Day 32 Technology integration project: BYOD/1:1

The video turns into an ad towards the end, but if you ignore that part, it’s still pretty interesting:

This will be the last project of the semester, and the topic is technology integration in education. The project guidelines can be found here. But before we begin, it’s good to think about the issue first.

BYOD and 1:1

What is BYOD? What is 1:1? What was your experience growing up?

Now, re-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?

This is a group reading activity. Break into 4 groups; from Group 1 to Group 4, read for the following on pp. 6-7 (and refer to p.5 for an overview of the discussion), and take notes together (with a Google doc?):

Group 1: Where you agree with LaMaster
Group 2: Where you disagree with LaMaster
Group 3: Where you agree with Stager
Group 4: Where you disagree with Stager

The reading activity takes about 10 minutes. When we finish, we will form 5 different groups based on the color of the sticky notes you receive from me. In this second round, please 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?

Please write down your responses here.

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

The project

The project guidelines can be found here or from the menu.

What you need to start considering now is forming groups of (preferably) 4, find a school, and get in contact with teachers there. Specifically:

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.

Register your groups with me here.

We start brainstorming for interview questions on Wednesday. Like what we did in the Wonderopolis project, each group only needs to send one person to the class on discussion days.

Here’s a tentative schedule for our project:

  1. Wednesday, Nov. 2: Task 1 discussion.
  2. Friday, Nov. 4: No class meeting. Use your time for the interview or other group activities.
  3. Monday, Nov. 7: Task 2 discussion.
  4. Wednesday, Nov. 9: Task 3 discussion.
  5. Friday, Nov. 11: Group work.
  6. Monday, Nov. 14: Group work (and time for Task 4 if you choose to take it).
  7. Wednesday, Nov. 16: Presentation.
  8. Friday, Nov. 18: Presentation (if necessary).

Preparing for Wednesday

  1. As soon as you’ve grouped up, try get into touch with your former school. Also, start thinking about interview questions.
  2. Looks like I forgot to remind you about your 4th Genius Hour post. Please post it some time this week, before the weekend.
  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.
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Day 31 EDIT 2000 (1220) Maker Faire!

We meet in our classroom (Room 228) first, just in case circumstances prevent us from holding the Faire outside.

Still, remember to wear enough. It’s getting colder.

Maker Faire how-to

  1. We will take turns to showcase our work. For each round, 5 people will present, and the rest of the class will be visitors.
    1. Kate, Sydney, Taylor, Wade, & Brittany
    2. Sarah Enterkin, Mecole, Amelia, Zach, & Michael
    3. Katy, Megan, Raven, Ryan, & Rachel
    4. Leslie, Sarach Schwartz, Corrine, Morgan, & Allen
  2. Each round takes as much as 10 minutes.
  3. I will be taking videos. I encourage all of you to take videos and photos as well!
  4. For the presenters, talk to your visitors about what your artifact is, why you decided to make it, and how you made it.
  5. For the visitors, ask the presenters the questions above to facilitate conversation, and ask them anything you want to know about their project.

Prepare for next week

  1. Friday is our real Fall Break.
  2. I will try to post the description of our next (and final) project to the course website.
  3. Read pp. 5-7 of this reading about BYOD (the file can be downloaded). We will talk about BYOD for our project on Monday.
  4. 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 30 Maker education discussion

Some of the ideas may be totally crazy, but who knows…


I wish you enjoyed your (technically not) holiday last week. I certainly enjoyed mine. Now it’s time to talk about your Maker projects!

Thinking about Maker

We’ll start with a self-evaluation. On a scale of 1-5, how creative do you think you are in our Maker project so far? Take a quick poll at PollEv.com/lechuanhuang923, or texts LECHUANHUANG923 to 37607 to join, and then text 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 once the poll is activated by the instructor.

Now, go to Pinterest (or similar websites), and find something that you think is worthy of a 5. Paste the picture into this Padlet, and add some explanation why you think it is highly creative.

Question: What do you think contributes to creativity? What suppresses it?

Click to reveal hint. (Warning: This may seriously suppress your own creativity!)

Besides creativity, what other keywords come to mind during your Maker project?

Our own Maker Faire–How we’ll do it

If weather permits, I am totally considering doing it outside. We’ll have more room, and we may attract some people as well. Let me know what you think.

  1. We will take turns to showcase our work. For each round, 5 people will present, and the rest of the class will be visitors.
  2. Each round takes as much as 10 minutes. (The schedule will be available Wednesday.)
  3. I will be taking videos. I encourage all of you to take videos and photos as well!
  4. For the presenters, talk to your visitors about what your artifact is, why you decided to make it, and how you made it.
  5. For the visitors, ask the presenters the questions above to facilitate conversation, and ask them anything you want to know about their project.

Preparing for Wednesday

  1. Get ready for the Faire!
  2. Have I asked you to contact your grade school teachers? I think I have.
  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.

Days 27-29 Maker education

This week we are not meeting in class.

For the Maker project:

  1. Use Instructables for inspiration (but you don’t have to), make something!
    • Make something that challenges you. While I’m not expecting you to make a rocket to send people into space, I don’t want to see your creation replicated by a 5-year-old under 10 minutes.
  2. We will not meet in class next week. I do expect you to make things. Send me a picture of what you are making by 11:59pm, Friday, Oct. 21. My email is: lh81655@uga.edu
  3. We come back to class on Monday, Oct. 24. We will share our progress and thoughts about the project.
  4. We will hold our Maker Faire in class on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
    • If you can take your creation to class, do it.
    • If you can’t (maybe it’s too big), shoot a video of yourself presenting your creation, and upload it to our class YouTube channel.
  5. I will video-record our Maker Faire.

I do not have a rubric for you. Instead, I ask you to make something that you value, that when you talk to people about it you feel proud.

Preparing for Friday

  1. Do remember to send me a photo of what you’ve made by the end of Friday. It doesn’t have to be finished. I just want to see your progress.
  2. We meet in class on the coming Monday.

Day 26 Wonderopolis improved! presentation

Jay Silver thinks we know too much!

Presentation

Finally, presentation day for your improved Wonders! Last day of class before our own extended “Fall Break”/Maker week!

If you think your presentation is going to be longer than 7 minutes, let me know before class. Otherwise, no need to worry about time. Remember that you are presenting a “product” your potential audience can use to promote their critical thinking. Demonstrate to me that you have integrated your answer to the 3 questions we discussed.

We will present in this order:

  1. Corrine, Michael, Sarah, and Wade: Why is the sky blue?
  2. Amelia, Kate, and Zach: Why are cats tongues rough?
  3. Allen and Ryan: Who was Jackie Robinson?
  4. Taylor, Raven, Morgan, and Sydney: What is the world’s favorite food?
  5. Katy, Sarah, Leslie, and Megan: What do kangaroos keep in their pockets?
  6. Brittany, Rachel, and Mecole: Is it possible to regrow a limb?

As usual, please write some comments for your classmates!

Coming up… Our own Maker Faire

  1. Use Instructables for inspiration (but you don’t have to), make something!
    • Make something that challenges you. While I’m not expecting you to make a rocket to send people into space, I don’t want to see your creation replicated by a 5-year-old under 10 minutes.
  2. We will not meet in class next week. I do expect you to make things. Send me a picture of what you are making by 11:59pm, Friday, Oct. 21. My email is: lh81655@uga.edu
  3. We come back to class on Monday, Oct. 24. We will share our progress and thoughts about the project.
  4. We will hold our Maker Faire in class on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
    • If you can take your creation to class, do it.
    • If you can’t (maybe it’s too big), shoot a video of yourself presenting your creation, and upload it to our class YouTube channel.
  5. I will video-record our Maker Faire.

Preparing for the coming weeks

  • Get started with Maker!
  • Your 3rd Genius Hour post is due 11:59pm, Monday, Oct. 17. Remember that we post on a bi-weekly basis. I encourage you to post some pictures or videos of your project!
  • It’s a good time to get back in touch with your grade school teachers for our final project. Tell them you may need to interview them about how their school uses technology.
  • 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 25 Introducing Maker Education

I remember asking you to read Why Making Is Essential to Learning and optionally watch A Story of Why Making Matters. We’ll come back to it later. What’s your opinion on Maker Education?

What is Maker?

Instead of telling you what it is, I’d like you to explore it and see for yourselves.

Please search YouTube for video related to the Maker movement. You can try these search terms:

  • Maker Faire
  • Maker Movement
  • Maker Education

In groups of 3:

  1. For the first 15 minutes, search for Maker-related videos on YouTube individually, using keywords listed above. Pick a favorite.
  2. For the next 10 minutes, share your favorite videos within the group, and pick the one your group likes the most.
  3. Each group then share the most exciting portion of their video with the class.
  4. Discuss whether you agree with the author of Why Making Is Essential to Learning or not.

Our Maker Faire

  1. Use Instructables for inspiration (but you don’t have to), make something!
    • Make something that challenges you. While I’m not expecting you to make a rocket to send people into space, I don’t want to see your creation replicated by a 5-year-old under 10 minutes.
  2. We will not meet in class next week. I do expect you to make things. Send me a picture of what you are making by 11:59pm, Friday, Oct. 21. My email is: lh81655@uga.edu
  3. We come back to class on Monday, Oct. 24. We will share our progress and thoughts about the project.
  4. We will hold our Maker Faire in class on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
    • If you can take your creation to class, do it.
    • If you can’t (maybe it’s too big), shoot a video of yourself presenting your creation, and upload it to our class YouTube channel.
  5. I will video-record our Maker Faire.

Preparing for Friday

  1. We present our Wonderopolis improved! project Friday in class.
  2. Keep your presentation under 7 minutes if possible. If you think your presentation will go over 7 minutes, let me know.
  3. Get started with Maker!
  4. It’s a good time to get back in touch with your grade school teachers for our final project. Tell them you may need to interview them about how their school uses technology.
  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.

Day 24 Wonderopolis group work

An animation about an issue that called for critical thinking:

If you search for “Brexit impact,” you’ll see people try all sorts of ways to explain what has happened and what’s going to happen.

Which brings us back to our topic–How do you encourage critical thinking with:

Wonderopolis improved!

Here’s our schedule. We are on Day 5 now.

  • 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

If you look at our schedule further down the road, you’ll see that I will be at a conference next week. My original plan is is that we present on Wednesday, and we move onto our new project on Friday (Maker Education), and you’ll spend the next week making things. Because of this, if you need some more time to work on your Wonderopolis projects, we can move the presentation to Friday (and I will introduce you to the new Maker Education project on Wednesday.) Let me know what you think.

Otherwise, please work on your Wonderopolis project as groups. Remember that you are producing a “product” that your target audience can use, and you are working to encourage them to think critically about the information presented to them.

Preparing for Wednesday