Our very own Rachel Nolan, a fourth grade teacher at Country View Elementary, showcased how she uses technology to support student learning at WEMTA to educators around the state this past week. She lead a poster session on Osmos as well as a hands-on presentation about using Osmos with students. She also presented with Elizabeth Heiser, a fifth grade teacher at Stoner Prairie, and Karie Huttner, Educational Technology Coordinator at Country View and Stoner Prairie, about doing Genius Hour to provide voice and choice in student created learning projects.
Lesson Learned: When students choose to not engage, as a teacher you need to know when to stop the lesson.
As part of Genius Hour, one of our students created a Bloxels game about Bloxels. I had hoped that we could find a way for the student to reach out to the Bloxels team to add even more to his game. Still working on the Bloxels interview part.... Josh?
Here is another example from Genius Hour of a student who chose to focus on his passion of Pokemon. Check out his design process as well as how he incorporated information and a quiz into his final game to ensure that the player is learning. Pretty clever!
I wanted to share the beginning of a video game from a young lady who I think is quite talented. She is very humble and struggles to recognize her greatness. At the beginning of this round of Genius Hour, each student was asked to pick a topic that they wanted to teach, persuade, or inform others about. This young lady needed a little prompting and scaffolding. I asked her what she was passionate about... which she replied nothing. So I asked her what her favorite animal is.... and that is where the adventure started.
I want her video game to speak for itself. This is just the beginning of our short interview. My goal is to get this uploaded to the Infinity Wall but today it just wasn't happening.