This week we were asked to look at how we can use technology to address well-structured and ill-structured problems in our classrooms. Was very impressed with the lists of resources we were given to explore. I chose Prezi as my tool to address a well-structured problem. Prezi a great resource because it is accessible to all people for free at prezi.com.
For this project I decided to make a pillowcase dress for my 17 month old daughter. This was a new and slightly frightening prospect for me. I have no experience with making clothes, let alone using the sewing machine. But my daughter loves to wear dresses, so I thought this may be a fear to overcome. I was pleasantly surprised. I was actually pretty good with the sewing machine once I got over that initial hump. I will say that my seams need some major work. Also I need to learn how to sew in a straight line.
Overall, I truly enjoyed doing this activity. I am a very visual learner, so using videos and blogs to assist me was truly helpful. I think this was an amazing way to learn something new. I believe that I will continue to learn in this fashion. I mean where else can you have someone help you step by step without having to pay them 🙂
In a traditional classroom setting, I think this type of learning in very important. Students need to be problem solvers. What better way to problem solve than to figure out how to do something on your own without one on one assistance. I plan on using this type of activity in my classroom next year. I will be working with 7th and 8th graders and I know that they have many deficiencies (especially when it comes to writing). What better way to guide them than to give them something where they have to become the experts on their own. I believe that the students will benefit greatly because the the learning is done in a way they truly understand and appreciate.
For this week’s assignment we were asked to complete a Cooking with TPACK (Technological Pedagogical and Content Knowledge) activity. To do this we had to have a friend choose a bowl, plate and utensil without knowing what we were going to do with them. Then I chose an activity (there were 5) out of a hat. The activity I chose was to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I had to complete the activity with a kitchen spoon, a dinner plate and a salad bowl. By watching this video, you will see the steps I had to follow to make the best sandwich possible.