Callanan Middle School
I need technology to help me differentiate the enacted curriculum in my classroom. Over the course of the year, I want to allow students to gradually have more voice and choice in not only what they learn but also how they demonstrate it.
Reflecting on my implementation plan last year, I want to use my findings and data to more efficiently use OneNote. As I revise lesson cycles, I will make the necessary changes in order to best serve my students.
Reflection & Findings:
February: About a month ago, I received the 35 microphones and recording device that I asked for as part of my Trailblazer grant. With these pieces of technology, my classroom is now truly one to one.
I have recently been recording YouTube videos for my students and then posting the videos into our OneNote classroom. This process has allowed me to be more creative in the daily lesson plans and projects that are part of my enacted curriculum. By having students record their work in OneNote, I can now provide feedback on their writing in a more efficient manner. After our first all OneNote project, where students worked through six possible stages, here are my main takeaways:
• Instruction videos should be less than four minutes in length
• When student pages are distributed, the questions need to be embedded in the pages
• Student progress should be displayed visibly
• Projects should be at most three days in length
During this first project, students that were able to problem solve and have the self-control to read the directions demonstrated growth in targeted areas. (Growth as in the proper use of citations and text evidence in their writing).
Students that struggle with problem-solving skills or that are discrepantly below grade level accomplished very little during the nine-day project. In part, this was because they were overwhelmed by the experience. By implementing the four bullet points above, hopefully it will mitigate confusion.