Assignment 2

Please find in the undercut the components of Assignment 2, compiled in one post for ease and simplicity of submission.

Part A: 3 Slides

-Hali, Deidra, Katrina, Kelly

slide 1

Good morning class! Today we will be learning about adjectives. Has anyone heard the word adjective before or can guess what it might mean? [Give time for students to think and give possible answers; encourage guesses] An adjective is a word that describes a noun, which if you remember from yesterday is a person, place, or thing. They can be colour words, sizes, feelings, numbers, shapes, locations, materials, and more! Shout out some words you think are adjectives. [give time for activity, telling students if they are correct about words being adjectives or not]

slide 2

Now that we’ve figured out what an adjective is, grab a buddy and list as many adjectives as you can think for these pictures. Remember colours, numbers, shapes, materials, and other describing words. I’ll give you five minutes, and I’ll walk around if you have any questions. [allow students to break into pairs, walk around and give tips and hints, answer any questions]

slide 3

Now that you have created a list of adjectives, try to match each adjective with a different noun. If your adjective is the colour word purple, you might think of a flower. If you have the size word little, you might think of a mouse. Work with your buddy and try to be creative. I’ll give you another five minutes. Have fun, and let me know if you have any more questions. [allow students to break into pairs, walk around and answer any questions]

 

Part B: Systems Model Video

-Deidra

Note: Hand out Task worksheet to students so that they can follow along with the video and work at their own pace. Goal is for students to develop a basic understanding of how to log onto the website and create a simple comic so that they will be ready for the next assignment.

Task 1: Log onto Bitstrips and create your character.

  • Task 1a: Go to the website http://bitstripsforschools.com/login/ and enter classroom code assign2. Find your name in the drop down menu and create your password. Make sure you write it down so you don’t forget! Login. [Walk around class to ensure everyone is following has made it to this point.]
  • Task 2a: Once you have logged in, it’s time to create your character. On the left side of the screen, find and click on EDIT YOUR AVATAR. [Walk around class to ensure students have found the link and are ready to move on.]
  • Task 3a: This is where you create your character. Model it after yourself. Follow the onscreen directions to make the avatar look like you. Be creative. Change your hair, face, and finally choose an outfit. [Walk around class making sure students are on task, completing their characters and saving them properly.]
  • Formative Test 1: Students are returned to the BitStrips main screen, and their character shows up in the class line-up, appropriately designed. [Log on to teacher account to see student line-up.]

Task 2: Introduce yourself and make a simple 2-box comic strip with simple sentences and 1 adjective.

  • Task 2a: From the main screen, find and click the activity INTRODUCE YOURSELF. On the next page, click START ACTIVITY. [Walk around the class to make sure that students have gotten to the comic creator page.]
  • Task 2b: Change the title of your comic. Click the ‘Title of Strip’ to change it to “My First Comic”. On the gray top bar, click ART LIBRARY to create your comic. Change the scenery to the scene you want to use. Click and drag the scene into the comic. Under CHARACTERS, switch between pre-made characters to MY CHARACTERS to put yourself and other avatars into your comic. Play with the CONTROLS to make your characters have different expressions. [Walk around the class and make sure students are finding the correct tabs and manipulating the software without difficulty.]
  • Task 2c: Add text with the TEXT BUBBLES. Put in a simply sentence to introduce yourself. [Walk around and help students with their introductory sentences.]
  • Task 2d: In the next square, introduce something new to us using an ADJECTIVE in the sentence. Use the SPELLCHECK button. Have fun and be creative. Once you are finished, click SAVE, then go back to the main screen by clicking the HOME tab. [Walk around and help students with their sentences. Ask them what their noun is and if the adjective is appropriately matched. Help with spelling by pointing out the spellcheck option on the website.]
  • Formative test 2: Students are returned to the main screen, and their introduction comic shows up as a completed task. [Log onto teacher account to see the student comics and evaluate their sentences.]

You are now ready to move on to the next lesson and assignment.

 

Part C: PjBL Lesson

-Katrina

adj assign

adj assign2

 

Part D: Value Statements

-Hali and Kelly

Question 1:
Gagne: Presenting the knowledge or demonstrating the skill
Systems Model: Break the lesson content down into chunks
PjBL: Real world use of technology

Question 2:
Gagne: Our assignment allows for the students to demonstrate their understanding of the concept and use of an adjective along with their prior knowledge of nouns. They use the comic strip maker to create a short story in which they use adjectives and use their pictures to visually show their chosen adjectives. Using the computer for this makes the assignment easier for the students as they can focus on properly using adjectives and also focus on creating pictures that match their adjectives in order to take in the information on a deeper level. Without the use of a computer, the students may pay more attention to being able to or unable to draw what they wish to rather than how to use adjectives and present them.

Systems Model: We have broken our lesson content into steps and have put each step into simple language so the students can easily follow what it is they are doing. By having this on the computer, it allows for the students to visually see the lesson and steps in both pictures and words rather than just listening to the teacher. Just listening, the students may miss instructions. Putting the lesson on the computer allows for the students to visually following along.

PjBL: Our assignment allows for the students to start using technology at an early age as a part of a generation that is growing up with an excess of technology. The online comic strip maker that we found allows for the young students to use already created animated and cartoon characters to make a story. For the students who are not artistically inclined, having the cartoons already drawn and ready lets them not worry about not being able to personally draw them the way they would have to if they were not to use the computer. This can help with the student engagement as they will be encouraged to focus more on the creativity of their story and picture rather than worrying about how to actually draw what they need.

Question 3:

Gagne: Our assignment allows for the students to demonstrate their understanding of the concept and use of an adjective along with their prior knowledge of nouns. They use the comic strip maker to create a short story in which they use adjectives and use their pictures to visually show their chosen adjectives. Using the computer for this makes the assignment easier for the students as they can focus on properly using adjectives and also focus on creating pictures that match their adjectives in order to take in the information on a deeper level. Without the use of a computer, the students may pay more attention to being able to or unable to draw what they wish to rather than how to use adjectives and present them.

3a) Technology’s role in the integration of the Gagne system component affects ones effectiveness as a teacher by providing a level playing field for each and every student – whither or not a child is artistic and able to draw will not affect the end result as everything is computerized. In the end, students are still receiving the same education component but in a way that allows them to enjoy learning.

3b) Technology’s role in the integration of the Gagne System component affects ones performance as a teacher through the use of computers as this is often different for the kids, giving them a sense of change and entertainment which may encourage them to work hard while still having fun. Because kids are still getting the same educational component, parents and students can appreciate and be happy with the performance of the teacher.

3c) Technology’s role in the integration of the Gagne system component affects ones productivity as a teacher particularly during stages five and six as you could create the electronic assignment much quicker than a teacher could design a comic strip sample in front of the class and would allow the teacher to be help the students with problems with an understanding of the software. Furthermore, technology would greatly affect a teacher’s productivity during stage seven in the time of marking in a way that all assignments could be marked electronically from anywhere.

Systems Model: We have broken our lesson content into steps and have put each step into simple language so the students can easily follow what it is they are doing. By having this on the computer, it allows for the students to visually see the lesson and steps in both pictures and words rather than just listening to the teacher. Just listening, the students may miss instructions. Putting the lesson on the computer allows for the students to visually follow along.

3a) Technology’s role in the integration of the Systems Model component affects ones effectiveness as a teacher by giving the students the opportunity to revisit the lesson plan to ensure that they clearly understand the expectations which makes for a more effective classroom. The lesson plan could be left on the smart board, projector, etc in order for student to review during class.

3b) Technology’s role in the integration of the Systems Model component affects ones performance as a teacher by ensuring that the students and teacher stays on track for that days task and that the assignment/ day’s task are being clearly understood by the students through the pictures and words on the screen rather than just through the teachers voice.

3c) Technology’s role in the integration of Systems Model component affects ones productivity as a teacher by ensuring that the lesson plan is well thought out, edited, and revised before the class is set to begin. In addition, it is likely that the document will still be available in future years and can be thus shared with other teachers and students.
PjBL: Our assignment allows for the students to start using technology at an early age as a part of a generation that is growing up with an excess of technology. The online comic strip maker that we found allows for the young students to use already created animated and cartoon characters to make a story. For the students who are not artistically inclined, having the cartoons already drawn and ready lets them not worry about not being able to personally draw them the way they would have to if they were not to use the computer. This can help with the student engagement as they will be encouraged to focus more on the creativity of their story and picture rather than worrying about how to actually draw what they need.

3a) Technology’s role in the integration of the PjBL component affects ones effectiveness as a teacher by making kids work together and share the use of one computer to force the important lesson of fair-play and proper time management at the same time as teaching the lesson on adjectives.

3b) Technology’s role in the integration of the PjBL component affects ones performance as a teacher by allowing them the ability to learn many things at once. Not only are students learning about adjectives (main point of the lesson), but they are also learning critical technology skills such as typing, voice-overs, and understanding different software that will likely assist them greatly in the future. In addition, the teacher is encouraging student’s collaborative work through technology.

3c) Technology’s role in the integration of the PjBL component affects ones productivity as a teacher by allowing for the use of a smart board, projection screen, etc in order to provide students with a sample comic strip and provides a quick and easy way for students to present there comic strips and adjectives to the class for easy viewing.

Question 4:

question 4

Question 5:

There are many valuable reasons for using technology for teaching our lesson. Students who chose to work in pairs learned collaboration skills, as they had to divide time on the computers to get the assignment done (one mouse and one keyboard split between two students). With the lessons being on videos, students were able to re-watch them if they were unclear about an aspect of the assignment or how to use the program. The website was a benefit to students who may be less artistic than others, and allows them to be proud of the comic they made regardless of skills. It allowed them to focus on the adjective lesson while still getting to be creative, without the art taking up so much attention. Using technology means that students are able to work at home, at their own pace, if they need extra time or want to explore further. It also gives a chance for parents to see what their child is learning, and participate in the journey. Students can learn at their own pace and self-tutor; with video lessons, they can go ahead or look back without distracting the rest of the class. Finally, working with technology for this lesson added a layer of entertainment; students get out of the regular classroom, get to play on the computers and immerse themselves in the assignment while still learning and being creative.

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