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The origin of the lesson came from Dr. Bolton's Introduction to Educational Technology Class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00-9:50. The task was to create an original webquest following guidelines and rules that should engage the students in using the Internet and higher-level thinking skills. This lesson I had designed for the students was teaching them about preserving beaches, why they needed preserving, and how they can play an active role in not only doing so, but also promoting awareness. the students were to use the websites provided to find information and then transform it in their own ways. The two tasks that needed to be completed at the end were creating a poster as well as a proposal in a letter format to a town. The optimal poster would include what beach needs help and why, at least two things someone can personally do to help, an image of the beach, and at least two different fonts, colors, and sizes. All of the words should be spelled correctly and the font should be at least size 18. The group will also need to write up a proposal to the town that has the beach. The optimal proposal would include why the beach needs help, the estimated amount of money they will need to fund the activities, how many people will need to help to make it successful and at least three different ideas/events of what they would do to try and help it. The proposal must be written in a letter format with correct grammar usage and signed by the group at the end. The project includes different levels of both multiple intelligences and bloom's taxonomy. The different levels of multiple intelligences used would be linguistic, logical-mathematical, and interpersonal. For linguistics to be used, the students will first need to read the websites and figure out what information is useful and will help them along the way. Then, they use words on both their poster and in their proposal- they need to use their words wisely in order to try and persuade a whole town. For logical-mathematical, the students need to think about the whole situation logically and figure out facts that would really help, not just anything. They will also need to use math skills in estimating how much funding they will need in their proposal. Finally, the students will be working in groups, which is interpersonal, meaning they need to be able to make compromises and work as a team, not an individual. For bloom's taxonomy, knowledge, comprehension, application, synthesis, and evaluation will all be used to stimulate higher-order thinking skills. For knowledge, in both the poster and the proposal the group will need to identify what beach they felt needed help. For comprehension, the group will need to explain why the beach needs help in both the poster and proposal as well. For application, the students will need to calculate an estimated total for how much funding they think they might need in order to conduct the events. Moving up to the higher order thinking, in synthesis the groups will need to design a poster, write a proposal to the town, and also plan three activities within the proposal. Finally, the group will need also need to use a little bit of evaluation within their decisions of why the beaches need help, for they are going to need to justify it and be able to defend it for a solid persuasion to have the town help them out.
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