Day 31

Wonderopolis presentation

We will use the RNG to decide the order of presentation. Write down the address to your Smore page first.

Share your Smore page and discuss your design choices.

Preparing for November

  1. We will not have class on Friday. Happy Fall Break! And Happy Halloween!
  2. Vote for your favorite Citizen Scientist project here if you haven’t done so.
  3. IMPORTANT: We will reach the culmination of EDIT 2000 in Nov. with our next project on topic of mobile learning. To prepare for it, please re-establish contact with your previous school (be it elementary, middle, or high school–your choice). The purpose is to get some information on how they are using technology in the school, which will become the foundation of our project. It’s not necessary to get a response by the coming Monday, but it is wise to send out an email ASAP. This is optional. If you cannot get a response from them, I will have some fallback case files for you.

Day 30

Citizen Scientist presentation (continued)

There are a few more presentations for Citizen Scientist today.

The project list is here. Write down the address to your projects and your presentations if you didn’t do so last time.

Critical thinking and problem solving: an evaluation

Compare the following lesson plans:

  • Lesson plan 1: Using values from a labeled diagram, individual students calculate the unique surface area of a rectangle that intersects a circle through its center on the same plane.
  • Lesson plan 2: Class members can paint the arched wall of their classroom any color they want if they can figure out the actual amount and type of paint they will need to cover the area, within a budget set by the school. The teacher encourages them to select and use appropriate digital tool(s) to accomplish this task.

What differences do you see? Please form 4 groups, and write down the differences that you identify here.

Now please read relevant ISTE standards here. How much do you agree?

Also, let’s check out the ISTE standards on research and fluency. (It looks like the last file, but it’s different.)

–According to these standards, what potentials do you see in the Citizen Scientist and Wonderopolis projects (if they are implemented in K-12?)

Preparing for Wednesday

  1. Vote for your favorite Citizen Scientist project here.
  2. We share our Wonderopolis project this Wednesday. Write down the URL of your Smore page/poster here before class. Please be prepared to share the page and explain your design decisions to us.
  3. Talk to me before you leave, or via email:, if you have questions or concerns about this course.

Day 29

Please come to class prepared to share your Citizen Scientist progress!

  • Write down the links to your projects and your presentation here.
  • While you listen to your classmates, please write down some comments for the projects they are introducing (NOT for your classmates) in the same file. You need to at least comment on 3 projects.
  • During your presentation, please demonstrate how your project works.

Again, it’s not necessary to “finish” the project. Some of the projects you’ve chosen to participate can be of a long-term nature, and I encourage you to stick with them by all means.

Since I’m training you to take an educator’s perspective, what you make of these projects is much more important than you “finishing” the projects.

Preparing for next week

  1. We share our Wonderopolis project on Wednesday.
  2. On Monday we will discuss some readings and use them to reflect on our authentic learning/critical thinking/problem-solving projects (Citizen Scientist and Wonderopolis). You don’t really need to prepare for the readings, just come to class with some reflections ready to share.

Day 28

Reviewing UDL

  • Multiple means of engagement
  • Multiple means of representation
  • Multiple means of action and expression

Learning outcomes

The reason why we go to such lengths to design instructions in the UDL way is for better learning outcomes. So,

  • What did you learn from the Maker Faire project? Describe with a few keywords.
  • What do you expect K-12 students to learn from projects similar to yours? Again, describe with a few keywords.

Post your keywords here.

The million-dollar question: Now what?


Please use the rest of the class for your Wonderopolis design. The guidelines are here.

How to use images from the web properly

  • There are many image search engines out there. Today we’ll use Google:
  • Enter the search term: UDL
  • Do you remember how to filter your results so we only see images that can be freely reused?

Creative Commons–a “some rights reserved” license.

Preparing for Friday

  1. We share our Citizen Scientist project Friday in class! The project itself doesn’t have to terminate at the point of presentation. Just make sure you answer the questions posed to you in the guidelines.
    • I forgot to put this in the guidelines, but please include a link to the project you are participating in. This helps others navigate around.
  2. You may want to start planning for your 4th Genius Hour post. The deadline is 11:59pm, Monday, Nov. 2.
  3. Talk to me before you leave, or via email:, if you have questions or concerns about this course.

Day 27

Reminder: 2 Tweeters of the Day from today on!


I hope you are enjoying your Citizen Scientist projects! Some of you have indeed found projects that intrinsically motivate you.

While you are still participating in the Citizen Scientist projects, we will move on to a new project that addresses authentic learning, problem solving, and critical thinking–the Wonderopolis! Here’s a short video introduction.

For this class, let’s get to know Wonderopolis a little better by evaluating the pros and cons of

  1. the content itself (look at 1)
  2. the discussion (look at 3)
  3. exploration features (how many ways can you explore new wonders?)
  4. educational features (check out 1 camp: how is it different from the rest of the site?)

We’ll do this in groups. Post your thoughts here. Post some screenshots to prove your points!


Guess what? We will be doing our own version of Wonderopolis! Please read the guidelines here.

Preparing for Wednesday

  1. We will spend time in class for your Wonderopolis project, so make sure you’ll have a computer that works.
  2. The Wonderopolis project is due Monday, Oct. 26 before class. We’ll share in class!
  3. Your 4th Genius Hour post is due 11:59pm, Monday, Nov. 2.

Day 25 & 26

Most of us are not meeting on Wednesday. During Friday’s meeting we will spend most of the time researching for your Genius Hour Post #3. While you have this excellent guide on how to search for reliable information, there are a few more things I’d like you to pay attention to:

  • For this post, please list at least five articles or book chapters, and discuss at least three of them.
  • Use different keywords for your searches. List the keywords you used to find the articles or chapters.
  • Include citations. APA style is preferred.

Preparing for next week

  1. Some due dates:
    • 11:59 pm, Monday, Oct. 19 for your 3rd Genius Hour blog post
    • Friday, Oct. 23 before class for Citizen Science project sharing
  2. Talk to me before you leave, or via email:, if you have questions or concerns about this course.

Day 24

Reminder: there aren’t many people left for the first round of Tweeter of the Day, so I’ll just pick one person randomly.

Authentic learning (continued)

We shared the projects we always wanted to carry out and the questions we always wanted to ask last week. We have reached an interim conclusion that our educational system as it is does not support such dreams of ours. The question remains exactly how we can make education work with students’ dreams.

What is authentic learning?

There are two conceptions of “authenticity”–

  1. Preauthentication (~simulation)
  2. Emergent authenticity (~apprenticeship)

Which one do you like more? Or do you have your own definition for authenticity? Share your thoughts on a piece of paper: Define “authenticity” (or pick your definition) and use a brief example to describe it. You know what we’ll do next.

Citizen scientists

I already asked you to explore SciStarter and Zooniverse during the weekend. As it turns out, these are what we call “citizen science.”

You can look up the definition for “citizen science” here (Wikipedia is good enough for our purpose here). We are introducing you to citizen science because it could be used potentially as a path to authentic learning (however you define it), and it can potentially be a lot of fun if you find a right fit!

What do YOU think about it? Interesting? Exciting? Or boring? Irrelevant?

Citizen Scientists will be the first half of our 3rd project (the other half being Wonderopolis). This is a challenge for you to evaluate the educational value of citizen science. Please find the guidelines here. We plan to share the projects next Friday, Oct. 23. Your task for this class is to find a project to participate. You need to confirm with me about the project, e.g., I DO NOT want to you participate in a computer-idle-resource-sharing project.

Preparing for the rest of the week

  1. We do not meet for class on Wednesday. Spend the time doing your project. However, if you do not confirm your choice of project with me today, you’ll need to come on Wednesday to do that with me.
  2. We plan to let you do your research for your 3rd Genius Hour post on Friday. I will act as your librarian for that session. Your 3rd post is due 11:59 pm, Monday, Oct. 19.
  3. Talk to me before you leave, or via email:, if you have questions or concerns about this course.