Explorers Powerpoint (5th Grade)

Like: This was the culmination of a long process of learning about information literacy using the All About Explorers website and curriculum.  I love that it taught about false information on the web, and that we need to be critical thinkers who access prior knowledge in order to assess the validity of what we learn on the internet.

Dislike:  It’s Powerpoint.  And I’m not a fan of Powerpoint.  I required them to cite their images, which seemed to be hard for them to grasp, even when you can just click on “Cite this source” on Biography.com or use EasyBib to auto create one.  I need to collaborate better with our media librarian and the teachers in order to teach that better next time.

Ultimately, I like this project because of the focus on research skills.  However, I wasn’t able to plan enough sessions for the kids to really make their presentation pop due to testing schedules.

Balancing Work Life

I’ve been trying to balance my work life lately. Since my position is 50% Technology Facilitator and 50% Faculty Assistant, the balancing act is even more crucial. I could easily spend 200% of my time on technology projects. Not exactly feasible. Some reflection is required about what I am doing, what I’m not doing, what I’d like to be doing, and what I’d do in a perfect world.

Projects on deck:

  • Overall school website/blog creation
  • Computer lab website/blog update
  • Screencasts for Elem Lab FAQ’s
  • Lesson planning with focus on classroom content integration
  • Desktop wallpaper creation with kid-friendly shortcuts & tips
  • Sharing Discovery Education knowledge with grade level teams
  • Creating “Teaching with Primary Sources” project

All of these things fall into the “Important, but not Urgent” category as presented by Steven Covey.  I like to spend as much time as possible in that quadrant, rather than fighting fires in Quadrant I.  However, I am finding that Quadrant II activities are even more of a time drain than some of the others!  All in due time, I guess.