Final Project – Unit 5: Assessment

Note: the instructional order of units 5 and 6 were switched to allow Unit 5: Redesigning the Learning Space to be taught before the beginning of the school year for many of the cohort participants.

I had already done some research into how to use technology to better inform my teaching through improved assessment but this unit really took me above and beyond. There are so many awesome new technologies available to make formative assessment easier and more effective. I have had the opportunity to explore Go Formative, Pear Deck, EdPuzzle, JoeZoo, and many more. The biggest piece that runs between all these programs is that teachers can get and give instant feedback from and to students so that we can be much more nimble and effective in our teaching.

Assessment Matrix

Final Project – Unit 6: Redesigning the Learning Space.

Note: the instructional order of units 5 and 6 were switched to allow Unit 5: Redesigning the Learning Space to be taught before the beginning of the school year for many of the cohort participants.

I really enjoyed this section of the course. I learned a lot about how to better utilize my space and make it more inviting to my students. I am really looking forward to seeing how it works once we are all in the space.

Update (8/28/16):

We have now been in the space two weeks. It is working out really, really well. This configuration has made moving around the room even with everyone in their seats the most fluid and easiest I have ever had. We have a large carpet space central to the room which is great for direct instruction and class meetings. We were able to transition from working at our tables to everyone in the meeting circle including adjusting tables and bringing chairs in less than 45 seconds, on the second attempt of the year. That is astounding. Last year it regularly took 2-3 minuts to make that transition. Granted it is a different group of students but that is still a fenomenal change. The students like the tables and enjoy using the “Idea Wall” whiteboard.

Learning Spaces Final Project Writeup

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The “Idea Wall” – Installing A Whiteboard Wall – On The Cheap.

As a part of the EdTechTeam Teacher Leader course we had to look at redesigning our learning space to make it more conducive to meeting our students’ needs. We looked at seating, arrangement and choice of furniture, and how we used our wall space.

I decided to use one of my walls to put up a 5.5ft wide, 8ft tall whiteboard. When I ran the idea by my principal he immediately dubbed it an “Idea Wall”. I installed it for about $45

On a lark I decided to also extend my whiteboard at the front of my room to the ceiling so that I could use it as a giant screen. This added a third sheet of panel board to my project and increased the cost to about $60 total.

Materials

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