Your Name: Julie Heithecker
Lesson Number: 1
Title: A Roman Experience
Content Area/Grade Level: History /6th and 10th
Content Area Objectives Addressed:
Roman culture, history in reference to Julius Caesar
Technology Objectives Addressed:
Using chat in an educational setting.
Using the Internet for research.
Using an interactive site to gain information.
What was the process that your students went through to complete this lesson?
1. Interactive chat to answer 6th graders questions regarding Roman culture.
2. Research on the Internet.
3. Interactive quiz
How did you monitor student progress?
Visually checking on the groups.
Was there a template or an example that students were expected to follow? Yes
How much time did you dedicate to this project?
Total - 5 hours
Daily (approximate) - 40 minutes per class
How was the final product presented?
Students shared information gained from their chat and research via charts, PowerPoint presentations, overheads, and posters.
Who was the audience for the final product?
English class and teacher
What prior knowledge was required on the part of the students in order for them to be successful in this project? (include curriculum and technology knowledge)
Students needed to know how to search the Internet, chat appropriately with 6th graders and group the information for presentation activities.
What was the student to computer ratio? Four to One
How did you schedule your students’ computer time?
Group situation where each group had 10 minutes at each station.
What was the location of the computers and other technology equipment used by students?
Computers were all in my classroom, networked and set for a private chat with the 6th grade classroom across town.
How would you suggest beginning teachers obtain computer resources for their students? (Knowing some of your strategies would be valuable for our pre-service teachers.)
Beg, borrow, or steal!
Get on computer committees.
Rate the level of access for students to use computers/other technologies as they needed -- High
Rate the level of supervision required for students during the project, specifically for computer and other technology use – Low
What hardware was required for your project?
A networked computer with a lot of memory
What software was required for your project?
NetMeeting (part of Micros)
What kind of assessment did you use for this project? (Include a copy if you can.)
What categories did you assess? (I.e.: content, screen design, depth/breadth, etc.)
How does the product that you submitted compare with other students’ products for this same project?
What did you like best about this project?
The opportunity for students to chat. The 6th graders created a wonderful list of questions relating to Roman gladiators. My students had to research to find the answers and convey their information via chat back to the 6th grade students.
What did the students like best about this project?
Chatting with each other - gave a 'personal' feel to the project.
Rank the level of student involvement in this project – High
Rank the level of student interest in this project – High
Would you teach this lesson again?
Yes, I hope to be able to do this type of lesson with each unit/genre. My students became 'teachers' to the 6th graders; consequently they were very intentional and self-directed to get as much information as possible.