Welcome to Carl Lett's History webpage. This was created to assist students and teachers in the study of History. The old saying of " those who don't know History are doomed to repeat it", is very true. We should learn from our mistakes and nowhere is this more true than in the study of history.
This deals with the four aspects of Project Develoment and the importance of each. Some teachers let a great presentation overshadow little or no effort toward content. This is a disservice to the student.
1) Accessing information. We owe it to our students to teach them the proper way to obtain information. This is done by responsibly showing them how to use the Internet and to evaluate the sources from which they are getting their information. The example we had in class, where just because an article was written by a Professor, showed the falacy of where and from whom we get information.
2) Manipulating information. What is it that we want the students to do with the information that we are asking for? We all to often expect them to do something, without giving them detailed tasks to accomplish what we want. They must know when they have accomplished the objective and how well they did. I learned that a rubric was an excellant tool for accomplishing this.
3) Synthesis. Higher level thinking is the goal of this step. Students must not be allowed to give back information in the exact same format that it was given to them. The ability to think and to reason is what will determine their success later in life.
4) Presentation. This step is as important as the others, but shouldn't carry more weight. This is where the student can interject some of their own personality inot the presentation of the project. This is why it is good to work in groups. One student may be better at one of the other steps, but together the whole project is more successful through a group effort.
We learned several new and contemporary means of communication in this class. The use of esheets, eboards, webpages, emails and other forms of communication are outstanding. Students are either on the phone or the Internet most of their free time, we have to find ways to communicate to them that are relative to their lifestyle. Remembering that communication is a two way street, we have to find ways for them to communicate back to us. But most of all, be willing to listen when they do.
TEACHING THINKING USING TECHNOLOGY
It is not our job to teach technology, but to teach the student to learn using technology. The only way that students can succeed in life today is to be technology literate. If they aren't then we have failed as surely as if they think 1 + 1 = 3. We can't just teach Core Curriculum and not teach them how to learn using technology.
The term "leveling the playing field" can't be taken lightly. We must do everything within in our means to insure that no student is allowed to fail simply because we didn't take the time or the initiative to find out what the problem was. The days of passing the student on to another teacher are gone. We must be willing to take the extra step to help determine the needs of those students who need special help or technology to assist them to succeed.