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Paula Slezak

EDCI 522
Summer Y 2015
Implementations and Reflections
This unit will likely be implemented in November. We usually begin the year in grammar
discussing sentence structure and then move in to parts of speech. This also gives my students
enough time to become familiar with the new technology the school is getting this year and
therefore be more independent in using the technology as well as independently trouble shooting
any minor problems. This may be moved however, due to a new reading curriculum. This unit is
already a part of our curriculum so it was just a matter of changing an existing unit to better
incorporate technology and 21st century learning. I would like to share this with my team
members, who are technology enthusiasts, in hope they would also like to teach this way. The
biggest road block to sharing this unit is that we have 30 devices for the entire grade. The timing
would have to be carefully planned to allow everyone access to the Chrome books. I will
implement it by spending the first part of the year acclimating my students to a new kind of
learning and teaching them how to use the technology in addition to the prior grammar units. I
will then teach the unit just as described in the website. I will likely make notes of what worked
and what did not to improve the unit further.
In this course, I began by reading about theories behind 21st century learning. This gave
me a much better understanding. Before, I believed 21st century learning to be simply fitting the
new technology into existing pedagogy. However, I learned that 21st century teaching is in fact
an entirely different way to teach. It is necessary because today's students' brains may work
differently due to being Digital Natives. The world they are growing up in is also different and

requires different skills to succeed. I thought the most relevant difference in pedagogy was this
idea of being able to find the information "just in time" instead of learning everything "just in
case." Next in the course, we were asked to apply this knowledge and explore digital tools. I
thought I would already know about many of these tools but I did not. I also had not considered
game based learning as a major way of teaching, instead of just a fun extra. I really think I
learned more when creating my unit and actually using the technology. Looking through the
technology I would think "Wow, that's cool!" But it is a different experience to actually plan
using that technology. Now I'm interested to see what teaching with it in my classroom will
change.
I received mostly positive feedback on my unit. One improvement mentioned by my team
was focused on my technology page. Originally, I just had the links on the symbaloo which could
be reached by pushing the button. My peers noted that while they could find the links, it would
be nice to have them right on the technology page too. So this feedback led me to add the links to
the technology page in addition to the symbaloo page and lesson plans. Copies of the survey
response are included on the following page.

Q1: What is your first and last name?


Wiard, Zachary

Q2: How user friendly is my website?

NavigationVery User Friendly

DirectionsVery User Friendly


DocumentsVery User Friendly
TechnologyVery User Friendly

Q3: Please enter any suggestions to improve the user friendliness of my website here.
Your website is super easy to use and simple to understand. No suggestions here.

Q4: Are the lessons compatible with 21st century teaching pedagogy?
Yes! Lessons would work great for the 21st century learner!

Q5: Please enter any suggestions for improvement of the lessons here!
Lessons are great, I like the use of technology as well as more "traditional" teaching strategies. I thought it was a
great mix of both.

Q6: Are the assessments appropriate for a 21st century classroom?

Yes! Assessments are authentic and appropriate for a 21st century learner.

Q7: Please type any suggestions for the improvement of the assessments here!
Respondent skipped this question

Q8: The technology used is appropriate and practical.

Yes! Technology is appropriate and practical.

Q9: Lessons and Assessments are linked to standards.

All lessons and assessments are linked to standards.

Q10: What other suggestions do you have to improve this unit/website?


Overall, I liked how you set up your website. If I could offer one thing to change, which isn't a "must change" in my
eyes, I would've liked to have direct links for some more of the technology used in the "technology" tabs. However, it
was easy enough to use the application you had it linked to. Great job!

Q1: What is your first and last name?


Brenda Wittman

Q2: How user friendly is my website?

NavigationVery User Friendly

DirectionsVery User Friendly


DocumentsVery User Friendly
TechnologyVery User Friendly

Q3: Please enter any suggestions to improve the user friendliness of my website here.
Very easy to navigate, clean and easy to read, links all work great.

Q4: Are the lessons compatible with 21st century teaching pedagogy?
Yes! Lessons would work great for the 21st century learner!

Q5: Please enter any suggestions for improvement of the lessons here!
You've done a great job integrating a variety of different technologies.

Q6: Are the assessments appropriate for a 21st century classroom?


Yes! Assessments are authentic and appropriate for a 21st century learner.

Q7: Please type any suggestions for the improvement of the assessments here!
Respondent skipped this question

Q8: The technology used is appropriate and practical.


Yes! Technology is appropriate and practical.

Q9: Lessons and Assessments are linked to standards.


All lessons and assessments are linked to standards.

Q10: What other suggestions do you have to improve this unit/website?


I have no suggestions! Wish I had come across this awesome lesson when I was still teaching 3rd grade! Would've
been great for my students.