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10IPT: Blueprints

posted Nov 30, 2009, 2:17 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Nov 30, 2009, 2:53 PM ]
Let me start by reviewing the four options you have for how to spend your IPT lessons until the end of the year:
  1. Solo Project. Re-design your very first project from last year. You must meet the same course outcomes, but you are free to change the actual details of the project to anything you see fit. That means the project you design must still provide the opportunity for students to engage in and identify the whole range of information processes, and in the end they must essentially be developing a solution for an identified need.
  2. Group Project. In the same vein, re-design the co-operative project you completed in the middle of Year 9. You may change the actual tasks that students will be assessed on, but again, the key is for students to meet the same outcomes as you did when you completed the project. Pay close attention to the syllabus points at the beginning of the document.
  3. Subject wikis. Our class website was the first, but it won't be the last. Mr. Chandra Handa started up his own website; the Science faculty has class wikis for every year 8 and 9 class for them to put the journals for their Student Research Projects; other departments also have sites in the pipeline. Your task is to analyse the educational opportunities within the Google Sites infrastructure, and then comprehensively describe a class wiki for a particular subject that effectively supports and encourages learning, collaboration and assessment.
  4. students.jamesruse.nsw.edu.au. This is similar to the previous option, in that you are to comprehensively describe how a wiki site would be use to support and encourage students. However, the focus here is broader than learning, collaboration and assessment. What if students had their own dedicated domain on the school intranet? What would it be used for? How would it be monitored and moderated? What could students do on it that an intranet-hosted wiki is uniquely suited to do?
Essentially, you are producing blueprints for better future learning - others and your own. Think hard; consider your ideas together and sharpen them up; produce something creative and intelligent. You must submit your finished work on the last lesson of the year, Tuesday 15 December.

I hope that's enough information and instruction to get you going. As promised, here is a schedule of who will be supervising your lessons over the weeks to come.


If you have any questions, feel free to comment here, email me or see me at the maths staffroom.
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