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Saturday, October 15, 2011

W3 RILS Research - Practical Experience implementation video

My LINK to my W4 RILS (Relevant Innovative Learning Scenarios Video)

My target audience is elementary age students, and their parents by using technology.  Materials will be extensive, ipads, ipods, smart board, document camera, projector, clickers, cameras, h d video flip cameras, mac book pro, adobe photoshop, iMovie, and wifi. The app is called Stick Pick, and it goes far beyond the old fashioned can of sticks. I learned about this app from a peer on my Full Sail University graduate studies team Cynthia Mandanski). When a teacher makes a stick for a student, she can assign the appropriate level of Bloom's questioning for the student's ability. When the teacher taps or shakes the can, a name randomly is chosen. When the student's name is selected, there are appropriate Bloom's question starters ready to go. Taking it even further, the teacher can record to what level the student answered the question (1-5). The following rubric is used in Stick Pick to apply appropriate objectives:
Bloom's & Bloom’s Revised: After selecting “correct,” “incorrect,” or “opinion,” a 5-point "Critical Thinking Rubric" will appear on the screen. Rate the student’s response from 0-5. The choices are:
0= No Response;
1= Shows No Understanding;
2 = Partial Understanding;
3 = Adequate Understanding;
4 = Clear & Accurate;
5 = Insightful & Confident
This can be useful for ongoing, formative assessments. At the end of each day, the teacher has the ability to search the student rosters to determine how many questions each student answered, and how well each student answered. This information is valuable for data-driven instruction.

The app itself is fun to use. The graphics are bright and clear. The sound effects make it really come to life. It is simple and straightforward. Teachers even have the option to randomly OR intentionally draw a student's stick from the can. I have this app downloaded on my iPhone, and the stick can be drawn with a swipe, tap, or shake. It is exciting for the kids to see. After the question is answered, the teacher can place the stick back in the can to use again, or can be placed in the "used" can. You have to use tthis app on a apple product, (ipad, iphone, ipod). It will not run on a mac book.

I plan on using this application with my elementary age students in small groups of 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students learning to debate. I have created a thematic unit based on new energy resources of power. Solar power, wind power, and bio diverse power are what the students are going to debate. The following video will give you a taste of multiple age groups supporting each other through this process. The students discuss, compliment, and follow through with social networking using the school’s face book site, and classroom wiki pages. Further reflection is shown by students using  via i Movie to compliment and  explain what they have learned using videography. Each student will find stock photography images to help develop their personal vision concerning renewable energy resources.

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