The eBook that I created as a tool to be used before my students conducted a survey for our Livability Unit is what I’ve chosen for this standard. The pre-survey eBook that I created for EdTech 541 shows my mastery for this specific standard. Rather than simply handing the students a piece of paper, this ebook of instructions is available to them anywhere. They often lose paper. All of the instructions for the Livability Unit we did for geography class were put on a classroom website, with links to this eBook being included. I knew that both teachers and students could potentially be using these instructions, and I wanted it to be something a little more engaging than your average handout. Part of the lesson was also for students to create an eBook as part of the survey they’d be administering. Part of the message they were to receive for this was the ability to create their own ebook later in the unit. By allowing them to physically manipulate (in a virtual sense) an example of what they’d be creating, students were able to see as well as “touch” the instructions.
The other artifact I chose the 5 Themes of Geography Jigsaw activity created in EdTech 502. Students needed to learn the basics of geography and this lesson, which would be completed online, was a great way to do it. They were instructed to work in groups, with each member researching just one of the five themes. One of the most frustrating things for teachers that have the guts to take their students into the school’s computer lab is when class time is wasted by inefficient searching. This ‘technology generation’ of students can be really bad at using the web for educational purposes. By using the jigsaw format and a custom built webpage I was able to avoid much of the time that normally would have been wasted in poor research efforts. Sites with relevant information were found in advance and organized by theme so that students knew very quickly where to go for help finding their specific resources. Besides using the web page as an organizer for the sites, I also put assignment instructions, and even some tips on group work dynamics. By planning for how both students and teachers could interact with the content of this lesson I showed mastery of this standard.