So… in case you haven’t guessed…. the first part of this post is my ramblings about what I’ve finished (with Andrew and Ashley’s collaboration!) for the group project. Anyone who has ever tackled a big project (for example, emptying an attic to sort, declutter, clean) and then got halfway done and ran out of steam might relate to how I’m feeling right now. I worked SO hard on the project… thinking, planning, talking, thinking, creating, tweaking… and I came up with, what I believe to be, a great collection of activities/assignments for my module.
And then, I ran out of energy…. or interest… or both.
I emptied the attic…
I consider myself ‘very lucky’ to have Ashley and Andrew as my teaching AND learning colleagues! Talk about the best of both worlds. Over the last couple of months, we’ve had many opportunities to pop into each others’ classrooms to share an idea for “the modules” or “the project”. Our initial planning took place using a Google Doc … but our close proximity and affinity for hallway chats seemed to take over where this tech tool left off.
Agreeing on the “course” we wanted to teach was pretty easy … as Technology 9 / IP 10 teachers, Ashley and I were so grateful that Andrew was willing to lend his genius-ness to planning a Digital Citizenship “short course”. (Yes – both Ashley and I will be using this course in our teachings next year!) With Alec and Katia’s “Digital Citizenship Education in Saskatchewan Schools” document as our guide, we had no trouble selecting an area of “DigCit” that was of special interest to each of us.
Deciding on the platform to use (a totally new term for me… although I have been using
Edmodo for years 🙂 … I didn’t even know what it really was!). We all explored Canvas and agreed that it was very user-friendly and visually appealing for students. Once the “shell” was established, things started to take shape. We independently planned the activities and assessment tools that would be used within our own modules. (There was some conferring on this, as we wanted to make sure that a variety of tools were used and that a variety of assignments were given.) I had trouble choosing what I wanted my students to do (explore, connect, share, etc.) for my module about digital etiquette. I felt like a kid in a candy shop as I flipped through my EC&I 833 and 834 notes, finding one great ed tech tool after another.
I settled on bit of a collection… for my module, the students will do a Flipgrid, blog about classmates’ Flipgrids, answer a survey about their level of digital etiquette, write a discussion forum post about the class’s digital etiquette, respond to other’s forum posts about #digetiquette, complete an EdPuzzle (that I made), read an article about good digital etiquette, and create a MySimpleShow to educate middle years students. I was excited when I was creating these activities… and I’m even more excited to put them into action!
In addition to choosing our tools, planning our assignments and evaluation methods, as ed tech lovers, we all enjoyed MANY tangents into areas of digital citizenship that were not at all related to our specific modules. Each of us had, as a result, gathered fantastic resources for teaching many Ribble’s nine elements of digital citizenship. Filling in bits and pieces of the “extra modules” for our short course was a great way of making use of our excellent findings.
…and, ran out of steam!
Just like the kid who chooses to a) watch TV and b) THEN go clean her room (truthfully, I’d be happy if any of my little people got to ‘b’ … regardless of the order of events!) … somehow, for this project, I did all of the fun stuff first – and I left the less thrilling tasks to the end. Despite the fact that my two much younger, much tekki-er, and much more disciplined colleagues have finished all of their project responsibilities, I have yet to:
- create any of my assessment rubrics
- create the syllabus that will accompany our “short course”
- fill in the extra resources that I found for the other modules
- add bits and pieces about audience, rationale, objectives, etc.
I actually know what I want to do / what I need to write for each of these remaining project elements … it’s just a matter of sitting down and getting it done. I still have six days, right? If I tackled one of these bullets each day, I’d still have two days to just sit back and relax, right? Uhhhhmmmm… I mean…. Tweet, read and post on Google+, finish this blog, read a bunch of blogs and share my thoughts, plan my summary of learning … … Well, too bad for me. I can’t leave all of those attic items just lying in the middle of the living room. I have to get back to work and finish this project!
I hope you are all well on your way to the state of “project completion” ! Happy planning!
p.s. Look at me… I just wrote this entire blog post INSTEAD OF FINISHING MY PROJECT. How did I distract myself AGAIN? 😉