Not Another Paper!

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Not Another Paper!

  1. 1. Not Another Paper! Alternative Assessments using Technology Tom Daccord Academic Technology Advocate, Noble and Greenough School Justin Reich Doctoral Student, Harvard Graduate School of Education Center for Teaching History with Technology: www.besthistorysites.net www.thwt.org
  2. 2. Who are you? <ul><li>Teachers? </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher leaders? </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Specialists who train your teachers? </li></ul><ul><li>Library Media Specialists, people who help teachers with projects </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators </li></ul><ul><li>How many of you fit none of those categories? Anyone else? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who are we?
  4. 4. Why do we assign papers? <ul><li>Demonstrate command of the material </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate the ability to craft and defend an argument </li></ul><ul><li>Give students the opportunity to decide and express their point of view </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively </li></ul><ul><li>WE CAN DO ALL THESE THINGS WITHOUT ASSIGNING PAPERS! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Teaching with Old and Established Technologies: Word Processors <ul><li>Editing with a Twist </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Newspaper Projects </li></ul>
  6. 6. Editing with a twist <ul><li>Students come in with a piece of writing and need to change: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Author </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Argument </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>??? </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Original Assignment <ul><li>1) Write a 2 page sermon, drawing on the New Testament readings we have read for homework and in-class. The sermon will be delivered on September 16 th , 1963 in Birmingham. This is several weeks after the successful March on Washington, and right in the middle of the heroic and brutal Birmingham Campaign for Civil Rights. Your sermon should use Christianity to inspire, console and motivate your congregation </li></ul><ul><li>2) Please use Times New Roman 12 point font, 1.5 spacing </li></ul><ul><li>3) Save it somehow to NoblesNet. If you use a program other than Word or Appleworks, you should copy and paste the text into an email or a document. </li></ul><ul><li>4) At the beginning of class i will give you instructions, and then I'll give you about 30 minutes to revise the sermon. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The In-Class Twist… <ul><li>After successfully presenting your sermon at the morning service, you retire to your quarters to rest before the 11:00 service.. At 10:30, one of the church members rushes in and tells you that something horrible has happened: the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham was bombed, 4 little girls at Sunday School have been killed. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>As an important leader in your community, it will be your job to console your community, and to help them understand how these deaths fit into your struggle for civil rights. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The second service starts in 1/2 hour. You probably don't have time to write a whole new sermon. Your challenge then, is to adapt what you have written to take into account this shattering loss of innocent lives. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Newspaper Projects <ul><li>Editorials </li></ul><ul><li>Cartoons </li></ul><ul><li>Cover Art </li></ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Classifieds </li></ul><ul><li>Advertisements </li></ul><ul><li>And more! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Either Learn a Desktop Publisher, or Learn Columns and the Text Box Image from Microsoft Word
  11. 11. Tom’s Podcast
  12. 12. Multimedia PowerPoint/Keynote Student Presentations <ul><li>EYE OF THE BEHOLDER PROJECT </li></ul><ul><li>Phase 1- research </li></ul><ul><li>Phase II- Research paper writing </li></ul><ul><li>Phase III- Convert essay to script </li></ul><ul><li>Phase IV- Record script over images </li></ul><ul><li>How is oral expression different than written expression? </li></ul>
  13. 13. Women Weaving
  14. 14. Key = an Alexandria
  15. 15. Tom’s VoiceThread
  16. 16. We Like You! Spend more time with us!! <ul><li>Buy our Book- A Teacher’s Guide to Teaching History and English with Technology ME Sharpe Press- Spring 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Come to our summer workshops- www.thwt.org/workshops.html </li></ul><ul><li>Visit our web sites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.besthistorysites.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.thwt.org </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hire us to come to your school! </li></ul>

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