Sunday, March 10, 2013

Challenge #11: Align Your Project to Standards
For this challenge, I had to use the lesson plan I created in Challenge #10 and align it to standards. I had already aligned my project to the Alabama State Course of Study for fourth grade English Language Arts. For challenge #11 I aligned it to the ISTE NETS standards for students. The ISTE NETS Standards for students are in red type.  The individual projects and description of the activity can be found under the Challenge #10 post.

 Title of Activity

Responding to Literature

Grade Level and Subject Area

Fourth grade English language arts.

ISTE NETS Standards
NETS STANDARD #1 Correlates with ALCOS Standard 4.11, 4.35, 2.36

Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:
apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

In each of the five projects the students are working in groups using technology, creativity, and critical thinking skills to create original works to express the main idea of a story.
NETS STANDARD #2 Correlates with ALCOS Standrards 4.27, 4.35, 4.36

Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:
interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.
communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.


In each of the five projects that the students are working in groups and collaborating to create a final product that will be shared with the class and others at the school.
NETS STANDARD #3 Correlates with ALCOS Standards 4.27, 4.35, 4.36
Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
plan strategies to guide inquiry.
locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
process data and report results.

In each of the five projects the students have to decide which digital tool will best help them to process their information. They also have to create a plan for their project, select the proper information, and use social media to complete the projects.
NETS STANDARD #4 Correlates with ALCOS Standards 4.27, 4.35, 4.36
Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

In each of the five projects, the students have to plan and manage their group activities to complete the project. They have to collect their data and manipulate it to create their final project.
NETS STANDARD #5 Correlates with ALCOS Standards 4.27, 4.35, 4.36
Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.
The projects do not directly address digital citizenship, but the students will exhibit the characteristics of a good digital citizen as a result of their activities in these projects.
NETS STANDARD #6 Correlates with ALCOS Standards 4.27, 4.35, 4.36

Technology Operations and Concepts
Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:
understand and use technology systems.
select and use applications effectively and productively.
troubleshoot systems and applications.
transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies.
In order for the students to complete all five projects they must have a strong understanding of the technology they are using. They must be able to select the appropriate technologies and determine when they need to use them.
Alabama Course of Study Objectives
4.11 - Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
4.27 - With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.
4.35 - Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
4.36 - Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.

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