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A Technology-Enhanced Celebration of Learning

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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

Write and Illustrate an eBook

Draw or Paint a Picture

Make Comic Strip

Do an Animation

Create a Data Visualization

Create a  “Media” Presentation (must include at two different types of media – photo, images, audio)

Keep a Blog

Make a Game

Make a Timeline

Make a Google Earth Trip

Make an Online Quiz

  • Quiz Revolution – http://www.quizrevolution.com/

Compose a Musical Composition

Make an Audio-Media Message

Create an Infographic

Make a Book Trailer

Create a Stop Motion Animation

Create a Technology Enhanced Scavenger Hunt

Create an Mobile App

Organize and Film Flash Mob Performance

Build a Project in a 3D Virtual Environment

Student Examples

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.

Written by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D.

September 9, 2010 at 6:36 pm

4 Responses

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  1. fantastic!

    marco rosetti

    September 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm

  2. Gr8 ideas for projects. Thanks so much for sharing!

    John

    John Evans

    September 12, 2010 at 10:47 am

  3. Thanks for this list. i’ve known some of these resources are available but i keep getting side tracked as i try to track them them down.

    David

    November 21, 2011 at 1:50 am


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