Archive for September 2010
As part of my Pedagogy of Learning and Psychology of Learning courses for pre- and in-service educators, I included a final project for the course was a Celebration of Learning. They were asked to synthesize and reflect on their course learning using their own creativity, passions, and personal interests. The description of this project was:
To demonstrate overall knowledge and integration of the material studied in class and from the texts, students are to do one of the following and demonstrate/report results to their classmates:
- write a report
- do a photo essay
- compile a scrapbook
- build a model
- put on a live demonstration
- do a statistical chart
- keep a journal
- record interviews
- design a mural
- develop a simulation
- set up an experiment
- do a mind-map
- engage in a debate
- produce a videotape
- develop a musical
- choreograph a dance
- create a rap or song
- one of your own own design
You will present your project to the class on the last day. You have up to 15 minutes for your presentation. The grading criteria for this project includes:
- Neatness and Professionalism- clean, professionally presented, easy to view, free of grammatical and spelling errors
- Integration of Course Theory and Content – demonstrates an integration and understanding of class content and your research findings.
- Quality of Content – the content demonstrates mastery and insights into the subject matter.
- Creativity and Insight – Materials demonstrate creativity and insight about self and course material.
When students have multiple choices in ways to demonstrate their knowledge, the evidence of their learning is more accurate. We wanted the students to actually become the experts through the learning process. This assessment isn’t just a fancy term for a presentation at the end of a unit. To actually engage in an authentic celebration is to witness a true display of student understanding. Learning Celebrations are Authentic Assessments of Student Understanding
Technology-Enhanced Celebration of Learning
The concept of celebration of learning, honoring students’ learning preferences, and reinforcing the classroom learning can be enhanced in this age of technology. Technology provides additional ways and opportunities to differentiate instruction based on content, interest, and ability. Choice menus give learners the opportunity to self-select activities that are best suited to their interests and ability. The result is engaged and motivated learners with resultant products that when shared in the classroom have often made me cry due to the personalized and passionate characteristics of these products.
Options that can be offered that are technology-enhanced include:
Create a Series of Word Clouds
- Wordle – http://www.wordle.net
- ABCya Word Cloud – http://www.abcya.com/word_clouds.htm
- Imagechef – http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic/
- Tagxedo – http://www.tagxedo.com/
Write and Illustrate an eBook
- Storyjumper – http://www.storyjumper.com/
- ePubBud – http://www.epubbud.com/new.php
- PBS Mash Up Story – http://pbskids.org/writerscontest/make-a-mashup.php
- Storybird – http://storybird.com/
- Kerpoof Storybook – http://www.kerpoof.com/#/activity/storybook
- Artsicam Picture Book Maker – http://www.artisancam.org.uk/flashapps/picturebookmaker/picturebookmaker.php?PHPSESSID=8214006849223e7a03dbb8b4a20c30a5
Draw or Paint a Picture
Make Comic Strip
Do an Animation
- GoAnimate – http://goanimate.com/
- Sketchfu – http://sketchfu.com/draw
- Stage’d – http://stagedproject.com/comic
- Scratch – http://scratch.mit.edu/
- Doink – http://www.doink.com/ (need to be 13 years old or older)
- Xtranormal – http://www.xtranormal.com/ (need to be 13 years old or older)
Create a Data Visualization
- Create a Graph – http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx
- Many Eyes – http://manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/
Create a “Media” Presentation (must include at two different types of media – photo, images, audio)
Keep a Blog
Make a Game
- Game Mechanic – http://gamestarmechanic.com/
- Sharendipity – http://www.sharendipity.com/
- Game Boards – http://jc-schools.net/tutorials/gameboard.htm
Make a Timeline
Make a Google Earth Trip
- Download Google Earth – http://earth.google.com/
- Google Lit Trip – http://www.googlelittrips.com/GoogleLit/Home.html
- Google Earth Education Community -http://edweb.tusd.k12.az.us/dherring/ge/googleearth.htm
Make an Online Quiz
- Quiz Revolution - http://www.quizrevolution.com/
Compose a Musical Composition
- Aviary Myna – http://aviary.com/tools/audio-editor?utm_source=aviaryeducation&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=edu
- Audacity – http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Make an Audio-Media Message
- VoiceThread – http://voicethread.com/
- Blabberize – http://blabberize.com/
- Woices – http://woices.com/
- Voki – http://www.voki.com/
Create an Infographic
- Teaching With Infographics | Places to Start = http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/23/teaching-with-infographics-places-to-start/?partner=rss&emc=rss
- Seeing the Future! A Guide to Visual Communication http://www.howtoons.com/?page_id=1455
- Infographics Scoop.it – http://www.scoop.it/t/infographics-in-educational-settings
Make a Book Trailer
- How to Make a Book Trailer – http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/How+to+make+a+book+trailer
- Book Trailers – Movies for Literacy Examples – http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/mgeary/booktrailers/default.htm
Create a Stop Motion Animation
- Claymation and Stop Motion in the Classroom http://sites.google.com/site/movies2bmade/
- The ClayAnimator – http://clayanimator.com/english/menu.html
Create a Technology Enhanced Scavenger Hunt
- SCVNGR – http://www.scvngr.com/
- QR Code Scavenger Hunt Example – http://scls.typepad.com/techbits/2010/06/the-qr-code-scavenger-hunt.html; QR Code Generator from the ZXing Project – http://zxing.appspot.com/generator/
Create an Mobile App
Organize and Film Flash Mob Performance
- Examples at http://mashable.com/2010/06/20/flash-mob-videos/
- Example – Gotta Keep Reading – Ocoee Middle School – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6D9jiEYxzs
Build a Project in a 3D Virtual Environment
This past term, two students in my undergraduate course on Interpersonal Relations selected technology-enhanced projects.
TJ loves Minecraft, so his final project included a review of the course concepts using his Minecraft Skills.
Another student, Nicole, created a series of Wordles for each topic covered during the course.
In addition, one student loved the Wordles were created in class so much, she did her own handmade versions for her project.
This was my first full week at the K-8 Charter School as the new technology instructor. Technology has been used minimally by the teachers at the school during the ten plus year history of the charter school. As stated in an earlier blog, Integrating Technology: Technology Tools to Develop a Collaborative, Participatory School Community Learning Space, the principal got excited about the potential of technology integration across the curriculum during and after my interview, wants it, but also knows it needs to be a process driven my the teachers.
I explained to the teachers that I want to support classroom learning expeditions when the learners come to me for their computer class. I also told them that I am willing to show them technology-based tools they can use to enhance their classroom activities. I know many of the Web 2.0 tools and their potential for instructional applications (as a wear as a badge of honor for my addiction to social networking, online webinars and conferences, and hanging out in places like Second Life). Based on conversations with the school principal and my own experiences/intuition, I understand that that technology integration needs to made as an offering to the teachers. They need to decide if and how these tools can be incorporated and integrated into their own classrooms.
So this first week was one of preparation as the students start after Labor Day (first weekend of September for the United States) . . . and to my pleasant surprise, several “incidents” of technology integration occurred.
During this pre-school week, I assisted teachers with technology integration . . .
- The principal asked to me to use Wordle for a warm-up for a staff training session. The teachers were instructed to throw out terms that represent how they felt when learning something new. I created a Wordle from their responses. Several teachers told me later that they plan to use Wordle during the first week of school.
- T., the Community-Based Curriculum Director, discussed with me the use of Movie Maker to showcase the students’ service projects. In the past, the parents and kids took photos and then T. used Movie Maker to showcase them. I showed her Animoto. She practiced using photos from the pre-school family picnic that occurred this past week. The next day she excitedly approached me, stating that she now plans to offer students the choice of using Animoto as a means of reflecting on their service learning, that she can then mash-up the students’ Animoto videos for her end of semester service learning presentation.
- J., a Junior High teacher, worked with me to set up a PBWorks site for the Junior High Africa Expedition. Students will work in small groups to study countries and post their findings on the their PBWorks page.
- I showed Shelfari during my interview. J. and several of her junior high students set up shelves last spring and actively participated over the summer. I worked D., another Junior High teacher, to show her Shelfari as she and J. are planning to use it for their JH reading project.
- M, a middle childhood educator (3rd-4th), and I set up a Weebly page for her classroom and created/inserted a PollDaddy survey to assess her students’ learning style preferences.
- I also showed M. VoiceThread as a Digital Portfolio. She is now considering using Voicethread for the student-lead parent conferences.
- A., a Kindergarten teacher, asked me to help set up a classroom page for parent information.; and L., the special education coordinator, wants a parent site for homework so she could add IEP-based accommodations. I wanted to get other opinions about this so I went to my trusted network on Twitter. The recommendations for this included using Google Calendar for the homework with accommodations and Google Sites for the classroom pages. I asked via Twitter for some example classroom pages using Google Sites and here is a list of what I received:
This was a good first week! Lesson learned: Technology integration needs to be approached as differentiated instruction for the teachers. They are the users in this case and need to generate their own education. They should be presented with a choice menu and then given the support to develop the tools and technologies that address their abilities, interests, and teaching styles.