St. Pius X High SchoolPLP Project
April 28, 2009
Guiding ObjectivesFurther develop cohort members knowledge of web 2.0 tools and enhance their ability to integrate them into the classroomShare with and promote use of web tools with colleagues, while emphasizing their role as merely a piece of the educating the 21st century learner puzzle Promote interdisciplinary collaborationDesign student-directed curriculum for Pope John Paul II High School, facilitated by social networking and internet researchCreate a paperless school at Pope John Paul II
Promoting Faculty AwarenessSt. Pius X Faculty NetworkNing designed specifically for use of SPX facultyFosters an environment of professional growth, collaboration, and innovationUse modeled by cohort members through collaborative development of cross-curricular Tour de France lesson planFacilitates more effective inter-personal relationships amongst faculty
St. Pius X Faculty Network
Promoting Faculty AwarenessPope John Paul II Faculty NetworkNing under developmentEnvisioned as a social and professional bridge between St. Pius X and Kennedy Kennrick High Schools
JPII will be green
Pope John Paul II will offer students a state of the art educational facility.
We will utilize technology to the fullest.No more papers, no more books
To eliminate paper in the classroom by using technology.
To enhance learning by using technology based lesson plans using Moodle.To use a variety of media to communicate with students effectively.
To use technology to collect, evaluate and report information
Moodle will be used as the platform for e-lessons for all modules.
All activities will be conducted online.
No paper will be generated.
Cross-curricular model: Tour de France
Cross curricular lesson plan for a virtual classroom implemented with Moodle.
Activities for Biology, English, French and Social Studies.
Tour de France Lesson: Essential QuestionsWhat is the current state of Franco-American relations?How can sports facilitate broader cultural, political, and social understanding between nations?What makes an athlete a good role model?How can knowledge of and dedication to health and nutrition effect ones wellness?
Tour de France Lesson:Enduring UnderstandingsDespite recent cultural and political dust-ups, the French and American people share many common social and moral values.International sporting events can simultaneously showcase a nations unique cultural heritage and the unifying capacity of athletic competition.The greatest athletes exhibit not just superior physical ability, but a strength of character as well.Living well and eating right are necessary components of sustained happiness.
The Science of Lance ArmstrongTour de France Lesson: Biology Component
Students will learn that science is essential in athletic training, equipment, and competition.
Students will research and summarize three examples of sports science that could be used by an athlete in a specific sport.
Students will explain various ways that new technologies have changed sports.
Students will discover the variety of careers in the field of sports science.
Watch video The Science of Lance Armstrong.
Brainstorm about the reasons behind Lance Armstrongs success.
Construct a spreadsheet in Google Docs and classify the reasons from brainstorming into one of four categories- Physiology, Equipment, Psychology or Training/Strategy.
Students will choose one sport and research three examples of sports science that an athlete in that sport might use.
Students will summarize their findings in a fictional letter as a coach giving advice to an athlete.
Google Docs. http://docs.google.com/
Lance Armstrong: Ultimate OverachieverTour de France: English Component
Students will be able to produce a reflective essay.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the roles of the English language in written work.
Students will analyze and revise their work to improve clarity and effectiveness.
Read the article Man in the News: Lance Edward Armstrong; Ultimate Overachiever.Develop a timeline of Lance Armstrongs life using multiple web resources, identifying achievements and difficulties in the life of Lance Armstrong.
Choose one quote to use in an introduction or conclusion to the essay. Annotate your sources in NoodleTools.
Email the draft essay to a classmate to critique.
Rewrite the essay and publish to the website.
Litsky, Frank. Man in the News: Lance Edward Armstrong; Ultimate Overachiever. The New York Times This Day in Sports. 07/26/1999. 04/24/2009.
Google Docs. http://docs.google.com/
Le Tour de France
Students will be able to read and interpret the meaning of an article in French on a current event.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of French culture by describing the stage cities of the 2009 Tour de France.
Students will be able to discuss cycling, geography and the Tour de France in French.
Students will reinforce their concept of French geography by locating and describing the major French stage cities and major geographic formations along the route of the Tour de France.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of French culture by discussing and comparing the reasons the Tour de France is so popular in the U.S. and in France.
Click on the BBC Tour de France link and complete the vocabulary lessons and the activities for the Tour de France.
Click on the French Tour de France link and then history tab and read about the history of the Tour de France. Watch the video of the 2008 Tour de France.
Click on the French Tour de France link and locate the route tab and study the 2009 route. Make a list of the major stage cities and the major geographical formations the riders will encounter.
Click on the Le Monde newspaper link and search for a recent article on Lance Armstrong.
Select one of the stage cities and create a wiki page for it. Your team will research the culture of the city, the economic impact of the Tour de France on the city and the geographical challenges the cyclists will encounter there.
Your team will prepare an oral report on your stage city.
BBC Languages French Ma France Tour de France . http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/mafrance/html/tour_de_france/
Lige Bastogne Lige 2009. http://www.letour.fr/
Le Monde. http://www.lemonde/fr
Tour de France Lesson:Social Studies ComponentAre we really supposed to hate the French?
Whos idea was this race anyway?
Social Studies Objectives
Students will be able to explain the history of the Tour de France.Students will be able to describe the French political system, and compare it with Americas.Students will be able to compare and contrast the French and American healthcare systems.Students will be able to analyze current Franco-American relations.
Social Studies Activities
Create a mini-documentary about the history of the Tour de France and post it on the project blog/wiki.
Create a reproducible chart in PDF format comparing and contrasting the major features of todays French government with todays US federal government. Publish your chart on the blog/wiki.
Conduct an interview with friends and relatives about their experience with the US healthcare system. Find (or conduct) an interview with at least two French citizens about their experience with the French healthcare system. Interviews can be recorded, edited, and published on the blog, or transcripts can be published. Student will also write a reflection essay detailing what they learned from the interviews.
Create a blog which examines French-American relations from after World War II through present day.
Social Studies Resources
Digital camera, recording device for PC, movie editing software
Major French and American newspapersEnglish translation of French history textbook?
Tour de France Lesson: Unified AssessmentStudents will maintain an e-portfolio where they will collect and reflect on their work throughout the unit. Portfolio will be published and maintained on a wiki or website which must at least contain: A blogList and explanation of relevant web links accessed during unitRecord of on-line collaboration Personal reflection on the unit
Tour de France Lesson: References
Biology activity adapted from: "The Science of Lance Armstrong". Discovery Education. 04/26/2009 . English activity adapted from: Vitulano, Julie. "Lance Armstrong: Tour de France". Teachnet. 04/262009 . French activity adapted from: Williams, Tom. "Le Tour du Monde Francophone". California Foreign Language Project. 04/262009 .
Botterbusch, Janine. "Le Tour de France". Dallastown High School. 04/26/2009 .
Project EvaluationAre faculty embracing broader use of technology in the
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