This class, for me, was far less than technically difficult. But that wasn’t the point. The point was to do something that I already know and to apply it to the classroom. That I did. In fact, I am excited about what is coming!
Part of what I mean by this is that I just didn’t know how to integrate these tools into student learning. I have three things I will do immediately:
1. Memory Projects
Figure 13: Children’s Literature Projects
From the outset, students must gather written responses and memory “items.” The first thing I will have them do is to create a Spark Post for each boom that they read. Below is the memory project, in which they could choose to memorialize the book through something tangible. For the fall, Spark Post will be that tangible item.
Figure 14: Memory Projecta
2. Written Responses
Like the memory projects, my students must write a reaction to each book. This will be done using Spark Page as we do here. This serves as a single and continuous project that they simply have to update links for. A reaction might be as follows:
Figure 15: Possible Responses
3. Changes in Thinking
For the final project in this course, I have my students record a 2-3 minute video on how their thinking has changed over the course of the term. This is a wonderful project, and we all get a great deal out of it. The first time I tried this, I had them use movie maker, and it was a mess. With Spark Video, I have a new tool that is really quite easy to use!