Technology and Pedagogy – Guiding an exhibit project

"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."
--Mark Van Doren

Question of the Day

Exhibit Sample Gallery Walk

  • What examples really stood out to you?
    • Dimelza's invitation idea for the party by a particular culture
    • Different options to create Web sites - can select in advance or let students decide
    • Voicethread - great use for foreign language
    • Civil War video - good combination of content and creativity
    • Kim's division of student work in roles
  • What new ideas did you generate as you viewed your classmates' work?
  • What kinds of things would students take away from this kind of experience?

Guiding an Exhibit Project

  • What are your overarching concerns?

Whole Group Planning

  • Before
    • work out usernames/passwords - general email addresses for students (Edline?), some sites allow teacher to create username (Edmodo, Wikispaces)
    • identify key facts, elements that were required in the product
    • create an example/non-example
    • work through the logistics
    • reserve space/equipment you need (probably schedule more time than you think you need)
    • check on site maintenance for a site you're planning to use
    • identifying help sheets, videos, resources
    • partner with other teachers to divide up the work (e.g., script writing in English)
    • alternative assignment
    • does this really add value relative to learning goals or is it an assignment for the assignment's sake
  • During
    • create a running list of FAQ items
    • introduce the example/non-example
    • have lists of usernames/passwords
    • be explicit about how and where to save files (and remind them)
    • share help sheets, videos, etc.
    • keeping students on task
      • computer lab monitoring software
      • set specific time limits (by the end of class, you need to...)
      • reminding students that technology is a privilege (AUP- timeouts)
      • group size, assign individual tasks with individual accountability
      • modeling the task (e.g., modeling how to do effective research using databases or even effective Google searches)
      • can't assume they understand how to use the tools
      • "getting it out of your system"
      • guided scavenger hunt activity for students to complete before getting into the assignment
      • work offline first, once complete then go online
      • monitor and adjust expectations
      • turn a digital assignment into
  • After
    • holistic assessment before going into point-level assessment
    • sharing their work - gallery walk, exploring each others' work, posting as review
    • will you require that students comment on each others' work
    • peer review and revision
    • if you'd like students to comment on others' work - need to model the kinds of comments
    • keep focused on learning goals
    • consider the opportunity cost of additional time required to share/comment, etc.

Planning in Exhibit Groups

  • Before, during, after
  • Share with one other group
  • Whole group debrief

Working Towards...

For Next Time

Students as content creators

Example of an Activity to Help Students Identify Reliable/Trustworthy Sites

Reliable and Trustworthy Sites