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Signature Project. Julia Bell ISTC 541. The Situation. Media specialists expected to teach research process and use technologies Difficult to create unique assignments for evaluating what students learn from this research that are appropriate for meeting the needs of diverse learners

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signature project

Signature Project

Julia Bell

ISTC 541

the situation
The Situation
  • Media specialists expected to teach research process and use technologies
  • Difficult to create unique assignments for evaluating what students learn from this research that are appropriate for meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Writing works for some but not all
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Goal
  • To design an activity that allows second grade students to demonstrate their understanding of the Wampanoag while supporting each individual’s unique learning needs
the technology pixie
The Technology: Pixie
  • A creativity tool
  • “Today’s classrooms are made up of many different students with diverse learning styles and needs. Pixie provides tools for all students to demonstrate creativity and understanding. By combining their writing and supporting their ideas with pictures, original illustrations, and audio narration, students can share what they know in ways that support their learning needs.”

http://www.tech4learning.com/pixie

audience
Audience
  • In alignment with the second grade curriculum
  • Can be adapted for students of other grades in the elementary school who are researching different topics and have different ability levels
  • Pixie easy to use, so even students as young as kindergarten can use it effectively
learning styles
Learning Styles
  • Designed to meet the needs of many different learning styles
  • Pixie can cater to these different needs
    • students can express themselves through writing or drawing to his or her own ability level to covey what they learned
why technology
Why Technology?
  • Technology is motivational
  • Solely writing can become monotonous
    • Gives these tasks a face-lift
  • Pixie is just another way to captivate learners
teaching styles
Teaching Styles
  • Behaviorism
    • Direct instructions for the steps of project
    • Grade = reinforcement
  • Constructivism
    • Learn through discovery
    • construct their own understanding of what they learned through writing and art
design process addie
Design Process: ADDIE
  • Analysis
    • Observed media specialist
  • Design
    • Use technologyPixie best met the needs of learners
  • Development
    • Graphic organizer & example
    • Decided what exactly to ask of students
    • Guidelines determined for using Pixie
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Design Process: ADDIE
  • Implementation
    • Work on project over 3 days
  • Evaluation
    • Feedback from students & classroom teacher