Day 20 Wonderopolis discussion day 1

Teachers talk about critical thinking

Discussion

Today we will be looking at this question:

How do you challenge your students to think critically about the information provided by Wonderopolis? What questions are you going to ask? (How do you define critical thinking?)

Agenda:

  • Sharing progress:
    • What wonder have you chosen?
    • How do group members communicate?
    • How do you collaborate/cooperate?
  • Who are your hypothetical students? What are their defining characteristics?
  • What does “critical thinking” mean to you?
  • What difficulties do you anticipate in getting your students to think critically? What do you plan to do if they don’t seem to think critically?
  • And any other questions you may have.

Group registration document is here. You can also take a look at what other groups are doing.

Preparing for Monday

  1. Communicate with your group members about what we did today. They will need to know your progress before coming to the next discussion. Also, remind them that–
  2. Your 2nd Genius Hour post is due 11:59pm, Monday, Oct. 3. We post on a biweekly basis. I’d like to see (some early versions of) your work–a design, an object–anything that you can show people “Look what I’ve made!” But I also totally understand that if this is not possible given the nature of your project (tell me about it in your post!)
  3. As always, if you have questions or concerns about this course, talk to me before you leave, or send me an email at lh81655@uga.edu.

Day 19 Introducing Wonderopolis

As we are moving on to the critical thinking project (Wonderopolis improved!), I was considering putting the debate video here, but it’s too long, and maybe you have already watched it. Anyway, here’s the link.

I’m offering you this instead–Got a hypothesis? Look for proof!

Wonderopolis improved!

At the beginning of the semester I asked you to read our first reading: Goal of Technology Integrations: Meaningful Learning. I didn’t ask you to read past p.9, but on p.10 you’ll find ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. This project is called a critical thinking project because of this. It is, however, a legacy name now (one that I still feel appropriate, though). We also read the new ISTE standarsd for students, and there we can find:

capturewhich focuses more on what students need to be able to do with information.

Now introducing Wonderopolis. I asked you to take a look at their website, so I hope you already have some idea about what they are about.

There’s certainly a lot of information on Wonderopolis, and I think they are doing a great job curating information for real problems–that is, if you trust them. There’s no reason to credit or discredit a source before we think critical about it, so here we go–

Project guidelines

For this project:

  • Get into groups of 4. (Actually, anywhere between 2~4 is OK, but 4 is preferred for this project).
  • Find a wonder (on Wonderopolis, of course) that interest you–and, assuming you are teaching some one and that your hypothetical students are already interested in this topic, consider:
    1. How do you challenge your students to think critically about the information provided by Wonderopolis? What questions are you going to ask? (How do you define critical thinking?)
    2. What are the possible resources your students can use? What are the possible activities your students can do?
    3. How can your students evaluate possible conflicting information, or the trustworthiness of a particular source?
  • What is you answer to the questions above (and any questions that you think are relevant to the ISTE standards for students)? Present your answers in the form of an improved version of the wonder of your choice. (You decide how it looks, and what technology you want to use.)

Since this is a group project, you may want to find ways to collaborate or cooperate. For the following 6 class sessions:

  • Friday, Sep. 30: discussion about the 1st question
  • Monday, Oct. 3: discussion about the 2nd question
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5: discussion about the 3rd question
  • Friday, Oct. 7: discussion about the form of presentation
  • Monday, Oct. 10: group work
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12: project presentation

For each of the 4 discussion sessions (the first 4 days), I only need one person from each group to come to class to represent your group (and I don’t mind if it’s the same person or 4 different people). This representative should then communicate with the group, so the next representative will know what has been discussed in previous sessions.

Make sure you send at least one person for each discussion, else it’s 10% off for each discussion missed.

These guidelines, as well as agendas for the four days of discussion, can be found here.

Help with research!

This is a research by a Dr. Branch, a professor here at the College of Education. You can contribute by giving them some information. You are NOT required to participate, and it doesn’t affect your grade in EDIT 2000 whatsoever, but it is still a great favor if you do participate. It should take about 5 minutes. I’ll let you read Dr. Branch’s invitation:

Invitation to a Study on Visual Perceptions

Dear Student:

I am a professor in the Department of Career and Information Studies of College of Education at The University of Georgia.  I invite you to participate in a research study entitled “Effect of Graphic Element Type on Visual Perceptions of Flow Diagrams.”  The purpose of this study is to see how students perceive complexity in flow diagrams.

Your participation will involve providing adjectives to flow diagrams and should only take up to 10 minutes.

<Take a survey>

Thank you for your consideration!

Sincerely,

Robert Maribe Branch

(706) 542-4253

rbranch@uga.edu

Preparing for Friday

  • Register your groups with me in this Google Doc.
  • Set up a shared working document for your group.
  • The representatives for Friday’s discussion should be very familiar with the 1st question, although you really should be thinking about all the questions together. You do NOT need to come to class with complete answers. We will discuss, and share ideas.
  • Your 2nd Genius Hour post is due 11:59pm, Monday, Oct. 3. We post on a biweekly basis. I’d like to see (some early versions of) your work–a design, an object–anything that you can show people “Look what I’ve made!” But I also totally understand that if this is not possible given the nature of your project (tell me about it in your post!)
  • As always, if you have questions or concerns about this course, talk to me before you leave, or send me an email at lh81655@uga.edu.

Day 18 Stop Motion animation-6 Project sharing

Just a random video, as if we are not going to have a lot of videos today 🙂

It’s an animation, it’s educational, and it’s creative! But I’m not going to play it in class. Play it privately if you will. Warning: The imagery cannot be unseen, and the song cannot be unheard.

Movie time!

Time to share our movies!

We will show our movies to the class in this order (basically the reverse order your groups registered with me):

  1. Brittany, Rachel, Mecole
  2. Taylor Canerday, Morgan Ukaonu, Raven Rice
  3. Megan McMillan and Leslie Apseloff
  4. Corrine Skinner, Wade Cox, Sarah Enterkin
  5. Ryan Rose, Allen Williams, Mike Licitra
  6. Sarah Schwartz, Katy McCorkle, Sydney Menges
  7. Kate Ackerman, Amelia Hunt, Zach Hyers

As usual, when one group is presenting, give them some feedback in this Google doc.

Our shared YouTube channel is here.

After you’ve share your movie, I hope you can share some thoughts with us: (You’ll also write about these in your reflection)

  1. How do you think this video can help audiences/students to understand the concept?
  2. What did you do to achieve the above?
  3. Where do you see your creativity in this video?
  4. How do you perceive the value of this video published in the YouTube?
  5. What advice would you give to students and teachers when creating videos?

I don’t expect each group to take more than 5 minutes, but if you do, it really won’t hurt, so go for it.

Schedule

Day 1 (Wed, Sep. 14) – Group formation (2-4): select one topic and research, and start working on your storyboard

Day 2 (Fri, Sep. 16) – Submit detailed storyboard (scripts for voice-over, order of content), start developing props resources for props.

Day 3 (Mon, Sep. 19) – Develop props, and take pictures.

Day 4 (Wed, Sep. 21) – Finalize taking pictures, begin filming

Day 5 (Fri, Sep. 23) – Finalize filming and publish to YouTube by Monday before class

Day 6 (Mon, Sep. 26) – Sharing and discussion

The reflection is due after the mid-term, at 11:59pm, Sun., Oct. 9.

Discussion

  • What are the things that stood out for you in the movies?
  • What are the things that you think can be improved?

Reflection (individual work)

  • On your WordPress blog, create a new page for your stop animation. Embed the video in that page, and post your reflection on the same page.
  • Create a link in your Portfolio page pointing to the Stop Animation page.
  • You should consider the 7 questions in the rubric when writing the reflection (or justify why you choose to omit or change some of the questions).
  • Although not a strict requirement, I expect at least 300 words. That’s about one page of a Word document.

For your convenience, the rubric for the entire project can be found here.

Cleaning up WordPress (if we finally have time)

I’m subscribed to all of your blogs, but it’s quite difficult to tell who’s who. You probably can’t, either:

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For this reason I haven’t graded your StoryCorps lesson plan and your 1st Genius Hour post yet. I was afraid that some of you don’t really know what you are doing with WordPress, and we’ll sort it out today.

Here’s a video tutorial on how to customize your WordPress:

Also check out the author’s next video if you want to play with widgets.

What you need to do by the end of the day:

  • Change the title to your blog into something that other people can easily recognize.
  • Make sure your blog posts and the portfolio page are accessible from the landing page (e.g., when you visit our course website, you have immediate access to each day’s post, and the project pages).
  • Remove useless widgets from your blog, or turn them into something useful (a search box, a recent posts menu, a calendar, etc.).
  • Remove WordPress sample pages, posts (“Hello, world!”), and comments.

Preparing for Wednesday

  1. We will move on to our next project: Wonderopolis improved–the critical thinking project. Wonderopolis as a website and a knowledge sharing platform will be our technology this time, and we will again investigate its use for the classroom. In preparation:
    • Check out http://wonderopolis.org/ and be ready to tell me what you think they are about.
    • Prepare a story where you think some critical thinking can be applied.
  2. Your 2nd Genius Hour post is due 11:59pm, Monday, Oct. 3. We post on a biweekly basis. I’d like to see (some early versions of) your work–a design, an object–anything that you can show people “Look what I’ve made!” But I also totally understand that if this is not possible given the nature of your project (tell me about it in your post!)
  3. Let me know if you have questions or concerns. Email me at lh81655@uga.edu.

Day 17 Stop Motion animation-5 Finalizing production

What to do today

Whether you are coming to class today, please try to finish your Stop Motion animation–sequencing the pictures, doing voice-over, adding background music, and uploading to YouTube before Monday’s class.

You should have received the password to the our YouTube account (ouredit2000@gmail.com). If you haven’t, let me know by email.

Schedule

Day 1 (Wed, Sep. 14) – Group formation (2-4): select one topic and research, and start working on your storyboard

Day 2 (Fri, Sep. 16) – Submit detailed storyboard (scripts for voice-over, order of content), start developing props resources for props.

Day 3 (Mon, Sep. 19) – Develop props, and take pictures.

Day 4 (Wed, Sep. 21) – Finalize taking pictures, begin filming

Day 5 (Fri, Sep. 23) – Finalize filming and publish to YouTube by Monday before class

Day 6 (Mon, Sep. 26) – Sharing and discussion

The reflection is due after the mid-term, at 11:59pm, Sun., Oct. 9.

Preparing for Monday

  1. We will share our videos and talk about your experience creating them on Monday.
  2. The reflection for StopMotion animation is due after the mid-term, at 11:59pm, Sun., Oct. 9, but it’s not a bad idea to think about it (see the rubric) as you go.
  3. Your grades for StoryCorps lesson plan on eLC are currently shown as 0. That’s a mistake on my part. Your grade will be updated after we clean up our WordPress blogs. None of you need to worry about your grades for this project.
  4. If you get a 0 for other projects, it means I don’t have your work. Talk to me or email me.
  5. Let me know if you have questions or concerns. Email me at lh81655@uga.edu.

Day 16 Stop Motion animation-4 Finishing taking pictures

Maker Faire Atlanta 2015

What to do today

While the classroom may not be the perfect place to take pictures, I ask you to come today for a couple of reasons:

  1. I need to know where you are with your Stop Motion project. Each group please report briefly to the class about your progress.
  2. I want to help you clean up your WordPress. See the next section for details.

Once we are done with these two things, you are free to leave or stay. Make sure you can start producing the animation on Friday.

We will also decide today whether we want to meet in class on Friday (the last working day before presentation on Monday). Just in case we don’t, on Friday your tasks are to:

  1. Finalize your Stop Motion animation
  2. upload to the YouTube from the account ouredit2000@gmail.com (password will be emailed to you)
    Here’s a hint:
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Schedule

Day 1 (Wed, Sep. 14) – Group formation (2-4): select one topic and research, and start working on your storyboard

Day 2 (Fri, Sep. 16) – Submit detailed storyboard (scripts for voice-over, order of content), start developing props resources for props.

Day 3 (Mon, Sep. 19) – Develop props, and take pictures.

Day 4 (Wed, Sep. 21) – Finalize taking pictures, begin filming

Day 5 (Fri, Sep. 23) – Finalize filming and publish to YouTube

Day 6 (Mon, Sep. 2526) – Sharing and discussion

The reflection is due after the mid-term, at 11:59pm, Sun., Oct. 9.

Cleaning up WordPress

I’m subscribed to all of your blogs, but it’s quite difficult to tell who’s who. You probably can’t, either:

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-09-55-43

For this reason I haven’t graded your StoryCorps lesson plan and your 1st Genius Hour post yet. I was afraid that some of you don’t really know what you are doing with WordPress, and we’ll sort it out today.

Here’s a video tutorial on how to customize your WordPress:

Also check out the author’s next video if you want to play with widgets.

What you need to do by the end of the day:

  • Change the title to your blog into something that other people can easily recognize.
  • Make sure your blog posts and the portfolio page are accessible from the landing page (e.g., when you visit our course website, you have immediate access to each day’s post, and the project pages).
  • Remove useless widgets from your blog, or turn them into something useful (a search box, a recent posts menu, a calendar, etc.).
  • Remove WordPress sample pages, posts (“Hello, world!”), and comments.

Preparing for Friday

  1. We will decide if we want to meet on Friday.
  2. Make sure your portfolio page is updated so it includes a link to your StoryCorps lesson plan.
  3. We plan to share our video and talk about your experience creating them on Monday.
  4. The reflection for StopMotion animation is due after the mid-term, at 11:59pm, Sun., Oct. 9, but it’s not a bad idea to think about it (see the rubric) as you go.
  5. Your grades for StoryCorps lesson plan on eLC are currently shown as 0. That’s a mistake on my part (Thanks, Mecole, for pointing this out!). Your grade will be updated today, after we clean up our WordPress blogs. None of you need to worry about your grades for this project.
  6. If you get a 0 for other projects, it means I don’t have your work. Talk to me or email me.
  7. Let me know if you have questions or concerns. Email me at lh81655@uga.edu.

Day 15 Stop Motion animation-3 Props and pictures

We are not meeting today in class. Today’s class meeting is optional. Please find a time and place that work for your group.

What to do before Wednesday

  1. Create props that you’ll need for filming. I hope you’ve made detailed plans so you already know what you need.
  2. Take pictures. You can use the Stop Motion app, or just a camera (and import the pictures to a movie editor like iMovie).

You are still welcome to come to class. I will be there with limited supplies of what we have in the office (paper, pre-cut letters, etc.).

Schedule

Day 1 (Wed, Sep. 14) – Group formation (2-4): select one topic and research, and start working on your storyboard

Day 2 (Fri, Sep. 16) – Submit detailed storyboard (scripts for voice-over, order of content), start developing props resources for props.

Day 3 (Mon, Sep. 19) – Develop props, and take pictures.

Day 4 (Wed, Sep. 21) – Finalize taking pictures, begin filming

Day 5 (Fri, Sep. 23) – Finalize filming and publish to YouTube

Day 6 (Mon, Sep. 25) – Sharing and discussion

The reflection is due after the mid-term, at 11:59pm, Sun., Oct. 9.

Prepare for Wednesday

  1. We will meet on Wednesday. The meeting may be short, but I need to see how far you are with your project to decide what to do next.
  2. On Wednesday I also plan to help you make your WordPress nice-looking. (Some of them look, well…)
  3. Your first Genius Hour blog post needs to be posted by 11:59pm, Monday, Sep. 19.
  4. Let me know if you have questions or concerns. Email me at lh81655@uga.edu.

Day 14 Stoy Motion animation-2 Finishing the storyboard

Great animation. Great talk by Ken Robinson.

FYI you can find out more about the ADHD map here.

Stop Motion animation

Click on this link for the project guideline.

What to do today

  • Finish your storyboard and submit it via this link. (If you are drawing your storyboard by hand, take a photo and share it through Google Doc or a similar service.)
    • Your storyboard can never get too detailed! (What’s in which scene? Who says what?) Plan ahead to save time during prop-making and photo-shooting.
  • Start making your props! We have supplies colored paper and fabric, precut letters and numbers, and some other (cheap) stuff you can find in a classroom. Let me know what you need for your project and I’ll see if we already have it in the office.
    • Once you’ve finished your storyboard, it is not necessary for you to stay in the classroom to make the props. It is up to you to decide where and when works best for your group.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 (Wed, Sep. 14) – Group formation (2-4): select one topic and research, and start working on your storyboard

Day 2 (Fri, Sep. 16) – Submit detailed storyboard (scripts for voice-over, order of content), start developing props resources for props.

Day 3 (Mon, Sep. 19) – Develop props, take pictures

Day 4 (Wed, Sep. 21) – Finalize taking pictures, begin filming

Day 5 (Fri, Sep. 23) – Finalize filming and publish to YouTube

Day 6 (Mon, Sep. 25) – Sharing and discussion

The reflection is due after the mid-term, at 11:59pm, Sun., Oct. 9.

Preparing for Monday

  1. On Monday we continue to make props. Some of you may want to start taking pictures.
  2. You may want to check out a tripod now if you plan to do some work over the weekend. Bring your student ID to OIT, Aderhold 232 and ask for a tripod and a connector (for iPad and iPhones).
  3. Genius Hour project description has been updated. Go straight to the Blog Post section (as we have already done the previous steps). Your first blog post needs to be posted by 11:59pm, Monday, Sep. 19.
  4. I will try to post feedback to your Citizen Scientist and StoryCorps projects by the end of today.
  5. As always, if you have questions or concerns about this course, talk to me before you leave, or send me an email at lh81655@uga.edu.