The educational need for this lesson is to conduct Solar Wars classes on Palm M-100 handhelds during an upcoming Girl Scouts Technology Camp-in with area Scout troops. The goal that will be addressed during this lesson is to help Sloan*Longway educators gain the capacity to teach Solar Wars with the handhelds.
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Suzanne Reinhardt (Faculty)
This lesson seemed like a good real life activity for students in that they would be working with a hand-held device. However, a couple elements could use some more thought. I was a bit confused by the intermigling of the instrucotor's part and the student's part. That could just be explained a little more clearly. Also, I think an important element that was missing was how the students/instructors would be assessed. Perhaps after the students came together as a group then they could be led in group feedback.
Joseph Buffa (Teacher (K-12))
This sounds like an interesting activity that can be used to teach economic principles. It would be beneficial to know a few key pieces of information however:
1) What is the real-world performance that is gained by the actually students participating in the activity? As an educator it would be nice to know what economic principles are being taught.
2) What are the objectives for the students? At the end of the activity, what should the students have a better understanding of?
3) How exactly are the students assessed? It sounds like there is time for debriefing, however is there any sort of graded activity/quiz to tell if students understand the economic principles that were taught?
4) Motivating factors for the educators are discussed, but what about the students? Is the use of the Palm Pilots enough to keep them interested? What exactly do the Solar Wars activities entail?
Overall it appears that this lesson could fit into TPACK very well. Technology is used in an effort to teach basic economic principles in an interesting way. A little more detail on exactly what will be done and why wiill help clarify some questions on the Pedagogical and Content components.
Can this activity only be done using the Palm Pilots or is there other technology that can be used?