What and Where You Are Teaching

Digital Generation Wrap Up: With whom do you agree? Mackenzie or Prensky?

During today’s class I’ll show you how to embed your Google Doc onto a new webpage in your portfolio – a page we’ll call “Creating Learning Environments.”

We worked on our Digital Generation Reflection for homework. Google docs is a GREAT tool for collaborating with others (which we’ll do later this semester), but you can also use it if you just need to share basic information with a wide audience. You can publish the document as a web page. You just need to be logged into docs.google.com.

Content Standards

State Standards

As teachers, we have far more control over how we teach rather than what we teach. Content is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards” and are written for every grade level (K-12) and most subject areas. You can view the standards for your subject area on the left navigation of their website. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others), view the “QCC Materials.” If you are interested in speech therapy or special education, consider looking at the “IEP Goals & Objectives Bank.” Let me know if you’re having trouble choosing a subject or can’t find the standards for your subject.

National Standards

When we look at standards for teaching, we have to consider that there are national educational technology standards (NETS) for K-12. Generally speaking, these standards focus on good teaching and learning; not just 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

Creating a Learning Environment

Once you’ve gotten a better understanding of who you’re teaching and what you’re going to teach, you can focus on creating a learning environment to bring it all together. What should the physical environment of your future classroom look like? First, we’ll need to get a graphic of your classroom up onto a new page in your portfolio called, “Creating a Learning Environment”. We’ll use a (sort of) free tool called Floorplanner to sketch what our ideal learning environment [classroom] will look like, but you are welcome to use other tools.

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 floor plan.

To Be Continued Next Class

After creating your ideal learning environment, use create a screen shot of the image 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 insert the image onto your “Creating a Learning Environment” web page. Then, respond to the following directly on your “Creating a Learning Environment” web page:

Keeping an audience in mind (parents and/or students), give a narrative for your classroom layout – why you chose the design, what are the highlights of the room, how it reflects the needs of the learners and of the curriculum. Give a sense of what it would be like to spend time in your classroom. Describe your students and yourself (their teacher). This should take 3-4 paragraphs to describe.

For an example of this assignment, see Sarah’s Portfolio.

***When you log back in to Floorplanner – use the “Easy Login” link on the right, otherwise, you won’t be able to log back in.

For Monday

1.     Choose a grade and subject area using the Georgia Performance Standards or other standards if you have not decided up to this point.

2.     Link to your “Digital Generation Reflection” Google Doc to the “Creating a Learning Environment” webpage. (See Sarah’s site to give you an idea of how she linked her “Creating a Learning Environment” page to the “Digital Generation Reflection.” – Note: Her reflection may have addressed different articles and questions than yours.)

3.     Complete your classroom layout using Floorplanner.

Next class:

We will add a screen shot of it to your “Creating a Learning Environment” webpage and respond to the questions listed above (type them directly on the webpage – NOT in a Google Doc.) (This is the part of class we didn’t get to today.)

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