Trivial Pursuits


Title:
Trivial Pursuits
Subject:
Ed Tech Integration
Grade:
Educators
Time Frame:
30 minutes to an hour to discuss, 30 minutes to an hour to communicate
Summary:
Educators will examine a technology or pedagogy and create a what not to do list and communicate it to others using a medium of their own choosing.
+ Be careful with this activity as it is a "negative" activity. It is best probably combined with a similar activity that addresses "positive" uses of the technology or pedagogy.
Tasks:
  1. Educators will examine a technology or pedagogy and possibly try it in the classroom before completing this activity.
  2. Facilitator introduces/reviews SAMR, Prensky,
  3. Educators use SAMR, Prensky, etc. to examine the technology or pedagogy as used in the classroom, looking especially for those uses that fall lower on whichever measurement you use, in a sense creating a what not to do list (or at least a what not to consider as a significant opportunity for deeper learning).
  4. Educators create a what not to do list and communicate it to others using a medium of their own choosing (infographic, blog post, slideshow, etc.) They should select the technology being examined itself if attempting to showcase it's deeper use or to be ironic.
  5. Educators post their work to the blog, wiki, Moodle, EdModo, etc. that their group/school uses for professional development.
Objectives:
  • Educators will have a deeper sense of how a technology or pedagogy can be used in meaningful ways, by understanding what may not be as meaningful (though they might still belong as a step along the way toward more meaningful uses)
Assessment:
Individual teachers, PLCs, or principals could design and use a walkthrough or debriefing form. Activity Evaluation Chart
Resources:
Examples:
  • Links to teacher or student examples.



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