A network learning community is a professional development platform for KB teachers. At this inaugural session, KB teachers will share one cycle of KB lessons in History and we will explore the following:
design and enactment based on a draft design tool developed for KB practice - pedagogy
try out the "Promisingness tool" and "Rise-above tool" on KF - technology
analyse students' notes and rise-above - assessment
How do we design for KB?
- Teacher builds a classroom based on real ideas and authentic problem generated by students.
- Teacher designs activities in which students actively generate different ideas surrounding the topics, connect the ideas, bring in new and useful information and improve ideas in an idea-rich environment.
- Teacher creates opportunity for students to synthesize their understanding in relation to the problem of inquiry.
How do we know students have learned?
- What are the quality of questions surfaced by students? Do the questions show that they are thinking deeper about the topic? Do the questions show that they are developing an inquiry mind?
- What are the quality of ideas, information and synthesized information? Does it show that students are actively improving their understanding by reading their friends notes and refining their own notes?
- What are the quality of ideas, information shared and synthesized explanation? Does it show that students are actively improving their understanding by reading their friends' notes and refining their own notes? How do they refer to one another;s idea in their synthesized explanation?
What is the role of technology?
- Promisingness Idea Tool that allows students to identify good ideas and questions shared by their friends.
- KB scaffolds (embedded KF notes) to scaffold the way students think through the problems and the concepts.
- Rise-above notes and the referencing capability within a note allow students to pull ideas together constructively.
- Analytics to show the patterns of collaboration, patterns of reading, and their current thinking through analysis of scaffold used.