The teacher will design heterogeneous groups of three or four children with a variety of academic skill levels and technology abilities.
As a class we will discuss the various roles of team members, and then students will choose their own role. If they have disagreements about the roles, they will “rock-paper-scissors” or vote to make the final decision. We will look at training “experts” in technology, so that each group will have a variety of experts to help accomplish the project goals. Students will work with their team members on this project during regular classtime throughout the week to be prepared to work in the computer lab each Friday. As a team they will brainstorm activities for their lesson, methods to teach the mini-lesson, research information, and bring together their information into a lesson plan as a group. They will collaborate on an on-going basis to edit, revise, and make their lessons better!
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