And, that's exactly what the Curriculum Using Technology (CUT) Institute was about--connecting with classroom teachers, reflect on what they're doing in their classrooms, and then helping them find ways to use technology in their classrooms. Sometimes, this can be a challenging, albeit necessary, experience for teachers.
The Curriculum Using Technology (CUT) Institute helped teachers to develop problem-based learning units that integrate technology. Revised many times, the CUT Institute is the result of planning sessions in which the facilitators of the CUT Institute sought to interweave several important strands:
The year is 1914. Benedetto Baldoni has left his wife, Vittoria and 2 small children, Basilio and Massimo, behind to search for what he hopes will be a better way of life. Life in his home country has been hard the past 15 years. He knows that they will be reunited some day.The boat approaches the harbor and the large statue of the lady holding the torch is now visible. This is the symbol he has waited for. It has been a 10 day journey and the conditions on the ship have been deplorable. The food consists of bread and soup once a day."Those with papers go to this side," says the ship's officer as he points in one direction. Those without are told to stand on the other side and are given signs that are labeled WOP's (With Out Papers). Benedetto's heart is racing. He can't wait to touch dry land. He clutches the letter from his cousin, Guiseppe Belamori, to his chest."Cousin," Guiseppe writes in his letter, "many opportunities await you, but also many dangers. We will have much to discuss when you arrive."
"All teachers learning should be guided through the activity with a class of non suspecting students to see their response and questions."
Activity 9. Students will use "The Immigrant Experience" learning activity and teacher provided handouts to research requirements for becoming a US citizen. They will also look at what past requirements have been and how they have changed. Students will create a graphic organizer to show the steps involved in applying to become a citizen.
Step 1. Students will use the Big6 information problem-solving process to investigate the contributions of a self-selected ethnic group.Step 2. Students should work in groups to generate possible research questions. Some possible research questions that students may generate include: What traditions, customs and or celebrations did your ethnic group bring to the United States? What Language/specific words from your ethnic group do we use today? What types of entertainment, recreation, or arts did your ethnic group bring to the United States?, What notable Americans are members of your cultural group? Why are these people important? What types of food did the group bring to the United States? Did your cultural group settle in any specific area of the United States? If so where?Step 3. Ask students to brainstorm where they might find answers to their questions. Students might include web sites, Institute of Texan Cultures, the library, and other resource books
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