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The “Good for You” Pizza Store: A Multi-disciplinary Lesson for 6th-grade Students

November 30th, 2006

Integrating Educational Technology in the Classroom

The Good For You Pizza Store document cover

The Task: For this group assignment, we were supposed to develop three inter-related lesson plans, preferably multi-disciplinary, which included the integration of computers in some way.

The Inspiration: I made the proposal to my group based on my work at both the Education Enhancement Program (EEP) at Peoples’ Self-Help Housing as well as my work at the King Open Extended-Day (KOED) program in Cambridge. At the EEP, we had done a store-type project with several of the younger students, and they all really enjoyed the whole process. At KOED, I did several cooking projects with the students—pizza being one of them. In the process, I made broccoli converts out of at least six students.

The Lesson Plan Set “Introduction”: Everyone eats. Everyone likes to make money. This instructional plan appeals to these facts by engaging students in nutritional research, exercises in cost and profit, and advertising. Pizza was selected because it is a favorite food of many middle school students and thus has high appeal. The “store” format allows students to engage in learning in mathematics, language arts, nutrition, visual arts, and economics. The overall result is an engaging, student-centered, problem-based series of lessons incorporating several disciplines and integrating several technological applications.

The Lesson Plans: Download this PDF document to view the three lesson plans.

The Other Team Members: Marilee Warner and Christopher Wood.

Wiki Content Management for Efficient Document Creation: Part 3

October 2nd, 2006

Instructional Design

This is the last in a series of three papers written for my instructional design class. Unlike the previous two, which focused on a needs assessment and on how I would plan to conduct my evaluations, this post is basically an outline of what I would want my (extremely crammed) one-hour of instruction to look like. For this I made some assumptions about the audience (see intro paragraph and the two other posts) to help with the time requirements—but the workshop times can probably safely be simply doubled to be able to have enough time to cover everything…. While this is certainly based on my current workplace, there are several reasons that I don’t think it would work, but I certainly can see the advantages to trying to make it work!

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Wiki Content Management for Efficient Document Creation: Part 2

September 25th, 2006

Instructional Design

This one-hour workshop will take place at the upcoming staff meeting. These meetings typically span two full working days during which staff members share progress on their research projects and also receive project-related feedback from other staff members. The total desired attendance would be all 47 potential participants; however, since a considerable number of the learners are abroad, the in-person attendance is expected to be 30 participants. All learners are equipped with an internet-connected laptop. Prior to the workshop, password-protected user accounts will have been created for all learners and the MediaWiki software will have been installed and tested on the research institute’s webserver. The conference room used for these staff meetings is equipped with a projector and a screen.

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Wiki Content Management for Efficient Document Creation: Part 1

September 18th, 2006

Instructional Design

At a certain research institute, many of the employees collaborate on documents intended for publication. Documents range from short (1,000 to 2,000 words) articles for website or newsletter publication, to longer (20 to 80 pages) reports and working papers. The authorship and editing process is sometimes shared by up to four people. The problem is that these groups of authors working on papers together often have a difficult time managing version revisions of their co-authored papers. Often, the authors are uncertain about which version is the most recent version of the paper.

Most of the learners in this setting are in their mid- to late-twenties. Most of them live and work in different parts of India, but some of them are visiting PhD students or project interns who also spend part of their time abroad at their primary university. In all, there are 47 learners, including the local researchers, the visiting PhD students, and project interns.

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Changing Views on Immigration

July 24th, 2006

Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction

Immigration WebQuest Screencap
I tired to make it nice and colorful to appeal to a 3rd- to 6th-grade age group and included lots more “motion” than I usually include in my web-designs.

This was one of the more interesting activities I’ve done so far in my online classes. Essentially, what we were supposed to do was create a “self-directed” online learning experience and present it in the format commonly known as a “WebQuest.” Overall, a lot more enjoyable than creating a PowerPoint presentation—which we usually have to do to accompany our papers….

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