Day 27 BYOD project presentation

This could be the last day of the semester 🙂

Genius Hour presentation

There are a few of you who haven’t got the chance to present on Tuesday. We will start today’s class with you.

BYOD presentation

Our project Google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pFEsjJHvb3zzpEQi7BehN9mWJ7wOUvl5RnNWTM6dMT4/edit?usp=sharing

Make sure you’ve posted the link to your Task 2 and Task 3 to this document.

We present in this order:

  1. Em, Reggie, and Jonathan
  2. Piper, Rachel, Meagan
  3. Ali, Mackenzie, Golda, Katie
  4. Rebecca, Grace, Jenna, Rebecca
  5. Lacy, Sebastian, Koby
  6. Mary Elizabeth, Emmy, Jeremiah, Lindsey

Let me know if you wish to move up the list.

Class photo

Volunteer with outstanding selfie skills needed.

Course evaluation

Please visit https://portal.coe.uga.edu and log in to evaluate this course. I hear it’s important, so please do it 🙂

Preparing for next week (no kidding)

Your last (6th) Genius Hour post is due Monday, Apr. 24. You can simply put your presentation into words.

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Day 26 Genius Hour presentation

Finally we get to talk about what you have been doing all semester!

This presentation is not supposed to be too formal or serious. Keep it short (about 3 mins). You can write down your the link to your presentation slides or the link to your blog here (but you are not required to). We are also presenting in the order specified in this document (which is basically alphabetic order based on your last names).

You can talk about the following:

  • How do you feel about it?
  • What do you feel good about?
  • What can be improved if you try again?
  • What have you learned?
  • How do you want to tell other people about it?

If we cannot finish all presentations today, we still have Thursday, so while try to keep your presentations under 3 mins, don’t worry too much about it.

Preparing for Thursday

  • We will present our BYOD projects on Thursday.
  • We also take a class photo (or 2!) on Thursday.
  • And class evaluation as well.

Day 25 BYOD group work

I guess the tests do not cover cell phone skills

The project

Please make sure you are following our project guidelines.

Project schedule

  • Tuesday, Apr. 4: Group discussion 1
  • Thursday, Apr. 6: Interview day, no class meeting
  • Tuesday, Apr. 11: Group discussions 2 & 3
  • Thursday, Apr. 13: Group work
  • Tuesday, Apr. 18: (Genius Hour presentation)
  • Thursday, Apr. 20: Presentation

Genius Hour

You will be presenting your Genius Hour project on Tuesday, Apr. 18.

Suggested topics to cover:

  • How do you feel about it?
  • What do you feel good about?
  • What can be improved if you try again?
  • What have you learned?
  • How do you want to tell other people about it?

Your last (6th) Genius Hour post is due Monday, Apr. 24.

Preparing for the end of semester

 

Day 24 BYOD discussions 2 & 3

BYOD discussion

Today is the second discussion day of the BYOD project.

Project schedule

  • Tuesday, Apr. 4: Group discussion 1
  • Thursday, Apr. 6: Interview day, no class meeting
  • Tuesday, Apr. 11: Group discussions 2 & 3
  • Thursday, Apr. 13: Group work
  • Tuesday, Apr. 18: (Genius Hour presentation)
  • Thursday, Apr. 20: Presentation

The problems we will deal with today:

Rationale for BYOD or 1:1

At least one person from each group needs to show up.

Discussion begins at 11:05 am.

In terms of BYOD or 1:1, suggest a plan to address the problems mentioned by the teachers. This plan should either change the direction of where the school is going with technology integration, or explain the reasons why the school should revise instead of revolutionize what it’s already doing. While making your argument, consider what you’ve learned about the Five Characteristics of Meaningful Learning with Technology (recall our reading in the beginning of semester). Write the rationale in the form of a report to the school administrator. The report should be at least 300 words long.

Specific agenda

  1. Report your progress–in particular, what did the teachers say?
    • What have you learned about the school?
    • Did the teachers say anything unexpected?
  2. Generally speaking, what will your proposition for technology integration be?
  3. How does your proposition make sense in terms of meaningful learning? (Our first reading of the semester was about meaningful learning.)
    • Active
    • Constructive
    • Cooperative
    • Authentic
    • Intentional

Learning activity design

At least one person from each group needs to show up.

Discussion begins at 11:40 am.

Create a learning activity that justifies your rationale, that is, if you suggest the school should start BYOD, your learning activity should take advantage of BYOD, and it should be more or less impossible given the school’s current policy on technology integration. This activity should be somewhat complex, in that it requires the interaction of multiple pieces of technology. Present your activity design to the class creatively (specifics will be updated).

Specific agenda

  1. Review your progress, especially where you stand regarding technology integration in the classroom.
  2. Explain your (initial) plan for the activity.
    • Recently I was introduced to this website: http://appedreview.com/, providing information on all sorts of apps for the use in the classroom. Check it out!
  3. What are the non-slideshow, non-word document presentation methods you know?

Preparing for the end of semester

  • Help us recruit! By sending them our course flyer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzrwYc1jy6-HODhNbmlvSnhOLW8/view?usp=sharing
  • We come to class on Thursday for group work. This is the last day of group work before presentation.
  • You will present your Genius Hour project on Tuesday, Apr. 18. Talk about what you will write in your final post: (These are general guidelines. You are free to talk about things you want to talk about the most.)
    • How do you feel about it?
    • What do you feel good about?
    • What can be improved if you try again?
    • What have you learned?
    • How do you want to tell other people about it?
  • You will present your BYOD project on Thursday, Apr. 20.
  • We can move the presentations back by one day.

 

Day 23 BYOD: discussion Day 1

BYOD discussion

Today is the first discussion day of the BYOD project. At least one person from each group needs to show up for the discussion.

The problem we will deal with today:

Authentic problems: Find a school. Interview teacher(s) about technology integration there. You only need one school for each group. If for some reason you cannot reach the stakeholders in any K-12 schools, a fallback option is to interview your professors here at UGA about technology integration in their classrooms. Still, K-12 is preferred. You need to turn in a transcript/written record of the interview; the transcript does not need to be word-for-word.

Our agenda is simple:

  1. Are you able to reach a teacher for interview?
  2. Brainstorm on the whiteboard.
  3. Discuss the ideas.
  4. Take home those ideas you like.

Help us fill out some surveys for the Stop Motion project

We didn’t get quite enough responses for the research. Please help us by filling in this final survey. I really appreciate if you do.

Prepare for Thursday

We do not meet on Thursday. Use the time to conduct your interviews. We come back next Tuesday to discuss Points 2 and 3 of the BYOD project.

Day 22 Stop Motion presentation & BYOD

We have two tasks today:

  1. Presenting our Stop Motion animations (and talk about some of the reflection questions)
  2. Get started with the BYOD project (last project of the semester!)

Stop Motion animation presentation

Our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyJsjzedgqMXv1Hpp4gbSdQ

We present in this order:

  1. Golda, Ali, Mackenzie, & Katie
  2. Em, Jonathan, & Reggie
  3. Sebastian, Koby, & Lacy
  4. Piper, Rachel, & Meagan
  5. Rebecca Erwin, Jenna, Rebecca Marshall, & Grace
  6. Emmy, Lindsey, Mary Elizabeth, & Jeremiah

Let me know if you want to present earlier.

If possible, keep your presentation under 5 minutes. But if it needs to be longer, that’s OK, too.

Our project document is here. Like always, please write some nice words for your classmates!

Your reflection is due by the end of Monday, Apr. 3. See our rubric for detailed requirements. Post it to your blog.

Stop Motion research

If you have agreed to participate in this research, please continue to help us by filling in this final survey. This one is longer than the previous two, so I hope it’s more satisfying.

Bring your own device: To BYOD or not?

I have assigned you two introductory videos on BYOD on Tuesday (and no, you are not required to have watched them already). Now read this introduction to the debate on BYOD and the arguments from LaMaster and Stager. Please take a moment to reflect on your position on this issue: Should students be allowed to use their own devices in the classroom?

Discuss in groups of 4~5, divide up the work so at least one person is covering one of the following perspectives:

  1. Where you agree with LaMaster
  2. Where you disagree with LaMaster
  3. Where you agree with Stager
  4. Where you disagree with Stager

Take about 5 minutes to read, and write down your findings in this Google Doc. When you finish, discuss within your group to form a coherent argument within your group about the topic (Should students be allowed to use their own devices in the classroom?) and:

  • if yes: How does BYOD justify/overcome its weaknesses?
  • if no: What alternatives do you propose?

Write down your argument in the same Google Doc, below the table.

There are some more readings you can use for reference in this discussion and your BYOD project that follows:

The BYOD project

Here is the project description.

Project schedule

We approach this project similarly to the Wonderopolis project–We will hold small group meetings where each group needs to be represented by at least one group member to discuss important aspects of the project.

  • Tuesday, Apr. 4: Group discussion 1
  • Thursday, Apr. 6: Interview day, no class meeting
  • Tuesday, Apr. 11: Group discussions 2 & 3
  • Thursday, Apr. 13: Group work
  • Tuesday, Apr. 18: (Genius Hour presentation)
  • Thursday, Apr. 20: Presentation

What to do today

  1. Read the project description
  2. Group up (3~4 in a group) and register your groups here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pFEsjJHvb3zzpEQi7BehN9mWJ7wOUvl5RnNWTM6dMT4/edit?usp=sharing
  3. Decide who comes for which discussion

Volunteer Opportunity

The CCSD Maker Faire is on Saturday, April 1st at Clarke Central High School and is being run in conjunction with the Slingshot Festival. For more information, go to this website: https://sites.google.com/clarke.k12.ga.us/makerfaire/home

If you participate, you will have the choice to write your 5th Genius Hour post (or not)!

Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3dN_HxOS1YNkMjxvF8L0en_4jeAmG-EE0x4QwwH3TJ9g9Ag/viewform

Another research you can help out with!

This research, should you choose to participate in, needs you to fill in two surveys (one today, the other at the end of the BYOD project), and researchers will look at BYOD project data.

Preparing for next week

  • Log in to your eLC account, find your EDIT 2000, and find BYOT_Week 1 from your content browser. Watch the two introduction videos and finish a formative quiz by the end of Saturday (Apr. 1).
  • Write your reflection for the Stop Motion project and post it to your blog by the end of Monday, Apr. 3.
  • Getting started with your BYOD project.
  • Update your 5th Genius Hour post by Friday, Apr. 7.