Category Archives: Std4 Professional Knowledge and Skills Reflection on Practice

Reflection on Practice – Candidates analyze and interpret data and artifacts and reflect on the
effectiveness of the design, development and implementation of technology-supported
instruction and learning to enhance their professional growth

ET 513 Week 16 “e-Learning Strategies for F2F Classrooms”

Wow, it’s been a fast 16 weeks! This class was exceptionally useful, and I look forward to applying the Multimedia Principles to my future presentations & updating some of my old presentations! I will have a busy summer!

Below is my final assignment.

This class has been super useful for me in terms of learning the Multimedia Principles and then attempting to implement the Principles all while learning some new technology tools. I always love when I create projects for my grad class that I can use in the classes that I teach. I have used several of the artifacts for this class in my face to face (F2F) classroom.

I teach in a F2F suburban public high school. My classroom has a set of Chromebooks, so in my projects for this class I tried to use tools that my students could use on the Chromebooks. I am looking forward to implementing both some of the Multimedia Principles in my own presentations, and using some tools.

In particular, I plan to update my presentations using the Multimedia Principles. I have slowly started to do this.

Here is an example of my Google Slide Presentation on Newton’s Laws prior to learning about the MultiMedia Principles. As you can see, I broke almost all of the principles; so many words and so many slides! Since taking this class, I have broken the presentation into several shorter presentations (Segmenting Principle). Additionally, I have added images (Multi Media Principle) and reduced the amount of words on each page (Modality Principle), where I do have words I try to reduce the amount of words. I have updated my speaker notes & the speaker notes are used with the images (Redundancy principle). See Below links to presentations. I am considering adding narration for a fully flipped environment. 

Updated Presentations by topic: What is a Force?The Three Laws (these are the first two updated presentations).

The thing that I am most excited about trying is using the narration tools  that I learned about to create Flipped Presentations.  I would like to try creating some narrated presentations either with Prezi or using my SmartBoard recorder. I have been looking for a way to record presentations, and am so glad that I finally figured out that I can record from the SmartBoard. This will be particularly useful in terms of solving Physics problems. For last week’s assignment, I created a faded worked example on how to solve horizontally launched projectile problems. It was very timely, as I  am using it this week in my classes!

Last, but not least, I will introduce some of these tools to my students, and will hopefully have them create some multimedia presentations as well. I usually have them create a couple presentations throughout the year, but I think I may add narration to at least one! I currently use Google Classroom, and post all of my assignments, presentations, worksheets, etc, but I am still trying to figure out the best way to organize the information so as not to overwhelm students. I find the Google Classroom feed can sometimes seem very long for students who are searching for old assignments (I do use the topic tool, but still lots of information for students!). The last student project that I would like to try is the creation of website for students to showcase their learning. I most likely will use Google Sites since we are a Google Classroom school and it will be easy in terms of sign on, etc.

This class was very useful in terms of learning how to improve my presentations & how to use some new tools. I am looking forward to implementing what I have learned. I think I will have a busy summer creating & updating my presentations!

Old Presentation

Updated Presentation (broken into several shorter presentations, here is the first and second in a series on Forces)

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Final Project and reflection for ET542

Here is the link to my website for the PBL, “Life in the Fastlane, The Science of MHS Hornets” that I created for EdTech 542.

This was quite a process! I am excited to try this project in my classes, although I must admit that it makes me a little nervous. How will it go? Will I be able to manage effectively? Will it take too much time so I cannot cover other topics? These are all concerns of mine.

I think that as a teacher hardest part for me will be effective management. I will need to manage the process by utilizing regular formative assessments as well as meetings with teams.

Like anything new, doing PBL will take practice, evaluation, revisions, etc (just like what I am asking my students to do!).

As part of the this last week of reflection, we are to do the following: Discussion Forum – Let’s Debrief!

Another avenue for self-evaluation involves reflection on the learning process itself. For our discussion this week, use the prompts below to think about and reflect on your experience in this course:

  • What do you know understand best about Project Based Learning? What do you understand least?

Now that I have taken ET542, I have a much better understanding of PBL. First, I understand that the project is the learning activity (Before taking ET542, I thought of PBL as “the dessert”. Students learn content, then create something). In PBL, students learn the content through creation of the project. Second, PBL require LOTS of upfront planning! In order for PBL to work, the teacher needs to plan, and plan some more. The teacher needs to be ready for possible roadblocks, and have paths to success ready. Next, assessment and management are paramount to success. There needs to be continual formative assessment throughout the project. I learned this the hard way a few years ago when I gave my students an assignment (create a children’s book on the solar system) and the final rubric, but didn’t have midway assessments!. Project management is a daily process, of meeting with teams, and using formative assessments to determine where each team is. Again, I learned this the hard way with that same project. Each day teams would get together and research and create. I asked them “how’s it going?” but I realize that  I needed to by much more present in the management process and with the formative assessments!

I think the part that I understand the least are what are the best tools for formative assessment throughout the project. I feel that this will vary from project to project and teacher to teacher to teacher. Every teacher has their own toolbox, and some tools work well, others not so much! Additionally, the daily management will require lots of practice to determine what works and what needs improvement!!

  • What did you expect to learn in this course? What did you actually learn? More, less, and why?

When I look back at the week one introduction, the three things that I hoped to learn were: 1. what exactly is Project Based Learning? 2. how do I create a lesson using PBL?  learn how to implement PBL within my current course structure? 3.  get some great new ideas for Project Based Learning Assignments (once I figure out what it is, and how to do it!)

I think I achieved those three goals then some! I have a much better understanding of PBL now and the necessary components. Before ET542, I didn’t realize the importance of the assessment and management components.

  • What will you do with what you have learned?

I hope to 1. try my PBL lesson.  2. plan some additional PBL units for other units and other classes that I teach. 3.  Hope to implement some key pieces of PBL in all of my lessons. In particular I hope to implement more formative assessment throughout all of my lessons, and more student reflection.