• Jason Hall posted an update in the Holler Holler logo of Promising Practice (Teachers)Promising Practice (Teachers) 2 years, 9 months ago

    “Moving to Modification & Redefinition with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3” The Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition Model offers a method of seeing how computer technology might impact teaching and learning. My problem of practice is my concern that I hover too often in the “S&A” end of SAMR and do not incorporate enough “M&R” in the way I integrate technology with my teaching. I know this is a problem from my self reflections. One way of addressing this would be to incorporate LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robot kits in my classroom. The kits provide students with the opportunity to make many robot versions, program/code them, and share ideas/creations with an online community. My research question will be: How does working with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robot kits springboard my students and my teaching practices into modifying and redefining the way we learn and teach with technology? We will use iMovie to create a short (about 15 minutes) documentary of our experience and the changes it creates in our learning and teaching. We will know if we are successful if this activity leads to more M&R experiences. We will be able to attribute any success to the the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 because a leading question in our documentary will be, “How did the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 lead to more modification and redefinition of learning using technology in our classroom?” We will share any media created during our experience to the Holler, Twitter, and YouTube.

    • Students greatly enjoyed working with the LEGO® Mindstorms ® EV3 robots this year. Inspired by those robots students were introduced to many new uses of technology such as coding. (An important side note: I was amazed and greatly appreciated how much math is incorporated in coding.) Coding is just one example of how we worked toward involving more of the SAMR model of using technology than just SUBSTITUTION and AUGMENTATION. Thanks to the inspiration of our LEGO® Mindstorms ® EV3 robots, we incorporated enough uses of technology at the MODIFICATION level that I was awarded a microcredential in this category. https://bloomboard.com/microcredential/share/5283 We will be going live with a new mini-documentary about the use of LEGO® Mindstorms ® EV3 robots in our classroom on April 12, 2017, the day of the FIRE summit in Pikeville. Look for it on our classroom YouTube Channel and on the Holler!