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Case study of how one middle school used student created video as a project deliverable for an 8th grade social studies world geography project

Case study of how one middle school used student created video as a project deliverable for an 8th grade social studies world geography project

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    • 1. USING STUDENT CREATED VIDEO - A CASE STUDY Mary Alonzi, Springman Middle School Erica Roberts, Jefferson Junior High School
    • 2. SCHOOL BACKGROUND • Approximately 685 students (6th, 7th & 8th) •2 8th grade teams (200 combined) • 15% free and reduced lunch, many without Internet access outside of school • 2:1 Macbook • Professional Learning Communities focusing on Common Assessments
    • 3. PROJECT BACKGROUND • 8th grade Social Studies Research Project • Previous years’ projects were PowerPoint • Approached teachers to change project outcome • Teachers used new approach to forming groups
    • 4. ALIGNMENT TO ILLINOIS LEARNING STANDARDS English Language Arts State Goal 5 - “Use the Language Arts to acquire, assess and communicate information.”
    • 5. ALIGNMENT TO NETS STANDARDS 1. Demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. 2. Use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
    • 6. ALIGNMENT TO NETS STANDARDS (PART 2) 3. Apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. 4. Use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.
    • 7. REVISED PROJECT TIMELINE • Cross team project • Specific topics about Africa • Groups selected their 1st, 2nd & 3rd topic choices • Social Studies teachers assigned topics & created groups • Library Media Specialist reviewed research process • Timeline expanded to include 2 class periods of direct iMovie instruction
    • 8. TOOLS WE USED • MacBooks (1 per project group) • iMovie ’08 • Flip Video Cameras • Snowball Microphones
    • 9. STUDENTS’ GRADES • Movies evaluated by the Social Studies Teachers • Students evaluated each others’ work • Group members evaluated each others’ participation
    • 10. PROJECT IMPACT • Engaged students • Higher quality product • Hunger Dinner
    • 11. LESSONS LEARNED • Separate iMovie Lessons • Citing Sources • Movie Planning • Grading Rubric • Saving student work
    • 12. Works Cited Bush, Gail. The School Buddy System: The Practice of Collaboration. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003. Harada, Violet and Joan M. Yoshina. Assessing Learning: Librarians and Teachers as Partners. Westport, Conn.: 2005. Valenza, Joyce Kasman. Power Research Tools: Learning Activities & Posters. Chicago: American Library Association, 2003. Valenza, Joyce Kasman. Power Tools Recharged: 125+ Essential Forms and Presentations for Your School Library Information Program. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004.
    • 13. Contact Information: Mary Alonzi, Erica Roberts, Handouts can be found at:, along with a link to this slideshow