Let’s look at the project description again.
Check this link again. I do need information about your project.
Multiple means of representation
Multiple means of expression
This is how the world’s fastest Rubik’s cube solver does his thing. You probably can’t do that, but that doesn’t mean you know nothing about the Rubik’s cube–which in turn, doesn’t mean you want to do it on stage to show off whatever knowledge you have about the cube.
Read the following Twitter novel:
“It’s a miracle he survived,” said the doctor. “It was God’s will,” said Mrs Schicklgruber. “What will you call him?” “Adolf,” she replied.–Jeffrey Archer (originality somewhat disputed)
If our purpose is to teach students about composition, there is little reason why we should ask students to write their story in this particular format. Not all students like this format to begin with. What other means of expression can you think of? For example. I’d probably write a poem.
Let’s do a group activity–Try to come up as many ways to let students express their knowledge of and/or ability in (one of) the following as possible:
- Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.9)
- Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement. (CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.C.3)
- Other suggestions.
For this activity, we will take advantage of the computer stations in our classroom.
Multiple means of engagement
You may want to look into this concept called “gamification.” Here is an example.
The 3 key principles of UDL:
- Provide multiple means of representation
- Provide multiple means of action and expression
- Provide multiple means of engagement
Just a reminder of how people can come to understand the world in different ways: Daniel Kish–the human dolphin. Besides, since a lot of you are interested in teaching students with special needs, Daniel Kish should really be an inspirational figure.
Student voice and StoryCorps
Now that you’ve had time to think about technology’s role in classrooms and how UDL can impact student learning–what is student voice? It’s really more than just giving students a way to communicate–it’s giving them a way to have a say in their learning (sounds kind of like UDL). Choose an article, video, or blog post from this Edutopia page to learn more about Student Voice. Once you’ve read/viewed your choice–Tweet a link to it and one thing you learned about Student Voice from the article. Use #edit2000 in your tweet so we can find it. Also, follow these people on Twitter who talk about #studentvoice: @plemmonsa @shannonmmiller. Last, take a few minutes to view what people are tweeting about #studentvoice and #stuvoice (you can simply search the hashtag in Twitter or view it from this hashtag aggregator).
Next week I’ll introduce you to StoryCorps, which we will use to reflect the spirit of student voice.
Preparing for next week
- Watch this video introduction to StoryCorps, and listen to a few interviews (preferably more than two!) on their website. Come to class on Monday prepared to share what impress you and what you find wanting.
- As always, if you have questions or concerns about this course, talk to me before you leave, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.