This PBL learning lesson is the last of the semester for the Middle JAAR and we are still in the middle of putting it all together. We were lucky not to go first and let other groups test the waters and see how theirs went. I feel we now have a grounded idea of what is necessary to pull this project off. At first the group was coming up short with ideas and we were hitting dead ends left and right. Then we got on the topic of veterans and one of our members brought up the topic that many veterans are homeless. This hit home for our group and we took off in search for finding what we can teach our class about homeless veterans and how they can get involved with helping out with this issue. For this project we are currently putting together a Prezi, a Jing video to introduce our technology, and RWLD for this project. These two links will take you to websites that allow you to also create different projects that aid in learning. In the future I plan on using many of the technologies I have been working with this past semester, many of which I am using for this last project alone. That would include the three listed above as well as PicMonkey, Google Docs, Microsoft Word and Blogger. This project is all about keeping the product open ended, allowing students to expand their thoughts while thinking outside the box. I want to be able to keep this idea with me for the future in order to help my students become creative and inventive thinkers. This project, helping homeless veterans is open ended in the sense that we are allowing for brainstorming of idea, then my group with introduce our idea of how to help. Our idea is to create posters (like the one shown in the upper right corner) to allow communities and homeless veterans become aware of the great programs there are out there to help homeless veterans. This idea however will still be open ended, just taken down a notch to be more directed due to time constraints. The creativity of the project will still solely be the responsibility of the student as well as the subtopic area. My group is picking the topic area and explaining the technology the students will be using, this will help get the ball rolling. This is another factor all teachers must take into consideration, time. Yes you want students to have the freedom of the outcomes in their learning, but it also needs to match with the amount of time there will be. With all these aspects of this PBL my groups learning lesson will be open ended as well as help students get going with the s little guidance to head in the right direction. If you want to take a look at this awesome project to get ideas from or actually use for a project click this link!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
As a future teacher I will be able to use this idea of PBL by being more aware of the benefits it has for students as well as keeping their interests in mind to help motivate them to learn. Also allowing them to slowly take ownership of their own learning through projects like the ones shown at the fair. It was easy to see that the students where very interested in what they had accomplished and where able to answer questions about what they have been working on. There is a sense of pride when a student accomplishes something that they worked hard on where they were interested in it and was able to assume full ownership. This is one accomplishment I want to acquire as a teacher, having my students proud of their hard work while learning in an engaging environment.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Ever hear of Glogster? Until today neither have I, and let me tell you, I loved it! It's where you can create amazing posters online for anything. When I got myself signed up I didn't only go through Glogster, I used the Glogersteredu. My class created posters that can help make a difference in someone’s life through our words. The idea is to make a difference in someone’s life by giving your words to them, to helping them in whatever situation they are dealing with. I have a younger sister in high school, so I decided to aim my poster towards her. She is an outgoing, athletic, sweet, caring, silly, funny, inspiring girl. Sometimes though, life can be a little tough to handle, and me up at college makes it hard to be there for her all the time. So I figured a poster on brightening her day is just what any of her bad days could use. My poster has all sorts of bright colors matched with uplifting quotes to help someone who is having a bad day. It may seem like a lot all over the page, but that is the point. It is so crazy, colorful and fun, I really think it can help someone turn their day around. This poster I made is not just for my sister who I love, it is also for anyone out their having a bad day and just needs some inspiration to keep moving forward. It is not hard to help someone out, all you need is a few kind words.