Teacher Orientation Guide by guy25


									Teacher Orientation Guide

      American Bar Association
     Division for Public Education
Welcome to the 2009 Teacher Orientation

           2009 National Online Youth Summit
         Teacher Orientation (January 7 – 30, 2009)

 • This online orientation session will guide you through
   the most used commands on FuseTalk, the online
   discussion board.
 • We have developed 5 sequential activities for the
   orientation that will help you:
    1.   Become familiar with and practice using FuseTalk
    2.   Understand the structure of summit work
    3.   Engage in discussion with other teachers
    4.   Set up online discussion activities for your students

FuseTalk Trainings

 • To help you become familiar with
   FuseTalk, the web conferencing software:
   – New teachers are required (and returning
     teachers are encouraged) to participate in one
     (1) hour-long live FuseTalk training.
   – We highly recommend teachers work through
     the FuseTalk orientation activities provided in
     this PowerPoint independently.
      • The length of the tutorial used independently is
        estimated at one (1) hour.

Orientation Activity Schedule
 Activity 1: Discussion Forum Access
   Available January 7

 Activity 2: FuseTalk Tutorial
   Orientation Dates:
        January 8, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. EST
        January 13, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. EST
        January 22, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. EST

 Activity 3: Registering Student Users to FuseTalk
   Due January 15

 Activity 4: Setting Up Classroom Conference for Student Activities
             Two, Three, and Five

 Activity 5: Teacher Pre-Survey & Assignment of School Clusters
   Due January 28

Activity 1: Discussion Forum Access
Discussion Boards
 •   The online forum can be accessed on the ABA NOYS website at
     http://www.abanet.org/publiced/noys/09/home.shtml. Click in the ‗Registered Users
     Login‖ section. Login information will be emailed separately by January 5.

 1. Enter your login name (in the ―Username‖ field) and the password (in the
    ―Password‖ field) that were assigned to you by the ABA, and click ―Login.‖
 2. Check the access of the discussion board from computers that students will use.
 3. If you experience difficulty accessing the site from any of the computers that will be
    used during the summit, please consult your school‘s technology professional.

Activity 2: FuseTalk Tutorial

 • The tutorials and exercises that follow will
   help you become familiar with four basic
   FuseTalk functions used repeatedly
   throughout the Summit:
   –   Replying
   –   Posting
   –   Editing
   –   Attachments
 • Tips for navigating FuseTalk are also

Getting the Most Out of NOYS

• The tutorial takes approximately one hour to

• Be sure to complete all of the exercises.

• We promise you will not regret the time investment
  up front!

• Complete all steps in the order they are given.

                      Let‘s Begin!
Three Levels of Organization in FuseTalk

 • Categories:
   – Categories are folders of collected topics relating to a specific
     aspect of that discussion board. Categories are at the highest
     level of the folder structure and can only be created by a
     discussion board administrator.
 • Topics:
   – Topics are threads/discussions created within a category.
     Multiple topics can exist within one category. Topics can be
     created by anyone logged onto the discussion board.
 • Messages:
   – A message or many messages are found within a topic and are
     related to one subject matter. Anyone that has logged onto the
     discussion board can post or reply to a message.

• Figure 1 displays the basic
  layout of the Discussion Board
  screen. Categories are located
  on the left side of the
  discussion board as depicted in
  this screen shot from 2007

• The screen shows a category
  for Jefferson High School,
  Washington High School,
  Teachers Only, Feedback, and
  Software Questions. The Icons                      Figure 1:
  to the left of the category show   You can return to this page at any time
  whether the category contains      by clicking on ―Discussion Board Home‖
                                     in the menu at the top of the page
  messages, whether it is locked,    (indicated by the red arrow).
• The screen shot at the right shows
  the topic ―Welcome Summit
  Applicants‖ (yellow arrow), which
  is within the category ―2007 NOYS
  Software test‖ (green arrow).

• A topic message begins a new
  thread of discussion within a

• Click on the topic to read all
  messages on that topic. All
  messages within the topic will be
  listed in chronological order. You
  can reply to the Topic, or to any of
  the messages within the Topic.
  Your reply will be posted under
  the message to which you replied.

Activity 2A: Replying to a Topic
Replying to a Topic

     There are two ways to reply to a Topic.

Using the ―Reply‖ Key

 Method One: Use the Reply key
 • Click on ―Reply‖ at the lower right-hand
   corner (green arrow).
 • Type your reply in the window that appears.
 • Sign your message. Remember to sign using
   your first name, first initial of your last name,
   and your school name (e.g., Mark K. George
   (T) Washington High).
 • Click ―Reply to Topic.‖ (see Figure 3, next
Figure 3: ―Reply to Topic‖ button indicated by
the red arrow

Using the ―Quote‖ Key

 Method Two: Use the Quote key
 • Click on ―Quote‖ at the lower right-hand
   corner (yellow arrow).
 • Type your message and sign it.
 • Click on ―Reply to Topic.‖
 • If you use the ―quote‖ key, the original
   message will appear in a box below your
   reply (see Figure 4).

Figure 4: This screen shot shows what happens if
you reply to a message using the ―Quote‖ button.
 The original message appears at the top, followed by the reply to the original
        message, which includes a boxed ―quote‖ of the original message.

Hands-on Exercise

 • Log into the Teachers Only Discussion Board
   using your login name and password.
 • After you log in, you will see a list of
   categories, including two schools, an Updates
   & Information category, an Evaluation
   category, and a Software category.
 • Complete the following exercises:
    – Click on school category Jefferson High.
    – Find the post by Joe D.
    – Post a reply to Joe D.
Activity 2B: Posting & Editing Topics
Posting New Topics
 • Posting New Topics:
    – First, select a category in which you would like to create a new topic.
    – Next, click on the category selected.
    – You will notice that a new menu option, ―New Topic," appears in the
      main menu. Select ―New Topic‖ and a new window will appear
      giving you the ability to add a new topic.

Figure 5: The ―New Topic‖ button is in the menu and the right-hand corner.

Posting New & Editing Topics
• After you click on ―New Topic,‖ the screen below will appear.
   – Enter the topic name in the ―message title‖ field. Keep the name short.
   – Type in your message or question.
   – Sign your message (as previously demonstrated). When you have
     completed your message, click ―Post Message.‖
   – Your Topic will post immediately.

Editing A Posted Topic
 • Edit Topics by opening the topic message and clicking ―Edit‖ at
   the bottom right-hand corner. You can only edit topics you create
   unless you are a board administrator.

 • You can edit the topic title and summary, as well as the content
   of the Topic.

 • After you edit a Topic, a message will appear with the Topic to
   indicate it has been edited, the name of the person who edited it,
   and the time and date.

 • Please Note: Editing messages is performed in exactly the same
   way. As with topics you can only edit messages you originated
   (unless you are a board administrator).

 • Posting Tip: Messages can be previewed prior to posting.
Hands-on Exercise
 Part 1

 1. Click on school category ―Washington High.‖

 2. Make a new topic with the title ―Mr. Gatling‘s Terrible
    Marvel Reading Assignment.‖ Use the following text for
    your message: Read the following pages as homework:
    pages 22-31 & 182-189. Answer the questions provided
    and be prepared to post your thoughts.

 3. Post your message.

 4. Edit your message, changing page 189 to page 187.

Hands-on Exercise
 Part II
 1.   Visit the Updates & Information conference.

 2.   Find the message entitled ―Welcome and congratulations!‖ from
      Wendy Holtman.

 3.   Reply to her message by posting any text you want, which will indicate
      that you have been successful in navigating the board.

 4.   Post a new topic message. Title it with your first name. Include the
      following information in the text of your message:
         1.   Your name;
         2.   Your town/city, and state;
         3.   If applicable, the number of summits you have participated in;
         4.   The subject of the class that will participate in the summit;
         5.   The grade (s) of your participating students;
         6.   The number of students in your class.
         7.   Sign your message with your name and your school name.

Threading & Linear Views
 •   You can view messages in two ways:
     1.   ―Threading‖ view - provides a list of all posts, showing the name of
          the person who posted, the date and time of the posting, and the
          thread of messages (i.e. arranged in order of message and replies.
          Using this view, all replies to a message will appear directly under
          the original message. We strongly recommend that you use
          the “Threading” view so that messages and replies are
          grouped together.

     2.   ―Linear‖ view - shows all messages in chronological order. Using
          this view, replies to messages will not necessarily appear below the
          original message—everything will appear in the chronological
          order in which it was posted.

 •   To change conference view:
     1.   Click on ―Profile.‖
     2.   Click on ―Personal Options.‖
     3.   Change the setting from a ―linear‖ view to a ―threading‖ view.

Threading View

                  Figure 6:
                  ―Threading‖ view of all posts
                  within the topic ―Welcome
                  Summit Applicants.‖

                  Note: To quickly change conference
                  view while viewing a topic Click on
                  ―Linear‖ or ―Threading‖ (indicated by
                  the red arrows above) to show linear
                  or threaded view.

Linear View

Figure 7:
―Linear‖ view within the
topic ―Welcome Summit

Note: To quickly change conference
view while viewing a topic Click on
―Linear‖ or ―Threading‖ (indicated by
the red arrows above) to show linear
or threaded view.

Searching for Messages
 • To search for messages, you can either:
    – Click on ―Search Discussion Board‖ in the main menu, or
    – Click on ―advanced search‖ in the left hand navigation

                                                Figure 8:
                                                Arrows indicate
                                                location of ―Search
                                                Discussion Board‖ and
                                                ―advanced search.‖

 Searching for Messages
• A search window will appear (Figure
  9). Select one or more categories to
  search from the ―Forum Categories‖
  window on the right side of the
  screen (red arrow in Figure 9).
• You can search:
   – By word or phrase,
   – By author,
   – For messages you have posted,
   – For messages within a date
      range, or
   – For messages posted by you.
• Tip: Keep Hard Copies of Students’
   – The search function is not
      foolproof. Our primary
      recommendation is to instruct
      students to print out all of the
      messages they write from
      Microsoft Word, and keep a
      portfolio to turn in to teachers.        Figure 9
Printing Messages

 • Printing a single message:
   – Select the print icon shown in the top right hand
     corner to print the message displayed in the same

 • Printing a topic and all messages within the
   – Click on the topic you want to print.
   – Click on the ―topic tools‖ drop down box. Select
     ―print this topic.‖
   – A pop-up window will appear. Select ―print this


 • Attaching a file:
     – Only Board Administrators can attach files on FuseTalk. All
       teachers will be Board Administrators of the Student Discussion
       Board. (Which will also allow you to edit student topics and
       messages, if necessary).
     – Students are not permitted to post attachments on FuseTalk. Please
       keep your login information confidential.
     – Files can be attached when creating a new topic or replying to an
       existing topic.

 • To attach a file follow these steps:
     –   Click ―New Topic,‖ ―Reply,‖ or ―Quote.‖
     –   Click ―Attach File‖ located at the bottom of the screen that appears.
     –   Click ―Browse‖ to locate file, and double click on the selected file.
     –   Click ―Upload File.‖ File will now appear in File Listing box.
     –   Double-click file to attach to message.

Logging Off FuseTalk

 • To log off of FuseTalk, click ―Logout‖ on the
   menu bar.
 • You will be automatically logged off if you:
   – Go to another site on the Web, or
   – Close your browser window.
 • A different user will then be able to log on
   to the same computer using his or her own
   login name and password.

Glossary of FuseTalk Icons

 Icon   Description
        Represents a category with no associated topics.

        Represents a category with one or more topics associated
        under it.
        Represents a locked category. For access contact the
        board administrator
        Represents a new topic

        Represents a previously viewed topic

        Represents the print message function

        Represents the trash can.


 • Visit the ―Software‖ category and let us know what
   you think by replying to the topic message entitled
   ―Hello, Teachers! Please Read Me!‖

 • You may wish to answer the following questions when
   giving your feedback:
    – What aspects of FuseTalk did you find easy?

    – Could you access the categories easily?

    – Could you reply, post, edit, and attach messages without

    – What aspects of FuseTalk were difficult?
Reporting Error Messages
 • Hopefully you will not have encountered any or very
   few error messages, but if you have, please share them
   by starting a new topic message in the ―Software‖

    – Title your topic message ―Errors from (your name).‖

    – Be sure to provide as much information as you can so that
      your colleagues can perhaps share their expertise on your
      problems. Such as - ―I went to post a new topic, entered all of
      the information in all of the fields, hit ―reply to topic‖ and (the
      problem happened/the error message I got was ―…‖).

    – Include the browser and browser version information so
      teachers with similar browsers can assess whether their
      solutions might help you.

Activity 3: Registering Student Users to
Student FuseTalk Accounts
 • Teachers are responsible for setting up student FuseTalk
   accounts. In this activity, teachers will register each student in
   their class for access to the summit‘s Student Discussion Board.
 • An excel spreadsheet has been created to assist you. Teachers
   will create student login names and passwords, and submit the
   excel spreadsheet to the ABA.
 • After completing the spreadsheet, log onto the Student
   Discussion Board to add student users to FuseTalk.
 • The template, directions for completing the template, and
   directions for adding student users can be found on the Teachers
   Only Discussion Board, category Updates & Information, topic
   ―Student FuseTalk Accounts.‖
 • By January 15, all student users must be registered and the
   excel spreadsheet must be returned via email to

Activity 4: Setting Up Classroom Conference for
Student Activities Two, Three, and Five
School Categories

 • Each teacher participating in the summit will have a Category on
   the Student Discussion Board. This category will serve as the
   primary area for online communication among your students.
   Your school category is where you will post some assignments
   and direct discussion activities for your students.

 • You will find your class category under Categories once you enter
   the online forum.

 • The name of your class category will correspond to the name of
   your school.

 • If more than one teacher from a school participates, we
   differentiate the names of a teacher‘s forum or category by
   including the teacher‘s last name in the category name.

Student Activity 2: What is Online Civil
 • In the second half of Student Activity 2, students are provided
   the opportunity to practice critical thinking and the process for
   participation in the summit.

 • Discussion Starter Statements are used to focus student

 • Discussion Starter Statements are to be created from student
   responses to opinion-based questions on the pre-test.

 • This activity will take place in your class category and should be
   posted on your class‘s discussion board prior to the activity.

 • The results of the pre-test will be provided on February 6. Go to
   the Teacher Discussion Board, Updates & Information.

 • See Curriculum Guide, Activity 2, for Discussion Starter
   Statement Samples and posting directions.

Student Activity 3: Timeline of Key Events
 • This activity provides students with an overview of gun-related
   events in U.S. history.

 • In Part II of this activity students will post work to the
   discussion board. This work will be posted outside of their
   normal class category.

 • Students will post work in their ―Cluster School‖ category.
   Cluster schools will be named ―Cluster School 1‖, ―Cluster School
   2‖, and so on. (Cluster school partnerships will be provided in
   Teacher Orientation Activity 5.)

 • The ABA will post Cluster School categories to the Student
   Discussion Board by February 13.

 • See Curriculum Guide, Activity 3, for student posting directions.

Student Activity 5: Use of Guns Today

 • In this activity students will explore gun culture influences and
   be responsible for completing a mini-research project.

 • In this activity students will again work outside their normal
   class category.

 • Students will post work in their ―Cluster School‖ category.
   Cluster schools will be named ―Cluster School 1‖, ―Cluster School
   2‖, and so on. (Cluster school partnerships will be provided in
   Teacher Orientation Activity 5).

 • The ABA will post Cluster School categories for this activity to
   the Student Discussion Board by March 1.

 • See Curriculum Guide, Activity 5, for student posting directions.

Activity 5: Teacher Pre-Survey & Assignment of
School Clusters
Evaluation Category

 • A teacher pre-survey has been designed to
   capture information about student knowledge
   from the teacher‘s perspective.
 • The link to the pre-survey will be sent to
   teachers via e-mail on January 7 and will also
   be available on the Teacher Discussion Board
   in the Evaluation Category under the topic
   – Surveys will be administered via Survey Monkey,
     and the results will be sent directly to ABA staff.
 • Complete the pre-survey by January 28.
School Cluster Groups

 • Cluster Group 1
   Schools: Southeast Nebraska Consolidated School (Stella, NE);
   Casa Richard Academy (Detroit, MI); Corrigan-Camden High
   School (Corrigan, TX); Belleville High School (Belleville, NJ)

 • Cluster Group 2
   Schools: EBC/ENY High School for Public Safety and Law
   (Brooklyn, NY); Capitol Hill High School (Oklahoma City, OK);
   Denison High School (Denison, IA); Springfield High School
   (Springfield, PA)

 • Cluster Group 3
   Schools: Yoncalla High School (Yoncalla, OR); Oroville High
   School (Oroville, WA); The Fulmore Humanities and Law Magnet
   for International Studies (Austin, TX); Ainsworth High School
School Cluster Groups Cont‘d

 • Cluster Group 4
   Schools: Hampden Academy (Hampden, ME); Jackson High
   School (Jackson, MI); Lincoln High School (Jersey City, NJ);
   Alcoa High School (Alcoa, TN)

 • Cluster Group 5
   Schools: New Kent High School (New Kent, VA); Patchogue-
   Medford High School (Medford, NY); Madison Central High
   School (Madison, MS); Shaw H.S. Leadership Academy: School
   for Law, Public Safety (East Cleveland, OH)

 • Cluster Group 6
   Schools: Blue Ridge High School (Hallstead, PA); Groveton High
   School (Groveton, NH); Bishop Ireton High School (Alexandria,
   VA); High School for Public Service (Brooklyn, NY)


• This concludes the 2009 NOYS Teacher

• Student activities are scheduled to begin the week
  of February 2, 2009. Please take a moment now
  to review the Student Activity Timeline in the
  Curriculum Guide for important dates and

• Please post any questions and concerns you may
  have to the ―Teachers to ABA‖ category on the
  Teacher Discussion Board.
Contact Information
          Wendy Holtman – primary contact
                 Summit Coordinator
          E-mail: wendy.holtman@gmail.com
                 Phone: 516/818.8026

                     Rina Shah
          ABA Division for Public Education
                 Program Manager
           E-mail: shahr@staff.abanet.org
               Phone: 312/988-5720

             American Bar Association
            Division for Public Education
            321 N. Clark Street, MS 20.2
                  Chicago, IL 60654
                Phone: 312/988-5735

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