Next year I will be teaching third grade. I looked ahead at some of the units of study and thought how I could integrate technology into a unit.
The first unit of study next year will be Community Spirit. It would be very easy to tie this unit into digital citizenship. We could cover our acceptable use policy, our digital footprints and digital citizenship. I would then like to challenge the students to create a digital story that demonstrates a concept we covered in the unit. This digital story could be shared with others through YouTube, our class blog or other sites.
I have one camera and a webcam on my computer. This would mean that the students access to the video cameras would be limited. Working in small groups would help to overcome this hurdle. I could ask parents, that are comfortable, to send in a digital camera for a day.
A Flipped Math Class
I think the flipped classroom model can be effective and more efficient then our current Math instruction. I would like to try it out with my new third grade class. I find differentiation is important in primary Math instruction. I think a flipped classroom would lend itself to this. The students would watch an instructional video the night before. They would complete a short assessment test when they first walk in the class. Based on the results they would either get further small group instruction or they could work on their own on a challenge problem.
Another idea I had was to gamify a unit. We are doing a unit on transportation. I could teach the unit using games and text based adventures. The students would work toward receiving a badge n each standard covered in the unit. At the end for a final project, I could ask them to create a short game on Scratch.
Each idea has obstacles and benefits. I feel I am at a junction and will now choose the direction in which to head. Over the summer I will research more into the feasibility of each idea and choose a path that would be best suited for third graders.