ProQuest Professional Development Enhancing Curriculum with Information-Rich Technology 1
Learning Modules for Professional Development • A. State Standards, HOTS, and Increasing Student Achievement • B. Hands-On--eLibrary Content/Tools for Students & Teachers • Hands-On--Models that Integrate Digital Information Literacy • Hands-On—Creating a Variety of HOTS Research Activities • Collaboration and Ongoing In-Service to Expand the Culture 2
Training Will Enable Each Teacher to . . . . . understand that state standards require research activities discoverthe proven educational value of inquiry-based activities to increase student essential skills in reading, writing, and higher-order thinking explore the purposes and differences between ProQuest models for research activities and traditional research papers usethe unique content and tools of eLibrary CE to increase their own teaching effectiveness and to increase student achievement in essential skills integrate technology into flexible and proven teaching and learning methods useeLibrary unique Teacher Tools to create a variety of critical thinking research activities that can be used immediately and shared plan additional training sessions for other teachers using in-service days and utilizing CEUs for motivation.
ProQuest Professional Development Model-- Unique Advantages and Benefits Correlates to state professional development plans and CEU credit priorities Integrates technology to improve an existing and proven model for teaching/learning Provides tools for customizing learning resources to correlate with existing textbooks, curriculum, state standards, student reading levels, and multiple learning styles Increases student achievement by increasing teacher effectiveness Utilizes proven methods of professional development recommended by the Eisenhower Study--http://www.ed.gov/inits/teachers/eisenhower/execsum/features.html Provides a collection of 280 model BookCarts that can be customized by teacher to a variety of student reading levels, state standards, and critical thinking strategies Provides teacher flexibility vs. other solutions that focus on rigid lesson plans Train the trainer model delivers local flexibility for additional in-service training and the free materials and ProQuest support for this training
Why Does ProQuest Mini-Research Increase Student Achievement? Mini-Research activities challenge and develop the essential skills of inferential reading, higher-order thinking, and writing/presentation The essential skills developed in mini-research projects are the heart of state standards for language arts and the core curriculum Scientific research supports the value of inquiry-based teaching/learning strategies Most state tests emphasize the same essential skills that are inherent in mini-research Simplicity of the process and models make it easier for teachers to assign these activities more frequently, multiplying their learning advantages Engaging mini-research activities connect curriculum to student curiosity, then use information literacy skills to generate original thought on real-world issues and problems Tell me and I forget (lecture method—10% effective) Show me and I remember (visual demonstrations—20% effective) Involve me and I understand – Confucius (inquiry-based activities—50% effective)
Why Is Integrating Digital Information Literacy through Mini-Research Important to School Leaders? Students learn “how to learn” in the Digital Information Age where textbooks may be obsolete and written at inappropriate reading levels Students learn to seek and use technology and digital information to solve problems and resolve issues Students learn by using the same strategies and techniques that are being used by professionals in the real world and in modern businesses Students learn to determine relevancy, bias, and authority of information sources in a wide variety of media types Students will be tested by the state on the same essential skills that are inherent in mini-research activities
Professional Development to Increase Student Essential Skils Teachers, Librarians & School Leaders Establish a Mini-Research Culture Students Develop Digital Information Literacy and Technology Skills, Increase State Test Scores Too, Minimizing Need for Targeted State Test Prep Time Students Do Research Projects throughout the Year, Developing Critical Reading, Writing/Presentation, and Higher-Order Thinking Skills Teachers Assign Research Activities, Using Models and BookCarts Created in Training Librarians and Teachers Copy and Customize 280 ProQuest BookCart Models to Local Standards, Curriculum, Textbooks, and Reading Levels ProQuest-Trained School Leaders Provide Additional Training that Focuses on BookCarts, Lexiles, Standards, and Critical Thinking Research Activities Models ProQuest Delivers Training to Lead Teachers, Librarians, & Curriculum Leaders; Principal Plans for Additional Training Using In-service Days and CEUs. School Leaders Fund eLibrary with Professional Development