Artifact #1: Technology Mini Lesson
Scholastic/Mayflower Virtual Field Trip: https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/videos/teaching-content/mayflower-virtual-field-trip/
Mini-Lesson Plan: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Sp3Nr16tbNL4lqlENb2-qNZF-O6o2YUztWrt2gObacA/edit?ts=5c9a5956
Description: “Create a technology learning experience for a group of students by creating one mini-lesson and design an age appropriate learning experience.”
For our lesson plan Lucas and I we were able to collaborate with each other to come up with a topic that was both interactive, fun, and technologically friendly. Lucas is very into History, so we chose to do our Mini-Lesson on The Mayflower. Since we needed to involve technology, Lucas found a virtual field trip on Scholastic for our students to watch. I had never seen a virtual field trip before and I think teachers would have benefitted from this source of technology when I was growing up. Some of our students have seen a virtual field trip, while others had not. We started off our lesson by activating background knowledge. Lucas and I asked our students if they knew what the Mayflower was. At first, students were hesitant and were unsure if their answer would be right. Finally, one of our students said, “I think it has to do with Pilgrims!” We ensured her that she was off to a good start and we said that we were going to put our ideas into a Word Cloud. We asked students if they had ever made a Word Cloud before, in which they had not. We informed them what a Word Cloud was and how it can be beneficial to their learning. Students then began spitting out words that had to do with the Mayflower. We got answers like—pilgrims, corn, boat, captain, the United States, etc. Once background knowledge was activated, students were then able to learn about what the Mayflower really is. Before we started the virtual field trip, we told our students to keep an eye out for people, places, and things on board the Mayflower because we would be completing a Kahoot at the end. After we showed about 10 of the 20-minute video, we had students log into Kahoot and began answering the questions. Our students were extremely excited to do the Kahoot and enjoyed the competition amongst their peers. One of our students was not engaged in the Kahoot and was making it difficult for the other students to concentrate. Lucas and I are both confident speakers and were not nervous when it came to teach our lesson. We work well together, which made it 100% easier when we were placed with students that we had never met before. We were confident in ourselves and each other, and our students picked up on that. If we were to reteach this lesson, we would have concluded the activity by going back to the Word Cloud and having students create a new one based on the information that they had just learned. We would be able to compare what they learned over the period of the Mini-Lesson and take notes on what we had to reteach/focus more on teaching. Although a majority of the students were engaged in the video, it was difficult for one of our students to stay focused through the video. He was distracted and had difficulty paying attention for a long period. This is important for future reference, as differentiation is an essential part of teaching. We can involve more movement into our lesson and section the video into smaller sections. Using technology in the classroom has made learning more interactive and fun at the same time. With technology, the possibilities are endless. It is important to be able to balance the use of technology with basic teaching mechanisms. Educators cannot fully rely on technology to teach, but at the same time educators need to be able to use technology to their advantage in the classroom. Our Mini-Lesson supports the ISTE Standards, which are the standards for the use of technology in teaching and learning.
How does Artifact #1 demonstrate Standard #11?: Students are engaging in a real-world virtual reality and completing a Kahoot to demonstrate their learning while using technology.