Teachers of the 21st Century Classroom think about technology as a tool. They use and incorporate technology in the classrooms to improve their teaching and instructional skills. Over the past couple of years an innovated tool called “WebQuest” was created to enhance teaching and learning. Web lessons are used to ensure that students will be ready and prepared to succeed in the real world. WebQuest is an online tool to teach and interact at the same time. Teachers use high order thinking, inquiry questions, students explore, look, and use information to learn and work in a project.
WebQuest help teachers to plan projects and units for a short time, (single class) or as long as months or semesters. Another benefit for using a WebQuest is the fact that students work in groups assuming different roles during the project period, teachers are always in chart of the planning and how to get the resources. Teachers and students work collaborative and cooperative always playing their roles in the group. WebQuest is a safe tool to use the internet in the classroom, helps students with different intelligences, helps students to stay focus and be more critical and analytical when answering questions or working on projects. WebQuest is a tool that can be used in the classroom with the appropriate internet access.
Team B will work on a math unit focusing on ordinal numbers for an elementary level class, specifically Grades K-1st. Each team member will play a different role in the project.
Unit’s Theme-Focus and Objectives
This unit will focus on ordinal numbers and focus on one special essential question. How are numbers used to name positions? The unit will also be titled “Ten Rubber Ducks with Ordinal Numbers”. The group has identified four objectives to go with this theme.
- Student will be able to identify instances where ordinal numbers are used.
- Students will be able to understand and use appropriately ordinal numbers.
- Students will utilize technology (internet) to learn about ordinal numbers.
- Students will learn how to use ordinal numbers in real life situations.
This unit is designed for use in a k-1st grade classrooms to last 2-3 days. The target students are approximately 10 years old in an urban community. The lesson is designed for a classroom of 20-22 students with some GT students. Most of the class is on grade level with the exception of a couple LEP students that will participate on the project as well. We want to provide students with a method of learning ordinal numbers that is fun, stimulating and effective. Using the Internet provides an opportunity for us to get students excited about learning ordinal numbers.
There are five individuals in out group and each of us will have certain roles and expectations that will be required of us. We will work together on many of the components of the WebQuest but will have distinct roles to fill. Eva will work on the Warm-up and overall task of the project (introduction) while KC will work with the overall WebQuest presentation and design. Clarissa will work on the practice application of the WebQuest and Staci will compile the assessment component of the unit. Finally Crystal will be taking on the task of completing the unit wrap-up.
Team B will create a WebQuest to teach students to enhance their number sense knowledge. Our team will design a WebQuest to be implemented in the classroom through high order thinking lessons. The intention of this project is to use technology in the classroom and make teaching-learning process a work team; students-teachers will work collaboratively to achieve their goals. The project will include some specific lessons for the LEP and GT students in the class. Team B is excited to start working on the project and see the final result.