• On my final project, I have created a module lesson on perspective. I used the idea of whether or not the Transcontinental Railroad was positive or negative force dependent on the perspective of the groups of […]

  • On my final project, I have created a module lesson on perspective. I used the idea of whether or not the Transcontinental Railroad was positive or negative force dependent on the perspective of the groups of […]

    • I love your module – so complete! The websites you provided for resources are very thorough. You really should use this for one of your “deeper learning”lessons. The political cartoon is a great addition to the essay for students to apply what they have learned.

    • Nice work on this. I know this a hybrid module, and those are tough to give feedback on, as some of the instruction (the f2f part) is not visible to me, so take my feedback with that in mind. You stated your learning objectives were:

      1. Students will establish a  personal philosophy about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.
      2. Each student will coherently express both the positive and negative forces of its affects on the different groups of people involved either directly or indirectly with its construction.
      3. Once they have completed their research, students will describe the effects that each group  experienced.
      4. Students will then support their original philosophy or that of a newly acquired  perspective due to research in the form of an essay, power point presentation, or a poster.
      5. They will clearly express whether or not the Transcontinental Railroad was a positive or negative project in the long run.
      6. They will use gathered information from three different groups researched to support their opinion.

      Your primary sections were:

      A. Overview of module
      B. Assignment 1
      C. Directions for notes
      D. notes for perspectives
      E. further websites
      F. Assignment 2
      G. Assignment 3
      H. Assignment 4
      I. concept mapping
      J. submit concept map
      K. Assignment 5
      L. Assignment 6
      M. final assessment
      N. lesson extension

      Feedback: I like the unit overview to start with. Remember with online instructions you can hyperlink anything, so for example you could hyperlink the word “perspective” to a wikipedia entry or another online resource that defines it. You list 5 assignments in the overview, but you have 6 listed on the main module page. I would consider listing the objectives alongside each assignment to make it visible for the students, unless this makes it look too messy.

      In some of your discussion prompts you may want to consider being more detailed. Especially with K-12 students, you may want to give really specific prompts, for example, change “Was the Transcontinental Railroad a Positive or Negative Resource in the U.S. in the late 19th century?” to something like “Was the Transcontinental Railroad a Positive or Negative Resource in the U.S. in the late 19th century? – Why do you believe this? And you need to really be careful when asking students to reply to each other, so for example I would change “Give your opinions about the experiences of one of the groups you have chosen. Comment on at least one other student’s discussion as well.” to something like “describe the experiences of one group you have chosen. Illustrate the social, economic, and financial changes that were brought about …….(i don’t know this content that well, but you get the idea). Reply back to one other student comparing and contrasting your described experience to the one they described. Provide your opinion on why these experiences wee different or alike….or something like that.

      I thought it was a little confusing how there is a link for directions for notes and then one for notes. I wonder if this could be organized a little more clearly. I am thinking in the main folder you just list the assignments, and then embed other things in those folders. I think you want the folders insider the main folder to illustrate in a simple form what this module looks like, so really just Overview, Assignment 1, assignment 2, assignment 3, etc etc. Then inside of those folders you can link to the other stuff.

      Try to rarely duplicate text. For example you list in the overview assignment 2 specifics, then list those again in the assignment 2 folder. I would maybe summarize assignment 2 in the overview and then give details in the assignment 2 folder.

      Great start on this. Happy Holidays.

  • Hey Lou,
    I am in complete agreement with you. This was a scary step for me, too. I think you did a great job on your blogs. I read several, but as you said, I had a hard time making a remark that made sense. […]

  • kwlearnonline posted a new activity comment 4 years, 11 months ago

    Hey Lou,
    I am in complete agreement with you. This was a scary step for me, too. I think you did a great job on your blogs. I read several, but as you said, I had a hard time making a remark that made sense. Although, I have also had and currently am working with autistic children and it gave me pause to think how some of the lessons could help…[Read more]

  • After watching the virtual reality video, I feel like anything is possible. At school, we have a “Books Are Fun” vendor that comes around to sell cute little items that are sometimes hard to find anywhere els […]

  • After watching the virtual reality video, I feel like anything is possible. At school, we have a “Books Are Fun” vendor that comes around to sell cute little items that are sometimes hard to find anywhere els […]

  • I don’t understand. What do you mean by this? Thanks.

  • kwlearnonline posted a new activity comment 4 years, 11 months ago

    I don’t understand. What do you mean by this? Thanks.

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    I feel like I have grown in the realm of virtual learning. Through the readings and my blogs as well as the creation of my module, I have learned a lot more than I knew before I began this journey. I have not […]

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    I feel like I have grown in the realm of virtual learning. Through the readings and my blogs as well as the creation of my module, I have learned a lot more than I knew before I began this journey. I […]

  • My module on the Transcontinental Railroad and the perspective of whether or not it was a positive or negative force is just about complete. I still need to tweak a couple of things such as my concept map […]

  • My module on the Transcontinental Railroad and the perspective of whether or not it was a positive or negative force is just about complete. I still need to tweak a couple of things such as my concept map […]

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    I looked back at the blog I posted at the end of September on MOOCs. I was having a hard time understanding how this type of learning would be possible in my classroom because I couldn’t quite
    “wrap my head […]

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    I looked back at the blog I posted at the end of September on MOOCs. I was having a hard time understanding how this type of learning would be possible in my classroom because I couldn’t quite
    “wrap my h […]

  • Debbie,
    I would really like to be a student in your class. I have walked through your class and I love what the students are doing in there. I believe that the skills you teach would be a huge addition to help me […]

  • kwlearnonline posted a new activity comment 5 years ago

    Debbie,
    I would really like to be a student in your class. I have walked through your class and I love what the students are doing in there. I believe that the skills you teach would be a huge addition to help me devise interesting online lessons for my students. Building their skills through your online lessons open up a lot of possibilities for…[Read more]

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    Cartoon creation by: Kim Wasosky
     
     
    Well,  creating this module has been a very interesting project. I have learned so much throughout the process and have finally put together a complete module, or pro […]

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    Cartoon creation by: Kim Wasosky
     

     

    Well,  creating this module has been a very interesting project. I have learned so much throughout the process and have finally put together a complete module, or […]

    • yeah, i think it does get easier, but I also think that designing online instruction does take more time than designing f2f. Just since we are not there to talk at them, you have to develop more activities. Great job so far, and I really like the cartoon assignment. Your modules are being designed for hybrid instruction, right?

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    Final TPACK Lesson 
    Students will be identifying different perspectives of people in America that were affected by the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. The population of learners for this lesson c […]

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    Final TPACK Lesson 

    Students will be identifying different perspectives of people in America that were affected by the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. The population of learners for this l […]

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