The Molly Project

I created a video for my Educational Technology course (EDUC932), but it will serve as a sample for a project my students will begin tomorrow and flesh out during their summer vacation. I cannot make it mandatory for every student, but each student will receive an incentive if they participate.

Feel free to critique the video, and any advice on improving my rubric and materials (they’re rudimentary at best at this point) would be greatly appreciated!

The Movie Unit Rubric

The Molly Project



As I have mentioned in a previous post, the school I am currently working at (and all the schools I’ve worked at in Korea) does not have the capacity to hold 1:1 classrooms. We don’t have a technology department or even a “tech guy,” so if I were to run a 1:1 classroom, I would have to procure the devices, administrate the network, plan the lessons, and flesh out the learning objective myself. I would be the teacher, network administrator, and hardware and software engineer.

My current school has not allocated funds or prioritized a shift to becoming a digital school, so this will be impossible in my current situation for the near future.

I will, however, be looking for ways to maximize the enhancement portion of the SAMR model and encouraging students to do projects on their own devices (vacation homework) to expose them to these learning tools and this type of learning environment.

One way to do that would be to get the use of video involved in the classroom. Rather than simply make a PowerPoint presentation about their vacation, each student will be tasked with creating a video outlining their vacation activities. Given that we (yes, including me) are still amateurs, this will simply be a collection of photos with transitions between set to music. WeVideo is a simple way to put the photos together while YouTube editor is an easy way to both set music to and publish it.

I’m anticipating this to be an activity the students will really get into, and I can’t wait to see their videos!

1:1 Classroom Expectations

1 to 1 Classroom

Photo: Flickr

Currently, the school I’m working at does not have a technology department (or a “tech guy” for that matter) let alone the ability to develop a 1:1 scenario. Given that information, it’s slightly difficult to come up with expectations I would have for that type of class. I’ll give it a shot, though, so here we go.

Firstly, I would not allow headphones or music in my class. I teach fourth grade, and they don’t even know if they’re the type of person that needs music to be productive, and they don’t need to find that out about themselves during my class.

Next, I would really want to have a monitoring system in place so I can see what is on each person’s screen. I would also want to have my classroom furniture arranged in such a way that I can see each student’s screen without them realizing I stalking them. I would also have to make sure I don’t use the technology as a reason to be lazy, so I would manage by moving around the class as well.

I would encourage students to help each other if someone near them gets stuck. At times, computers slow down or have a glitch, so students need to be willing to help each other stay in tune with the lesson.

Should a student get off task, I would ask them to flatten their screen and leave it until I give permission for them to start using it again.

Fourth grade students have a hard time maintaining focus on one task at a time, so there would be no reason for them to be working on multiple things at a time. Therefore, “multitasking” would be out of the question.

Should a student continue to misuse their device, I would give them a book about computers to read and only allow them a break time after a certain amount of pages has been copied. I would expect to never get to that point, but teachers need to be prepared for every eventuality.

My expectations of myself would also need to be taken to another level. I would have to double-check that my lesson works on student devices, ensure all devices are charged, and my monitoring apparatus is up and running. I would also need to tailor my lesson in such a way that the students are never experiencing any “down time” because down time combined with a technological device equals trouble!

Class Website

The next step in my journey as a “techy teacher” was to build a class website. Although my class website is in its very early stages of development, it does have a homepage which has a picture of my class, a photo page where I can post photos of my students doing projects and other things, a homework page where I can post homework, and a blog page where I can post items specific to our class and ask the students for their input.

I am not sure that my class is ready to take the plunge and make their own websites (and I’m not sure their parents would want them to do that yet), but I hope to develop this site a bit more at the very least. Hopefully, some students will be intrigued enough to want to know more!

You can visit the website here.

My Favorite EdTech Tool

Podcast Photo Link: Flickr

I’ve learned a lot during my EDUC932 (Education Technology) course, but I think my favorite has been the podcast. Whether or not it ends up being a big part of my school’s curriculum or not, it’s a great tool because most students will be able to do it with their cell phone, it’s easy to upload to a computer to submit, and self-reflection on speaking fluency and intonation will allow students an opportunity to critique themselves and (gulp!) each other.

I will be instituting this tool into my own class curriculum in the near future, but I plan to lobby my colleagues and administration to make it a piece of the school-wide curriculum. Eventually, podcasting may give way to vodcasting or vlogs, but I believe it will be a valuable stop-gap for my students in the near future!

Does anyone have any suggestions, or has anyone had experience using this tool as a piece of their curriculum? Let me know if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or other advice.

Podcast: Story Critique

The next step to becoming an educational technology wizard is to delve into the world of podcasting. Professor Steve Katz asked us to do a podcast (from the point of view of one of our students) to create a podcast. I decided to do a story critique. We read this story in our class today, so this is perfect timing for me! I think this can be a way for me to get an idea of which stories in my class are the most popular and which ones I may be able to discard from the curriculum (or put on the backburner, at least). It will also help the students to critique their own speaking ability, and any type of self-reflection is a great thing!