Testing this for Tamora...
Here is my technology unit for preschool level! Thanks for viewing it. http://youtu.be/f2I0vDV0iwQ
FYI - I mentioned your unit (and technology in general) with my son's preschool teacher and it really sparked a good conversation. Thanks.
I agree we did learn a lot; from the teacher, classmates and their ideas, and the presentations.
Transformation.The ability to ask questions and predict are true higher level thinking. What do you think will happen? And making connections. Your examples of wheat had me thinking of fish in S. E. Alaska. First the hatchery or the sea, catching the fish, and eating the fish in many forms like kippered, baked, or boiled.
Now, I'm thinking transformations.
HI there - Thanks for listening to the unit presentation. It is difficult to listen to myself, so glad you are able critique it :)
I see technology for preschoolers as a way to get them interested not only in using new tools in exploration, but also to experience their world from a different point of view which makes the learning that much more meaningful. My thought on photography is to use digital camera, hand-held recording devices, etc. The unit that I designed will give children an introduction on using various tools to support their investigations. I am excited to try these points in real time. Take a look at the article on using digital images, http://tyc.naeyc.org/articles/digital/pdf/digital.pdf. It is basic, but that is what I need to build upon Teaching the basics of composition, cropping, color/shade; choices that can be made within their design control. This is a great way to introduce technology that is age-appropriate and real life use, (and not cartoon game-based).
Sharon, So awesome about the salmon subject. This would be a cool way to weave in all the elements; science, geography, art, literacy, wow - so much possibility! The wheat theme is exactly that concept, and showing children how our world is so connected in all that we do, even when it is not obvious. Thanks for that comparison idea!
What a very neat unit. I have young kids I teach, they always ask me why things happen. I enjoyed the activity where you would read "The LIttle Red Hen" and ask the students how did the ingredients change, compare them to vegetables. This really makes the students have deeper thoughts to daily activities.
I am on another computer system. This works from my office. Thanks again, Lee!
- You speak very clearly
- Due to how the video is encoded it's hard to read the text oftentimes when its zoomed out. It gets easier around the stage 2 part.
- Since the students are preschoolers - how could you put the essential questions in a format that little kiddos can understand?
- Transformation within self - my little preschooler loves looking at his "yearbook" from last year, which is really just a big collection of pictures and samplings of materials that were used throughout the year such as songs and quotes, etc. He points out differences in himself as well.
- What sort of photographer toolchains work well for really small kids?
- Transformation around the southeast: watching the fish in the streams every summer rot. :)
- I really liked the weather chart - I had in mind a big calendar on the wall with hooks on each day that kids could hang tags on, and maybe put up a picture. I know that's pretty non-tech but I like projects that are in the physical space.
I like the correlations to real world life; very important and well presented points. Hands on and well-developed plans. I liked how you explained your choices for books, as well.
As I watched your video, I was impressed by the variety of activities your project utilizes. It is a combination of reading, writing, science, and mathematical reasoning. Transformation is a significant topic in higher mathematics. The way you are introducing this complex topic to young kids sounds both interesting and fun. You have them taking part in a diverse assortment of hands on activities which will undoubtedly yield some interesting conclusions from their young minds. Nice work, Tamora.
Colin - Thank you for those questions and comments. I am not sure what happened to my recording quality of the text... If your preschooler's teacher needs references to get started let me know. I have some cool books on transformation, but really, she/he can draw from our natural settings. It is all around us. I am still in search for an intro level site that shows digital intro for preschools (read my other comment above too). Eportfolios are very cool and a fine way to get started.
I found that I needed to change the playback quality to 360p; otherwise my video showed up blurry. I hope this isn't a problem for anybody!
I like your rubric; I find it easy for students to follow yet specific enough for them to create a high quality product. Have you thought about having the students do their own copying and uploading to save you the extra work? I liked your demo of kid blog. I re-recorded mine a couple times to fit under 10 minutes…but then saw everyone else’s were longer so I was very relieved to see yours right at the 10 minutes, too :)
What a fabulous unit!
You used a very clear voice throughout the presentation.
I loved the idea of writing a story from the perspective of a salmon - great way of demonstrating creativity.
The language you use in the rubrics is very easy to read and age appropriate.
I like that you have students upload their stories and read them aloud for the recording. I think this is a great example of student work that can be shared with parents and others.
Great job Iris!
Okay, This my 3rd attempt. This is part of the Alaska Stepp (Campus Improvement Plan) I volunteered to organized a school-wide Celebration and Presentation honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich.
Still not working :(
I'm delighted to see your presentation on Elizabeth Peratrovich. She is the great grandmother of my step children, Kendal and Scarlet Peratrovich-Brown! She did a lot worth celebrating for sure :)
Here is the link to my unit!
Wow, Tina. You really put a lot of work into this unit. I was very impressed by the thorough lesson plans and handouts--I'm sure your colleagues will want to borrow this unit!
I enjoyed learning about Penzu, and I'm looking forward to trying it out as a medium for science journals with younger children.
I had one question about your stage one document--what do you want students to specifically understand about perseverance and teamwork?
I think everything I know about the Oregon Trail I learned from playing the "Oregon Trail" MECC public domain game on the Apple II way back. It would be interesting to use something like that to highlight how you can't carry all the food (and supplies) with you as you go; you have to be able to supply your needs and alter your plans as you go as conditions change.
Nice topic for a unit, as you said re: integration there's a lot that you can cover here, even Math (population densities over time, chances of success, trying to calculate how much it would cost, etc.).
The question I have is in the performance task section - it seems as the real performance task is the journaling piece and the presentation, and the other items listed are really methods used to gain background on the Oregon Trail and facilitate the presentation creation.
What movie do you plan on watching? Hopefully not "Paint Your Wagon" with Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood :)
This is an excellent unit. I wish I had a unit like this to complete when I went to school. I think it is great you're having the kids imagine they are the ones traveling down the Oregon Trail and describing what they see, is happening... I have never heard of Penzu. I will have to try this with my students. I like having an online journa instead of a paper based onel, especially now our district is cutting back on paper use.
Here is my UBD link:
Hope you enjoy it!
This video is marked private - can you change it to unlisted or public? Thanks!
What an interesting unit. I liked how you are having the students journal weekly how it is to live as a Mayan. It would be interesting to view what students this age write about.
I like how you give students four options for their performance task. The Tri-fold brochure would be a great way for students to explain the culture. I wonder if there is a way to contact a museum and ask if the "best" brochure could be put on display. This would make the students work even harder to produce their best work.
Here is the link to my video, outlining my UbD framework based unit plan. It's based on the novel 'Call of the Wild.'
If you click on my name in the original post, it should take you directly to the video so you don't have to copy and paste the URL from my comment. Thanks - hope you enjoy.
Video appears to be private - can you change to unlisted?
Done - thanks Colin
I like your choice of displaying example portions of your unit itself and the tools used to do it, all within 10m. I went the mostly textual route along with geeking out on Prezi because what I do is pretty boring to look at, a lot worse than golf. Who wants to look at me going through log files? Trying to think of other ways to present it. I think a portion of the content unit narrative resource, which ideally would be story based.
As far as the choices of technolgy presented, i like all the examples, but my question is it possible / feasible / desireable to allow students to choose a presentation format for each performance task as long as they meet the needs of demonstrating understanding, etc?
Great question. I think that it is feasible to allow them to choose their 'canvas' but they have to be familiar with the options out there. I introduced a lot of concepts that many may or may not have used before but later in the year having options is a great way to go.
I messed along with quite a few formats before deciding to really focus on the technology I used because, frankly, the writing is boring if you haven't seen the cool stuff first!! I'm going to watch yours now..
Very well organized, Lindsey. I was especially impressed by the visual components of your project. I can imagine your kids will have a lot of fun throughout the lesson while learning far more than than if they just read the book and wrote a paper. The performance tasks you have created are things that could easily be shown at a parent-teacher conference or a back to school night. Thanks for sharing your ideas.
I really enjoyed the visual journey of your UbD unit. Along with the reading, it is so much richer to make that visual connection for the children. I love the Animoto idea of designing trailers. I think your unit has a nice balance of hands-on literature experience and technological exploration. Thanks for sharing :)))
Wow Lindsey that was great!
Your unit is so well organized and chock full of great learning opportunities. Good job!
Enjoyed your technology resources. I took notes since there were new links and resources. Your plan had me thinking of other texts of survival like Julie and the Wolves and Woodsong.
I recently located this site while looking for an online Cloze Test http://quickshout.blogspot.com/2009/04/cloze-test-creation-tool.html Nik's other links are also helpful like Textivate.com and TelescopicText.org
I recently Tvoed a Weather Classroom and one of the pieces was on Alaska. If you got stranded in the wilderness, would you make it thru the night. I seen a weather to text connection.
I really had fun with this unit - there are so many more add on ideas. I love how we can incorporate so many other lessons and subjects into a well-rounded project that utilizes a novel as the center piece. Any book you choose can become the 'schema' for the students.
This is so cool! I love the idea of using the pictures to introduce the unit. I think a class would really enjoy this while reading Call of the Wild.
Talk to you soon! Now we can go riding!!!
You went into a lot of detail during your presentation. This helped me understand your unit very well. I had never heard of Livebinder or Globster. I really enjoyed Globster, I think this would be a great way to show information students have learned. I like how many different performance tasks you have your students complete during this unit.
I had to rerecord this thing so many times because of various beeps gleeps and countless "uhhhhhhhhhhs". Sure is hard to listen to yourself!
I really like your slides- very organized way to make the presentation.It really dressed up just going off of the framework we used in class. I really like your simple, yet powerful, rubric. A common rubric – what a great idea. Grrr..kicking myself now. I mean, learning more!
Your presentation is so pretty! I loved the visual play on each portion of our assignment requirements. Mine is so boring compared to yours! Very nice... I have not used Prezi before, but I would like to try. This has so much potential and what a cool way to get children connected. (I like the term Netiquette.) Thanks for sharing :)))
Prezi was a lot of fun - there was some hurdle that I got over after about an hour and after that was somewhat straightforward. I'll definitely use it again. Using Prezi with Screencast-o-matic was a little awkward, since when I wanted to click to have the little mouse highlight effect (Screencast-o-matic effect) the screen would zoom in (Prezi).
Ah yes, the Prezi zoom. It drove me nuts when I've tried to use it, so I dropped it. But you really made your presentation look like eye candy! It dresses it up a lot. And your rubric use is very integral to the whole process, I like that you made it so important both to evaluation and to conceptualizing the content.
Gosh yes. Everything in moderation (Prezi zoom). It's enough to make you sea sick if you aren't careful. Thanks for the feedback.
What a very interesting unit. This is a great unit for students to complete especially now technology is integrated into our daily lives. A few days ago at school, one of my colleagues computers shut down. She called our IT friend and had her do somethings on her computer, we have no idea what our friend was asking us to do. Now on the computer all we can see are data with a bunch of numbers. It would be nice to know why this happened or how we could fix it.
I really enjoyed watching your unit. Your slides were very well done. I'm wondering how you did the circle motion during your slide transition?
Look something like this: http://balloflightning.com/images/20101227/singleusermode.jpg
Prezi takes care of all the zooming around and such. All the built in graphics, text, etc. are all vector based so they can zoom, scale, without losing resolution. Whenever you set a new "frame" in the large canvas and set it's position in the timeline the program takes care of the rest (zooming, scaling, etc.)
Thanks for the comments!
I found that I had to change the playback quality to 360p on YouTube; otherwise my video showed up blurry. I hope this isn't a problem for anybody!
Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq7MVSeg_94&feature=youtu.be
I like the classroom science piece where salmon are raised right in the classroom - I know of another teacher in Yakutat who does this in his primary classroom and as a fly on the wall it looks really interesting! So many avenues for investigation by having the project right in the classroom.
I like iMovie for its ease of use in making simple slideshows / movies.
I also like how you model the various pieces of technology use, when fleshed out for a course these could be handy as an intro for students.
From viewing this it looks like you've thought about the students' activities in great detail - it is super detailed.
One minor detail - I think you mean Apple Pages, not Microsoft.
Whoops, Colin is right about Pages. Thanks for catching that, Colin.
I like your rubric; I find it easy for students to follow yet specific enough for them to create a high quality product. Have you thought about having the students do their own copying and uploading to save you the extra work? I liked your demo of kid blog. I re-recorded mine a couple times to fit under 10 minutes…but then saw everyone else’s were longer so I was very relieved to see yours right at the 10 minutes, too!
What a cool way to teach the salmon life cycle.
I really like how you are going to have the students make up their own stories and tell them through Imovie.
Kid blog is new to me, but what a great way for students to collaborate and share their stories with one another. I do sharing in my classroom, but give the option to students to pass if they don't want to share. I have a few students that are shy and tend not to share. Kid blog would give them an opportunity to share and view their peers feedback.
This is the link for my UBD unit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVDbH_frVoo
I like your presentation on Skype. I’ve done a couple examples of literacy centers that revolved around utilizing Skype. You state that this time the class worked with another class in Spain. How did you meet the class in Spain? What countries were options for future projects? Were there limitations to english-speaking countries only? How were the countries/pen pals chosen?
Growing up I had foreign exchange students as siblings... I have a foreign exchange brother that lives in Spain and is a teacher.
At the beginning of the unit I would have my students skype with my foreign exchange brother's class. This is where my students would meet their pen pals (face to face, through Skype). I would have already communicated with my brother, which students would be together. I would prefer english-speaking countries, but my class is quite diverse, so it would be neat to hear my students communicate back and forth in a different language.
Here's the link to my final UDB Unit. It is geared toward a basic level, high school geometry class.
I'm looking forward to viewing all of your creations.
I always appreciate real life projects that challenge the students to use the tools they’ve developed through schooling. I appreciated your personal discussion about the clickers – I’ve never used them so hearing something positive about that type of technology was beneficial.
I like the real world aspect of converting surface area to 4x8 sheets of plywood and certain lengths (12', 16', 20'?) of 2"x6". Would you work with other teachers in helping facilitate this unit (am thinking language arts / visual media / etc.)?
I hadn't considered working with other teachers but I like the idea of collaborating, especially with a teacher that has more visual media experience. I have thought about asking a couple of local builders to come in and talk with my class and to be points of reference for my kids.
Scott, I wish I were in your geometry class! This unit looks really fun and engaging. I think the real-world applications of geometry often get overlooked or oversimplified in the classroom. I appreciated your approach of combining different shapes so that students have to take their knowledge to a new level. I like the idea of inviting carpenters or contractors in to share their knowledge with students, and I think it would be especially beneficial to have these individuals work with small groups over the course of the unit. I also appreciated your inclusion of a visual/media arts component; I feel like every student will get an opportunity to feel successful in at least one area of the project.
I have a neighbor that has a roofing company. I had no idea all the math that was required for the job. What a great until. I like how you are having the students create their own company, someone might be able to use this down the road to start their own company when they're out of school. I like how this unit is going to have students research other roofing companies, create spreadsheets and a video advertisement.
You integrated a lot of technology into your unit. Good job!
I liked your explanation of clickers. I really enjoy using them in my class, I too think it's important to give the students support when they don't understand a problem right away, instead of waiting.
Your discussion questions: What do we know and What do we not know? Great starters. Your project is real world. Students will become acutely aware of roofing, proportions, and possible re-roofing.
To bring measurement to the fifth grade level, we did the following activity. The kids were buzzing with excitement.
I shared this with my daughter that teaches 6th grade in Oregon.
My project is part of the Alaska STEPP, the process of an improvement planning tool. [Campus Improvement Tool] Students from K-5 will become aware how important Elizabeth Peratrovich as a Civil Rights Leader. My team partner and I will be organizing a school-wide celebration and presentation.
I tried your link a couple times and it just takes me to my video library on You Tube. Not sure why, but all the others worked so by process of elimination I'm presuming it's the address or perhaps settings.
Ok, Nevermind. I think I see where you responded to a line further up on the page with a third attempt. I'll go there.
I munged around Sharon's URL to make it work. Her video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6H1IEdaAOc
Just watched the video about your upcoming Elizabeth Peratrovich ceremony, thanks for sharing. I am doing a Classroom Research class so I've got my nitpicky hat on, here's some comments about the slides (take with grain of salt):
- first slide "daughter Melissa Johnson and Kevin Johnson" - should there be the word "husband" prior to "Kevin"?
- slide in the gym - word "assemble" should be "assembly"
- dangling phrase in a slide "along with a beverages"
About the content, it would be nice to have all the links that you have presented around the 7:30 mark of the video put in the description to allow viewers to learn more on their own. For instance, as a transplant to AK I know very little about Elizabeth Peratrovich, and I know how to Google, but would love to look at some of the links that you found most illustrative so I can get a better sense of your viewpoint.
I am looking forward to see your UbD materials on blog site as well for a glimpse of how you might approach this portion of AK history, cultural relations, and civil rights struggles past and present.
I appreciate the critique since this is a project that is ongoing. It started as a third grade project, a team project, and now this year a school-wide project. I'll continue to update and refine.
Thanks for searching me out since I could not reply to classmates videos. It was rather frustrating because I've been enjoying viewing other student's project!
I really had a good time watching your video. I had never heard of E.P. and would have loved to have even a couple quick info. pieces on her or where I could go with it. I'm glad you included about what you'll be doing in the future with this project; it made me realize what an integral part one person can have on our history and thus our future. It was a deeper understanding for me! What were some of the understandings and transfer you want the students to walk away with from this lesson?
I want my students to walk away with a deeper understanding of what discrimination is. It's about reaching out to a "New" student and taking the time to acknowledge each other in grace.
I'm fortunate to be looping with my students. I had them in 3rd grade and now in 5th. This project will be heartwarming since they will be the leaders!
love this on-going unit. I really enjoyed hearing how all the grade levels are joining together to do activities. Very cool!
I have never heard of Elizabeth Peratrovich before. What an extraordinary women. It was nice to see how she is celebrated through your presenation. Thank you for including the pictures too.
Here is my UBD unit. I had to make it private instead of not listed for some reason...
Unable to view because of the privacy setting.
First off, I LOVE how clear and audible your voice is. From a formatting point of view, having things color coded made it much more easier to follow along. I am overwhelmed by the specific rubric, in a good way, of course. By walking us through how you would grade using it and the use of the checklist, I felt like it was a mini course on rubric design and use (very helpful). For the podcast, what program do you prefer for this? What type of technology are the students using (computer, iPod, iPad)?
I love this on-going unit. I really enjoyed hearing how all the grade levels are joining together to do activities. Very cool!
I have never heard of Elizabeth Peratrovich before. What an extraordinary women. It was nice to see how she is celebrated through your presenation. Thank you for including the pictures too.
Sorry about the post above, I thought I was on the correct link...
I liked your unit. The presentation was very clear. Excellent rubric! I have always found with rubrics there are certain components students complete. I like how it's points possible at the end and you can circle the correct information in the podcast.
I like the idea of podcasts. I have never done these before. What kind would you use, what device would you use for it?
Here's the link to my Ubd screencast.
I like your big question. How do we decide who we are?
Your plan included a reader's theatre which included video and still photography. You have me thinking of future projects and how I can expand into multi-media.
I was intrigued how your unit grew and changed. Isn't it amazing how we can expand our pieces. Do you have the piece in a public format? I would love to see what you did.
I've been checking to see if there is an on-line tool to record and being able to mail the recording. Meanwhile, I'm researching for an audio component to allow my students to share their writing.
My students are finishing up their Tsunami Emergency Paper. (Real Life) You can see written pieces on our blog.
Students have been sharing ideas which unfolded into new arenas. (I love it when that happens)
1) When using Pages; you can program accessibility to hear your story being read. You select all and listen your piece. Amazing! They tried the turtle pace and a speedier version.
2) A Student figured out how to count the words and paragraphs in Pages. This feature was extremely helpful for my challenged writers. He shared, "I wrote 99 words!"
This is my math unit for 1st grade
I'm not sure I posted that correctly the first time, but if I click the arrow by name it takes me to the you tube link. Here is the link in case it doesn't work like that for you!
Hi Kim. I think this was a nicely detailed presentation on everyday uses of technology in a younger aged classroom. I’m getting ready to student teach in kindergarten and I’ve already noticed that they love to use technology and the smartboard. Repetition is the key and you demonstrated nicely how counting money helps build multiple skills throughout the year.
Kim--I love the idea of creating classroom businesses in which students can practice addition. I think children need lots of opportunities to engage in pretend play at this age--and if they can practice academic skills through that play, that's even better!
Having said that, I also appreciate that your learning plan gives children the choice between games, hands-on activities, and worksheets. Some children do seem to learn best with paper and pencil, and it's important for students to figure out the learning style that works best for them. Thanks for the clear presentation!
Oops, wrong address in previous post. Please use this one!
The yearbook idea sounds like so much fun. I would have liked to have heard about the specific programs/apps you selected or allowed your students to select to do their performance tasks. It sounds like you are lucky to have a variety of tools available in the classroom.
iMovie, iPhoto, Google Docs, VoiceThread, Explain Everything are the apps so far. They haven't gotten to uploading to VoiceThread yet but will after Christmas. And web browsers, of course. It's all still in progress....
The students are enjoying iPhoto manipulations with duplication patterns and the like to make their photos more like collages. I was hoping to have Comic Life for captions but we may only be able to use the free version. They are more adept at the iPads than I am in some regards. Less so with iMovie so far, but it doesn't take them long to figure problems out. It has been interesting to watch them interacting and helping each other.
I love the emphasis on using local stories (place based). Has your class shared with students outside of the school yet? If so, how did they go about connecting with them? What were some of your difficulties so far?
One minor critique - sometimes the slides go back and forth back and forth and trips me up as I was reading an item you pointed to.
I really wanted to have this unit connect with local place based concepts. So I was really glad when the students came up with their project ideas. One of the teams is in the process of deciding on questions for some interviews with local experts/elders. When their project is finished, I'd like the upload to VoiceThread to be our first foray into sharing their projects online. Then we may invite comments from students elsewhere, possibly a Sitka classroom.
My biggest problem is time, the bane of all teachers. I'm doing a lot of experimenting here, which needs more time than I've really got, especially with the students. Always looking for ways to pare down, be more efficient, but I have a long way to go!
Sorry about the sliding around, I recorded mine several times too, and probably should have just kept the first one, which was better but I had left something crucial out. I'm glad to know a little of how to use this tool, however; can see how it may be useful in the future!
I love how you said that the unit grew and changed as you were creating it and teaching it. I believe that is what makes teachers great, the ability to change things when it will benefit their students the most. It looks like a great unit and I am sure that your students are loving it!
One of the things I realized today is that the Ubd design combined with student choice gave me a really great way to zero in on students' needs and preferences in a way that gets to various depths of our Essential Questions---(How do We Decide Who We Are) The more social students chose to work together in a larger group on the yearbook, two of the more literary oriented chose a book video recording project that is an allegory of friendship, a couple are focused on their Native heritage and researching family history, one who is trying very hard to improve her academics and expand her reading is doing an author study, etc.
So having the open-ended questions really aids in personalizing the work. I like that! My task is to provide resources to help connect it all together, and stay out of the way enough to let them make discoveries. Yet still aid the process to help it become as productive as possible. A delicate balance, and a real art, as I'm discovering!
This sounds like a lot of fun. I really like you're students understand part, "people contribute and are shaped by the stories of their cultures." This unit really engages students especially when you use local stories. Good job!
Here is the link for my UbD presentation. It is based on a Quadratics Unit for an Algebra 2 class.
Can you change your settings to unlisted from private? We can't watch this (I did the exact same thing with mine...).
Thanks Lindsey! I did it, hopefully it will work now.
I think that I did the wrong thing, I only talked about my last stage! I included the EQ's and everything on that stage, but I think I should have recorded those more than what I did.
This is a great lesson and I really love the marshmellow projectiles for the first day. That would definitely grab their attention!
What a fun unit! I love the marshmallow idea. I wish I was in your class. Shooting a marshmallow through the straw would be so much fun and engaging for students.
I like exit tickets. This is a great way to see what students learned and know from the lesson. I use these almost every day with my students.
Posting this has been an absolute nightmare!! It has taken more than three hours to upload and I still am not sure if it will work.
And of course I put the website link in the wrong place
and its 11:19 p.m. don't know where the 12:16 came from
I tried this and it wouldn't go through. Are your security settings set to unlisted instead of private? And you aren't alone - mine took about 30 minutes to upload a 10 minute video but that's fairly normal when we live in the boonies :-)
I started it over again this morning as nothing seemed to work last night. On my computer there is even a link button directly to youtube so one would think it would have been simple :( but here is a new link that may work. I hope at least it says its downloading
Don't be mad at me..but I tried it and it says that the video was removed.... Call me if you need help. Wait - just ask the kids! LOL
Hey Bridget! You're on :-) I'll review in a bit...
Here is the link...
I thought it was awe-inspiring that you chose to tape yourself talking – no one else (to this point that I’ve viewed) was that brave! I had a really hard time hearing you with my audio all the way up – but I got most of it. I loved your shark analogy. I like how much feedback you have between the students. Do you think the technology aided in the students gaining deeper understandings?
Seconded Lindsey's comment about a video of yourself - I have a hard enough time just listening to my audio. Ditto on the volume, if you get a chance to record it again you may have better luck w/ an external microphone or headset if you have access to one.
The Cask of Amontillado was my first Poe that I read, and I recall now having to go over and over sections of it since I didn't really understand what had happened. So I really enjoyed the idea of acting out the process through a trial to help students visualizing the process. It would be interesting to show students all the different types of evidence that can be entered at trial (figures of the tombs w/ the niche, the coat of arms, etc.) It seems like it would be easy to put this story in the present day to allow for other evidence, such as security camera footage along with cell phone records, fingerprints, recorded audio, etc.
I liked your idea about having teams and having them work together on the blogs. I think that is a great way to have students write and work together. I also agree with everyone else, great job videotaping yourself talking! It sounds like a great unit and a wonderful way to work with foreshadowing. You have included a lot of different ways that students can learn and apply what they learn.
Nice unit on foreshadowing! I like how you tried something different and video taped yourself, it was a little bit difficult to hear you, but with headphones on and in a silent room I was able to hear your unit.
I liked how you are going to have the students work together and work on specific parts. I love doing this with my students. I find that it is not a lot of tasks for them to complete. They can put all their concentration on one specific thing and produce their best work.
Foreshadowing, I must admit that it took several attempts to listen since the piece was like a whisper. Your project of taking on different roles would be great for building language too. I look for ways to build vocabulary since I teach in a environment that is not language deficient.
Can you share the titles of the roles since I really couldn't hear the titles. I want to find out more about foreshadowing. The roles remind me of the book Bull Run. Each chapter takes on a different view of the Civil War.
Foreshadowing is an auditory clue like the piece from Jaws. We also can finish jingles from commercials.
I checked out capsules.com but noticed the subject matter was prohibitive. Did I take the wrong turn?
Could you change your status. I'm anxious to see your video. Good Luck!
Sorry, I changed my setting to public. I hope you enjoy the video.
Try this website. Thanks for telling me.
You have a very thorough and well thought out unit!
I liked the layout of your standards and how tasks were directly linked to those standards.
The activities I thought were particularly great were the role playing and interviews. Interaction with community members is so important.
I also liked that you used a multitude of technologies.
This is my second post. It is the same as my first post. Title: Exploring St. Lawrence Island.
It's listed as private so we can't see it. You want to select unlisted under security settings.
The way you highlighted text made it much more easy to follow along during your presentation. I like the idea of filming an interview. Did they do this one on one or did one student video while another interviewed/talked? I’m not familiar with electronic storyboards. Which type of program did you use to do this?
Storyboards are using any presentation tools such as PPT, Prezis,or Sliderocket. There are also Slideshare, Stagecast Creator, or iStopMotion.
Your presentation on your unit was very well done. I really liked how you highlighted all the important information. This made it very easy to follow the information you were talking about. Describing the Understandings and Essential Questions was helpful especially showing the performance task after every section. This helped me understand what you were asking out of the students and how you were going to teach it to them. Very nicely done!