As I have been building my online course these five weeks, I have also been getting ready for a new school to begin. I know that I will probably change things in the course as I usually do with my new group of students. The students in this master class were asked to reflect on these guiding questions:
As I built an "Intro to Makerspace" online course for teachers and administration, I thought about how they can learn about makerspace and also get to do hands-on things. Bates (2015) says that a constructivism teacher should be teaching thinking skills, critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, and originality. That is how I strive to teach each day. And that is how I wanted to form my online class. I will have the participants make things and then upload pictures in the fifth module. They will be building their knowledge by doing and then get to reflect and collaborate with their hands-on learning (Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism & Learning and Instructional Theory, n.d.) This will allow the participants to guide their thinking as they develop their Makerspace for either their classroom or school.
As I worked on this online course, I thought about the end result- the teachers would be so excited to start a Makerspace in their classroom. Wiggins & McTighe (2005) has teachers designing curriculum with beginning with the desired results, then thinking of the evidence and last planning the learning experiences and instructions. I first thought about what was my goal for each module and then evidence of that goal that ended up going into a portfolio in Google Slides. Last was the planning of the learning, in which I found different videos and sites that would teach the participants.
When we learned about the UbD plan in EDLD 5313 (Creating Significant Environments), we also went over Fink's (2003) 3-column table. This has been the guiding force of most of the courses for "Digital Learning and Leading." I used this as a guide for my online class.
All teaching should hit on different learning styles for students- auditory, visual, kinesthetic, and reading/ writing preferences. For this said, UDL (Universal Design for Learning) has action and expression, representation and engagement being the standards for this learning (UDL at a Glance, 2010.) Online learning can provide all of this:
As I teach first graders, I have set up my classroom with direct teaching with different technology options to find out if the students understand what they are learning. I know that all children learn differently and also a different speed. This course has let me think about how I should design online courses to guide some of the teachings of my students. As I watched UDL at a Glance (2010), I thought about what goals and barriers are going to be for students and that I should be flexible along the way.
Bates, A. W. (2015). Teaching in a digital age.
Behaviorism, Cognitivism, Constructivism & Learning and Instructional Theory. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://amara.org/en/videos/EGp9AZspE8hl/info/behaviorism-cognitivism-constructivism-learning-and-instructional-theory/
Fink, L. D. (2003). A self-directed guide to designing courses for significant learning. Creating significant learning experiences: An integrated approach to designing college courses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
UDL at a Glance. (2010). Retrieved from https://amara.org/en/videos/8Aygby4OcIcF/info/udl-at-a-glance/
Wiggins, G., Wiggins, G. P., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by design. Ascd.
As I am pondering what 2 courses I could make for my first graders, I thought that this would not work for me. Then I thought about the video on Universal Design for Learning. I know that I will be getting a very diverse group of students- 2 VI (visually impaired) and one student that is super smart (and very excited to be in my class.) I want to reach all the students and find out about their interests and needs. Since I have never had a VI student, this will be a big learning curve (they do have VI teachers that will help us.) I am thinking about doing part of my Social Studies curriculum on Google Classroom (and through Seesaw- digital portfolio.) I might start with just one assignment a week when I get the class set of chrome books. The other online course that I plan to write is for at least one child in my class that needs to be challenged. I want to challenge him to take math to a whole new level. I teach at an applied learning center and all of the things about UDL is something that applies to my school. I am excited to share all of this with my new principal- action & expression, representation and engagement is so part of who we are!
As I was building my course, I got over-excited about finding videos and articles about makerspace. I then put 7 resources (that is what they call it on Google Classroom) for the first module. I was overwhelmed by just looking at what the teachers were going to be looking at. The "2 Minute Teacher Multimedia Principle" video mentioned that people have "limited capacity." (I see that in first graders, but I also get this way on inservice days.) I decided to condense the number to 3 or 4 and then put the other resources in a bibliography for that module. This way, the participant will have a choice to look at the other resources.
2 Minute Teacher Multimedia Principle. (2015). Retrieved from https://amara.org/en/videos/Hi6zw91qPqTJ/info/2-minute-teacher-multimedia-principle/
UDL At A Glance. (2010). Retrieved from https://amara.org/en/videos/8Aygby4OcIcF/info/udl-at-a-glance/
I have thought of myself as a constructivist this past year as we had studied the different perspectives to "teach." As I looked at figure 7.7 in Bate's (2015) book, I say that the discussion forums were in the constructivist area (which I am using), but I am using more of the connectivist's ideas. In a way, I am having my participants make e-Portfolios in Google Slides. This will be like their assessments and it will allow the learners to be in more control of their learning.
(Side note, but it does pertain to the media idea. I have been at training with the four schools in my district that is Applied Learning. It has been interesting to see how different teachers presented their sessions. One talked to us about 30 minutes about herself (standard 40.) While this was a little too much, it helped us understand her position with the topic, but pretty much all she did was talk and we were not able to do anything but just listen-kind of hard. The sessions that were the best were ones that had video, some writing on slides, and discussion with the presenter and the "audience." In some of my modules, I have lots of resources that my participants are either going to watch or read. I know that they might not get something out of every site, and so I will be asking their feedback (Standard 29) in case I need to switch things out.)
I am not sure if I have picked one standard from OSCQR this week that is the most important. As I said before, (note- my course topic is Intro to Makerspace) I want the participants to be more in control of their learning. I will ask them if they find resources or have knowledge about makerspace, I would like them to share it with the class (Standard 43.) Having an icebreaker at the beginning would be a great way for the participants to know that this is a safe place to share what they are feeling and that there will be rich sharing (Standard 41.) I am also going to introduce myself at the beginning and share why I want to participants to learn about makerspace (Standard 40.) (I think I could go on and on...)
At the end of me putting together my Google Classroom course, I am going to screen videotape how to navigate throughout the course. This will be one more way that the participants could make sure they are understanding how to find all the pieces in the course.
Bates, A. W. (2015). Teaching in a digital age.
OSCQR – The Open SUNY Course Quality Review. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://oscqr.org/ on July 25, 2019.