Welcome to my learning log. I am excited about the additions I will be making to this site as I learn more about the ever shaping world of educational technology.
Week 9 When I knew I would be taking a class on technology and PBL, I went to the two teachers with whom I teach American literature and asked, “What PBL unit do we want the most for next year?” Our school is focusing on PBL, and we knew we wanted to add more for … More Post-Project Reflection
Week 8 My favorite idea about PBL is the role of the teacher. Unlike years past in education when the teacher had the key to all of the knowledge the students would need, PBL changes the teacher’s job from being the gatekeeper to being the students’ guide for their educational journey. My principal teases me … More The Teacher’s Role in PBL
Week 7 I am a bit of a built-in integrated curriculum. Unlike anyone else in the high school building in which I teach, I am in two different departments: English and social studies. Also, especially for academic fields like English and social studies, I find there is a lot of natural overlap of material. I … More Designing Integrated Curriculum
Week 5/6 Initially, my students see assessment as a way teachers judge and penalize students, often with a swipe of their red pens. It takes time in the classroom to help students see assessments are a way for both of us to see what they have learned. First, looking at ideas from “What Kids Can … More Key Principles of Assessment
Week 4 No. A vital component of Project-based learning is the audience, and it teaches the students to think about the importance of their work and who it will reach. A high school project that will be presented to second graders should be created very differently than one that will be presented to a panel … More Is it Still PBL without an Authentic Audience?
Week 2 I spent this week looking at sample projects for Project-based learning (PBL) and considering how it can translate into my classroom. I am not brand-new at PBL. My school has spent a year learning about PBL in order for the teachers to give it a try, and I have two PBL projects I … More Big Questions in PBL in High School English and Social Studies
I knew I wanted to create visual poetry to express my definition of educational technology and several educational blogs recommended ImageChef as an interesting way to create visual poetry and many other digital creations (Like memes. How have I never made a meme? I will have to change that soon.) As a note, I was … More Graphic Definition of Educational Technology
Recently, during an evaluation post-conference, my vice-principal asked me if I would join the PBL committee for our district. Before completing my school’s, Village Ohio High School, technology evaluation, I might have begged off. I do not have a lot of extra time for committees, and, like most people, I do not really love committee … More School Evaluation Summary
http://www.easel.ly/viewEasel/2841034 The last two weeks I have been exploring the world of creating infographics. I love the way they simplify a subject visually, and as I have been researching PBL, I h ave become interested in having my students in my Modern World Studies classes,one of which is an inclusion class, create an infographic for a genocide … More TechTrends Assignment
My school district is in the middle of a big push to implement project-based learning in our classrooms. Our administration is giving us the space to learn about it this year, considering how it can be used in the classroom, so this research assignment seemed like a great way to learn more about project-based learning. In … More Annotated Bibliography