Technology Integration Workshop - Step 9: Embed Digital Artifacts in Lessons

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Welcome back everyone to the Tech Integration Workshop here at SchoolTechnology.Org.  My name is Brad Flickinger, and this is Step 9 - Embed Digital Artifacts into Lessons.

Now, since the beginning we have been working on my K-T-E-C System that I use all the time with my teachers in the buildings that I work with; and that is you Know 21st Century Schools; then T is for Train them; E is for Embed them, and then C is for Check on them.

So finally we are at the “Embed” phase where we are going to embed 21st Century skills into the lessons all around us.

Now, to be able to really kind of explain that I want to show you the lessons that come out of my Elementary School.  At first you might be thinking, “Yes, but I teach at a High School or a Middle School.”  Well kind of use it as a platform for where you might be able to go.  So if I can do it at Elementary school, surely you can do deeper, stronger, more at Middle and High School levels.  It is just to give you an idea of what is happening here.

So here is the system or the schedule that I follow, all the way from kindergarten to Fifth Grade - and I will explain each one of them to you.

Essentially these are not fixed.  They can change from year to year, depending on what the technological needs of our students are.  So let’s start at kindergarten.  So in Kindergarten they start by really learning how to use a computer properly, which means really using, knowing how to use their mouse to click, to drag, to select - those types of things.  So we do a LOT of digital drawing with them.

And in this case they are doing an alphabet and they are writing out… they are on the letter C.  So this is really early in the stage of being able to do this book.

So you can see he has got a car, a cookie and a cake.  And here is another shot of a different student here.  And they are REALLY getting good at how to use the mouse.  Their mousing skills are clicking, and changing colors, and all those things - fantastic! These kids, by the time they are done kindergarten, have got the skills.

Which moves us into First Grade, where we start using documents; Microsoft Word - they can type text, select text, change it, move it around - all those types of things.  By the time they are done First Grade they can do INCREDIBLE things with documents.  So much so that look at this guy here - he’s relaxing a little bit there with his document all done!

But we felt, as a school, that being able to manipulate news documents is one of these skills for academics, and as far as the rest of their life too.  So we start off REALLY young for them to be able to be familiar with using a word processor.

From there, in Second Grade they get really good at being able to make presentations or slide shows.  So in this case they are working on an insect slide show.  And being able to stand in front of their peers or classmates, and present that information.

And you will notice this one doesn’t have bullet points on it; this one is really using imagery really well.  We are not teaching kids to stand up in front of their classmates and read all the bullet points that are on the slide show. No, they have got to be able to PRESENT great information - and they get really good at that in Second Grade - because they do it for the rest of their life, basically.

In Third Grade the students work on a book; an actual tangible book that we get printed out.  So they work on… of course this is REALLY tied in to their classroom; all of these things are - you know, the insects, the letters, the alphabet - all those things are tied back to their classroom.  In this case they talk about everything they learn all throughout the year.  They make different chapters in their book and then finally, in the spring, we print that all up.  So that is what they work on here.

So you can see that it has been great that they had the experience with both the slide show and the word processor to come back on for their book project here.

Fourth Grade they do their own podcast; so they do all the research, the writing, the sound effects - all those things; the recording of it and editing, so that everyone comes out of there with a podcast.  And there is a LOT of work goes into this.  You talk about the 21st Century Skill of researching information fluency - they do a LOT of that in Fourth Grade.  So they can get that all done.  And of course they are making documents and doing all those things.

So here they are recording their podcasts out in the Media Center.

And then finally, in Fifth Grade, each student makes their own documentary about a subject.  So, again, it is a lot of research, a lot of writing, a lot of the planning; you know, it is months of the planning work before they ever really get to the stage where they are shooting the video here in the classroom, and those types of things.  And they will narrate their documentary and do all those great types of things.

So that gives you a kind of a glimpse of what is happening in my building.  And it comes down to these three Steps that I use.  So first off (oh, I like that sound effect there - that little effect of it coming across there) we pick a lesson.  And that is what we kind of did in Step 8; you look at all the different lessons there and you pick a lesson.

And then we complete a work sheet.  And then the Action Guide part to this Lesson, this Lesson 9, you will see that worksheet and you will see how I work through it with the teachers.

And then three, it is kind of teach and repeat.  So we just pick the lesson, do the worksheet, teach and repeat.  And we just go through that three-step recipe that is GREAT for embedding 21st Century Skills into your lessons.

So I will see you in the Action Guide part and we will talk about how YOU are going to do it.

Action Guide

Alright, welcome to the Action Guide for Step 9 for “Embedding Digital Artifacts into Lessons.

Now, here I am; I am in the actual worksheet that I use when I brainstorm with teachers.  I will have a link to this in the Resource Section on this page here.  But let’s just zoom in and take a look at what we have got here.

So here I am; I have X’d out the teacher’s name here - but this is for Fifth Grade; Social Studies is the subject matter we are on for last year.  And they have already gone through the Introduction of 21st Century Skills where I sit down with them and I show them things, and they have also watched certain videos on Atomic Learning.  So they understand what 21st Century Skills are.

So the digital artifacts: From those previous Steps that we have done earlier on in this workshop; you know, that YOU picked the digital artifacts.  YOU are the expert on 21st Century Skills, so YOU picked the artifacts. So in this case my Fifth Grade students made documentary films.  And so we have got that.

So this teacher here, she had a lesson that she called “Understanding the Causes of the American Revolution.”  That is what she wanted me to kind of take on in my Computer Class.

So we have an Objective here; and then the Summary. What we are going to do is replace the final test and report that she used to do (kind of a science fair-type thing); we are going to do it with the documentary.  So this is going to be a longer-type project.

Let me just scroll down a little bit here.  So here is my 21st Century Skills Brainstorming.  So we sat down and we just said, “Okay, Creativity and Innovation - what are we doing to do there?”  Well, we have got to write script; they have got to do it in the perspective of the story.  So there will be sets and costumes and things; very creative, very innovate - great!

Communication, collaboration: they are going to work in teams; they are in change roles, they have got Google Docs so they can be at home and they can still collaborate on items.

Digital Citizenship, Research and Information Fluency - you can see all these things.  And we started to type in; we just used this as a “Fill in the blank worksheet.”  You know, she was giving me ideas, I had ideas - and we just kind of put it in there.

And then we decided, “Well who is going to do what here? Roles and Responsibility.”  Well, the Principal is going to present the Award at the Premier, so we have got her to do that.  And the Media Tech; I am going to take care of the research skills, all the computer lab time for script writing, editing and that kind of thing.  We have a District Tech person that is going to come in and make sure that we have all of the up-to-date… that our flip video cameras all sync in and everything.  So we are going to check on that.

And the teacher is going to teach the lessons, like they have always done.  But I am in the background; I have got the support happening in my computer lab for a lot of the work time.  So teaching kind of happens with the teacher, but in the work, the assignment stuff happens with me.

And then our Librarian is going to have books on display for check-out, all about the American Revolution.

So we looked into some needs that we might have for this.  We have got some training for the teacher, training for the students; hardware, we’ve got all that… software - got it.  Prerequisite skills for our students - we’ve got all that.  And, yes, I think everything… we have got the Rubric; we sat down and worked on a rubric together and got all that taken care of.

And we are scheduled and we are ready to do it!  And we have got a basic schedule to how it all works out.  So that is what my worksheet looks like.  And by the time you’re done, you have got a 21st Century embedded lesson. It’s ready to go!  It’s got the skills all embedded in it!

Now, I know you might be thinking, “But my teacher doesn’t know how to do a documentary /doesn’t know how to do podcast / doesn’t know how to use PowerPoint - those type of things.”  Well, I hate to kind of be … keep going back to the same thing; but you know, I use Atomic Learning for all that thing.

So here I am logged into Atomic Learning.  And let’s say you are in First Grade in my Building, which is where we use word processing.  So, okay, I am just going to go here in the Application area and I am just going to find Microsoft Word.  Go down here… it might be under “Word” or it might be under “Microsoft.”  There we go. Word.  Go into there.  And then what versions of Word?  Well, we’ve got 2003 in my Building.  And we are only PC in my Building.  So we go there.  So I think that is all I am going to do.  So I am going to find all the tutorials for Word 2003.

And there we go!  There they are!  And we open that up.  So we’ve got Intermediate, Intro, Advanced and Newsletter, Workshop, Members.  There they all are.  So we go “Introduction.”  Look at ALL these Intro videos!  Now there’s fifty videos in here on the Introduction to Microsoft Word 2003.

It’s all ready to go!  They just need to figure what they want to do and how they are going to do it.  The students log into here, the students follow this.  It saves you time.

And I keep going back to this:  You want to save time - this is the thing you need to have here, is Atomic Learning.  It is one of the BEST things I have found for my work as a Tech Integration Specialist.

So that is how you get all the skills to both your students and your teachers, as well as yourself.  So when you are ready to take that on… and when I said “Documentary,” there is a whole movie-making guide in here on how to make movies; there is all the stuff for podcasting as well as how to use Audacity or Garage Band - whichever one you are going to use for your podcasting.  That is all in here, step-by-step on how to do it.

And let’s take a quick look at what these are; let’s go in the “Using the Task Pane.” It is only forty seconds there.

“Another feature in Word is the Task Pane.  To turn the Task Pane on you can click…”

There you go!  That’s my Word right there, ready to go!

Alright, so that concludes the Action Guide thing.  So meet with your teachers and fill up these worksheets so that you are ready.  Get it all scheduled into their teaching schedules so that you have got this ready to go!