Blog Post #11: SAMR

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SOL: Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change 4.7 The student will investigate and understand the organization of the solar system. Key concepts include

a) the planets in the solar system;

b) the order of the planets in the solar system; and

c) the relative sizes of the planets.

SAMR Model:

  • The Google Slides activity allows students to practice correctly ordering the planets (by distance from the Sun) by dragging and dropping pictures of the planets. It also gives students practice identifying the planets in the solar system. This activity serves as modification because students would be able to complete the task without technology, but there is significant functional improvement as students are able to use the technology to easily drag and drop the planets.
  • The Google Form is an exit ticket for the students to demonstrate their understanding of the content. This activity serves as augmentation because students could complete the same form without technology, but it is a more efficient means of gathering information.

Modifying the lesson to hit these levels of SAMR enhances the meaningful use of the technology because not only does it increase student engagement and give students opportunities to use different forms of technology, but it is also an efficient method of communication between teachers and students.

Blog Post #7: Virtual Lesson (Planets)

Objective: Given a document with images of the eight planets and the Sun, the student will be able to order the planets (by distance from the Sun and by size—largest to smallest) correctly with 75% accuracy (six out of eight planets in the correct place).

Content:

  • SOL 4.7 The student will investigate and understand the organization of the solar system. Key concepts include
    • a) the planets in the solar system;
    • b) the order of the planets in the solar system; and
    • c) the relative sizes of the planets.
  • The focus of the lesson is understanding the organization of the solar system in terms of the planets that are a part of the solar system, the order of the planets from the sun, and the relative sizes of the planets.
  • Misconceptions: The images of the planets in the assessment may appear to be the same size as one another.

Pedagogy:

  • The students will learn about the planets in the solar system by watching the two videos, understand the order and the size of the planets by taking a virtual tour of the solar system, and apply their understanding by creating mnemonics for both the order and size of the planets.

Technology:

Pedagogical-Content Knowledge (PCK):

  • The students will watch the two videos (pedagogy), explore the interactive virtual tour (pedagogy), and create mnemonic devices (pedagogy) to learn the planets in the solar system, the order of the planets from the sun, and the sizes of the planets (content).

Technological-Pedagogical Knowledge (TPK):

  • The students will use the two videos (technology) and the interactive virtual tour (technology) to listen and watch the organization of the solar system (pedagogy) and create mnemonic devices for the order and size of the planets (pedagogy).

Technological-Content Knowledge (TCK):

  • The planets in the solar system, the order of the planets from the sun, and the sizes of the planets (content) can be accessed through the videos and interactive virtual tour (technology) and can be assessed through the discussion board on Google Classroom and the Google Drawing assessment (technology).

Google Classroom Code: h2ihxgm