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Invitation to Interact

With the focus of this workshop series on change in the classroom, it seems appropriate that we also explore changes in media for teaching. Slowly, schools are gaining access to the Internet. As the medium becomes a viable addition to traditional classroom learning and teaching, we hope that teachers will become more comfortable with using Internet technology. To this end, The Next Move Web site provides a variety of ways to extend your workshop experience. Each section provides a new approach to the content you see in the workshops. Several sections provide the opportunity to interact with other teachers. It is our hope to build a virtual community of teachers on the Internet -- to connect teachers from across the country and to provide a place for them to share ideas and experiences from their classrooms.

If you have access to the Web or email, we encourage you to help us build our online community for teachers.

If you do not have access to the Web or email, please feel free to send us your comments, questions, and ideas via fax, postal mail, or telephone (see Contact Information).

Access to The Next Move Web Site

The areas of the Web site are described below. The areas are open to all visitors, with the exception of select areas of The Great Bean Bag Adventure. For this, you will need to be a registered participant of the Next Move Web site, and you will need a Next Move login and password to access parts of this site. If you have not received your login and password, please contact the Channel at channel@learner.org or at 1.800.228.8030 ext. 1.

The Next Move Web site is located at: www.learner.org/workshops/nextmove

 

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Metaphorically Speaking

The concept of metaphors for approaches to teaching has gained support of educators and researchers alike. We'd like to collect more information on this idea to continue the investigation. Your input on your metaphors for teaching will help us do this. The Metaphorically Speaking section of the Web site consists of an online questionnaire that is designed to guide you through exploring metaphors for teaching. We encourage you to fill out the questionnaire online as well as share it with other teachers in your school. Then browse through responses from other teachers. All responses will remain anonymous and may be used in research for publication.

Additionally, you can review what teachers have said about metaphors during the broadcasts using audio clips or text of the comments. Be sure to join the ongoing discussion about metaphors for teaching.

We hope you'll help us further this investigation as well as learn about new approaches to teaching.

The Great Bean Bag Adventure

If you are conducting the bean experiments at your site, you can share your data with other teachers by posting the information online. We provide an easy-to-use interface that allows you to:

  • Set up an experiment profile. You'll describe your experimental design and make predictions about your experiment.
  • Record your data. Over the course of the experiment, you'll be asked to return to the site and post the results you've collected. You'll enter root length, shoot length, and a qualitative description for each of the beans in your experiment.
  • Write a conclusion and discuss. At the end of your experiment, you'll be asked to write up a conclusion about the experiment and to discuss what you've learned and how this might be applicable to teaching techniques.
  • Share your experiment and discuss ideas. Not only will you be creating your own experiment, you will have access to all of the other participant's experiments online. You can view their data in charts, graph the data across conditions and days, discuss issues from any of the experiments, and get to know other participants.
  • Look at images of experiments.We have also conducted a series of experiments and will share our data online. You will be able to look at photographs of the beans in our experiments.

If you are not able to participate directly online, you may also send your information to us via fax, and we can create a profile for you.

Conversations

The Conversations area is a place for you to exchange ideas with K-5 teachers across the country. Here you can contribute your thoughts and ask questions about what you've seen on the broadcast and what you've done on the Web site. You can also engage in a dialogue with other teachers by responding to their comments and questions. Conversations is set up as a series of discussion areas -- some are linked to specific topics on the Web site, and others are for general discussions.

Try This!

Need some new activity ideas for your classroom? Completed a great activity that you want to share? This is where to go. This section will allow you to input step by step an activity that you have conducted. You can also browse all the other activities others have posted. The more activities you add, the better a resource it will be come. Be sure to check out the activities our featured teachers and hosts have posted.

 

Channel-Talk

Channel-Talk is the Annenberg Channel email discussion list. We will be using this list to post announcements about the workshop series. Participants should use this as a place to post general questions or discuss ideas. For those who do not have access to the Web, we hope you will participate in discussion via email on Channel-Talk.

If you are not already signed up for Channel-Talk, follow the instructions below. If you need help with this, you may contact us at channel@learner.org.

TO SUBSCRIBE

Send an email message to: channel-talk-request@learner.org

The message should read: subscribe channel-talk <Your Name>

For example: subscribe channel-talk Amanda Ochoa

TO UNSUBSCRIBE

Send an email message to: channel-talk-request@learner.org

The message should read: unsubscribe channel-talk <Your Name>

For example: unsubscribe channel-talk Amanda Ochoa

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Series Overview
Workshop Synopses
About the Contributors
Workshop Components
More Workshop Components
Helpful Hints for Successful Site Investigations
The Great Bean Bag Adventure
Invitation to Interact
Featured Teachers:
–  Classroom Clips
–  Conversations
Workshop 1
Workshop 2
Workshop 3
Workshop 4
Workshop 5
Workshop 6
Workshop 7
Workshop 8
Suggested Teaching Resources

 

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