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Affordances & Constraints - Jumpstart Pages
The details of this chart are less important than the process of creating it. After
/exploring with the , reading/watching how others use jumpstart pages in the classroom, and trying out jumpstarts with your own students, get together with a few other educators and fill out your own chart. Here's a
we give out as a part of a
. You might want to divide it into sections and consider the affordances and constraints by user (teacher/student/special needs student/administrator), use (reading/word processing/movie making/note taking/etc.), subject, taxonomy (Bloom/SAMR/etc.), etc. Hopefully you'll revise the chart as you use jumpstart pages in a wider variety of ways. This can definitely be combined with ideas of balancing technology, content and pedagogy. (Check out this podcast on
TPaCK and SAMR
Done right, at the right time, can be a form of scaffolding that fits nicely with their ZPD
May provide the impetus for students stuck with Thinkerer's Block or reluctant students (including those stuck with "The teacher should just tell us what they want us to do" syndrome).
Curated resources can help the students engage with better resources (the library curates their books don't they).
Pages could be optional, pointed out only to those students who seem in need.
Could actually be part of students' sharing, creating a jumpstart page for their topic or adding to an existing one (curating)
Not necessary for students who have their own idea and actively seek outside help/expertise as necessary. May constrain their thinking in directions other than where they might head on their own.
By providing resources such as tips and tutorials, students may not fully engage in the seeking/research of resources.
By providing examples of projects and challenge ideas, students conceptions of what they want to do may not be as original, leading them to create what others have already created.
Students may simply follow recipes without ultimately becoming more creative in their processes and products
Can be a crutch when no crutch is needed
If you have made jumpstart pages, should you only selectively make students aware of them or should they be mentioned as one of many resources at the beginning of the year?
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