If today is your first day of class – please view the blog post from Friday (click on Friday’s date on the calendar at the bottom of the page.)
Your “Learning Story” is due at the beginning of class today.
Today we have three main goals:
- Discuss how we learn best.
- Describe effective participation.
- Learn the tools and resources available in this building.
Part One: Learning How We Learn
Hopefully, you’re getting a better understanding of what our course is about. We’ll be looking at technology “in your life” and “in your classroom”. The more you find ways to personally apply what you learn in our class, the more you will reap the benefits of your new knowledge.
So – how do you learn? Before today’s class, you wrote a story about a time that you learned how to do something. As a class, we’ll share what we learned and how we learned it. Did your motivation to learn the skill affect how quickly you learned it? Did you utilize some type of learning tool to acquire the skill? Do you still possess the skill? If you were to teach someone this same skill – would you teach him or her the same way? What does any of this have to do with technology in your life and in your future classroom?
Part Two: Class Participation
Participation is 10% of your grade in this course and it is not based solely on attendance. Just showing up for class isn’t enough.
What should participation look like? What gets in the way of participating? How can a class be structured so that it’s easy to participate? How is participation viewed differently from a teacher/student perspective? Why does this matter in a technology course?
Take a minute or two to talk with your pod about the questions above – pick a spokesperson to briefly discuss 2 or 3 main points from your conversation to the class.
Part Three: Aderhold Scavenger Hunt
There are many resources available in this building and at this university generally. Students may go a whole semester never knowing about many valuable support staff, software, hardware and more. In assigned groups, complete the scavenger hunt. Return to class within 15 minutes to discuss.
1. Make sure you have some pictures in Facebook or on a USB drive that you will want to use on your autobiography page for you web-based portfolio.
2. If this is your first day of class, be sure to view the blog post from last Friday.
3. Make sure you have your book by next Monday.