This video illustrates the reality of the information economy for us and for our students (5 minutes)
What does this mean for us as educators? It means we must prepare our students to compete in a global information economy by thinking critically. Computation is for machines, innovation will be the key to success in the future. Our goal with this project was to combine technology and higher order thinking to produce a digital portfolio.
Today we&#x2019;re going to present our project idea and some examples of student work, an overview of the Web 2.0 tools that made this project possible, and and with a discussion of copyright restrictions related to publishing material on the web.
This project will take up the better part of six weeks. Be sure to locate multiples (at least 4 or 5) of the books you will assign well before the project begins. Partner with your librarian, department head, and other campuses (believe me, they have books they aren&#x2019;t using!) to come up with your selections
Inviting each group to their own wiki means anyone can view it, but only they/you may edit Remember, students must have a valid email address to accept the invite.
Explain the meat of the assessments prior to reading. Students will know what the expectation is and where to focus while they read. All projects will be completed with input from everyone in the group; project manager is responsible for posting drafts, soliciting input and revisions, and posting the final product by the due date.
Technology can make even the worst, most basic factual recall look impressive by presenting it in a visually appealing way; Wordle and/or Tagxedo are great examples.
If an assignment is not designed with critical thinking in mind, the use of technology doesn not make it GT level work. A poorly designed assignment is just that, whether it looks pretty or not.
Book Trailer~Students used persuasive media techniques to promote their book to an audience
Book Review~Students analyze plot, setting, and theme, evaluating the effectiveness of each and rating the overall appeal of their book
Theme~Students demonstrate deep understanding of theme by generating and ranking a list of thematic words for their novel
Literary Terms~ Students use a Power Point presentation to demonstrate knowledge of literary techniques used, as well as provide example phrases and appropriate imagery
Characterization~ Students demonstrate thorough understanding of a chosen main character by creating an &#x201C;all about me&#x201D; poster from that character&#x2019;s point of view.
Your hub wiki will allow you to post assignment details, due dates, rubrics, and FAQs. We also added a tutorial page linking to howtos for each tool that we located on YouTube. Your hub wiki will also serve as a gateway to your students&#x2019; portfolios
You don&#x2019;t necessarily have to show your students the example you created; it is a useful exercise whether you use it for demonstration or not.
The work products created by your student groups (and you!) will be published to, and accessible on, the Internet. Copyright law must be followed very carefully; this is very different form just creating a ppt and presenting to classmates.