YDC Workshop
Morino Institute

Perry Center
22 November 1999
Robert Price
Overview of the Session
We will develop project ideas collaboratively that parallels use with children and youth (from elementary to teenagers). The project ideas will develop understanding of the community through surveys and interviews. The purpose is to use prior knowledge with real life experiences that transfer to purposeful understanding. We will use digital cameras, Photoshop software, Composer software, and the Internet. Strategies will include questioning strategies, visual mapping, list-group-label, and others. Techniques will include modeling, pair/share, community building, collaborative work, and others.

Share information within the community.

Share information beyond the community.

To learn about your home.

To collaborate with others for purpose(s).

The Sequence
Within the building.

Outside the building.

Into the surrounding community.

Building to other communities.

Things We Can Survey

Modeling Taking Photos for the Survey

What Else Can be Added to the Survey?

Questions can also be a part of the survey. Examples include:

Processing What the Students have Done

Use of Maps - We will explore online map resources and how to apply them with our surveys and mapping or our communities. We will use maps in our webpages to present our findings and idea books for field research.

Composing Webpages
We will build webpages of our explorations to share online our ideas we have developed. This will be the start of sharing ideas between children, youth, and adults. How this expands will be developed by the participants with coordination from the Morino Institute and Robert Price.

Online Resources
We will explore online resources for ideas and links to our surveys and interviews. We will start with links developed for the YDC pages.

We will quickly review and build on photography from previous sessions...then...we will expand on purposeful ideas for using digital cameras (bring one if you have one) and photoshop to incorporate into our projects and webpages. In future sessions we will expand on still images and incorporate moving images.

Mail Groups
Email and Listservs will be explored as a tool for us and as a communication medium for children and youth. Through hands-on activities we will develop practical ideas to support literacy and communication for

Email Books
We will briefly explore and share possibilities of developing email books with two different locations collaborating on a research, observation, and writing project.

Sessions include read-a-louds to model the importance of reading books for enjoyment and purpose. This models the importance of literacy while sharing a variety of materials to use with children.

Recommendations to read include:
1. short stories or picture books
2. continuing stories
3. poetry
4. student authored writing

The regularity of reading each of the above every day models the value of reading while establishing a connection with the purpose of writing. Text is a vital part of the Internet - thus the importance of modeling reading as an critical skill.

Idea Books and Group Books

We will use the idea book as a vehicle to enhance and integrate our real life with Internet explorations. Idea books are used with participants as well as a model for use with children and youth to use with research, observation, and reflection. This provides a vehicle for children and youth (and adults) to collect information in the class and the field, draw and write things around them, and process what they have done. The group book provides an opportunity for collaborative work between children and youth in a medium they can share and access when needed.

Drawing and Pictures
We are visual learners - illustrations and photographs are very influential to our thoughts and developments. The Internet is no exception. We will continue our investigations with visual arts including drawing and digital photography. They will support our learning and development of projects, webpages, and understanding. Drawing techniques and methods are patterned after Drawing With Children. Digital photography will be developed through use of cameras and Photoshop. Photoshop software provides a medium to easily manipulate and integrate photos into various projects.

World Wide Web
We will explore ways to support projects through Internet resources and developing webpages. Internet resources will include effective ways to search, sharing resources, and links. Webpage development will include creating pages locally (on a disk or hard drive) to use as part of a focused lesson. This can expand to being on the World Wide Web to facilitate sharing of ideas and lessons. The goal is an effective learning tool that supports and directs the projects with children and youth.

Community Builders
Continue modeling, sharing, and discussing community builders to use with the learning environment. Community builders include zoom, in motion, mirroring, fruit basket, and others.

Each session incorporates various techniques to facilitate participation and interaction. The various techniques are modeled and shared to parallel classroom management with children and youth.

YDC Page | hyperstudio | YDC links | interviewing
netscape composer | photography | visual mapping

Robert Price - 66 First Place #3 - Brooklyn, NY 11231 - 718.855.8548
fax: 718.855.8574 - www.eggplant.org - robert@eggplant.org


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