poems by important poets - OWEN and BROOKE.
The idea was to engage the students into a deeper meaning and two different attitudes towards war.
The next step would be to get into the 1990s and read about the experience of war by a teenager- ZLATA- who lived in Sarajevo . Her diary became an important document about the war in Bosnia and the link to today's reality was by reading documents about the sufferings of children in Siria ( document online by SAVE THE CHILDREN).
EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT
Before submitting the project we were asked to work on the issue of evaluation and we were suggested some tools for evaluating projects .
This is the link to the tool online which I used : http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php
But we were also suggested this tool :
I created two rubrics : one for checking the students' understanding as regards the two poems about WW1, while the second rubric is for the students' group presentation after they had carried out their own research. The skills involved were reading, learning by sharing materials, collaborating and making presentations. The final product would be an online presentation with the students describing what they had learnt.
This is the link to my two rubrics
Here is the link to the pdf of what I had to upload to submit at the end of the MOOC. The quality is not good as we had problems in writing in the document provided by tutors in the MOOC.
I am working in Italy and we work in a different school system from the USA but the issue of disciplinary literacy is important for us too.
I have learnt how to work in a different way and I am going to share it also because I would like to work on PBL activities with my students. I like the idea of getting the students involved and in choosing to work on a project and making their own presentations.
New tools are really important and we should all work in class and at home with these tools which can enhance the students' learning and understand.
A document which is worth sharing ( web 2.0 tools):
Thanks to the tutors and to the other teachers who shared their work online!
And here is my certificate which showcases my engagement and what I did online: