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My name is Melissa Boucher I graduated from Buffalo State with a degree in Technology Education. I currently work at Troy Middle school while pursuing my masters degree at UAlbany. I'm 25 years old and live Latham, NY. Over the summer I work at a camp that is technology driven and helps develop skills of excelling students. In my free time I enjoy watching football, playing guitar and reading.
The intention of this course is to instruct how to enhance project based learning with Google applications. However the course will begin with instruction on how to create a Project that can be considered project based learning. Then the course will begin to instruct on how to make a project better using google applications.
This needs assessment will be based off of a survey completed by ten middle school teachers. All teachers involved are currently employed in a urban school district. The school provides a significant amount of technology that is intended to be implemented within each teachers class. The survey was provided to teachers that have a wide range of technology experience and therefore skill.
Results of Assessment:
After completing the survey linked above participants showed a need to learn about the following areas:
- How to design a Project that can be used for Project Based Learning
- What is Google Sketchup and how it can help Project Based Learning
- How Google Docs can facilitate meaningful collaboration within a project.
- How to Assess a project using Google Sites.
Analysis of the Learner and Context
This course is intended for teachers that have employment with a school district that has access to computers either desktops or chromebooks. Also students of this course need to have an interest in attempting a way of teaching that is not lecture prominent and leaves the instructor taking on a facilitation role.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
- Create a Project that is designed to guide the class in its learning process throughout a unit.
- Set up a google doc to facilitate collaboration.
- Instruct on how Sketchup is beneficial for modeling.
- Assess a project by having students use Google Sites.
Prerequisites Necessary to participate in this course:
- Must have a Google account
- Basic skills in Google Docs ( Ex. Sharing a doc)
- Basic skills in Google Sites
Unit 1 - How to Create a Project - Students will be able to identify the systematic steps involved with creating a project for a project based learning assignment. - Students will be able to explain and demonstrate all steps by creating their own project.
Unit 2 - Google Docs and Collaboration
-Students will be able to create a Google Doc format that will be conducive for collaboration. -Students will be able to prepare for Google doc issues and create a doc that will remove a portion of the issues.
Unit 3 - Google Sites and Project Assessment
-Students will be able to create an assessment for their projects that are not testing based.
-Students will be able to use Google sites as a way for to assess student knowledge and skill level, that was clarified in the objectives.