My Proposal

By

Dennis Manni

Niwot High School

During the 2007-08 school year, I enrolled in a Virtual “Moodle Class”

Campus course for my PCL requirement which as a result, the “online

portfolio” was bourne and be will implemented as an intrigal course

requirement for my CP Chemistry class as well as the Conceptual Physics

class. Recently completing “cybercamp”, I have a strategy to design and

implement such an undertaking. Each student will be required to develop and

maintain an “Online Portfolio” on “virtual campus” secured with their personal

password. The “Online Portfolio” will be as secure as the student allows. As a

student requirement parents/guardians will be allowed access, via student’s

password to peruse and comment on their student’s portfolio. Parents may

their student’s blog.

One might ask, “why”? Progressing to and now immersed in the 21st century,

“technology” is the engine that drives every aspect or our society as we know

it today. An intellect once stated, and I quote,

“Ninety percent (90%) of all knowledge acquired since the late 1980s

is the result of technology, emphasizing computer technology”.

unquote. I believe my most important responsibility as an educator guiding

young and impressionable minds, is to provide an vehicle that will allow each

student an opportunity to experience technology while developing technology skills. Implementing technology in the classroom not only expands the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge continually allowing the students to develop high level learning skills. This learning process foster on individual

learning style known as synthesis. This skill processes information by

applying knowledge from alternative information sources as well as

conventional information sources. This process broadens and maturates the thought processes resulting in life long learners.











Student’s Objectives

Develop and maintain an “Online Portfolio” which includes the following:

  • Class contract/course syllabus

  • Organizational procedures

  • Calendar

  • “Online portfolio” Rubric

  • Current Event (written summary)

Weekly

News report

Newspaper article

  • Index

Description of activity

Date

Grade % / letter

  • Warm/ups or bell work (LIFO) All work must have the following

Title

Student name

Date

Block #

  • Class work (class lecture/activity)

Label paper

Student name

Date

Block #

  • Homework (research/reading/note taking) (LIFO)

Label paper

Student name

Date

Block #

  • Lab Reports

1st page rubric for grading lab reports

2nd page lab procedures/rules

3rd page rubric for lab performance

4th page assessment/grade



  • Weekly blogs/Wiki

Required response from student to student including

student to teacher.

Label response

Students’ constructive feedback and suggestions

focusing on current classroom methodology.

  • Real life relevance (big Why?)

Cyber/research

Magazine article

Newspaper article

  • Quizzes (unannounced)

Activity Title

Name

Date

Block #

Grade %/letter

  • Tests (announced week before)

Label

Name

Date

Block #

Grade %/letter

  • Unit Exams (announced 6 days before)

Label

Name

Date

Block #

Grade %/letter

  • Online portfolio assessment

Biweekly

Rubric guided

  • Progress Report (secure)

Every 5 days (biweekly)

  • Remedial and tutoring sites

Predetermined internet sites for tutoring

Provide dates and times visiting the site (s)

List the site (s) and the benefits.

Teacher’s Objectives

  • Provide students a safe and secure learning environment which will

enhance opportunities to maximize their educational experience

in science.

  • Encourage students to become organized and informative learners

by seeking alternative methods of acquiring knowledge satisfying

district and state science benchmarks.

  • Provide structures which support a productive learning environment

with a variety of learning strategies and tasks simultaneously.

  • Provide communication tools with students informing them on

productive work habits either being employed or suggestions for

initiating alternative methods.

  • Provide a secure environment enabling students the opportunity for

self-reflection and teacher advice.

  • Familiarize students and parents with the technology tools being

employed and their methodologies while providing and maintaining

a forum for questions and feedbacks.

  • Provide open communication and continual demonstration of the

technology tools available to students, while providing visual

demonstrations along with practice time during class.

  • Provide and encourage class peers an opportunity to demonstrate

alternative strategies to accomplish the same goals.

  • Clearly communicate that this year long project will be analyzed and

adjusted if deemed necessary for the maximum inquiry and deep

learning for every student.