Travis Paulsen OLE PHASE 3

KSP-680~ Minnesota state university, mankato

Putting students in charge of their learning!

Audience Description: 8th Grade Computer Essentials Students

Topic Description & Scope of Content

  • Creating & Maintaining communication with my students regarding their Genius Hour Project.
  • Allowing an opportunity for their projects to grow with classmates interaction through the use of Blogs & Wikis
  • Give the students a brainstorm sheet, which will allow them to think of a variety of topics
  • Discuss those choice, saying why some are good and others are not
  • Show the students the Online Form to submit their final idea, then call them up to have a conference to determine if their idea is high quality and approved
  • Introduce the Research guidelines by demonstrating an example and giving the students a working template
  • Have students create a timeline of expected deadlines(research & final artifact)
  • Have students create a final artifact and present to class

knowledge & skills

  • Respect others choices
  • Take ownership of their education
  • Make a timeline and goals on how they will accomplish the tasks set forth in the Genius Hour Project
  • Develop roles and goals if working in a group
  • Utilize a group collaboration tool to maintain contact with students who are absent, etc...

technology tools & resources

The technology tools available to the students will be the following: Google Sheets, WeVideo, Lucid Press, and Canva. These are the software/apps they have been taught to this point in the semester. They will complete their research using Google Chrome on their chromebooks. Also, the Media Center is available if they need any print materials to supplement their research. Students also have the option to go beyond this list of technology tools if they feel they are being drawn to another type of App or software to better explain their research.

The project will start out with a video on what the Genius Project will be. Then, we will go to the above link, which is a google slides project, that will enable each student to get to know each other by typing 4 things about themselves, and then sharing at least two of their top project ideas.

Schoology (OLE) Genius Project Class Folder

The above screenshot is what my students will see when they go into our OLE, operated from the Schoology platform. I have a list of what the Unit will look like. We have a discussion board, this is an option for students to use when they are struggling or have hit a road block. They can then post questions to the class as a group, and tap into the power of 30 classmates, rather than struggling on their own.

Get to know you & your topic Activity Description
Get to know you & your topic Activity -- example

You will notice the above two pictures explain our get to know you activity and provide an example created by me of what I would like the students to create. We are getting to know each other, but also learning more about their topics for their genius project research.

The Genius Project Research Template will provide the students an opportunity to search for proper and supported research. They will then log their information they collect, along with deeper questions they come across while searching out their topic. I have given the students an example on the template. Feel free to open it up by clicking the above button.

After their research is complete, they create a presentation to show off their findings along with their piece of technology. I have had students create everything from a google slides to a prezi to a presentation created in canva.

Thank you for taking time to learn more about how I have utilized my OLE (Schoology) along with a variety of Technology Tools (canva, google sheets, wevideo, prezi, lucid press, google chrome, and many more) to give the students an opportunity to learn more about a topic they are passionate about.


Throughout the course of this semester, I have focused my study about Online Learning Environments and how they relate to Learning Communities, the collaboration they can bring, and how technology plays a role in that successful development. An OLE is more than just using Schoology or D2L. We all know the learning is an active process, but with online learning both the instructor and student must participate if it is to be successful (Pallof & Pratt, 2007), therefore a web of learning is created.

According to Bielaczyc & Collins (Bielaczyc, K., & Collins, A., 1999), surrounding students with a strong learning community will allow students to be exposed to examples of being able to direct their own learning, work with and listen to others, and develop ways of dealing with complex issues.

I will post introductions and expectations prior to the course starting, contribute to a discussion forum throughout the week, and use expressions of emotions when posting, e.g. (smile). I will expect my students to contribute to the specific topic discussions during the week, ask open-ended questions that require critical thinking instead of a simple google search, and use expressions of emotions as well. I will encourage an area in our course to have Social Sharing, such as wishing a student happy birthday or congratulations on the big game win.

While working with our online learning environment, Schoology, I have done some reading on the SAMR Model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. The SAMR Model (Walsh, 2015) is an acronym and stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. In this article, Walsh provides examples of applying the SAMR model thus helping teachers not only understand and embrace, but utilize it in their very own classrooms.

At Jordan School District, we have a business environment that utilizes certain approaches of this model(OLE) by having employees telecommute from home, collaborate with other companies via the Google Software Suite, therefore; creating a need to have future employees having experience with this model and having the flexibility and knowledge of collaboration.

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