Part One: Your Learning Thing

For my learning thing, I wanted to create an outline for a STEM course that I will be teaching this semester. I decided to include topics such as intellectual property while practicing information literacy, digital literacy, and digital communication.

The class that I will be teaching will have many students who are absent often due to extra-curricular activities, have students with a variety of technology and science experience, and have a wide range of strengths. Therefore, I wanted to create a program that was flexible enough to give all students the opportunity to shine. This class outline was created for grades 9-12 and for a class that meets once a week for 75 or 90 minutes. It could easily be used in grades 6-8 by adding support and scaffolding.

The main focus of the semester is on coding and Arduino use. However, there will be a variety of hands on projects that will allow students that prefer tactile learning and mechanical engineering to have fun experiences. The course will not have any lessons specifically dedicated to digital citizenship, but the course will allow students to learn and practice various aspects of digital citizenship (project-based learning for digital citizenship 🙂 ).

I will post online resources to my Google Classroom so students that are traveling can still have access to the knowledge being presented in class. More advanced students will work on projects of their choosing and preparing usage guides that they will report and post online for others to see. This will help them practice communicating online while improving their digital literacy.

For the final project, students will work alone or together to expand upon the learning that they did during the semester. This will allow them to practice identifying the information they need, finding that information online, and applying the information they learned (digital and information literacy).

I have attached a worksheet for a lesson I plan to teach entitled “Arduino Webquest/Introduction Activity.” I have also attached an outline of my lesson sequence along with resources that I will use for those lessons. The resources include texts, lab kits, and online tutorials—making this class an in-person/online hybrid.

Below, you will find an infographic that outlines my semester, alone with the previously mentioned attached files.

Arduino Webquest_Introduction Activity

STEM Schedule

P.S. I’ve been researching and trying out so many resources that I had no idea where free online. It’s really crazy. I found multiple free schools for coding, free CAD software, and free CAD tutorials. It’s really awesome how much you can get online for free. That’s an underlying theme that I wanted to have for the semester- allowing the students to see that these resources are out there. 

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