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Quick Victories for Blended Learning


Creating engaging school work for students tied to curriculum requirements is a formidable challenge. Web-based collaborative technologies can enhance opportunities for students to develop digital literacy skills alongside traditional content area knowledge and skills, but a dizzying array of options can leave educators confused and overwhelmed. In this presentation, Wesley Fryer will highlight several instructional strategies and web 2.0 technologies which can help teachers facilitate collaborative student learning in safe ways, protecting student privacy as well as minimizing school district liability risks. Highlighted technologies will focus on asynchronous digital storytelling and collaboration, including VoiceThread and YackPack. Join Wesley Fryer, an educator, author, digital storyteller and change agent as he shares practical activities and web-based tools which can be used as “quick victories” for learning in the classroom. When it comes to school change, Wesley describes himself as a “catalyst for creative educational engagement,” and that’s exactly what he wants to share in this spotlight session! Wesley plans to share “blended learning” strategies that offer educators the opportunity to address multiple curriculum needs through viable, engaging projects. at the upper levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy.


This presentation will be shared as a webinar on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 from 3-4 pm US Central via the CILC. Registration is required.


Activities will be shared that:

  • Offer assessment options for learners in multiple content areas and grade levels.
  • Focus on asynchronous, web-based tools for digital storytelling and collaboration
  • Engage students and stretch learning “beyond the bell”
  • Offer differentiated instruction techniques
  • Encourage deeper learning and understanding at the upper levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy


Referenced Resources:

  1. VoiceThread
  2. 50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell A Story by Alan Levine
  3. XTimeline
  4. Poll Everywhere
  5. Gabcast
  6. Gcast


Presentation Materials


Key Terms and Concepts:

Asynchronous collaboration

Collaboration between learners which can be time and place shifted, not requiring simultaneous interaction via digital technologies like videoconferencing. Often in collaborative projects involving teachers and students in different time zones, getting together at the same “time” can be challenging because of different schedules. Asynchronous tools offer greater flexibility than synchronous ones since ideas can be shared at a time and location selected by each learner. This can include the classroom, but can additionally include the library or home environments.


Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling involves the communication of information and ideas in story-form using various digital modalities. As humans our brains are wired for temporal learning, or learning over time. Modalities for digital storytelling include text, recorded audio, recorded video, animations, and screencasts. Mastery of a virtually unlimited set of knowledge and skills in various domains can be creatively communicated and demonstrated via digital storytelling techniques.


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