Continuing my GAME plan is taking careful planning. I want to make sure that I am adding meaningful technology to my curriculum. Last week, I stated that my goal was to incorporate virtual field trips into my curriculum. The first topic I choose to start with is animals because this is our current study in science.
Resources- I will need my SMARTboard to start my virtual tours to model for my students. Then I would like them to explore the websites on their own in our computer lab.
Additional Information- I am still trying to find a website that will allow us to actually talk to an expert through Skype or web conference. Most of these conferences have a fairly large price tag.
Steps I have taken- So far, I have found three websites that will at least give my students a glimpse into an animal’s life.
Last week, I discussed incorporating the website ePals into my curriculum for promoting cultural understanding and global awareness. I was enlightened this week in reading Technology Integration for Meaningful Classroom Use (Cennamo, Ross, & Ertmer, 2009). I have learned that cultural understanding requires more than just e-mailing students from another country. While this is a good start, I will need to take steps to help my students understand another culture and just like in America, not everyone has the same upbringing, views and beliefs.
Resources-On my path to promoting cultural understanding and global awareness, I will have my students create a voice thread about their own lives. This will give students from our corresponding country, Russia, as chance to see, through text and pictures, and hear about the lives of my students. I will need access to a scanner, computers, and will need to make sure our global partners will be able to access our presentations when finished.
Additional information-I would also like my students to research about the area of Russia our friends are from. Cennamo et al. discuss at length the various aspects of another culture that could be different from our own. I do want my students to learn mainly from their e-mail partner but I also do not want to offend anyone right off. I would also like to talk to the other teacher and see if their class can create a presentation about themselves.
Steps I have taken-In the last week, I have found our global partners. We will be communicating with another fourth grade class from Russia through ePals hopefully starting next week.
Cennamo, K., Ross, J. & Ertmer, P. (2009). Technology integration for meaningful classroom use: A standards-based approach. (Laureate Education, Inc., Custom ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.