Tuesday, October 30, 2007

LoTi Adminstrator Institute - Day 2

Greetings and welcome to Day 2 of the LoTi Administrator Institute. Provided below is today's agenda.

LoTi/H.E.A.T./Bloom - Review
Individualized Professional Development Plan
LoTi Case Study: 4th Grade Writing
LoTi Case Study: 8th Grade Social Studies
LoTi Case Study: Student Voices in Writing
LoTi Case Study: 6th Grade Reading/Writing Reference
• LoTi Implementation Cycle
Assess – Classroom Observation using BISD Walkthrough Form: Middle School
• Plan - Sample Middle School: Case Study
• Implement - H.E.A.T. Strategies
Sustain - Classroom Observation using BISD Walkthrough Form: Elementary School
• LoTi Project Schools
• Next Steps Action Plan
Summary & Reflection

H.E.A.T. Strategies:
LoTi Digital-Age Survey
Lesson Makeover
Graphic Organizers
Questioning Toolkit
Bloom's Taxonomy
Sample Classroom Walkthrough
Peer Observations
Differentiated Instruction
Differentiated Instruction for Advanced Learner
Focus Strategies
21st Century Performance Assessments
online Learning
1. Go to: www.loticlassroom.com

2. Click on the "Login" link in the upper right corner of the screen. Login with the demonstration user account:
Username: lotiguest
Password: lotiguest

3. Click on the LoTi Classroom Demo Course link to browse the course

Please leave a comment about any questions from yesterday's program or today's agenda.

May the LoTi Be With You!


LoTi Administrator Institute Day 1 - Reflection

Since most of the day was spent "LoTizing" video clips and related learning activities, I wanted to provide you with some additional suggestions when conducting classroom walkthroughs or reviewing student products.

1.Having students apply what they have learned to a new authentic situation involves more than just depositing the information into a webpage, blog, wiki, or multimedia presentation; it requires students applying the pertinent concepts or skills to a situation that directly impacts the learner, his/her immediate surroundings, and/or the larger community. If this is not the case, then you most likely have either a LoTi 2 or 3 learning experience.

2. The easiest way to discriminate between LoTi 2 and 3 is the presence of (1) Higher Order Thinking Skills (Bloom's Taxonomy) or (2) one or more Complex Thinking Strategies. If a learning experience is teacher-directed and engages students exclusively at the Knowledge/Comprehension levels, then it is almost assuredly a LoTi 2 lesson. Conversely, if a learning experience is teacher-directed and engages students at the Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and/or Evaluation level or enables students to exercise one or more complex thinking strategies (i.e., Problem-solving, Creative Problem-solving, Decision-making, Investigation, Experimental Inquiry, Reasoning, Personal Reflection), then it is almost assuredly a LoTi 3 lesson.

3. Reaching consensus about the "learner-centeredness" of a classroom experience is sometimes difficult. The easiest way to achieve some type of consensus is to first divide the learning experience into three components: Content, Process, and Product. If you detect that a minimum of two out of three of these components is "learner-centered" then we call the entire experience a learner-centered activity. Conversely, if you detect that a minimum of two out of three of the components is "teacher-centered" then we call the entire experience a teacher-centered activity.

3. Whenever possible, use the LoTi "Sniff" Test to help approximate the LoTi of any lesson plan, web-project, or instructional unit.

4. A truly differentiated classroom has LoTi 0-4 occurring on a daily basis.

5. The appropriate or target LoTi should always be commensurate with the content standards being addresssed and at the desired level of student cognition.

6. Whereas LoTi focuses on what the teacher is doing in the classroom, H.E.A.T. measures its effects on the learner. The greater the H.E.A.T., the higher is the LoTi level.

I look forward to your comments.


LoTi Adminstrator Institute - Day 1

Provided below is the LoTi Administrator Institute agenda for Day 1.

21st Century Learning Revisited
• Thinking Skills
• 21st Century Learning Makeover
• H.E.A.T.
LoTi Framework
• Clinical Observations
LoTi Digital-Age Questionnaire
- Enter User ID: lotiguest
- Enter Password: lotiguest
• Classroom Walkthrough using BISD Observation Form - High School Social Studies
• Summary & Reflection

Video Samples - Early Childhood Level
Early Childhood - Lifelong Learning
Early Childhood: Science - Worms
Early Childhood: Math - Counting
Early Childhood: Social Studies - Community
Early Childhood: Science: - Zoo Trip
Early Childhood: Science: - Exploring Balls and Ramps

Video Samples - Elementary School Level
Elementary Math: Fractions
Elementary Science: Food Chains
Elementary Science: Ecology
Elementary Science: Space Day Design Challenge
Elementary Science/Math/Language Arts: Weather
Elementary Science: Electricity
Elementary Math: Tessellations
Elementary Science: Weather
Elementary Science: Maui's Coral Reefs-Echinoderms
Elementary Science: Stopping Distances
Elementary Science: Monarch Butterflies
Elementary Science: Solar System
Elementary Science: Ecosystems
Elementary PE: Pulse Rates
Elementary Math: Luxury Hotel
Elementary Science: Hermit Crabs
Elementary Science: Iron Oxide Experiment

Video Samples - Middle School Level
Middle School Math: Stock Market
Middle School Math: Archimedes Spiral
Middle School Language Arts: Literature Review - Tuck Everlasting
Middle School Science: Properties of Matter
Middle School Science: Air Pressure
Middle School Science: Elements Commercial
Middle School Science: Science Journals
Middle School Video Production

Video Samples - High School Level
High School Technology Elective: Video Editing
High School Math: Pythagorean Theorem
High School Math: Geometry in the Real World
High School English: MacBeth
High School Social Studies: Theodore Roosevelt and Progressivism
High School Physics: Projectiles
High School Science: Starry Night Simulation

Additional Resources:
21st Century Learning Revisited
HEAT Observation Form
LoTi Sniff Test
LoTi Framework
Dabble Draw

Please leave a comment about any questions from today's program.

May the LoTi Be With You!


Monday, October 8, 2007

LoTi Sniff Test

Is technology being used by students as part of the learning experience? - Yes/No
Is there evidence of higher order thinking by students tied to the content? - Yes/No
Are students applying their learning to solve a real world problem or situation or resolve an issue? - Yes/No
Is the learning experience student-centered? Yes/No
Is there two-way collaboration with experts outside the classroom? - Yes/No
Do students have unlimited access to technology during the school day? - Yes/No

Good Afternoon!

Excellent job this morning with approximating H.E.A.T. and LoTi (Levels of Teaching Innovation) with various lesson plans and video clips. Provided below is today's agenda.

• Issues with Technology Use
• Extreme Technology Makeover
• LoTi Look-Fors & Sniff Test
• LoTi Sniff Test - Review
• LoTi Data
• Individualized Professional Development Plan
• DETAILS School Profiles
• LoTi Implementation Cycle
• LoTi Project Schools
• LoTi Project Schools
• LoTi Observer
• Lesson Plan Reviews
• LoTi Alignment Chart

Sample LoTi 3 Projects
LoTi 3 Case Study - Elementary School
LoTi 3 Case Study - Middle School
LoTi 3 Case Study - High School
H.E.A.T. Classroom Walkthroughs: Case Studies

Please leave a comment about any questions from today's program.

May the LoTi Be With You!