Distributed Cognition 4

The last lesson I observed was a math lesson. For this project my students had been studying fractions and were tasked with creating their own pizza fraction. They had to add different types of toppings to it in different fractions units. Each child got to decide how many pieces they wanted their pizza to be and what each topping would be that would go on their pizza. They then took a trip down to the new technology wing and got to draw and design their different toppings, like mushrooms, pepperoni, and bacon…ect on an app that would then allow them to laser cut them out. Meaning that each child got to design their pizza and toppings and then see them be cut out by the laser cutter and then they got to color them and glue them into a pizza box. They then glued the toppings in and made a key with their fractions. For example one student had a pizza with 10 pieces and 3 of them had peperoni, 8 had bacon, and 1 had green peppers, her key was then: Peperoni = 3/10, Bacon = 8/10, Green Peppers = 1/10. What made this lesson even more amazing was that Pizzaz donated a bunch of pizza boxes so they were actually in true pizza boxes and not just on cardboard.

For this lesson many different types of technology were used including, pencils, colored pencils, glue, a laser cutter, cardboard, and pizza boxes. I believe that this lesson is an example of an effect of technology. This is because Salomon and Perkins state that “one would look for effects of as a consequence of interacting with a technology-the acquisition of a new skill or the improved mastery of an existing one” (Salomon and Perkins, 77). The skill learned here for my students was that of drawing their different toppings on the software for the laser printer. Most of my students had to re draw them a few times but they eventually got the hang of it and really enjoyed learning how it worked. This was a very cool assignment and I think adding in all of the different types of technology that my teacher did made it much more fun and intriguing that if they had simply drawn the pizzas in the pizza box with markers. I believe that the technology in this lesson again did enhance the students intelligence because they learned a new skill. Had they just drawn the shapes with markers in the box they would never have developed the skill of drawing on the laser cutter program.

Works Cited:

Salomon, G. & Perkins, D. (2005)”Do Technologies Make Us Smarter? Intellectual Amplification With, Of and Through Technology.”In: Robert Sternberg and David Preiss (Eds.).Intelligence and Technology: The Impact of Tools on the Nature and Development of Human Abilities. Mahwah, NJ : Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, Publishers.

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