- Engagement: The students are not co-engaging with another student, but they are co-engaging through email. The teacher needs to make certain that he is building in reflective practices during this project. Instructional moves are vital to creating joint social engagement. (5/6)
- Enhancement: The technology allows students access that they could not have as easily without tech (they could write a letter). (3/6)
- Extension: There is a lot of extension built into this lesson. The learning is set in a real world context (emailing a State rep) and they are using the technology to make these direct connections to civic leaders. They are learning soft skills as well as citizenship skills. (5/6)
- Total Score: 13/18 (Technology is directly helping students build a strong connection to learning goals)
In this social studies lesson from Digital Promise, students are using email to connect with local and state wide politicians. The students are learning about civic action and engagement by participating in authentic conversations with civic leaders. While the technology is not the most exciting (email), it is serving a strong purpose in meeting the learning goals (to learn how to connect with government leaders and become involved citizens).
In this lesson on Google Earth, elementary teachers (but it could be used with any grade level, K-12) are asking children to research, locate and share their family ancestry using Google Earth tours. The students first research their family history, find out about their immigration paths, and then using the Google Earth tour recording feature, they can record and narrate their families path the U.S. (using pinpoints and authentic family pictures as well).
Engagement: Students can co-engage by creating and researching with their parents or another student. The Google Earth software allows the students to connect with the actual places their families came from and dive deeper into visuals and placing images in exact locations of where they are from. (Score=5)
Enhancement: Google Earth allows students to see the places overseas, place authentic images and reflect on their families history through the recording feature. This would be much harder to do without Google Earth (Score=5).
Extension: This project is situated in an authentic setting and asks students to use research skills (Score=4).
*This lesson could also take full advantage of Ancestry.com to do research on families!
Total Triple E Score= about 14
Liz Kolb is a clinical assistant professor of education technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She works with over 150 preservice teachers every year on integrating technology into K-12 teaching.
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