This “project” is designed to sketch out the plans for my Course 5 and final CoETaIL project. We were asked to think about some possible ideas and detail them here. I have what I’m calling Plan A and Plan B.
Plan A will involve working with a third grade teacher who is perhaps the most veteran on our staff. Surprisingly, she has shown the most interest to learn and willingness to try, and fail, if need be. Since I am not a classroom teacher, I must rely on others to implement my ideas and see where they take us. With that in mind, Plan A, is my best and most thought out option. This teacher has given me a basic sketch of her “Children in the World” unit. Personally, this topic is almost too easy to embed technology into, but, hey, I’m not complaining. This is what she chose.
The classroom teacher has some basic things listed, like journal entries, book sharings, research, use of maps.
My first reactions are to turn the journal entries into blog posts. This class is beginning to start with blogs, so this unit will be a good opportunity to transition into really using them for something meaningful. Mike Nonato in Ukraine has been asking for blog buddies, so maybe this class will be ready to get that connection rolling.
There’s a mention of a day in the life project. I’d like to turn this into a video diary by the students.
Since the topic is “Children in the World” I’d like to set up some Skype chats with other classes around the world. There isn’t a better way to learn about different cultures and regions than from first hand information.
I’d like the research portion of this project to really focus on strong Internet searching skills- using keywords, looking for reliable websites, and finding “just-right” sites for their reading levels.
There’s an activity listed on the original plan that mentions marking on a map. I’d like to try and do this activity through Google Earth, so that we can view places in 3D, streetview, and with the pictures that have been added. I’ve had a little training with Google Earth, but will definitely need to refresh my memory of all that it offers.
Some of my concerns about this unit is the idea that I’m at the mercy of the classroom teacher. She might not want to take on everything that I have in mind. But, I’m hoping that she will try most of it and we’ll work with what we’re able to accomplish. This project will require the teacher to leave a few more trusted methods behind, like journal writing, in favor of moving the written word to an electronic format.
My Plan B is to find a way to make Plan A work.
Do you have a 3rd grade class or similar aged group that would like to connect during this project? Let me know!