In my CEP810 class I am learning how to use new technologies that support teaching and student learning. I have created a lesson for my students to use a new online resource called Peekapak to go along with a new PBL (Project Based Learning) we are starting across all grade levels at my school. Our driving question is: How can we make this the best school possible? The first lesson for our PBL is designed to help students communicate with each other about their impact on one another in the classroom and the school.
In my lesson I used an online resource called Peekapak. It is a website that uses research based learning curriculum and digital games to help students understand respect, empathy, and becoming participating citizens. I thought this would be a great resource to use because it applies most of Renee Hobbs’ five core competencies of fundamental literacy practice from her book, Digital and Media Literacy: Connecting Culture and Classroom.
The students in my class will engage in Hobbs’ five core competencies in literary practice in the following ways:
- Access. Students will use Peekapak to read a letter from Leo the Hedgehog about the feelings he has at school.
- Analyze. Students will engage in a class discussion about the feelings Leo expressed and what that makes them think about their own feelings. Students will have the opportunity to share their feelings in a safe non-judgmental space.
- Create. Students will write a letter back to Leo sharing the feelings they have in school and how he helped them express their feelings. Students will post this letter to Seesaw, their online learning journal, and record their voice reading their letter to Leo.
- Reflect. Students will have the opportunity to share their letter with the class and reflect on the feelings they have at school and understand that others may feel the same way or they may feel differently.
- Act. Students will be working independently to create their letters, but then will share their knowledge and solve problems of how feelings we have may impact others in the classroom or school.
Education has certainly been changing ever since the introduction of technology into the classroom. Using Peekapak in my classroom will help me continue the shift from twentieth century learning to what Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown call the “new culture of learning.” In the twentieth century schools were using the “teaching‐based approach, which focuses on teaching us about the world, while the new culture of learning focuses on learning through engagement within the world” (Thomas & Brown, 2011, pp. 34-35). The new culture of learning uses digital media to provide access to a rich source of information and play (p.37-38). By having my students engage in digital media like Peekapak, I am hoping to create a learner centered environment where they can communicate with peers more effectively.
Hobbs, R. (2011). Digital and media literacy: Connecting culture and classroom. Thousand, Oaks, CA: Corwin/Sage.
Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Lexington, Ky: CreateSpace?.
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