Thursday, February 5, 2015

IT 6230 Unit 2 Blog

I currently teach at Lakeshore high school in St. Clair Shores Michigan. I teach physical education and a few sections of health. In this current trimester I am teaching more health then in the last two years. Therefore I'm going to use health as the class and lesson for my example of the Web 2.0 lessons. 
For the substitution in my health class I currently allow students to take notes using your tablet or their phone. This allows the students to have access to their notes as long as they have their phone or tablet. It also allows students to take pictures of slides that may be part of my presentation.

For the augmentation step in the SAMR model, I am going to start using the app my fitness pal as a way to track and record your weekly diet. I used to do an assignment that had the students track the food that they ate throughout a three day. They then looked at how much of each food group they ate and wrote a short essay on what they would like to change in their diet. Using the my fitness pal app, which is free on all smart phones and tablets, the students no can look up the brands of the food they eat and scan bar codes to get more accurate data for their diet. 

As for the modification step my thought is to have students began using Google Drive and Google docs as they write their research papers and do the drug PowerPoint presentation. This will make the group work and assignments easier for the students to share responsibilities within their assignment. This will also allow them to share them with me and for me to help them throughout the assignment.

After the students have done the assignment of tracking guy at using my fitness pal, I will have them write a blog using blogger. The blog will focus on explaining what they have found to be the main concerns within the normal teenage diet as well as the healthy portions of their diet. The students will use the information that they recorded using the my fitness pal app for baseline data for their block. The students will include a list of changes and reasons for making the changes to create a healthier plan of eating. Finally the students will post the blog and share the link to the blog with at least one nutrition expert by using a source like Twitter.


  1. I like the idea of allowing students to bring in their own technology. This helps with schools who have limited technology or schedules to contend with. I tried this last year and had major problems. I had students texting during class, sneaking and playing games in their desk. I tried to resolve this problem by making them turn in their technology to me during whole class times. But then I'd have students who didn't turn it in and I'd have to go do detective work to see who hadn't turned it in. I'm sure at the high school level you wouldn't have this problem as much. I also had the problem of other teachers getting mad at me for allowing it when they didn't or the administration determining who had them and if if they were in my class. I would like to allow it since I only have 4 laptops down from the 12 last year.

  2. I can definitely see how some of those things take place. I know there are teachers in my school that don't like when other teachers allow students to use their phones. And I guess my thought is if the students are using their phone during the time you're supposed to be working then if they're wasting time playing games they're wasting their own time and therefore going to have to do more of the work at home. My classroom rule is if I'm talking or if the class is in a class discussion then I don't want to see the phone. If they use it during this time I take it away. If they're working on an assignment then I do not care if they use their phone.

  3. While reading your blog, several ideas came to my mine that I think will also be a benefit to your students. Like for substitution the students could use the calendar app on their phone to keep track of your assignments. augmentation-read from audio books, modification-Google Drive , and create a health wellness video.

  4. I believe at the moment, MyFitnessPal has the the only capabilities to upload data with the Garmin devices, which would have been amazing for a class project. I'm not sure if any apps can connect with my fitness pal could help you along with your R.

    You do have a great idea of using the app in class. Especially with using Google for presentations, then having them eventually blog and connect with a nutrition expert.