EC&I 834 has been an amazing experience for me. I’ve always loved incorporating technology into my learning, but actually blending my learning using technology was something that I wasn’t doing as well as I had wanted. The module project allowed me, Chalyn, Aimee and Justine the opportunity to really look at creating a unit that would meet the criteria set out by Alec and Katia, but also be something that is actually useful in the classroom. I fully agreed with Kyle‘s assessment about how too often what we do in University doesn’t always translate into real world application. But I have always found that learning with our fearless EC&I tech leaders I take what I learn and directly apply it into my everyday teachings.
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This is exactly how we approached our module. I was fortunate enough to work on the new French OTC documents this summer and realized that there is a place for technology to help teach about Truth and Reconciliation with our students. After deciding on the Grade 3 first inquiry unit, we set to work – and I can’t wait to share with you all of our amazing modules! This is one kick butt assignment that, if I had to go in to Grade 3 tomorrow to teach, I would be starting with this.
Creating an blended learning opportunity with Grade 3s was quite a challenge. Their level of skill on computer and using an LMS will be limited, so that is why we chose to use Google Classroom. Google Classroom allows for an easy transition for students who may already be using Chromebooks and Google Docs.
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One thing that Aimee, Chalyn, Justine and I tried to do was to limit the amount of “new” technology in our lessons. As Chalyn pointed out in her blog, we used Google Docs, Adobe Spark and Google Forms and Draw throughout so that students could master those particular technologies. However, each of us added something new to the mix for our modules to allow for creativity. I allowed the students to experience the limited forum, Bookopolis.com where they could review books to share with a much wider audience than simply their classmates. I hit a few snags with this as I was using some fairly new Canadian books that are not currently on the American site. But Kari at Bookopolis helped me out and had the books added (all except The Giving Tree by Leah Dorion – she’s still working on that one for me… there seems to be a glitch in the system).
This entire experience has shown me that with enough forward planning and know how, I feel more confident with creating a blended learning environment not just for my students, but now I am looking forward to my staff.
Because we used Google Classroom, we have a classroom code to allow access to our module. If you would like access to our Google Classroom, don’t hesitate to contact any of us and we will pass you along the code.
Once in Google Classroom, go under Stream. There you will find 4 modules for our Unit of Inquiry (basically the student’s activities and lessons) and under the About section, you will find our Course Profile (which includes our rationale, adaptations and our outcomes), a link to the OTC Grade 3 document, our Rubrics (which we used the Saskatchewan Curriculum Project Chrome extension for), and our Teacher Notes (how to teach the modules).
I look forward to all the feedback from our fellow EC&I colleagues and I look forward to checking out all the amazing modules that have been created!
Cheers mes amis!
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