GAME Plan Progress

This week I am taking stock in how I am progressing in my goals for becoming more technologically diverse as a teacher and educator.

My objectives are as follows:

1. Engage students in exploring real-world issues and solving authentic problems using digital tools and resources.

2. Promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.

As a I work through my objectives for this project, I am finding that the resources I have sought out and the information I have found have certainly proven useful and allowed my to arrive closer at my final destination for learning about technology and technology resources.

After researching and reading, I have found that I do not need to modify my plan at this point.  The plan I have created has proven realistic and attainable.

Some things I have learned so far include the use of web quests as a means of providing real life issues and solving authentic problems.  These types of tools allow the students to explore and engage in different locations and situations they would not normally be able to take part in due to monetary and resource restrictions.  For example, the students may go on a web quest where they need to explore the Vatican and answer questions pertaining to the location and content.  Realistically, most students will never visit this place, however, through the use of the internet and technology, students are able to “walk” the streets using Google Maps and fully explore parts of the Vatican only accessible to a minimal group of people.

I have also learned about several different reflection sites the students can engage in where they can discuss thoughts, ideas and questions with other students from around the world.  These are also places where the students can get creative inspiration and ideas for their own projects and assignments.  Collaboration is such a crucial aspect of learning and with the internet and message boards, students are not confined to their own school when it comes to reflecting on their ideas alone and with the help of others.

I have not formulated any new questions regarding my plan at this stage in the game.

More to come!

Thanks!!!

Josh Peterson

4th Grade

Cheyenne, WY

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2 thoughts on “GAME Plan Progress

  1. Hello Josh,

    I have enjoyed reading about your GAME plan over the past few weeks. It sounds like you have a good plan in place and you are making great progress. I love your choice of using web quests. You are right, they provide the students with the unique opportunity to experience places and see important landmarks as if they were really there. Using a textbook does not provide this same opportunity. A couple of weeks ago, I came across a wonderful resource called QuestGarden (http://questgarden.com/search/). There are many web quests that have been created and you can gain free access to a good selection. You can also get a free trial for 30 days to gain access to the entire site. What I like best about this website is that you can adjust the web quest to fit your needs.

    I agree that reflection and collaboration are also key elements in a successful lesson. Cennamon, Ross & Ertmer (2009) remind us that collaboration is essential so students can engage in conversation about the subject and get more out of the lesson. I love your idea of connecting with students not just inside your school, but all around the world. What a wonderful way to have your students gain different perspectives, insights, and ideas. Is there a specific resource you like better than the rest?

    I look forward to hearing more about your GAME plan.
    Catherine Crisi
    3rd Grade
    Morgantown, PA

    References:
    Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology integration for meaningful classroom use: A standards-based approach. (Laureate Education, Inc., Custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

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    1. Hi Catherine,
      Thank you for the kind words regarding my plan. I am pleased with the progress and am looking forward to continuing work to grow as a teacher. Thank you for the resource of quest garden. I will be sure to check it out.
      As I move forward with connecting with outside sources for students and educators, I will post that information to my blog. Be sure to check back.
      Thanks again for checking out my site.
      Josh

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