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The lesson I created is that of teaching students to calculate the slope of a line given two points. This is the second of three lessons on calculating slope. Students are first asked to review the concept of slope as it appears in real life. Next, students are led through demonstrations of how to find the slope once both points are plotted and a line is created. From there, students will be assessed on their understanding by doing the two question quiz (practice) on their IPads. Next year all students will have their own mini IPad.
I really tried to utilize images that added something to the lesson. The first image depicted a real life scenario of slope. The remaining images helped display the instructions. I tried to limit the text throughout and let the images further describe the lesson. The images were aligned next to the text to help enhance understanding. The contiguity principle was taken into account by putting both the images and text on the same page to help the flow of the lesson.
The file type pptm was not allowed for insertion, so I uploaded the file to my school website and the link to that is here. I used Visual Basic to create the quiz. Please click on Enable Macros to allow the user to interact with the quiz.
- 2.3 Computer-Based Technologies: Computer-based technologies are ways to produce or deliver materials using microprocessor-based resources. In this assignment I used presentation software to deliver a lesson to students.
Wow. How the summer has flied! Here are my reflections for this course:
- What have you learned? I am sure most of the people in this program are, like me, passionate about technology. I have used technology in my classes for the last 15 years. However, this course forced me to think about how I am currently using technology in my classes and analyze whether or not I am using it effectively and efficiently. In some sense, it was almost overwhelming — but, in a good way. I really enjoyed learning about mobile apps, software specific to my curriculum, and ways to do what I am currently doing better!
- How theory guided my development of projects and assignments? This was one the best parts of the course for me. I tend to be one to like to start from scratch and reinvent the wheel, so to speak. Why do I do this? I don’t know. There is so much research out there that has already tested and analyzed all of the technology. Why not use it??? It certainly saved much time and effort in finding tools that are proven.
- How has the course demonstrated mastery of the AECT standards? Throughout the course, we were asked to analyze technological tools, design lessons using these tools and then evaluate our process. The course provided a good mix of creation and analysis (lessons and blog posts).
- Have you grown professionally? Absolutely! I can’t wait to try some of these lessons this year. I think it will help engage the students exponentially.
- What will I do differently? I already use technology everyday in my classes. This course provided me with so many more resources than I previously used. In reading other projects, I also was provided many great ideas for lessons. Collaboration at its best.
Thank you for a great course. This course forced me to take the time to find great tools to enhance my teaching. I probably wouldn’t have done it otherwise!
Assessing my Blog:
Content: I do believe my blog posts were insightful and connected to the context of the assignment. 100/100
Resources: I did list resources and references in APA style throughout. 35/35
Timeliness: I did try to post my blog listing early, but worked quite a bit this summer so sometimes did not post until Sunday or Monday. 20/25
Responses to other posts: This was a category I did not do consistently throughout the summer. I believe I posted comments on half of the assignments. 15/30