This is a group project. Please form groups of 3~4. Consider the tasks (described below) and the skills needed before you decide to form the groups (e.g., personal interest, teaching/tutoring experience, marketing skills, graphics skills…).
- Authentic problems: 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.
- Rationale for BYOD or 1:1: In terms of BYOD or 1:1, suggest a plan to address the problems mentioned by the teachers. This plan should either change the direction of where the school is going with technology integration, or explain the reasons why the school should revise instead of revolutionize what it’s already doing. While making your argument, consider what you’ve learned about the Five Characteristics of Meaningful Learning with Technology (recall our reading in the beginning of semester). Write the rationale in the form of a report to the school administrator. The report should be at least 300 words long.
- Learning activity design–Create a learning activity that justifies your rationale, that is, if you suggest the school should start BYOD, your learning activity should take advantage of BYOD, and it should be more or less impossible given the school’s current policy on technology integration. This activity should be somewhat complex, in that it requires the interaction of multiple pieces of technology. Present your activity design to the class creatively (specifics will be updated).
- Bonus task–Send your rationale report (Task 2) and activity design (Task 3) back to the teachers you interviewed, and get some feedback (on how well they think your plans can work.) This is worth a maximum of 5%.
- Task 1
- A reasonably detailed teacher interview that informs your group about the particular technology integration needs of the interviewee. 10%
- A clear description of these needs in your transcript/record. 10%
- Task 2
- School characteristics (socioeconomic background of the community, culture, student age group, etc.) are given careful consideration, serving as the basis for your rationale. 10%
- Sound suggestions based on critical evaluation of the needs and circumstances of your school of choice. 10%
- Your proposition should aim at promoting meaningful learning. 10%
- The report should be written in formal language. It should be at least 300 words in length. 10%
- Task 3
- State clearly the goal of your activity. It can be knowledge or skill acquisition, class management, or other appropriate goals for the school. 10%
- The technology you choose for the activity should be appropriate considering the characteristics of the students, the teachers, the school, and other reasonable stakeholders. 10%
- Use at least two pieces of technology. 10%
- Present your activity creatively to the class. Refrain from using slideshows or word documents for the major part of your presentation, unless there is compelling reason why they are the more creative ways of presentation in your case. 10%
- Overall: Come to discussion sessions. There is a 10% penalty for missing one session.
- Cite and credit everything. Avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism will hold up your grade until after you and me can meet with a facilitator from the University’s Academic Honesty program.