Essential Question: What technology will I use to allow students to demonstrate they have met the standards targeted by my rubric? What are the classroom management considerations that I must address?
After getting some constructive feedback on my rubric for this project, I adjusted the judging categories to include figurative language, which is the standard I am addressing. With that completed, it was time to look at what kind of technology the students could use to complete this project.
The Alaska Common Core standard this project addresses is:
In order to demonstrate understanding, I am having the students create a page for a class book that will be used to teach a younger grade. The technology used for this project will be as follows:
- SMARTboard – to complete the initial assessment, a downloaded and modified Notebook file will be used.
- YouTube – videos will be used to show examples of different elements of figurative language.
- iMovie – will be used to collect the final products and compile a class book.
- screen shots – will be used to collect images drawn on the computer using Kidspiration, Powtoons, or Kidpix.
- Comic Life – students will create their pages for the element they choose on Comic Life.
- iPhoto – iPhoto will be used to do final processing of Comic Life pages to ready them for the iMovie book.
- Scanners – any hand drawn images will be scanned to iPhoto.
- Edmodo – final iPhoto versions of Comic Life will be turned in on Edmodo for final assembly of iMovie book.
I’m actually impressed with the amount of technology the students will be using for this project. The other thing I’m impressed with is how easily the students can now use most of this technology. Because they are familiar with such a large array, this project easily lends itself to differentiation. I will endeavor to have students turn in individual pages. But there are a couple of students that may pair up for successful completion of this project.
As far as management goes, I’ve worked with these students all year. They’ve been trained to be on task and using the technology that they are assigned within the scope of the project. This is a critical element of teaching with technology. I have a couple of students who really enjoy technology and are my “sages.” These students volunteer to help others which allows me to spread help further.