Poem A Day:
THANKS TO MY BRILLIANT COLLEAGUE AMY BRAZAUSKI, I have this gem for today’s PAD.
Today’s objective is: Students will gather information from various reputable sources in order to deepen understanding of a chosen topic.I had a chromebook cart in my room for this one.
We started today by watching this Ted Talk from Markham Nolan called “How to Separate Fact from Fiction Online.” It was pretty relevant to the work students are doing for their projects.
At the end of his talk, he says this: “But here’s the thing. Algorithms are rules. They’re binary. They’re yes or no, they’re black or white. Truth is never binary. Truth is a value. Truth is emotional, it’s fluid, and above all, it’s human. No matter how quick we get with computers, no matter how much information we have, you’ll never be able to remove the human from the truth-seeking exercise, because in the end, it is a uniquely human trait.”
We discussed this and our evolving understanding of the genre of nonfiction.
Students were supposed to have gathered all of their sources and created citations for each source in MLA format. Today, I gave them a “quiz” on Google Classroom. A blank google doc for them to create their works cited page. They could use the Purdue owl link to help them. It was open-note and open-web. I just want students to learn how to do it on their own. They don’t love it.
After they finish their quiz, they have the class to work on gathering information and note-taking for their projects.
Again, students barely looked up from their screens. They did research. I fielded their issues as they arose- as they tend to.
Students shared out the most interesting piece of information they have found so far with a partner (I recently moved desks into partners for another class I teach, but it was useful in this class too for students to have a buddy to bounce ideas off of and to check MLA formatting with).