EDT 674: Learning with Technology - Effective Strategies

Class Agenda Day 2

Sharing of Chapter Summaries will be done throughout the day.

Activity 5: What's on the tube?/Reflection on Video (Chapter 5: Nonlinguistic Representation)

  • Find a video (that you have not used before) that could be used in your classroom. Refer to the "Reflection" page of the wiki to see the requirements and descriptions for this reflection.
  • This reflection is due on the Saturday after the first weekend class. 1 point will be deducted for each day this assignment is late.
  • Example: Teaching about simple machines? Look at this video on a Rube Goldberg Machine Don't know what this is? It's a complex machine made to do a simple task. Do you like history? Check out the classic Billy Joel Song, "We Didn't Start the Fire."


Activity 6: Lego Contraptions (Chapter 7: Cooperative Learning)



Activity 7: Reflection on types of learners in the classroom and teaching styles.


  • Refer to the "Reflection" page of the wiki to see the requirements and descriptions for this reflection.
  • Discussion with other classmates.
  • Optional: See template for t-chart
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Activity 8: Project Based Learning




  • Visit the following website for the Buck Institute for Education and click on the link, "PBL Do It Yourself." Scroll to the bottom of the page to "Let's Get Started" and follow the directions to create a new (free) account. There you will find many great resources and articles that will help you as you begin to make your own PBL project for your classroom.
  • Buck Institute for Education- Project Based Learning Videos and knowledge are shared on this website about the value of projected based learning.


Videos about Project Based Learning


Project Based Learning websites


Apple's Challenge Based Learning resources




  • Challenge Based Learning Classroom Guide: A step by step guide to creating an effective challenge based learning experience in your classroom. It includes some resources you could use for your own PBL.









What Is an Essential/Driving Question?
Students have to think critically to answer an essential question. Instead of simply looking up answers, they conduct research and create an original answer. An essential question:
  1. provokes deep thought.
  2. solicits information-gathering and evaluation of data.
  3. results in an original answer.
  4. helps students conduct problem-related research.
  5. makes students produce original ideas rather than predetermined answers.
  6. may not have an answer.
  7. encourages critical thinking not just memorization of facts.
Examples: Mexican grey wolves are nearly extinct in their natural habitat of the Southwest. Many people advocate reintroducing them into the wild, whereas others show concern for livestock and fear that the wolves will be a detriment to their livelihoods. Should Mexican grey wolves be reintroduced into the wild? Substantiate your answers with facts.


For more information see: http://www.tnellen.com/alt/essential.html

  • Project Based Learning Project - Class Proposal

  • Proposal is due one week before the second weekend's class (Friday at midnight) - upload the document to the Marian Moodle. 2 points will be deducted for each day this assignment is late.







Information for second weekend - You will need to bring along all necessary curriculum, books, websites, etc. that you will need for your project to class the second weekend.