St. Pius X High School
PLP Project
April 28, 2009
Guiding Objectives
• Further develop cohort members’ knowledge of web 2.0
tools and enhance their ability to integrate them into the
• Share 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 collaboration
• Design student-directed curriculum for Pope John Paul II
High School, facilitated by social networking and internet
• Create a paperless school at Pope John Paul II
Promoting Faculty Awareness
• St. Pius X Faculty Network
– Ning designed specifically for use of SPX
• Fosters an environment of professional growth,
collaboration, and innovation
– Use modeled by cohort members through collaborative
development of cross-curricular Tour de France lesson
• Facilitates more effective inter-personal
relationships amongst faculty
St. Pius X Faculty Network
Promoting Faculty Awareness
• Pope John Paul II
Faculty Network
– Ning under
– Envisioned 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
• 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
• 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
• Activities for Biology, English, French
and Social Studies.
Tour de France Lesson:
Essential Questions
• What is the current state of FrancoAmerican relations?
• How can sports facilitate broader cultural,
political, and social understanding
between nations?
• What makes an athlete a good role
• How can knowledge of and dedication to
health and nutrition effect one’s wellness?
Tour de France Lesson:
Enduring Understandings
• Despite 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 nation’s 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
• Living well and eating right are necessary
components of sustained happiness.
Tour de France
Lesson: Biology
The Science of Lance
Biology Objectives
• 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.
Biology Activities
• Watch video “The Science of Lance
• Brainstorm about the reasons behind Lance
Armstrong’s success.
• Construct a spreadsheet in Google Docs and
classify the reasons from brainstorming into
one of four categories- Physiology,
Equipment, Psychology or Training/Strategy.
Biology Activities
• 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.
Biology Resources
• Wiki
• Google Docs.
• NoodleTools.
Tour de France:
Lance Armstrong:
English Objectives
• 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
English Activities
• Read the article Man in the News: Lance
Edward Armstrong; Ultimate
• Develop a timeline of Lance Armstrong’s
life using multiple web resources,
identifying achievements and difficulties in
the life of Lance Armstrong.
English Activities
• Choose one quote to use in an
introduction or conclusion to the
essay. Annotate your sources in
• Email the draft essay to a classmate
to critique.
• Rewrite the essay and publish to the
English Resources
• Litsky, Frank. Man in the News: Lance
Edward Armstrong; Ultimate
Overachiever. The New York Times –
This Day in Sports. 07/26/1999.
• Google Docs.
• NoodleTools.
Le Tour de
French Objectives
• 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.
French Objectives
• 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.
French Activities
• 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.
French Activities
• 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.
French Activities
• 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.
French Resources
• BBC – Languages – French – Ma
France – Tour de France .
• Liège Bastogne – Liège 2009.
• Le Monde.
Tour de France Lesson:
Social Studies Component
• Are we really
supposed to hate the
• Who’s 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 America’s.
• 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 today’s French government
with today’s US federal government. Publish your chart on the
• 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
• Wikispaces
• Blogger
• Major French and American
• English translation of French history
Tour de France Lesson:
Unified Assessment
• Students 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 blog
– List and explanation of relevant web links accessed
during unit
– Record of on-line collaboration
– Personal reflection on the unit
Tour de France Lesson:
• 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.
Project Evaluation
• Are faculty embracing broader use of
technology in the classroom?
– Maintain ongoing list and showcase of faculty
created blogs, wikis, nings, etc on the Faculty
– Observe activity on faculty wiki.
– Listen to conversations.
Project Evaluation
• Does the curriculum being designed for
Pope John Paul II High School reflect what
we already know about the needs of a 21st
century learner?
– Facilitate and monitor ongoing collaboration
and dialogue between faculty, curriculum
designers, and researchers.
Project Evaluation
• Are students engaged in self-directed
learning across disciplines?
– Ongoing, informal, and collegial classroom
– Continual evaluation of student progress
through alternative means of assessment.
Project Evaluation
• Have we created a truly “green” high
– Monitor amounts of non-organic waste
created—paper, plastics, etc.

St. Pius X High School Middle States Planning Team