Why do you think this unit is a good possibility for your Course 5 project?
For my Course 5 project, I decided to redesign the fifths grade Unit Places I Like to Visit. My choice was done because of the following reasons. First of all, grade five students who are more independent can lead their own digital learning. We will most likely continue the Distance Learning pathway, so I need partners and co-designers of the process and not waste time explaining the basics in English. Also, I wanted to take the learning outside the classroom. It will be a project that will help new members of our school community learn more about Moscow and things they can do here. First, we will do the project in Russian, and then students can translate it into their own language – we might have the virtual guide about Moscow in English, Danish, Bulgarian, Turkish, Korean, French, Hindi and Polish.
The guide can be done using Book Creator or I-Movie. We will discuss it together and will choose the best tool for this project.
Picture from http://www.mosgid.ru/
ISTE Standards for Students
For this unit, I chose the following ISTE Standards for Students:
ISTE Standards for Students, 3 (Knowledge Constructor) Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts, and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.
3b Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility, and relevance of information, media, data, or other resources.
3c Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
ISTE Standards for Students, 6 (Creative Communicator) Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.
6a Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6b Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6c Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models, or simulations.
6d Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
In this unit, the students will need to be Knowledge Constructors (Standard 3) by applying what they learn about Moscow and how to write the travel guide. The students will be Creative Communicators (Standard 6) by choosing the best tools or digital media appropriate for their goal – attract people to visit/ explore Moscow.
How does this unit reflect your learning during COETAIL?
As I was developing this unit, I wanted to implement two big ideas:
- Use of new knowledge and skills with authentic audiences for “real” purpose;
- Technology should be used for modification or redefinition of the learning process.
What are some of your concerns about redesigning this unit?
My main concern about this unit is an assessment. We have clear guidelines on how to evaluate language skills. If I start implementing ISTE standards, should I assess them as well? If yes, so what are the rubrics? I know that my students have different knowledge and abilities of how to use technology.
What shifts in pedagogy will this new unit require from you? What skills and/or attitudes will this new unit require from your students?
The shift will be that the students will take an active role in developing this unit. We will discuss the final project and establish the steps together. They will be partners co-designers of this unit. Students should be active participants, set learning goals, develop stages of achieving these learning goals, not be afraid to make mistakes and support each other.
What outcomes do you hope to see when students complete this unit? How will you know that students have learned the concepts?
At the end of the unit, I hope that my students will be able to create an interactive tour guide around Moscow; use a variety of language phrases and different tools to attract the audience. The rubrics for evaluation we will develop together; they will be based on their learning goals.