Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
This is a great way to do podcasting. The site is free for basic accounts, but with a project like this, I had to buy the basic membership. It is about $30 a year, but I can see using this for a cross-campus peer review, students recording speeches, booktalks, or many various projects. Well worth the small investment for a class that comes equipped with twenty ipods with microphones.
For this project, my students recorded a rough draft of their personal narrative project and we uploaded it, along with the text version, to the podbean site.
Students in Jen Mitchell's college composition course then listened to the podcasts, and filled out an anonymous peer review feedback form using google docs. Her students' responses showed a high level of engagement and the stewardship I have found in similar projects.
My students then made final versions based on the comments received. These final versions were then uploaded to the podbean site.
I love the last line in the final version of this student's narrative. It displays the level of engagement this type of technology project can create.
It is a little bit of work to record and upload the podcasts, but the results are worth it.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Saturday, December 10, 2011
We did a project with Storybird.com where students did a character analysis from the book Reservation Blues. To show their understanding of character motivations, students created an original scene involving the character. They needed to use literary devices similar to those in the book and reveal something new about the character.
A few students recorded their storybirds. Here are a few examples of students who met all of the requirements:
This was a really fun project, and students at all levels enjoyed it. Plus, the teacher accounts at Storybird make it really easy.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
I got the idea for this from Greg Kulowiec at History 2.0, and I decided to use it to showcase students working in groups with new technology.
We spent one day talking about how education is changing, and what businesses are looking for when hiring today. Then, I asked them to work in groups to answer the question, "What do I want to be able to do when I graduate from high school?"
After they had some good ideas going onto paper, I asked if anyone knew how to use a camera, who wanted to direct, and who knew how to put things together in Windows Movie Maker.
They truly exceeded my expectations, and this great movie is what they came up with:
Friday, November 25, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Here are a couple of interesting posts about student reflections and the important role they play in learning. This is something I want to incorporate, but have not found a way to yet. Maybe I could try some of these.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Mark Sample's Post
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Here is a sample I made. It does not have audio, another step, but the basic idea is there.
If you want to see a cool example, check out "Cat in the Rain."
Friday, July 22, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Monday, June 6, 2011
A significant portion of the class--over 10% of all students participating in the four classes, and I would guess maybe 80% of the students who actually submitted to the national project--were then published on the This I Believe webpage.
The rough drafts and the podcasts were all available on Fossil's Web Page before they created a new layout for their system. The links for This I Believe still work.
Since the main focus of the project was to have students meet the requirements for getting published on this nationally recognized program, I think the anonymous external peer review process with podcasts is another successful way to use technology in education.
You can check out all of the student's web pages here. The peer review papers are under each student's personal web page under "peer review paper." Yet another example of how technology can be leveraged to create unique opportunities for students to learn!
Here is a video of my students talking with a Technology for Educators class at CSU:
Thank you Jason for everything you did, including writing this summary of the project.