“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” – Bill Gates

CEP 800: Digital Storytelling

on June 13, 2015

For this week’s CEP 800 assignment, I created a digital story that showcases my 5th grade students as they learned about the American Revolution. The “twist” in my video is that differences in students’ understandings will affect what students learn. In this scenario, I had to draw upon students’ prior understandings in order to guide my teaching of the lesson. There was a common misunderstanding that the British were the “bad” guys, and that King George III only taxed the colonists to oppress them, so that misunderstanding is what influenced my lesson.

Piaget’s theory of adaptation (1952) fits well with this lesson, as the students came into the classroom with very strong views that wouldn’t be easily altered. Every new piece of information was at first assimilated into students’ existing schemas, so I had to try to create disequilibrium for students in order to get them to change their views and to make accommodations.

For more information, please see the video below:


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