Morino Institute
29 October 1999
Robert Price
YDC Workshop

Goals
To develop an understanding and reason to create and access on the Internet in a purposeful way.

To develop projects that use the Internet to support real life learning of participating individuals.

To model and collaborate on effective techniques and strategies to use with children.

To develop communication that supports the needs of the participants.

Participants
Participants include the four core partners of the YDC pilot, Morino Institute staff, and external participants invited to the training sessions.

Training Sessions
The following is a breakdown of the components for the training sessions. The focus of the sessions with Robert Price is development of the Internet as an effective tool. To provide a strong foundation and purpose with technology, we will be exploring various learning tools to enhance the use and understanding of the Internet. This includes modeling the importance of reading, resourcing visual media, and sorting and recording information.

Read-a-Louds
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.

The Project
We will develop a visual map of potential projects to implement. What we do in the workshop will parallel development with children and youth. We will use Inspiration software to develop our visual map. Goals include:

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.

Email
Email and listservs will be used as an extension of relationships as a link to what children and adults are doing. This includes email between adults, between children, and between children and adults. At the training sessions the attendees will participate in hands on lessons using email as part of literacy development including how to use with students, respond to children in an effective manner, and use between each other. The initial exploration of email use on the 29 October 1999 will set the stage to move into using email on and about webpages, threaded messages, creating surveys and forms, and other ways to support and enhance communication.

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.

Techniques
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.


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