Sunday, March 23, 2014

Week 8: Technology Integrated Unit

This assignment was pretty comprehensive. We were asked to create a unit in the subject of our choice, for the grade level of our choice incorporating 10 of the applications, tools, or formats we have learned about thus far.

One thing I have learned (sometimes the hard way, as evidenced by the trouble I had finding podcasts that related to women's suffrage!) is to do a little pre-research to make sure that the subject area I choose will have enough "meat" for the given assignment. This time around I chose to create a poetry unit, which for the most part wasn't too difficult to think of ways to incorporate various online tools and application. 

The cornerstone of my unit was a tool called Blendspace, which was introduced to me by the library media specialist that I volunteer for once a week. She had helped a history teacher put together a flipped classroom model using this tool, so I thought I would give it a whirl myself. The concept of a flipped classroom is still pretty new to me, so it may not be a perfect representation of the idea, but I had some fun playing around with it. From a student perspective, I think it's a great way to aggregate resources and assignments, and also to have them engage in specific work outside the classroom, so that they are better prepared for the next day's class. 

Without further ado, the Blendspace for my Poetry Unit assignment:

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