For this artifact, I have taken some of the 5th grade writing standards from Ohio and integrated technology into it using the UDL framework to make the experience more interactive and concrete for the students. Prior to creating this digital artifact, the students will experience several aspects of the “Faces of Learning” project. Specifically, the students will do/follow these steps:
- First of all, take a look at the Faces of Learning website. Explore around. Take some time to look at several pages. Ask yourself: What do you think this website is about? What is this project’s purpose? What do you think you’ll be doing with this project?
- Secondly, view this YouTube video clip on the Faces of Learning project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rRVET70k2Q
- Then, go back to the Faces of Learning website and read through the “About” section. As you read, ask yourself those same questions from when you first viewed the site: What do you think this website is about? What is this project’s purpose? What do you think you’ll be doing with this project? How has your understanding of this website changed since you first answered these questions?
- After you have read about the project, browse through the stories of other people on the website. Read 4 or 5 stories from other people.
- Once you have read the stories of other people, it’s time for you to explore your own personal story as a learner. You’ll start by completing the “Your Learner Sketch” activity on the website. Use your school MyWC Google email address to sign up for this activity. You’ll want to save your Learner Sketch when you’re finished because you’ll need it for an activity.
- At the end of the 8 questions in the Learner Sketch activity, you’ll get to a page that will ask you to “Explore” your strengths & challenges within the learning constructs, “Discover” strategies that help you become a stronger learner, “Review” the plan you’ve created, and “Get” your Learner Sketch!
- Once you have gotten your Learner Sketch, take some time to read through it and then pick a partner (or two) in the class to share with them what you’ve learned so far in this lesson. Find out what other people have learned and how that might be similar or different from what you’ve learned so far.
- Now comes the fun part…where you get to create! You are going to share your “story” with the world through this website. First, take a moment to copy and paste this question over to a Google Doc and jot down some notes that come to your mind as you mull it over in your mind: What was your most powerful personal experience in a learning community – regardless of whether that experience took place inside or outside of school?
- Once you have written your story in a Google Doc, head back to the website and share your story with the world! Once you have finished submitting your story to the website, copy and paste the direct link to your post into your Google Doc and then share that Doc with me.
There are many, many standards that the lessons contained in the Common Sense Media unit and the creation of a digital artifact address. However, the following Ohio New Learning Standards and ISTE Standards for Students are the focus standards for this project:
Ohio New Learning Standards (Grade 5)
- W.5.4 – Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
- W.5.3 – Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
ISTE Standards for Students
1. Creativity and innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
b. Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
6. Technology operations and concepts: Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations.
b. Select and use applications effectively and productively
3. Research and information fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media
5. Digital citizenship: Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior.
b. Exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
This is an example of an artifact that I created from this lesson. Using the procedures listed above, I created a profile on “Faces for Learning,” generated a “Learner Profile,” and shared my story. (See this Google Doc for a example of a 5th grade student’s artifact.)
This artifact project was designed from the ground up to be rooted in the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.
The teacher will use the rubric below to grade the artifact in relationship to the standards.
This digital artifact project is an example of an assignment where the teacher is demonstrating an infusion level of technology integration where the students are engaged in constructive learning with technology.