Proposal Synopsis (Proposal ID# 43736447)

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    Session Title I Want To Believe: Wikipedia, Knol, and Valuable Online Research
    Session Description Anyone can publish anything online. So what’s the value of sites like Wikipedia and Knol? Learn how students can get the most from these sources.
    Theme and Strand 21st-Century Teaching & Learning:Literacies for the Information/Creativity Age
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    Audience Type Chief Technology Officers
Curriculum Specialists
Library Media Specialists
Staff Developers
School Board Members
Teacher Educators
Technology Coordinators
Technology Facilitators
Technology Integration Specialists
    Audience Level All
    Audience Skill Beginner
    Prerequisites All that is required is a web browser, an Internet connection, and familiarity with both.
    NETS•S 3- 5
    NETS•T 1- 5

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    Purpose & Objectives Purpose:

To help teachers understand the nature of online information sources, particularly Wikipedia and Knol, and how these resources can best be used by students.


Participants will be able to:
- Articulate the nature of the two-way web and what that means for the trustworthiness of online sources.
- Articulate the collaborative nature of the Wikipedia, including it's power and potential drawbacks.
- Articulate the nature of Google's Knol, including it's accountability measures and potential drawbacks.
- Explain how students might best evaluate and make use of the Wikipedia as a research source.
- Explain how students might best evaluate and make use of Knol as a research source.
- Explain how students might best evaluate and make use of other online information sources during their research.

    Outline This session will begin with an interactive welcome activity that taps into the participants passions and uncovers what they bring into the room with them. (5 minutes)

Then the presentation will proceed with a brief introduction to the benefits and concerns related to the read/write web, with a particular focus on the ease of publishing online - and the consequences for our students. (10 Minutes)

Next, the specific nature, strengths, and weaknesses of Wikipedia and Google’s Knol will be explained. (20 Minutes)

Other similar services will also be compared. (10 Minutes)

Finally, the presenter will run share a variety of ways students might evaluate and use the information they find in these sources - and how they might justify their decisions. In addition, sample lessons will be shared, including activities that call for students to contribute to the Wikipedia or to publish their own Knols. Ultimately, teachers will leave with concrete guidelines for helping their own students become more effective online researchers, and more careful online authors. (10 Minutes)

The session will conclude with an interactive reflection activity designed to help participants identify their next steps in using these tools with their students. (5 Minutes)

Participants will be engaged throughout the session, beginning with an interactive welcome activity and ending with an interactive reflection activity. Questions will be encouraged often as the presenter checks for understanding, and additional time will be dedicated to questions at the end of the session. Those who bring their own laptop will also be able to follow along and explore additional resources using the workshop wiki.

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    Presenter Background Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Wagner has since served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He now serves as the president of the Educational Technology and Life Corporation, which provides professional development and consulting services to schools, districts, and other educational institutions.

In this capacity, Dr. Wagner is the CUEtoYOU professional development coordinator for Computer Using Educators, Inc (CUE), and the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Middle Schools (CLMS) and California League of High Schools (CLHS). He writes for the Infinite Thinking Machine, a blog and Internet TV Show produced by WestEd and sponsored by Google. He is a Google Certified Teacher and now coordinates the Google Teacher Academy for CUE. In addition, he provides training for administrators through Orange County’s AB 430 program. His work with schools and districts includes writing educational technology plans, leading pilot projects for emerging technologies, coaching teachers, and working with parents to help them understand the powerful new tools their students use everyday.

Dr. Wagner has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a master’s degree in cross-cultural education. He is passionate about helping educators and students discover tools that can help them learn.


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