Pre-class video: Maker Faire Atlanta 2015
MakerSpace artifacts sharing
Get prepared to show your artifacts to guest EDIT 2000 students! Tell them what you made and how you felt about it.
After the guests left, we will show our artifacts with our own classmates, table by table. You are welcome to walk around the classroom to take a closer look.
In this Google doc, please write about what went well and what could be improved with your creative process for this MakerSpace project.
Once everyone finishes typing, please take a look at what others wrote, and for the person right below you in the Google doc, use bold to indicate what you think are commonalities in our class, and color to indicate what you find intriguing and/or surprising.
Our next project is 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, unsurprisingly, is about critical thinking.
We also read the new ISTE standarsd for students, and there we can find:
which focuses more on what students need to be able to do with information.
Now take a look at the Wonderopolis website. You should be able to figure out what they are about in a minute or two.
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–
For this project:
- Get into groups of 2~4. (4 works best, but we can’t all be groups of 4 in this class of 21 students…)
- 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:
- 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?)
- What are the possible resources your students can use? What are the possible activities your students can do?
- 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. I recommend you try out annotation tools such as Genius and Hypothes.is).
Since this is a group project, you may want to find ways to collaborate or cooperate. For the following 4 class sessions:
- Thursday, Feb. 23: discussions about questions 1 and 2 (discussion of question 1 starts at 11:00 am, and discussion of question 2 starts at 11:40 am)
- Tuesday, Feb. 28: discussions about questions 3 and 4 (the same schedule as above)
- Thursday, Mar. 2: optional group work
- Spring Break
- Tuesday, Mar. 14: project presentation
For each of the 4 questions (the first 2 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 person should then communicate with the group, so the next representative will know what has been discussed in previous sessions.
You can find the 4 questions here: https://ouredit2000.wordpress.com/project-wonderopolis-improved-2/
Make sure you send at least one person for each discussion, else it’s 10% off for each discussion missed.
What to do today before you leave
- Form groups for the Wonderopolis project, and register with me here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15818bhkCLQMsA0x_5qhHlkGrux6WUFYn40OPT6G9CVQ/edit?usp=sharing
- Decide who will come to which class for which discussion.
Prepare for Thursday
- Come to class if you represent your group!
- Set up a shared working document for your group.
- 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.