Co- Teaching Project

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On April 19, 2016, in teaching with technology, my classmate, Hope Vallas and I created a lesson together we co-taught to the class. The presentation has to be roughly 10 minutes including a lesson plan, starter activity, smart board activity, and assessments. Hope and I chose to focus on a 3rd grade class about nouns and verbs. We started the class by asking students what they believe a noun and verb to be, and to make sentences with it. As college students, our class knew what a noun and verb is, but it was so motivating and glorifying to see how many of our classmates really wanted to participate in our lesson. To me, when a student wants to participate, it’s because that students has confidence in themselves. As a teacher, you should always motivate your students to participate, but not call on anyone who really doesn’t know the answer because they will get embarrassed.

After the quick do now, Hope and I had a smart board lesson. We used Smart Exchange to find the activity. This was my first time using Smart Exchange. They had so many options to choose from, and you can even narrow your search by subject and grade. There were so many choices, but we chose a noun and verb sorting game. The game had three parts – words, pictures, and words again. We asked students to come up and drag the word or picture to the noun or verb side. Each student did 3-5 words and then called the next student to come up. There were enough words and pictures to have everyone come up and participate. After all the words and pictures were sorted, we did a check and it told us if we were right or wrong.

We assigned homework. The homework was to go to a given website and take a 10 question quiz on nouns and verbs. Students had to print the results and bring it into class the next day. The homework lets students use technology outside of the classroom. All in all, I had a great time teaching the class. Everyone was so positive and supportive, and it was a great learning environment to be in.

Making Robots!

The past few classes in Teaching with Technology, we worked in groups to assemble robots, decorate them, create a story for them, and make a mini movie. On the first day, we had to build them and decorate them. Stereo-typically, males tend to excel in science and math. Unconsciously, this happened in my group. Anthony and Aaron got to work assembling the robot, and Hope and I started decorating the can with duct tape. It wasn’t that we couldn’t do the opposite job, we were just genuinelyĀ  having fun doing what we were doing. We wound up switching rolls, so Hope and I finished assembling the robot, and Aaron and Anthony named it and decorated it. On the first day, it looked adorable with the big eyes and long arms. We made ours pink, purple, and blue.

On the second day working on this, we bought confetti and stickers to decorate the robot more. We glued confetti to the top and stuck stickers all over the sides. We chose a birthday theme since Aaron’s birthday passed this week. We decided the theme of our robot was to celebrate birthdays and bring joy and optimism with him. This turned into such a cute project, and I love how our robot wound up looking.

We made our movie using flipgram and an iPad. Flipgram was so easy to use. It let you record as you were going and add a song from your music library. We chose a song about friendship. Our video started with the robot standing next to his birth certificate. Then, we typed up a little about him and showed that, also letting him walk around. To end the video, we sprinkled confetti on top of him. Each of us took on roles moving the robot, sprinkling the confetti, and recording. Our group got along so well.

This is defiantly a project I would want to do in my class. I was trying to think how I can incorporate history to the robot. I would have my students build the robot, and design it after a figure they learned about in class. This way I would be checking their history knowledge, technology skills, and collaboration skills.

Overall, I’m so pleased how our robot turned out, and making the video was the best part. I had so much fun!

Click the picture to see the video we made šŸ™‚

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Assessments

This week in Teaching with Technology, we were grouped up to create 3 assessments for a class using technology, and a grading rubric. First, I really liked the group I worked with. Out of three of us, two are history majors, and one is English. We chose the Holocaust to work with, and focused on primary and secondary sources. It was great to collaborate because we bounced ideas off of each other and really worked together to create a final project. The three of us all have different teaching styles, but we were able to combine them and create the final assessmentsĀ together.

This was my first time creating a rubric. We used rubric generators, where you just type in each category and the specific criteria students are based on. We worked on this together, debating what we should grade the students on, and what differentiates a 4 from a 3, a 3 from a 2, and a 2 from a 1.

A new tool I was introduced to was creating online web diagrams. The website I used allows you to create a web diagram, customize the shapes, sizes, and add pictures or text. What I really liked about it was how organized it looks. My final work is below.Ā webbbbb.png

 

Summary Questions

  1. True/False A history book is a primary source.
  2. List two benefits of studying primary sources.
  3. How do primary and secondary sources change what we’re learning about a topic?
  4. Read the primary and secondary texts. How are they similar? How are they different?

Infographic Timeline

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This week in ED Tech, we were introduced to resources used to create an infographic. An infographic is a creative way to present information. Infographics are good for visual learners because all of the information is represented in a picture, or video style. To make an infographic, I used a Prezi. Prezi is a tool I personally love to use. To create a timeline, Prezi offered a template of a timeline where you plugged in the dates and information in the correct place. I added dates and events in the boxes that the template offered. You are able to make the timeline bigger or smaller based on your needs. I kept the color theme it came with because I wanted a simpleĀ design to go along with my topic of civil rights. Using Prezi, you can incorporate links on your slides, videos, and audio. Prezi is a great tool I would recommend using inĀ the classroom for any age group.

Powtoon Digital Story!

This week in ED Tech, we were introduced to several digital story resources. I chose to use Powtoon. Powtoon is a free resource that can be used for education. I created a Powtoon (attached) about how a bill becomes a law. Using Powtoon, you can choose a background image, graphics, and audio. Audio can be a song or even your own voice. Powtoon was easy to use and most of it was included in the free account.

One advantage of Powtoon is adding your voice, pictures, and making it like a movie. Powtoon is a great resource to actually tell a story. You can use it in your classroom to tell a story in an English class or retell a historical event. These are just two examples of the endless options the user has.

While creating my Powtoon, I liked the creative options that were offered with the free account. Between each “slide” there was a transition effect. There were enough to choose from that I was able to choose a different one for each step. There were dozens of different backgrounds and themes, so you can choose one for any topic.

After viewing my classmates digital stories, I loved the ones aimed at elementary school students. Click on the image below to view my Powtoon!

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My First Buncee

 

bunc3eeI recently learned about the website Buncee.com which is an educational tool used by teachers to create slideshows. Traditionally, teachers use Power Point. I was never a fan of Power Points because they’re dry and simple. Prior to learning Buncee, I was familiar with Prezi. Buncee allows the creator to create slideshows with animations, links, videos, music, and more. Some animations that I used were a highlighter tool, and stickers which make the slideshow more creative. There are Buncee accounts for both teachers and students. Buncee is a free account, but you are given the option to subscribe for more options. There are different backgrounds to chose from, and themes you can use.