PBL Research

gardenAs I searched for PBL involving elementary Mathematics, I found that there were many lessons available for older students, and some lessons didn’t include technology.  Overall, I believe there are probably thousands of PBL out there, but that would take many hours to research.


Being that I am not teaching currently, just retiring from the Army after 18 years, I believe that my teaching style would allow me to effectively complete PBL in my classroom. I enjoy getting to know an understand students, de-conflicting possible student differences and including everyone in group work, so no one “gets off easy”.

I will adapt a garden plot PBL that I found on Teach21 for my EdTech 542 Project this first 7 week summer semester at BSU. I believe that it is important to understand how our food is grown, cared for and harvested, and this is an important life skill that everyone should learn about and understand so they can grow their own food or apply this knowledge to their future careers.

Project Based Lesson Forms:



Student Learning Guide


Project #5: Worked Example Screencast

For my Worked Example Screencast, I decided to describe how to access, create, edit and share a Google Doc. This is something that was new to me at the beginning of this course, but now is second nature to me. I also think this is something that I will use later, either for peers or students, which will save them from a little grief.

While designing and narrating my screencast, I tried to be clear and relay information as simply as I could, so I wouldn’t be too fast or provide too much information that would confuse the viewer.

At first, I described what I would be doing in the screencast and its usefulness. Then, I broke up the process into 7 segments, to provide a break in between each step for the learner. I also illustrated what I was saying or pointed the listener to a specific area of the screen, with the help of callouts. I also worked to maintain specific technology verbage, such as link, button, etc.

Link to my Screencast Narration

Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck is a website that users can subscribe to, in order to use it’s software to create presentations, like a version of Google Sheets or Power Point. It is very simple to use, easy to add notes and search for & select images, etc. I also like that it reinforces the use of short, bullet comments, rather than allowing a long, confusing presentation to be created. I’ve sat through too many of those.

For EDTECH 513, I created a brief presentation using Haiku Deck.  I incorporated ideas from a handout that I received from my son’s 1st Grade teacher, which is titled, “3 Key Ideas for Parents about the Common Core”.  I agree with the information presented and also that Parents (I know we get busy) can use these ideas to help our children better understand and apply the Common Core to everyday life.

The presentation I created applies the Modality and Redundancy Principles that I learned about this week.  It is short & concise, notes (as audio) support the main idea (on-screen text) of each slide and its images. This causes the student to use their auditory and visual channels to process information as the speaker reads his notes,  incorporating the on-screen text. Additionally, this type of presentation can accomodate different learning styles.

Furthermore, Clark & Mayer (2011) state, “there is considerable evidence that presenting words in audio rather than on-screen text can result in significant learning gains” (p. 115)  Additionally, the Redundancy Principle was adhered to, as Clark & Mayer (2011) stated, “the printed text (the on-screen text) is redundant with the spoken text (the narration or audio)” (p.133).

Feel free to comment on your thoughts of my Haiku Deck. Thank You!



Clark, R. & Mayer, R. E. (2011) E-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning, 3rd ed. (pp.115 – 149). San Fransisco, CA: Pfieffer.