Tuesday, March 30, 2021

2021 #VWEDU Make learning in a virtual world usefully social. Practice collaboration. A DTA as guide on the side.

Make learning in a virtual world usefully social.  
Practice collaboration.  
A DTA as guide on the side.  
Virtual worlds are inherently social.  Planning can make the social activity educationally valuable.
Team planning in a virtual world

Practice collaboration in school?

  • How do they do that?
  • PBL with teams.
  • When are they old enough to work in teams?
  • Ask a Little League coach.

How do you teach collaboration?


A DTA has time

  • For detailed prompting and tracking.
  • For reminding the team of what they need to be doing.
  • And keeping track of what each team member is doing.
  • The teacher then has time to supervise the DTA

How can the DTA coach?

  • The requirements for effective teamwork are well known:
  • Develop a plan and schedule.
  • Assign action items.
  • Track progress on each action item.
  • Resolve problems as they appear.

Plan and Schedule

  • The DTA provides the team with a planning form.
  • The form may be partly completed for students with little experience.
  • The form calls for a list of action items fitted to a class schedule.

Action items

  • Each action item is assigned to a specific student.
  • Each action item has specific delivery requirements (checklist)
  • Above contents may be specified by teacher or team, depending on student skills.
  • Progress is monitored by the teacher.

Action items:  Inquiry and report PBL

  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Identify resources: Depending on grade level, the plan might recommend resources.
  • Specify questions: Give the questions you think you can answer.
  • Use a worksheet to tie each statement of fact to a source and a student.
  • The DTA can keep track of each student's productivity on fact sourcing.
  • (That productivity may affect the student's grade.)

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  • Due to medical issues, I cannot promise to be there.  But I will try.


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