Week 3 I feel like has been a very important week for the development of the project. There were two parts to this week. The first part was to develop a project idea. I scanned through various projects and as I mentioned on the last post the idea of creating a scouting activity would be great. I offered to team up with anyone in the class (collaboration) and Zach Fodor liked the idea and we ran with it. A few tweaks and this is what we came up with.
After putting the idea together the next part was to come up with a driving question. Zach and I had the same philosophy of using technology to enhance the experience in nature. The driving question we came up with was “What technological tools will enhance my experience with demonstrating, documenting and explaining various subjects of nature?” I think this question will be appealing and relevant to teacher and learner. This generation of students are so technological and sometimes teachers try to restrict its use that it just causes frustration for them. I have found that students will embrace and enjoy the idea of using technology and teachers won’t feel like they have to fight students to enjoy learning.
Other items addressed were the content standards students will be able to use and the 21st century skills that will be taught and addressed. The standards we used were adopted by the San Mateo Education Standards which I think is appropriate based on the goal. A visual project organizer was also created to help visually see the steps to take.
Overall, the project seems to be coming along well. I am really happy to be working with Zach, he has really helped to put it all together.