Haiku Deck – To introduce ourselves, instead of using PowerPoint or Google Slides that most of us are familiar with, we learned about a new presentation tool, Haiku Deck. While I found this tool challenging to manipulate, it was nice that the slides require concise wording to keep the presentations brief.
Mind Mapping– To get us thinking about out Personal Learning Networks we explored vari
ous mind mapping tools. To easily connect ideas in a web I chose to use Popplet. Below is my mind map of my PLN.
Word Cloud Taboo– This quickfire got me thinking about creative ways to play guessing games or vocabulary review. We played the popular game Taboo, but with a technology twist. We each had a word that others had to guess. We could only use a word cloud generating site (I chose tagul.com) and also had a list of key words that we could not use in our descriptions because they might give the word away. This was a fun and engaging activity that I’m sure I will use in my classroom! Can you guess what my word was?
Learning Theory Infographic – To review various learning theories and to introduce us to making our own infographics, we each picked a popular learning theory and designed our own inforgraphic. We had a few sites to choose from, but I chose Piktochart.com to create mine. My learning theory was the Multiple Intelligences Theory made popular by Howard Gardner. This was a cool way to review an important subject as well as help us dip our feet into the art of making infographics.
QR Code Truths and a Lie – To both get to know each other a little better and teach us how to make our own QR codes, we played a game where we created QR codes based on 2 truths about us and 1 lie. We had to use a QR scanner to view the image or video and guess which were true and which was false.
Learning Spaces – After watching the short series, “Remake Your Class” we were challenged to think about how we can improve our own learning spaces. My classroom is not the typical science classroom. I do not have lab tables or much space for storage. I make do with what I have, but there is always room to improve. I want to provide my students with a comfortable alternative for independent work time, so I put bean bag chairs in my diagram. I want to provide easy access for students to turn desks and work in groups or work individually. A classroom learning space is always evolving with new students with new needs.
Project 5X5 – Dr. Sean Leahy introduced our class to Project 5×5 where you make a 25 second video comprised of 5, 5 second video clips. The short film typically illustrates a single concept. Our challenge was to create a 5×5 film in 45 minutes about “A Day in the Life of a MAET Y1 Student”. This quickfire introduced me to some basic video editing skills. I could see using this project in my classrooms to have my students illustrate a simple concept through the use of video. Please enjoy my interpretation of what a day in the life of a MAET Y1 student looks like!
How People Learn – Based on the readings we did from the National Research Council’s book, How People Learn, we went through a visible thinking routine called Sentence-Phrase-Word to help us narrow our thoughts on the chapters that we read. This activity helped because we were able to get to the root of what the selection was all about and talk about the “nitty gritty” of how we actually learn things best. Each group poster represents a section of the first 3 chapters of the book.
Mindsets – Using another Visible Thinking Routine, Chalk Talk, we used questions to narrow our focus and get out thoughts on paper about mindsets and technology. The Chalk Talk routine requires no talking, just thinking on your own and connecting your ideas to others. I love this routine and it is one that I use in my classroom often. It allows students to write down any questions they might have about something or connections they might make nearly anonymously and it is very low tech and non-threatening. All you need is big pieces of paper and markers!
TPACK Breakfast– This activity is something that really stuck with me. TPACK is the idea of integrating Technology, Pedagogy, and Content Knowledge together in our classrooms to create the ideal learning environment. In this activity we were each assigned a kitchen tool to use. Then we were given ingredients to make a certain breakfast dish. We could ONLY use the tool we were given. The idea…you have to use the tools that you are give to make the most of your situation. You may not always have the ideal technology available to you in your classroom, but you make do with what you have and integrate into your lessons as best you can.
Epic Game Challenge– During our epic game challenge, we focused on designing games that would get our students to question. It was difficult at first to come up with a game that didn’t involve answering questions, but actually generating the questions themselves. We settled on a game involving a 6 sided die (could make it more complicated with more sides) that each had a question word on it. This would get the students started and then they had to generate a question using that word based on the topic that the teacher assigns. Many other groups came up with interesting games to get kids of all ages questioning across the curriculum.
Cross Share Week 2 – I was involved in the Week 2 Cross Share Friday July 8. This was a fun time because we showed the rest of the classes what we in year 1 had been learning about all week. It reminds us how much we are able to accomplish in a short period of time if we really set our minds to it!
Google Cardboard – Exploring the world of virtual reality with Google Cardboard! We went
on roller coaster rides, visited the arctic, visited the international space station, and more! All without leaving the classroom thanks to the virtual reality program, Google Cardboard.
I can definitely see using this in my classroom to give my students experiences that they may never have in reality. We also explored several augmented reality applications that will definitely be making an appearance in my classroom!
PQ/CQ – As educators, we must have a passion for teaching our students. This passion that we have for our profession is called our “passion quotient”. Surrounding our students with our passion for teaching and learning is a very critical piece of creating a safe and comfortable environment for our kids. Great inventors have always had a passion and curiosity for what it is they are exploring. We want our students to have the same passion and curiosity quotient so that they will be engaged in their learning. Please enjoy my representation of my passion quotient.