Lately I have been trying to figure out my next steps. I really want to start adding in all of these resources that I am learning about into my classroom. So what's stopping me? Well time is one of them. My students have been really busy with their service learning project, Coins for Critters. We just finished it on Friday when we went to the Suisun Wildlife Center and presented them with an $800 check that my students worked hard to raise. Now that we are done with that (which was a lot of time and effort) I can start moving on to incorporating more digital tools for my students to use. My driving question has changed slightly to "What are the effects of digital tools on reading comprehension?" I really want to find digital tools for my students to use to help retell their story using the story elements. I changed it from "digital storytelling" because there are not a lot of computer based tools to use for my purpose. I found a lot of apps, but I do not have Ipads. Now that I took that out I can broaden my scope of digital tools. I'm sure I'll change my question a couple more times before I'm happy with it, but for now I'm working with that.
The SITE model stands for Sociocultural, Informational, Technical Education. These 3 subcontexts (socoiocultural, informational, and technical) all surround the learning making this a learner centered model. For the sociocultural subcontext of this model, the teacher needs to understand the student as a whole person. There are many factors in a person's life, family, peers, role models, mentors, or community. The technical subcontexts determines the ways and means in which the learner learns. This will effect how the teacher will teach. The informational subcontext is the information that exits for the learner. After reading about the SITE model I am looking at my students closely. I understand that I need to use what motivates them, and that is why I am trying to make a plan to incorporate more technology in my classroom. They get so excited when it is time for computer based lessons. I am also motivated by technology and that is why I want to make sure that my students are not falling off the wagon because I am not using all of the tools in my tool belt. I want my students to be motivated and engaged throughout my lessons. I feel that in the spring time this is less and less so now is a perfect time for me to try new things.
3/24/2018 09:43:18 pm
I think it is great that your driving question has evolved to match your technical subcontext. Rather than frustrate yourself by trying to implement something that was not readily available to you, you shifted your question just a little to make use of the tools you DO have. And while your big goal is to improve reading comprehension, you've noticed that your students are motivated by technology. Way to take advantage of their values to move them toward your learning goal.
3/25/2018 08:19:25 pm
I really want to start adding in all of these resources that I am learning about into my classroom. I am so excited to try things out, and I am so impressed with the PBL your students and you completed! That wildlife preserve is so deserving. But I am having a difficult time finding the time to add in all that we are learning in a thoughtful way. I am a bit overwhelmed by all the tools/ techniques to employ. I guess the best method is to eat the elephant one bite at a time. Thank you for your support in sharing the things you have tried.
3/26/2018 12:32:23 am
I like that your driving question is evolving and that you have decided to incorporate the use of technology in your classroom. I think your students as well as you, will benefit from this evolution. Way to go in noticing what motivates your students and attempting to utilize what you observed in your classroom to create a better learning environment for your students!
Jane Adams Gallagher
3/26/2018 11:25:36 am
First of all, congratulations to you and your students for raising and donating that amount of money. Secondly, have you tried Google Slides for retelling? I am currently working with my groups to do just that. I am happy to share with you if you want to see a sample and determine its use for your situation. Students will be adding their voices using Screencastify. Not the best, but it works and its easily accessible.
3/26/2018 09:34:24 pm
I would love to see it!
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