UbD and Technology
Notes from the session “Understanding by Design and Technology Integration” by Mark Fijor. Presented at the ICE 2010 conference on Friday, February 26.
Start off with an essential question. Something that is debatable.
For example, “Can technology really enhance and support standards-based curriculum or is it just a passing fad?”
Determine whether or not technology can enhance and support a standards based curriculum.
Collaborate and identify research tools to complete project.
Determine end product to demonstrate learning.
Use blogs or wikis or online discussion boards to demonstrate learning and wrestle with essential questions.
Fijor’s district uses the Big 6 research method. http://www.big6.com/
Establish the question, identify key search terms, use a resource like Google Scholar to conduct research, and then select end project to demonstrate transfer.
Used Turning Point Anywhere to decide as a group which project format we would use. Options were Power Point, iMovie, podcast, Prezi, web page.
After the project is complete, students go back and evaluate the presentation against the question and determine if they have to go back and revise their project to answer the essential question entirely.
*My reflection* It’s obvious that technology can play a big role in the implementation of Understanding by Design. The most difficult part that I’m not sure we addressed in this session is the process of transfer. Creating a PPT, iMovie, podcast, Prezi, or web page are not necessarily the best opportunities to create transfer. Transfer is supposed to happen when you take a skill you are learning and demonstrate the ability to use and apply the skill in an unfamiliar situation. I believe the beginning of the presentation was strong as we discussed essential questions and research, but the most crucial part of the process, transfer, was lacking a bit.