St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School
Learning Through Projects • January 29, 2014
Introduction, QR Codes, Poster Project
Driving Questions, Investigation, Projects, Menu
12:30 - 1:00 5th Grade, STEM, Spanish
1:00 - 1:30 4th Grade, P.E., Spanish
1:30 - 2:00 3rd Grade, Math Lab, Media Literacy, Art
2:00 - 2:30 2nd Grade, Dance, Spanish
2:30 - 3:00 1st Grade, Music Literacy, Music
3:00 - 3:30 Kindergarten & Center for Excellence
- Scan QR codes with i-nigma app on iPad and webqr.com on PCs.
- Create QR codes at goqr.me on your PC.
- QR code sticker printer
- QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator
- What's missing from these quotes? QR codes hide the answer!
AUDIO QR CODES
- recordmp3.org works on Macs and PCs to record audio, upload, and provide a URL
- requires a microphone
- after saving your recording, copy the URL
- open goqr.me on your PC
- paste the URL to generate a QR code that leads directly to the audio file
- Students work in small groups (or individually) to answer a driving question. The question is so deep that it requires much thinking and investigation. Students make a product to share their answer with an audience after refining and reflecting.
- Think of the process as question, investigate, and share.
PROJECTS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY...
- educating others
- solving a problem
- calling others to action
- building something useful
- planning an event
- raising money for a purpose
- recognizing or inspiring others
- designing a better way to do something
WHAT'S IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS TO LEARN NOWADAYS?
- We made posters using the Pic Collage app on iPad or Google Drawing on a PC.
- We shared the posters on this Padelet: padlet.com/wall/nowadays
- use the Pic Collage app to combine images, photos, text, and stickers to make digital posters
- to delete an image, text, or sticker form your collage, flick it away in any direction
- share a finished collage to the Photo Library where it can be email, synced, or used in other apps
- This does not work on iPad.
- Google Drawing is part of Google Drive. Go to drive.google.com and click the red Create button and choose Drawing.
- 9 Steps to Create a Classroom Poster on Google Drawing
PADLET WALL SETTINGS
- Log into Padlet.com and create a new wall.
- Click the Modify Wall button.
- Under profile, give your wall a title and description.
- Under Layout, change from Freeform to Stream.
- Under Privacy, checkmark Moderate posts.
- Under Address, give your wall an easy to type web address.
- See the QR code under the Share menu.
- For more about Padlet, watch Tony's video.
- Assessment is ongoing throughout the time students are working on a project.
- Before beginning the project, students should know how they will be assessed.
- Create checklist for projects at pblchecklist.4teachers.org
- Creare rubrics for projects at forallrubrics.com
- Listen to the episodes on Willowdale Elementary's website.
- Each episode is about 10 minutes long and features a host introducing a variety of segments about a topic.
EXAMPLE DRIVING QUESTIONS
How can we best stop the flu at our school?
How can we teach other Florida students about helpful insects?
Make the case for using the metric system in Florida.
Imagine you are taking a young child on a road trip across the United States. What should he or she explore and learn along the way?
Design a better lunch menu for STEPS.
What if we had a chicken house at our school?
EFINING THE DRIVING QUESTION
- Shorten as much as possible.
- Make sure it is appealing to students.
- Make it personal or local.
- Leads to more questions.
- Don’t let it sound like a test question.
- The driving question should lead to more questions.
- These questions are more specific and can guide student research.
- For example, if the driving question is "What if we had a chicken house at our school?" then branching questions might be:
- What do chickens eat?
- How often do they eat?
- How large of a house do they need?
- Does the house need to have different rooms?
- Do chickens fight with each other?
- Encourage students to be the question-askers!
- Spoon Feeding vs. Feeding Themselves Comparison by Steve Morgan
- Teachers provide resources for opportunities for students to uncover learning: books • website • videos • interviews • photos • experiments • data collections
- Students create a product to share with an audience.
- Products take all different forms.
- View Tony's graphic Show What You Know Using iPad Apps and Websites.
- When possible, offer students choices when it comes to the end product.
REFINING AND REFLECTING
- Because a project has an audience, it's important that students have opportunities to refine their end product before it takes its final form.
- Refining can happen after peer and teacher input.
- "We do not learn from experience... we learn from reflecting on experience." -John Dewey
- Reflecting on the product and the process is an important part of the process.
- Get a random project reflection question at tonyv.me/reflect