It occurred to me that it is time to visit the Iowa Core Technology Literacy Standards with the purpose of investigating how to utilize them to increase student learning. What does learning and teaching with and to these standards look like? Watch for lesson ideas related to each of the standards.
Standard 1 — Creativity and Innovation
Students demonstrate creative thinking construct knowledge and develop innovative products and processes using technology.
- Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
- Create original works as a means of personal or group expression
- Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues
- Identify trends and forecast possibilities
The Iowa Core Technology Standards are based on the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Standards. The ISTE Standards for Students; Curriculum Planning Tool articulates skills and ideas to meet each of the standards based on age.
The book states for Standard One, ages 14-18:
“Students independently or in groups, research a complex real world topic using online resources. Summarize the state of knowledge about a challenge related to that topic. Analyze existing knowledge and develop and capture new ideas. Extend knowledge by developing new ideas, products, or processes or contributing comments and reflections to others’ work.”
Where would students find information about complex real world topics? AEA Online Databases, NetTrekker, Newsela and government websites would provide fodder for research.
Lesson Summary for Standard One ages 14-18.
Students will research the complex real world Topic: Legalize Marijuana in the USA. What are the pros and cons? What do we need to know about Marijuana? Should we legalize all of marijuana use or just for medical purposes?
Students will use the Iowa AEA Online Databases: Sirs Issues Researcher, Britannica Encyclopedia, Teen Health and Wellness and Gale plus NetTrekker to research the facts on both sides of the issue. They then review the information on the government websites using a site: gov search. Sites from the “National Institute of Drug Abuse” and the “US National Library of Medicine” could be used.
Students will use a Google Doc to summarize the state of knowledge about legalizing marijuana. Students will use a Lucid chart to create a concept map about the known facts, the questions, and new ideas. Students will use the government websites to analyze the data the using a Google Sheet.
After the investigation is complete students will add the findings and projected solutions to the Wikipedia article on Marijuana. Students will share their findings with their legislatures.