We started off this past Monday looking back on our discussion from last Friday and on our second Critical Commentary. The topic; technology and our personal, professional rules for school. Some great thoughts that came up included:
- always having a backup plan
- using technology that is somewhat introductory, so that the students with out experience won’t experience marginalization and a more level playing field for the students is created
- and mastering the technology yourself before implementing it with your students
Tiarra was today’s quotable for a thought she put into her Critical Commentary. “The so-called information revolution itself is actually and more accurately, a ‘relationship revolution.’ Anyone trying to get a handle on the dazzling technologies of today and the impact they’ll have tomorrow would be well advised to re-orient their worldview around relationships” (personal communication, July, 15, 2014).
And now for some due dates!
First, just a reminder (if you haven’t done so already) please request your materials from Michael ASAP for Wednesday.
Second, hopefully by now everyone has figured out their carpools for Wednesday morning. Remember don’t just GoogleMap “Freedom School” it will take you to the parent organization, not the actual school.
- Critical Commentary #3 is due this Friday 7/18
- All of your APK components are due this Friday night 7/18 (hard deadline of 9:00am Saturday morning). The APK materials should be uploaded to BlackBoard (same location as our Critical Commentaries) with your self assessment attached all as a single document. Don’t forget your +’s and ->’s in the self assessment!
- Mini-Grant Proposals (just your drafts!) are due this Monday 7/21 by email to Michael and Andrea
And now, onto APK work!
The remainder of the class was spent observing, participating, but mostly complicating each other’s APK stations.
The newly dubbed “Team Fossil” AKA Team Earth Science got us observing all sorts of water which we then labelled as good or bad. There was a period for revision and reflection which got a lot of praise. But not after we fully discussed if you actually could drink toilet water or not.
Team Bio had us discuss who a scientist actually is and then had us put some careers and then ourselves on a spectrum of science. Lots of energy and movement at this station held our attention, despite emerging personalities of “the bad kids in class.”
Team Physics had us label a blank map of Rochester with notable locations and the Genesee River; which got the bad kids riled up (in a creative way). Lake Ontario was interpreted as the ocean, and a cloud; while Charlotte Beach got some pretend campers thinking that Rochester was near North Carolina.
Lastly, Team Chem presented data and graphs to our make-shift campers who got to draw the own individual graphs and make our own graph of heights (which got some people changing how old they were…).
Overall, APKs went very well for all groups. Some revisions need to be made but after our experience with such a tough audience I’m sure we’ll all do great. Two important things to remember; first, we’re not teaching we’re only assessing prior knowledge (hence the APK) if a content question is asked of you just respond “I don’t know, what do you think?” and second, if pictures are a means of your data collection don’t forget to build that into your presentation!