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Week 5 Blog Post

  • What has been your experience with LMSs as a learner? How have they helped (if they have)? Do you envision using one in your future career, why or why not?

As a learner, the only LMS i can remember experiencing was in high school. WE has a portal through my school that allowed us to test/quiz, see our grades and attendance, and our assignments. it was kind of like blackboard. I enjoyed it and i believed the teachers did as well. It seemed to make things a little simpler. It was nice having everything in one spot. I think i would be interested in using this when i start teaching. Technology is constantly developing and I think, as teachers, we should grow with it since our students will be exposed to it from birth.

Week 4 Blog Post

  • Describe an instructional activity you could do using the 3d printer and/or Tinkercad software. How would you include the four principles in this weeks reading in your activity? What VA Computer and technology SOLs would be addressed?

4.5 The student will investigate and understand how plants and animals, including humans, in an ecosystem interact with one another and with the nonliving components in the ecosystem. Key concepts include a) plant and animal adaptations; b) organization of populations, communities, and ecosystems and how they interrelate; c) flow of energy through food webs; d) habitats and niches; e) changes in an organism’s niche at various stages in its life cycle; and f) influences of human activity on ecosystems.

I would focus my lesson around the Science  4.5 SOL that talks about niches, habitats, and environments./ecosystems.

Creation: I would divide my class into small groups and together they would decide on a assign each group an animal.  They would research their animal to learn about their habitat. They would work together to think about what makes up a specific habitat and have them 3D print a habit and the different components that make up the specific habitat. They would have to think about the big elements such as the animals that live it in, to the trees, down to the small things that grow.

Iteration: Students can create and recreate in this step. They can “fail” and try again. Through Tinkercad, they can design their element that they want to put in their habitat and print it out to see what adjustments need to be made.

Sharing: Sharing will happen when the group goes to present what they made to the class. They will teach the class about their habitat and explain what makes up that habitat. The digital files would also be saved on Tinkercad so their work would be saved.

Autonomy: The students get decide what animal they want to make a habitat for. They get to decide what important factors of the habitat they want to include and how they want to represent that.

Week 3 Blog Post

Our TPAK lesson focused on maps. The SOL we chose was 3.6 “The student will read and construct maps, tables, graphs, and/or charts” which was our Content.

The digital resources  we wanted to use was Google Maps, Geojengo, and Map Maker.

Misconceptions children may have are: students thinking up is north and south is down, confusion while using/making a scale since accuracy is key, and understanding that maps are from a bird’s eye view.

We wanted to start by asking why maps are important and the essential pieces that make up a map. Then, we would tell the students that we  have to clear the room for maintenance over the weekend so we have to clear the classroom of everything, but first, we had to create a map for the maintenance techs so they know how to put everything back. We would have them work together in small groups to think of how we could best accomplish this and what needed to be included in our classroom map. Then, we would discuss it as a class and work together to create the map.

The technology would be paper, pens/pencils, and rulers.

The pedagogy would us making the map as a classroom. From there, we would give them a task to make a map of their home since they know it the best. After,  we wanted to combine with all the third grade classes to make large a map of a commonality (the school, a park). This would not all be done in one day.

PCK: Creating a classroom map because it is the place they spend the most time besides their house.. It is very familiar to students and they could easily access it to see what they need to include. Then, creating a map of their actual home as an assignment.

TCK: The students have to understand why accuracy when creating a map is important and how to use the necessary tools to do that.

TPK: A ruler is something everyone must have when creating a map and it must be accurate with the scale. This will allow them to see how a map is created by getting experience by doing it.

Week 2 Blog Post

Our TPAK lesson was based off the Math 3.9 SOL which focused on mass and volume. Our content was focusing on  measurement of weight.  A misconception we recognize would be the idea of a pound of rocks and a pound of feathers. Children may think that a pound of rocks would be heavier be in all actuality, they are the same weight regardless of what the material is. We also considered US costumary vs metric system could be confusing to students. The pedagogy would be hands on/small group learning. The technology we would use are triple beam balances and scales and counting measurement blocks to accurately measure how much the item weighed.

We use the misconceptions that students have based on the content and use/change our type of learning (pedagogy) and use  manipulatives (technology) to help children better understand and clear their misconceptions of the topic. They all work hand in hand.

Week 1 Blog Post

  • How do you think a personal web site, blog, or social media account could be used in your future teaching career? What has been your educational experiences with these technologies previously either as a teacher or a student?

I think social media is expanding everyday. It can be used for many different things. I think incorporating it in your classroom can be useful in many ways. First, it is important to stay up to date with what your students are interested in, especially with social media.  It allows a students to learn in a fun and relatable way. They could use snapchat to take pictures of things/shapes they find in their world and relate it to art, math, and science. It allows students to learn in different way. In high school, we would use computers or Ipads to do math and computer science lessons. At the preschool I work at, we use an app on Ipads to create a blog type, message board. We take pictures of the students during the day, playing and having fun and we add text to tell the parents want we did that day. It is an easy way to communicate with parents and allows them to see what their child does on the day to day basis.  I think social media is very beneficial.



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