Thursday, October 3, 2013

What Do Student Projects Look Like in a 1:1?

Over the past two weeks, students in Natalie Cannon's Latin 2 classes have been working on a Roman Bath Project. While one might think that being in a 1:1 ultimately dictates that every project will be completed on an iPad, many teachers are opting to design projects that offer differentiation and choice of media and allow students to showcase their creativity.

Student hand drawing scenes to be used in a stop-motion film

Students were provided with 5 options ranging from cartoon storyboards and multi-media publicity campaigns for the Aquae Sulis to travel brochures and building models of hypocaust systems and ancient Roman Bath complexes.

"If they weren't using it (the iPad) to create, they were using it to be able to create." - Natalie Cannon

While some students utilized the iPad for research and outlining, others opted to create their projects on the iPad using apps like Designs for Pages to compose a travel brochure, Strip Designer to create a multi-panel cartoon, or Minecraft to virtually model a Roman Bath complex.

Student creating a Roman Bath complex in Minecraft

Truly the project was not about the tool, but the ability to create something that thoughtfully represented and showcased a deeper understanding and analysis of the content. Completed projects poured in ranging from multiple modes of digital media to Roman Bath complexes built of cake and household items to poster boards of multi-paneled cartoons.

Student presents her hand built model of a hypocaust system
using her iPad so the class can see the detail.

A presentation piece was also added to the project. Natalie Cannon is piloting a Justand in her room and found the tool to be very useful for this portion of the assignment. Students could project their iPad and use the stand as a podium or tilt it to share their project using the video camera on their iPad.

Student presents his model of a Roman Bath complex created in Minecraft
Student presents her multi-panel hand-drawn cartoon storyboard detailing
how ancient Romans used the bath-house
Student presents her digital multi-panel cartoon storyboard detailing
how ancient Romans used the bath-house
Student used Google SketchUp on a computer to create his models
and then presented the images in a keynote off of his iPad

Prior to the submission date, students also conferenced with Mrs. Cannon to document their progress and receive formative feedback.

Student sharing his presentation for teacher review

While most projects were submitted digitally via eBackpack (our district's online classroom product that allows students to submit work via and iPad or computer), others were submitted by hand to the teacher. A few of the students even posted their projects on an online video server for ease of sharing.

As we progress through this year, we will continue to reflect upon the changes to classroom, pedagogy, and instruction throughout our 1:1 iPad implementation.

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