This is part one of an ongoing series about a project my students complete as part of a “Technology Integration in K-12” course I teach at Indiana University Bloomington.
Part of my work as a doctoral student is teaching courses in Indiana University’s Computer Educator Licensure (CEL) program. This program offers undergraduate, on-campus course for preservice teachers, and online graduate level courses for in-service teachers. The Computer Educator license certifies teachers to teach several computer related courses and be a technology coach.
Over the past two years I taught the undergraduate and graduate level “Technology Integration in K-12” and “Technology Leadership in K-12” courses. Two aspects of the courses that I feel really good about are the field trips we took to visit innovative schools, the field experiences I instituted in both courses (you can never provide enough experiences in classrooms), and the opportunities I created for students to connect with innovative educators from across the country. The Teaching and Learning Book Project (I know, I know…how could I think of such a creative name?) is an example of one project in which students connect with innovative teachers. Read more about the project below:
The purpose of this project is to help students:
- Learn about student-centered instructional approaches in a meaningful way
- Develop student competence in locating and connecting with other teachers
- Build a students’ professional networks
- Contribute meaningful work to the world-wide conversation about education
- Students read the following books:
- Students complete a book review on Amazon.com. This book review should be written in a way that is helpful to other educators looking for information about these book.
- Students choose either the Flipping or ROLE approach that they would like to learn more about.
- Students create a “book trailer” for the book focused on that approach
- Students identify a teacher who is using that approach
- Students conduct an interview using Google Hangout on Air
In the next post, I will share more about the book reviews students create for this project.