Adelphi UniversitySchool of Education

0809-860-005 Masters Seminar in Adolescence Education
"Curriculum Design in a Web 2.0 Environment"
Fall 2013
Dr. George Maurer

Schedule of Classes: Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:50 - Woodruff Hall Room 307

Class 6: 10-2-13

Essential Questions:

1. What is the difference between active and passive learning?
2. How do you learn best?
3. How were you taught in school?
4. How do students and teachers work and utilize new technology in a 21st century school environment?

For today...

"The Fun Factor" and its implications for learning...

Chapter Highlights

Having read Chapters 3 and 4 in Reinventing Project Based Learning, consider the important elements of well-designed project based learning actvity.

1. Think about Bloom's Taxonomy here. Now, as it relates to PBL, 3 are most important

  • Analyze
  • Evaluate
  • Create

2. enGauge 21st Century Skills formulated a research team that designed a model that highlights

  • Digital-Age Literacy
  • Inventive Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • High Productivity

3. Reflect back on our discussion of the P21 Skills and Framework

  • Core Subjects
  • Global Awareness
  • Learning and Thinking Skills
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Literacy
  • Life Skills


  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts

With this in mind, let's begin to collaborate and share ideas on creating a PBL. According to Boss and Krauss, there are 8 Essential Learning Functions:

  1. Ubiquity - Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom and All the Time
  2. Deep Learning
  3. Making Things Visible and Discussable
  4. Expressing Ourselves, Sharing Ideas, Building Community
  5. Collaboration - Teaching and Learning with Others
  6. Research
  7. Project Management
  8. Reflection and Iteration
*Keep the ideas and "tools" discussed in Chapter 1 of Richardson available to you as you think about the appropriate use of web 2.0 tools within your project.

For next week:

Read Chapter 5 in PBL
Read Chapter 3 in Richardson

Complete your
Problem** Based Learning Activity to share / present in our next class. I will give you some time at the start of class to meet and coordinate your presentation. Be sure to include:
  • What class(es) / content area(s) and grade level will this take place?
  • What are the concepts / "learnings" do you want the students to master?
  • Project sketch / snapshot
  • Asset map - Who? What? Resources or tools needed?
  • The Problem
  • The outcome / finished product created by the student
  • Assessment of the finished product...rubric?