As part of my University of Alaska – Southeast coursework, for an Internet Technology in the Classroom assignment, I have begun an Individualized Education Project. The purpose of my project is to create a functional web resource for Chemistry Teachers, which I is free for anyone to use on the Resources for Teachers section of this site.
This will be an ongoing project for the foreseeable future, and I will continue to update and develop the resources available on this site. That being said, my coursework has a definite ending point (you know, my grade), and I have written a reflection on what I have done to build this resource. This reflection covers the time from late October 2012 to mid December 2012, and is available for any interested parties in two ways:
This project is meant for 10th-12th grade Chemistry students, and (as written) covers lab topics normally beyond the means or scope of a high school course. The students research a topic and create a video to teach their peers, and then a quiz developed by the students over all the material is given. It is designed for 1 day of in-class research and planning, 11 days (2 weekends included) of out-of-class work with daily check-ins on progress, and 1 day of presentation, 13 days in total.
Objective: The students will be able to research a chemistry topic at the level of a college freshman, and will demonstrate the ability to outline, draft, and properly cite a research project.
In summary, this project can be used in a Chemistry classroom to teach the skills of researching a subject, drafting and completing a project, and citing sources in an appropriate manner. It should not be used as a replacement for learning the skills required to write a research essay. However, such a project can be used as a precursor to an essay, as a way to ease students into the process of researching and drafting. In the classroom, this could take the form of a 13-day multimedia project during one unit, followed later in the course by a research essay.
A longer reflection of the project and it’s potential application in the classroom may be found on Google Docs or viewed as a .pdf file by clicking the links below.
A story table is similar to a story board, though it is much simpler and the focus is more on the writing and matching visual/media cues to that writing, rather than the other way around.
For my ED Tech 632 course, as part of the White Alice Story project, I created a simple story table, which you can download and view as a .pdf, or as an Excel spreadsheet (download only from Google Docs) via the links below.
Below is the initial story map for a project on the History of the White Alice Communication Towers in Bethel, Alaska. The project consists of a short video, which is this case is a brief history of the towers that dominated Bethel’s meager skyline for over half a century. The video has room to grow into a larger project after the completion of my ED-632 “Internet in Education” course at UAS, for which it is an assignment.
The story map is a graphic organizer depicting the flow of a projected story. It is meant to help plan the story out prior to writing the actual content – i.e., a story map is a map to help guide the first rough draft.
Stories typically follow a rise, climax, and fall – I have chosen to represent this patter through the shape of a White Alice communication tower, which have a conveniently similar form.
Story Map for a video project on the History of the White Alice Communication Towers in Bethel.
This assignment (The ‘Anthrotech’ Assessment of School Technology) was to complete a form-based assessment of the technology services at BRHS. This is mainly of interest to my peers and those looking to compare/contrast tech services between schools.