The other focus of my GAME plan is to improve upon my formative assessments. My AP Physics class will begin using WebAssign this summer. Last year’s class used WebAssign, and it worked out great. Students were able to see their results immediately and I was able to see a summary of which questions students performed well and which ones they did not. For all of my classes, I would like to increase the types of labs and demonstrations used in my class. I could include more problem based learning activities. From week 4’s learning resources, there are a number of activated I could implement. Some of them, I already do on a small scale. However, there are so many possibilities that I have not even scratched the surface. We do not have the number of computers in class yet to consistently use simulations, blogs, wikis, or interactive online practice sessions. Currently, students would be responsible for this at home. When we move to a one-to-one classroom in 15 months (hopefully), we will have many more opportunities to perform these tasks during class time.
From many of the classroom videos and discussions with classmates during this class, it appears many students have access to their own computer/laptop during school time. In many schools, however, that is not the case. I always remember someone telling me a few years ago that it is not the technology that drives the curriculum. The standards are still the driving the force. As teachers, wer are in a major transition time. We still need to prepare our lessons as if we do not have the technology available. However, we need to prepare for future years when the technology is available. We do not want to be be caught off guard when the technology becomes available, but are not ready to use it because we are not prepared.