For my Computers and Technology in the Classroom course, I have been asked to select a Virginia Standard of Learning to focus on for the semester and describe how I can incorporate the 4Cs through classroom activities. I have decided to focus my energy on 3rd grade geography, specifically Standard 3.4, described below.
The student will develop map skills by
- a) locating Greece, Rome, and West Africa;
- b) describing the physical and human characteristics of Greece, Rome, and West Africa;
- c) explaining how the people of Greece, Rome, and West Africa adapted to and/or changed their environment to meet their needs.
For those of you unfamiliar with the 4Cs, they are critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. I have outlined ideas on how I could link technology-related activities for the 4Cs to my chosen standard below. Having just learned about the incredible teaching tool, Pear Deck, I decided to show how it could be utilized in teaching this standard for each of the 4Cs.
- Critical Thinking: Using Pear Deck, display a “3 Facts and a Fib” about the physical and human characteristics of Ancient Greece and have students answer. For homework, have students craft their own “3 Facts and a Fib” about Greece, Rome, and West Africa. Using Pear Deck at a later time, display a handful of the student-created “3 Facts and a Fib” from the homework for an interactive review activity.
- Collaboration: Using Pear Deck, display a map spanning the geographical regions of Rome, Greece, and West Africa. Ask students to turn and talk with their assigned partner to discuss where they believe Ancient Rome, Ancient Greece, and the Empire of Mali were located on the map. After allowing time for discussion, ask pairs to work together and circle where they believe they were each located. Display a handful of student responses on the board.
- Communication: Using Pear Deck, display true or false questions regarding how the people of Greece, Rome, and West Africa adapted to and/or changed their environment to meet their needs. Students will communicate via their true or false responses. Once it seems the students have a good handle on the material, start displaying short answer and open ended questions. Have students type their answers and display anonymous student answers as you go.
- Creativity: Just after learning about the physical characteristics of Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, and the Empire of Mali, using the blank canvas option on Pear Deck, ask students to draw what the landscape might have looked like for each location. For example, for Ancient Greece, students could draw mountain shapes, islands, hills, and the sea. Display a handful of student drawings on the board for the class to see.
For those who have not heard of Pear Deck, I have included a video about how this educational tool works below.