Lincoln Logs in the Secondary Classroom -- A Catalyst Video
In my Educational Technology class, we were assigned to find partners and create a video highlighting a part of the Catalyst, which is is located in the ground floor of Bluemont Hall. The Catalyst provides technology support, instructional materials, and technology equipment for faculty, staff, and students in the College of Education. I paired up with two other peers that are also studying Family and Consumer Sciences. Since we wanted to do something that we could incorporate in our future classroom, we chose to create our video about Lincoln Logs--specifically how to incorporate them in the Secondary classroom. This was a challenge in itself, Lincoln Logs are very hands on and immediately thought of as a toy.
After brainstorming and thinking creatively, we realized there were many ways that Lincoln Logs could be used in a middle school or high school classroom. We thought that using the Lincoln Logs on the first day of school as a team building activity would be a great way to allow students to get to know each other. Cooperative learning has many benefits, but it must first start with the students having a relationship.
There are many other uses we discovered the use of this educational toy in a Family and Consumer Sciences classroom. In an Interpersonal Skills class, the students can compare building the structure with communication versus without communication. In a Child Development class, the small pieces can be a hands-on learning experience to developing fine motor skills in children. Finally, in an Interior Design classroom, the structures can represent different housing styles.
Using iMovie in my classroom is a great way to allow students to expand creativity. It is also great as a collaborative project and assessment. The only challenges we faced as a group was discovering what videos were good and which ones were the "blooper." It just takes some time and practice working with the program, so it is best to have other projects throughout the course of a unit so that students can get a great understanding with the app.