Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Chad Schwartz's 20% Project

1) My main goal of my 20% project was to increase my digital footprint.  I think I accomplished that goal and have set a foundation in place to take what I have started even further.  First of all, becoming part of the Twitter community has put me in contact with numerous professionals not only in my field of Physical Education, but also many people that have great ideas on how to incorporate technology into education.  I feel the more I learn, the more I can pass on to colleagues.

 I have also created a unit into a moodle course.  This was a gigantic undertaking as I was starting from nothing.  This year I had about 120 7th graders analyze their fitness tests and create a plan as to how they could improve those scores.  Moodle provided a great way to integrate technology into the PE classroom.

I have also been fortunate to get an Ipad through the Ed Fund grant.  Much of my time has been spent learning how to use the ipad and searching for apps that could be used in the PE classroom to enhance student learning.

Perhaps the part that I wish I had more time to spend on was creating a google site for all the things that I do to help kids learn.  Both from my classroom and outside of the school day.

Overall, I feel that the 20% took up more of my time than the class itself.  I've learned so much in so little time, it's now time to put that knowledge into practice.

2) Design and develop digital-age learning experiences and assessments-Considering that I had no technology in my classes to speak of at the start of the year I feel that I have really made a head-first jump into it.  The fitness plan through moodle gave me the opportunity to provide feedback instantly and get healthy conversations going about what makes a good fitness plan. 

Model digital-age work and learning- By using twitter, moodle, and a host of other sites/apps, I was able to more clearly show information in a more technological way.  The use of Moodle also helped me demonstate to the students that I knew what I was doing and was able to help steer them in the right direction for questions they might have had

Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership- I think the use of the ipad and all of the NEW technology that our PE department has been trying is a testament to how we are trying to move our PE classs into the 21st century.

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