For “EdTech Research” I was asked to conduct research on an educational technology topic of my choice and create an annotated bibliography. I chose to research 1:1 computing programs, which is a program where each student in a classroom has access to their own internet enable device, such as a laptop, tablet, or other device. In order to research this topic properly it was necessary to find reliable resources that could be trusted. To accomplish this, I relied on peer-reviewed research studies, which allowed me to feel confident that the information I was reviewing was legitimate. Peer-reviewed articles go through a process to ensure the information is quality work that adheres to editorial standards. For this assignment I was asked to format my annotated bibliography in APA format. I learned that APA format is a commonly accepted format for professional articles, which provides a uniform presentation of information that can easily be understood by other professionals. Overall, this project has taught me how to identify quality information that can help me make better decisions for my future classroom.
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For “RSS in Education” I was tasked with writing a lesson plan that integrated the use of RSS feeds to enhance learning. I decided that since my goal is to earn a position in a middle school mathematics class, I should find a way to integrate RSS feeds into my vision for my future classroom. I will admit this was much harder than I originally expected and I hope to find additional ways to use this technology in my classroom. A large part of my vision is to find ways to relate mathematics to the real world to show students that their work is not just for math class. I want to bring real world problems and context to their work in hopes of fostering better understanding to what they are doing.
My lesson plan is laid out with the intention of creating a process that forces students to look for connections to math in real life. Students will use RSS readers to find news articles, blogs, and podcasts that have real life problems/issues, which contain a math connection. Students will nominate an article, blog, or podcast that we will then have a class discussion about. I will select from the student nominations and ask that students are prepared with questions, comments, and ideas about the chosen material. Students will then write a reflection that requires them to answer questions and reflect on both their understanding of the current topic as well as their classmate’s points of view. I’m really excited to see where my students take this project. I think this will be an engaging lesson that will lead to interesting class discussions and student reflections.
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