Who, What and Where Do You Teach? Day 4

We are not going to meet in the computer lab today, but we are working on this Floorplan project.   If you have any question, you can watch the 12-step tutorial again to help you learn more about how to use the tool or just email me or give me a call.

Remember that you can change the setting of each item provided by the Floorplan.  Sometimes you won’t see the property of the chosen item…if that is the case, just try double click on the item and then you will see it.

After creating your classroom layout, use these directions (or scan the QR code below) to create a screen shot of it (you can’t use the “create an image” option on Floorplanner because we’re using the free version) and we will insert the image onto your “Learning Environment” webpage later.

Once you finish designing your dream classroom and taking a screenshot, you need to go back to your e-portfolio and create a new page and name it “Creating a Learning Environment”.

On your “Creating a Learning Environment” page, you should:

  1. insert the image of your learning environment
  2. have a paragraph that describes why you chose the design
  3. identify highlights of the room
  4. explain how the design reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum.
  5. give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom.
  6. describe  your students and yourself (their teacher).

The page should be 3-4 paragraphs in length. For an example of this assignment, see Sarah’s Portfolio.
FOR WEDNESDAY:

  1. Your Floorplan project should be done before we meet in class in order to get feedback from your classmates.  Then you can revise it.  The Floorplan project is due at 11:59 PM next Wednesday (Sep.5).
  2. Remember that your reflection to Meaningful Learning chapter 1 is due tonight at 11:59 PM.
  3. Keep reading the document you choose.
  4. Try something fun or new during your weekend. Have a great one!

 

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Who, What and Where Do You Teach? Day 3

We have talked about 21st century learners, teachers and different standards in the past three class periods.  How do you feel?  Do you think teaching is a big challenge?  What is the most challenging part to you?  To know your learners?  To adopt TPACK model in your class?  To choose appropriate tools?  Or to meet the standards?  Can any of you share one thing that you think of as the biggest challenge to you right now?

   

   

However, I also think teaching can be an art.  Imagine that you are playing with the play-doh.  Teaching can be like that.  You can make it more effective and pleasant, right?  Learning environment is one thing that teachers can play with and thus maybe motivate and engage your learners more.  Before we talk about how to create your ideal learning environment, think about the role of technology in our life again.  Does technology change your room setting?  Let’s take a look at this interactive Home Technology Environment.

Does this give you some idea about what you can add in your learning environment?  If not, let’s take another look at the classrooms pinned by Ms. Thomas in her Pinterest.

Let’s create our own now.

The tool we are using is called Floorplanner (you are welcome to use another tool if you have one available) to sketch what our ideal learning environment [classroom] will look like. Once you’ve created an account, complete the 12-step tutorial to help you learn more about how to use the tool. Keep in mind that the free version of the tool will only allow you to create ONE floorplan. After creating your ideal learning environment, create a screen shot of the image and insert it into your portfolio.

After creating your classroom layout, use these directions (or scan the QR code below) to create a screen shot of it (you can’t use the “create an image” option on Floorplanner because we’re using the free version) and we will insert the image onto your “Learning Environment” webpage later.

Once you finish designing your dream classroom and taking a screenshot, you need to go back to your e-portfolio and create a new page and name it “Creating a Learning Environment”.

On your “Creating a Learning Environment” page, you should:

  1. insert the image of your learning environment
  2. have a paragraph that describes why you chose the design
  3. identify highlights of the room
  4. explain how the design reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum.
  5. give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom.
  6. describe  your students and yourself (their teacher).

The page should be 3-4 paragraphs in length. For an example of this assignment, see Sarah’s Portfolio.

FOR FRIDAY:

  1. We are not meeting in the lab this Friday.  Keep working on your Floorplan.  The final product will be the description and the screenshot on the “Creating a Learning Environment” page in your e-portfolio.  This is due at 11:59 PM next Monday (Sep. 3).
  2. The reflection to Meaningful Learning chapter in your photo blog is due at 11:59 PM this Friday (Aug. 31).  I will check before I go to volunteer in the football game on Saturday.  Make sure that you submit before 8 AM on Saturday.  If you want to use a late pass, you need to email me before the deadline and submit the late pass next Monday.
  3. Keep reading the document you choose.
  4. Try to do sun fun things or something new and share with us next Monday.
  5. Any question?  Email me.  If you have no question, have a nice Labor Day weekend!

Who, What and Where Are you Teaching– Day 2

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  What did you do on the weekend?  I went to the Farmers’ Market in Watkinsville this Saturday and found it is a little bit different from the one in Athens.  There are so many soap vendors…I wish I could grab a lot of the soaps.  Just love the smell, but they are too pricy.

PART I:READING REVIEW

What was the big idea or takeaway you had from the Meaningful Learning with Technology chapter? Was there anything that surprised you? Remember that you have a week to complete the reflection on your photo blog.

Which document did you choose to review? Why? When you read the document, I want you to think about one question: How does it relate to what you learned from reading the chapter/ standards/ your own learning experiences?

Please help me fill out the form (hard copy) to let me know which document is your final choice.  If you haven’t decided yet or you missed today’s class, please come to see me and fill out the form before or after class on Wednesday.

PART II: WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING?

I have mentioned in our first class that you need to think about a grade level and a subject that you want to work on for the projects during this semester.  Hope you all have that in mind now.  You need to work on the content by yourself, no matter it is science, math, social studies, literacy, music or PE.  Today, we are going to talk about the “what” in a more general and broad way.

When you are a teacher, you have already chosen a major that you want to work on.  It can be math, science, social studies, language arts, music or PE.  You are the professional in that field.  And you also learn how to teach children.  You learn how to do class management and assessment.  Then we think about today’s kids, we say, as a teacher, we’d better learn how to use technology as well.  A model called TPACK (or TPCK) is proposed to understand a teacher’s preparation for his/ her instruction.  Let’s watch this short clip to get the basic idea about TPACK.

Now, do you understand what TPACK means?  Let’s take a look at this Presentation.

If you are interested in knowing more about TPACK, you can find more detailed introduction on Dr. Matthew Koehler’s TPACK website.

To me, TPACK is not a difficult concept.  However, how to apply it in the educational setting is an art.  Learning something abstract is always difficult.  In Chinese, we have a saying that it is like you are talking about martial arts on the paper.  A coach can’t always use simulation or imagination to teach his players to play a good game.  Therefore, let’s take a look at how teachers in a school in South Carolina put TPACK into practice. (Here is the report of this school.)

PART III: STANDARDS

As teachers, we don’t really choose what we are going to teach. This is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards” and they are written for every grade level K-12 and most subject areas.

You can view the Georgia Performance Standards, or GPS, by clicking on the link in the right navigation bar on this blog or go to: http://www.georgiastandards.org . Click on the Georgia Performance Standards tab and then select your subject and grade level. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others) you can click on the link right below the Georgia Performance Standards tab to view the QCC standards – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet). If you’re interested in Mathematics or English/Language Arts, you might refer to the Common Core Standards. Here are some possible standards to use if you are interested in speech therapy and special education.

It’s time to decide your focus for the rest of the semester. What grade/subject do you want to teach? View the GPS (or QCC) for that grade and subject. Send me an email if you’re having trouble choosing something or can’t find what you are looking for: schien2@uga.edu

PART IV: MORE STANDARDS

It’s not just content standards that need to be addressed while teaching. There are national educational technology standards (NETS) for K-12. In my opinion, these standards focus on good teaching and learning – not simply on technology use. Your text is based on these national standards and contains a chapter that addresses the first four standards (we’ll talk about 5 and 6 all semester):

  1. Creativity and Innovation
  2. Communication and Collaboration
  3. Research and Information Fluency
  4. Critical thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  5. Digital Citizenship
  6. Technology Operations and Concepts

Except for these standards, there is another one that I like to use a lot.  The organization is called the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.  What they try to focus is also what we focus in EDIT 2000.  You can find some resources on their website.

FOR WEDNESDAY:

  1. Keep working on your reflection on the Meaningful Learning chapter 1.  It is due this Friday (Aug. 31).
  2. Make sure that you have decided which document you want to read for this semester.  The document is really long…so I want you to start early.  Read a few pages every day.

Who, What, Where You Are Teaching– Day 1

I enjoy reading every learning story a lot.  All of you are great writers and get the idea of photo blogging.  The pictures you chose really enhance what you describes.  I love the varieties of your learning stories.  Thanks for all your good job for the first assignment.

DROPBOX:

I sent out invitations to all of you last weekend to create a Dropbox account in order for me to share the reading materials with you.  However, I found a way to share the materials with all of you without asking you to create an account.  Therefore, for those who accepted my invitation, I want to say sorry and also thank you for helping me.  Dropbox is really a very convenient tool.  If you still want to create an account for future use, you are still welcome to do it.

Now, take 30 seconds to make sure that you can see the shared folder here.

WHO ARE YOU TEACHING?

When you were writing your learning story, I believe that you experienced how a learner feels about the unknown and how a learner can overcome the difficulties either by him/ herself or seeking for others’ help.  Now let’s think about learners from a more broad and generic perspective.  Remember that I told you the reason why I came to the States for my advanced study.  I was sick of using the same textbooks I used in high school to teach my students.  They are in a different generation.  As a teacher, I really want to explore the world with them by using a foreign language.  Today’s learners are very different from us.  The technology is changing in a very speedy way.  Let’s make a list about the differences between today’s learners and ourselves.

Is technology a big idea and the main theme emerging from our list?  How do you define technology?  In Larry Cuban’s book “Teachers and Machines: The Classroom Use of Technology since 1920″, he proposed that technology is the tool.  Therefore, a pen can be a technology.  Technology does not need to be a machine.  Technology can be multiple.  That is why you will see this term “ICTs” nowadays.  ICTs stands for “Information and Communication Technologies”.  However, some people believe that these tools are good for communication.  Communications are multiple.  Hence, you will see ICT (Information and Communications Technology) sometimes.  But, no matter which term you use, the main purpose is to help our learners to learn.  It is very SIGNIFICANT for you, as an educator, to know your learners.

But Who are the 21st century learners?  Let’s watch the first video and talk about the ideas embedded in this video.

How Will You Teach Me in the 21st Century?

Now, let’s see how educators and researchers think about the 21st century learners.

The 21st Century Learners

Guiding Questions:

  • What is the big idea you get from this video clip?
  • Any similarity or difference form the previous video clip?
  • How important is the content?
  • How important is the skill?
  • How do you think about informal learning and formal learning?
  • Did you hear the term “digital native”?  Do you think you are one?
  • What is the role of teacher in the 21st century then?

Marc Prensky coined the terms “digital native” and “digital immigrant” to differentiate different generations.  People who were born after 1982 are “digital natives” who will be your future students.  People like me, who were born before 1982, are old generations and thus termed “digital immigrants”.  Do you agree with him?  Maybe not.

Here are two articles talking about digital natives and digital immigrants.  Hope this will help you to think more deeply about the debate of digital natives and digital immigrants.

The Myth of the Digital Native

Digital Natives: Fact or Fiction?

This article talks more about how teachers face the challenge of teaching the digital natives.

Read about Class of 2016.

FOR MONDAY (AUG. 27):

  1. Finish reading “Meaningful Learning” Chapter 1 in our Dropbox shared folder.  Then start to work on your reflection to this reading on your photo blog.  Remember, it’s a PHOTO blog.  Therefore, use at least 1 image to support your ideas or reflection.  This assignment is due next Friday (Aug. 31).
  2. There are 3 important documents talking about technology use in classroom.  Select one document to review from our Dropbox Shared Folder. This might mean reading it from cover to cover or just becoming very familiar with the contents. You’ll be the “spokesperson” for the document you choose. So choose wisely (and shorter does not necessarily mean easier!). Everyone should be able to access all 3 documents – but you need only choose one to “know”: 2010 National Education Technology Plan (NETP), The 2012 Horizon Report, or the Educational Technology Roadmap.  Let me know your choice next Monday and then you can start to read the document.  It takes a little bit more time, so I really want you to start early.

Sharing Your E-Portfolio and Photo Blog

Most of you have already completed the first two pages in your e-portfolio and the first post in your photo blog.  We will spend some time today to “evaluate” others’ e-portfolios and blogs.  However, before we check everyone’s sites, let’s see the self-evaluation results from the student information sheet in order to know more about your peers.

 

SHARING E-PORTFOLIOS AND PHOTO BLOGS

Now, please have your e-portfolio and photo blog showing on your screen.  Then take 10 minutes to quickly browse your classmates e-portfolios and photo blogs.  We will talk about them later.  If you use your late pass for your first post, it will be due tomorrow.  You lose one point for that assignment every day until you submit it.

Guiding Questions:

What kind of suggestion you can give?

If there is a general problem, what is it?

What do you like the most from reading everyone’s e-portfolio and photo blog?

What will you add or delete from your own e-portfolio and photo blog?

If there is way to improve these two sites, what will that be?

My question:  HOW ARE WE GOING TO EVALUATE THE PHOTO BLOG?

Please open this Google Doc.  We will work on this together.

FOR FRIDAY:

  1. Please complete your first two pages in your e-portfolio by 11:59 pm this Friday.  I am going to grade these two pages this Saturday.
  2. Complete your Learning Story in your photo blog.  I hope all of you can finish that before we meet on Friday, because we are going to start a new topic this Friday.

 

Keep Working on Your e-Portfolio and Blog

Hope you all had a great weekend.

We were in a fast pace last week and I feel like we need a little bit more time to finish the first two pages in the e-portfolio and blog.  Therefore, our tasks in class today are still the same.  Hope you can accomplish them before you leave today.  Then we can move into the next stage in the foundation section.
PART I: FINISHING YOUR E-PORTFOLIO

Tasks:

  • Create the homepage for your e-portfolio
    • Insert images.  The images are about you.
    • List several things that you want to learn this semester at this moment. (Most of you have done with this part).
  • Create an “About Me” page
    • Insert at least one image
    • Include several links to your favorite websites
    • Write 2-3 paragraphs about yourself

We’re just getting comfortable with the tool – so we’ll mess up a few times – but in a few weeks we won’t remember what is was like to not be able to create webpages. Here’s a link to the Help section for Google Sites if you have questions.

PART II: YOUR PHOTO BLOG

If you are finish the first two pages of your e-portfolio, you can work on your photo blog right now.  Most of you have already set up the themes and style, which is really good.  What you need to do now is to complete your first post– your learning story.

Remember to give me context (how old where you, where were you, etc.), why were you learning this (choice, necessity, etc.), who taught you (self, a family member, etc.), and how did you learn (reading, practicing, etc.). This is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, August 22.

FOR WEDNESDAY:

1. Your learning story in your blog is due before coming to class.

2. Complete your e-portfolio.  We are going to share with each other in class.

3. If you haven’t completed the form with your e-portfolio and photo blog sites, please do it before you leave today.  Once I have all the links, I will make these sites accessible on our course blog.

 

Creating Your e-Portfolio

PART I: HOUSEKEEPING

  1. If you decide to stay in this class and haven’t complete the student information sheet, please complete it before 12 pm this Sunday (Aug. 19).  I want to share the data with the class next Monday.
  2. Email communication with me:  24 hours.  If you don’t get any feedback from me after you send me an email after 24 hours, there might be something wrong.  Please email me again if that is the case.  I will respond to you even if it is just one word saying “received”.
  3. Photo Blogging Site Address: You need to have a personal photo blog web address and start to work on the first post this weekend.

PART II: PHOTO BLOGGING

You should have your photo blog site address ready at this moment.  Therefore, we need to work on our first blog post.  However, let’s make sure we all understand what photo blogging is.  In general definition, photo blogging means that the focus of your blog post is on the images rather than the texts.  We all know that a picture is worth a thousand words, but how you can express yourself through the images is not an easy task.  In the technology era, there is an important concept we try to teach the next generation is how they can use different modes to represent themselves and get their ideas and thoughts conveyed.  Therefore, we are going to learn this together.

For the photo blogging assignment, there are basically two types of posts.

  • The first type of photo blogging posts in this class is your reflections about the reading materials and the assignments.  We will have more concrete description about this when we have the tasks.  Right now, I can only use the first post to explain this type of post.  The first post is about your learning story.  You need to write a story about a time you learned how to do something: ride a bike, use chopsticks, play an instrument or even iron a shirt, etc.  It could be something you learned 10 years ago or just last week. Give me context (how old where you, where were you, etc.), why were you learning this (choice, necessity, etc.), who taught you (self, a family member, etc.), and how did you learn (reading, practicing, etc.). This is due at the beginning of class on Wednesday, August 22.
  • The second type of photo blogging posts in this class is your observation about the technology in your life.  You can take photos about how people use technology in daily life.  Or you can talk about your favorite technology tool or practice.  The topics can be very different and you have the freedom to write anything you would like to share with us.  The minimum is one image and one paragraph.  This type of posts need to be done in the weeks when we don’t have any reflections or assignments.  If that is the week, you need to have one post and reflect on one classmate’s post.  We will have much clearer idea when the time comes.

Here is my photo blogging site.  I’ve completed the first post for your reference.

PART III: CREATING YOUR e-PORTFOLIO

Even if you don’t have a website, you probably already have an online presence – through Facebook, Twitter, etc. As a learner in the 21st century – it is important for you to know how to create your own website. We’ll be working on this project, the e-portfolio, throughout the semester. Today, we’ll build the structure of your site, create an introduction page, and write your autobiography page. You’ll be using your website throughout the semester to store, display, and reflect upon course projects and readings.

Google Sites is like a combination website, blog, and wiki all rolled into one. We’ll be using it for all three functions. You’re going to be really amazed at what you can create without knowing anything about HTML code!

Examples:

Justine’s Class Project Site

Thomas Lay After-School Program

K-12 Classroom Website

Sample EDIT 2000 e-Portfolio

Another Sample EDIT 2000 e-Portfolio

Tasks:

We are going to use Google Site as the main tool to complete this project.  Therefore, you need to have the Gmail account.  If you have one, please go to http://sites.google.com to log in. If you haven’t got one yet, please go to http://gmail.com to create one.

  • Create the homepage for your e-portfolio
    • Insert images.  The images are about you.
    • List several things that you want to learn this semester at this moment.
  • Create an “About Me” page
    • Insert at least one image
    • Include several links to your favorite websites
    • Write 2-3 paragraphs about yourself

We’re just getting comfortable with the tool – so we’ll mess up a few times – but in a few weeks we won’t remember what is was like to not be able to create webpages. Here’s a link to the Help section for Google Sites if you have questions.

PART IV: SHARE THE LINKS

Please complete this form, so I can have access to your websites and make it public to your peers.

FOR MONDAY:

  1. Keep working on your e-portfolio.  If you need some images for your e-portfolio, try to get them uploaded during the weekend.
  2. Keep working on your first post of your photo blogging.  The first post is due next Wednesday (Aug. 22).
  3. Please complete the student information sheet and the form in which you included the links to your e-portfolio and photo blogging site by noon this Sunday (Aug. 19).
  4. You will receive an invitation from Dropbox either tonight or during this weekend.  If you already have a Dropbox account, just ignore it.  If you don’t, please accept my invitation and then create an account.  You need to have the Dropbox account ready before we meet next week. Thanks!
  5. Any other question?  Email me.  Have a nice weekend!