Can I Help You With That? with Justin Karkow

I came to Justin Karkow’s presentation late from blogging our live event with Patti Duncan, so I missed the intro.  But his message soon became apparent: we often ask students to check how they learn best when they enter our classrooms.  He showed us the old job wheel, contrasted by the 21st century job wheel.  His first new job that he would add is a scribe.  Blogs, glogs, gloggles, wikis, podcasts, are among the tools that Justin suggests we employ in our classroom.  We also can create non-linear PowerPoints/Keynotes like Mike Bryant showed us earlier today in his presentation, Thinking Outside the Slide.

Second on Justin’s new job list is the fact checker.  We used to say,”Ask 3, then me.” Now we say, “Google it.” Another resource is Wikipedia, a global social comunity site, not as strict as Discovery Education, but we have begun to embrace the collaborative nature of the site.  Students now need to submit original resources to the site, or verify/debunk articles in the fact checker job list.  Best of all, however, is Discovery Education’s Student Center.  This job is about verification, of using resources wisely to authenticate texts.

Another job Justin would implement “In Buddy’s Terms.”  Restatement of something in simple terms, reteach Buddy by simplifying what you just said.  This job creates a buddy system, study with a buddy, and in a sense, teaches collaboration, especially to those students who travel, by preference or not, as loners.  This job category creates team players.  The power of the voiceover with editable clips is another way to do “in Buddy’s terms” using DEs clips.  Another great resource is the flip camera or a digital camera.  Have students redo pictures they took by drawing what they captured digitally.  Another resource from Kentucky is GreatSummary.  Put information into this site and get bullet points that encapsules the content into a more digestible form.

Next job: Timeliner.  Justin notes that these jobs are the jobs in a future classroom, but in reality, we can all implement these 6 new jobs now.  Great tools to use: xtimeline has a csv file that can be downloaded to populate a spreadsheet to populate resources.  Timetoast offers image uploads but no csv file.  Discoverystreaming offers a Calendar that lists daily historical celebrations.

Next job: Rear View Mirror: look at where we have been.  Map on the wall, Google Earth.  To show us where we have been, academically.  Try DE Streaming with Google Earth or Google Maps, or make a Glogster to share out where we’ve been.  Try Discovery Atlas, a great tool that has been around for a while but not often used.  Have you ever said if only I had a map…if only I were a history teacher I’d have a map… well, now you can give your students a geographical context.

Next job: Bring It Home: make a connection back to somewhere.  What was the impact of WWII on North Canton, Ohio time frame and how the Hoover factory played a large role.  Voicethread is a great collaborative tool.  One teacher did a triangle Voicethread–what a clever use outside the box that is global and interdisciplinary. gives you a digital drop box for audio files. You get a minute to create an mp3 file about a subject that can be added to a community project.

Despite the number of computers in a classroom, Justin claims that we can pull all this together and put it into our classroom today, our new classroom job wheel.  And he is absolutely right.  What he’s just created by putting tools back into students’ hands is student engagement.

Justin suggests that we start small, begin with one tool and see successful completion.  They need to see what each of these jobs look like by the end of the year.  Work collaboratively; make lists; be consistent with your expectations.  Use the same rubric and have the students help create the rubric.  Let them determine what they need to be successful.  And have a lot of fun.  Gotcha, Justin.


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