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Getting the most out of an online discussion

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Here are some basic ideas of how to set up an online discussion and make it effective!…Continue

Social Studies lesson ideas that can be done online or in real-time

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Stanley Apr 20. 2 Replies

Here are some fun activities for social studies that can help get your student’s engaged in thinking:Lesson idea 1 Teach the student the proper way to analyze an article: Select an article for them…Continue

Engage your class

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Teaching Engagement in Social Studies One of the greatest activities of a teacher’s life is to see students engaged in the subject matter. Watching your students focus on the key concepts of social…Continue

Getting students involved in online activities they can enjoy...5 part series

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas Stanley Mar 24. 5 Replies

Many parents are now working with their children and setting up online and real-time schedules. As a former online teacher I thought it would be good to set-up a q and a area to help people out. Each…Continue

 

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Thomas Stanley replied to Thomas Stanley's discussion Social Studies lesson ideas that can be done online or in real-time
"I like to use a collaborative group work. Here is something I also incorporated into group work. If there were dissenting opinions they were to be mentioned in the groups report too!"
Apr 20
Carly Green replied to Thomas Stanley's discussion Social Studies lesson ideas that can be done online or in real-time
"Thanks for this! Do you think these activities would work best for individual work or as collaborative group work?"
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Teaching Engagement in Social Studies One of the greatest activities of a teacher’s life is to see students engaged in the subject matter. Watching your students focus on the key concepts of social studies and having to use the facts to justify their ideas is just an amazing experience. Recently, one of my former students thanked me for getting him turned on to learning social studies, I told him my job is to light the fire, yours is to make it happen. By the way, he has a state senator, U.S.…See More
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Thomas Stanley replied to Thomas Stanley's discussion Doing joint global projects from a distance
"Taking an inquiry/project-based learning approach is key to a great online learning experience! Especially when it is done globally. After doing projects with India, Australia, Mexico, the UN, EU, and Canada here are some tips to do effective online…"
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Thomas Stanley replied to Thomas Stanley's discussion Getting students involved in online activities they can enjoy...5 part series
"Part 5 - Day 5  Let’s start with the robust use of technology and move to a simpler world. The robust use would include things like virtual worlds, virtual and augmented reality, 3-D and more. I want to refer you to someone who is using…"
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Thomas Stanley replied to Thomas Stanley's discussion Getting students involved in online activities they can enjoy...5 part series
"thank you"
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Tammy Nelson replied to Thomas Stanley's discussion Getting students involved in online activities they can enjoy...5 part series
"With the issues going on globally with the coronavirus pandemic and teachers and students having to move to online learning, I feel the tips you are providing are very beneficial. "
Mar 24
Thomas Stanley replied to Thomas Stanley's discussion Getting students involved in online activities they can enjoy...5 part series
"Day 4  Part 4 of working in an online environment from home. Some tips for parents and teachers on how to develop critical thinking for their child/student. Developing a critical thinking mentality by using the controversy of key…"
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he interactive online and blended-learning classroom

Since the possibility of moving classes into the online world here are some helpful hints for teachers to use in their online classrooms. The interactive online and blended-learning classroomBy Thomas E. Stanley Series of ideas used to help make the online classroom more interactiveTopics: Subject matterPosting discussionsUsing Synchronous tools Creating presentationsGuest and ExpertsUse of advanced materials Testing and Analyzing what you have learned and still needs to be done. Subject…See More
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Thomas Stanley replied to Thomas Stanley's discussion Getting students involved in online activities they can enjoy...5 part series
"Day 3 posts on tips to a successful online experience with your child. Community connections are fun to use in the classroom. Global learning and connections would allow your child to talk to students who are having similar issues or would like to…"
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Getting students involved in online activities they can enjoy...5 part series

Many parents are now working with their children and setting up online and real-time schedules. As a former online teacher I thought it would be good to set-up a q and a area to help people out. Each day I will post some helpful suggestions and try to answer any questions that you might have.1. Make the online experience a good one! Sounds simple enough but don't just turn your child lose online. They use their phones and computers for games (which can be educational) but normally not for…See More
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Retired teacher
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About Me
Current Position:
A retired teacher, now a consultant on using online and blended learning in the Global Classroom. The organizer of Project Based Learning programs and Global studies lessons for teachers.

Years of Teaching: 41 years

Teaching Background:
Clark County School District - Las Vegas, Nevada - 20 years
• Part-time - University of Nevada Las Vegas - 2 years
• College of Southern Nevada - current
District 11- Colorado Springs, Colorado - 7 years
District 27- Brighton, Colorado - 5 years
Portage, Wisconsin - 5 years
Greenville Michigan - 5 years
Education
BA Ottawa University- History and Political Science
MEd UNLV – Curriculum and Instruction

Teaching and Developing Classes
Virtual High School - 1999-2007
I was an instrumental part of the team that created the Clark County School District’s Virtual High School. I served as an Instructional designer and teacher, helped organize and develop the virtual high school teacher training, classes, class content, philosophy, and program. These classes included video and online classes and were created to be highly interactive online and video programs.

Online Classes
US Government, World History, Crime and Justice
Introduction to Project-based Learning

Professional Development - courses developed and taught
Philosophy of Online Learning
Best Practices - Creating an Inquiry and Project-based classroom environment
Using WebCT
Facilitating Online Learning
Using Centra - Administrative and Leader Tools

Web Development Tools
Use Macromedia Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Captivate
Microsoft Office products, PowerPoint, MovieWorks, PhotoStory 3
Camtasia, Dubit, Audacity, MovieMaker, Adobe


Professional Conferences
• Centra Summits – 1999-2006: Speaker – Using Synchronous tools in online learning, Organizing Training for Centra users, Best Practices of using Centra
• National School Board Conference – 2002: Virtual High Schools Online Learning Environment
• Hawaii International Conference – 2005: Creating a Blended Learning Environment
• Virtual Schools Symposium – 2004-06: 2010-11 Speaker – Using International Resources for online learning, Creating an Interactive online Environment
Speaker - Creating a new online progam

Professional Organizations and Activities
• Nevada Online Consortium (Founder)
• North American Council for Online Learning
• Clark County Teachers Union Delegate/Rep
• Using Technology to Enhance Social Studies Education Committee (Chairman)
• Students Environmental Education in the Desert
• I-Safe Committee
• Department Coordinator Law Magnet Program

Special Projects: Directed and continue to lead the following projects:
Global Studies Projects:
Environmental Studies –
Ocean Acidification – Global online conference with schools and scientists from around the world
Environmental Issues Project – Video conference with the US State Department’s Oceans and Environment Director; Live online sessions from the Forever Earth Boat (Lake Mead), Project Wet, and UNLV; included schools from Canada, US, Australia, Virginia, Clark County Refugee Project, and the US State Department
European Union Project – Project-Based Learning activity with video conferencing with diplomats for the EU
Walker Lake Project – Project-Based learning activity where students recommended solutions to leadership groups trying to save Walker Lake

Yucca Mountain Project – Yucca Mountain leadership, Scientists, and worked closely with schools in Arizona that live by a Nuclear power plant.

UNLV-AP Video Conferencing Project – Professors came online to discuss key political topics with AP students

Fly on the Wall Project – Created and Hosted a TV Show from UNLV that discussed key current topics

Video conferencing programs initiated and run:
Center for Disease Control in Atlanta
Interview with Senator Harry Reid
Set up district-wide video conferencing programs with regions and district leadership
Global Nomads Leadership Group

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Get your online class started in the right direction!

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 4:54pm 0 Comments

Get your class started in the right direction!

 

When you welcome students to an online environment it is important to make them feel as though they are in a personal and friendly environment. Start by having them post in the text chat or a discussion area of a synchronous session such things as characteristics that fit them as a person and why. Most young people are good at the social posts and this will allow them to feel comfortable at the start of the class. Here is an…

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Collaborative online learning

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 9:49am 0 Comments

Here are some basic ideas for teachers to make your online classroom a collaborative one.

 

Let’s start with a basic guide to help students be successful collaborative online learners.

 

     Online learning depends on you, the student; it is imperative that you become an active learner. What is an active learner? It’s a person who takes full responsibility for her or his own learning. You will need to complete assignments before the deadline, turn in assignment…

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he interactive online and blended-learning classroom

Posted on March 20, 2020 at 7:37pm 0 Comments

Since the possibility of moving classes into the online world here are some helpful hints for teachers to use in their online classrooms. 

The interactive online and blended-learning classroom

By Thomas E. Stanley 

Series of ideas used to help make the online classroom more interactive

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Engaging Students in the Social Studies Classroom.

Posted on May 15, 2019 at 3:21pm 0 Comments

One of the greatest activities of a teacher’s life is to see students engaged in the subject matter. Watching your students focus on the key concepts of social studies and having to use the facts to justify their ideas is just an amazing experience. Recently, one of my former students thanked me for getting him turned on to learning social studies, I told him my job is to light the fire, yours is to make it happen. By the way he has, a state senator, U.S. Ambassador, and more. That…

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