What and Where You Are Teaching

By now everyone should have completed the first 2 pages of your website. Please see me if this is not the case.

Chapter One: You should have signed in and turned in your Reading Guide by now (either a hard copy or through Google Forms). Thinking back on chapter one, what was the most interesting or most important thing you read? Jot your answer on the Wallwisher Wordwall. (Link for the 9:05 class)

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:

Digital Generation Reflection: These four questions are considered your Digital Generation Reflection from our Project List. No need to print out your answers, I’ll show you how to embed it on a page in your website on Monday.

Based on this presentation, class discussion, readings, videos, and your personal opinion – respond to the following questions in a new Google Doc (http://docs.google.com) – use the same log in you use for Google Sites.

  • Do you see yourself as a digital native or a digital immigrant? Why? How does that impact your potential to meet the needs of your future students?
  • What are some key points about the digital generation with which you agree? With which you disagree?
  • Read “Digital Nativism” by Jamie McKenzie. Revisit what we talked about in class. Who is right? Who is wrong? What does this mean for teaching and learning in your classroom?
  • Write a summary for the Class of 2025 (current third graders) like the Beloit College Mindset List. What would their Mindset list look like? What historical events happened before 2004 (the year they were born) that will have a different meaning for you than it will for them? Just include 5 or 6 items.

For Wednesday

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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