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.