Inspiring Student Year End Projects
Collaborative and Inspiring Year End Student Projects
(The Unique Me and Show What You Know)
Adapted from Edutopia and Scholastic Year End Project
#1) Show What You Know
Give students an opportunity to teach the rest of the class something, like origami, Foldify app, Robives, programming with Scratch, showcasing a new app and it can be used in the classroom, or a martial arts self-defense move (design, construct, apply).
#2) On-Campus Field Trips
• Take them outside to write observational notes on what they see through the eyes of a scientist, historical figure, artist, a character from a book or film
(discover, examine, report)
• Journey to the library for a Scavenger Hunt. There's many online that you can revise to fit your content and/or interests of your students, or through a Class Tools QR Scavenger Hunt (locate, investigate, compile)
• Join another class and have a Poetry Slam, Science or Math Mini Fare. This gives students a chance to share a project or product with a different audience. Consider doing this in a neutral zone like the cafeteria or library or online through Skype or a Google Hangout (discover, demonstrate, evaluate)
#3) Own a: Planet, Song, Decade, Career, Author, Country, Scientist, or a Medical Breakthrough
With this activity, the student becomes an expert on whatever she/he chooses and then presents it to the class or in small groups. The product can be, for example, a mini-book, PowerPoint, or iMovie, Podcast, a radio show through Spreaker or bringing in a Skype expert (select, prepare, research, design).
#4) Craft a New Ending
Students take their favorite book, speech, short story, poem, or historical event and write a new ending. Ask them to also include rationale for their ending. They can also illustrate, design and publish through Book Creator app or a Google Doc or Lucid Press Chrome app (infer, devise, conclude, reflect).
#5) Create a Commercial
Host a class competition where students cast a vote, and give an award to the team that produces the most clever, creative 30-second PSA (Personal Service Announcement) advertisement. Decide first as a class on the product to be pitched and review the Rock Your World resource. Tools/resources utilized: Movenote, ScreenCastOmatic, EdPuzzle iMovie or Movie Maker 2, or Magisto Chrome App (plan, design, critique).
#6) Portfolio Showcase
Students compile a collection of their best work from the school year or last semester, and include explanations for their choices. This could be done in hard copy or digitally through Google Sites and Google Docs, and Easy Portfolio Site Builder Chrome App can include illustrations and photos (select, assess, categorize, prepare).
#7) Stage a TV Contest
Engage your students by letting them participate in a TV-like competition, similar to American Idol. Together, brainstorm a list of concepts or ideas your class has learned during the year. Write each idea on a slip of paper and put all the slips in a hat. Divide students into groups of three or four and have each group draw a slip of paper. Then, instruct them to create a skit or song based on their topic.
After two or three days’ practice, ask each group to perform in front of the class. To make it more fun, see if you can get two other teachers or parents to serve on the panel of “judges,” minus the TV-host. (plan, design, categorize, prepare).
#8) Survive and Thrive
Ask students to think about the things they wish they’d known or that they loved experiencing in their current grade. Individually or in groups, have them create a “middle school or high school survival guide” for rising middle and high schoolers.
The end product could be a top 10 list of advice for incoming middle school or incoming high school students, a guidebook of do’s and don’ts, or a TouchCast video app of a newscast that offers advice. For example, the students in Naomi Harm’s ninth-grade English class in Lacrosse, WI wrote letters and created a Snap Guide or Google Docs tutorial for incoming ninth graders, including such information- as says the exercise was also great for current students’ practice in written expression. (plan, design, critique, conclude, reflect).
#9) Stage a Service Project
Enlist your students in supporting a local cause that is important to them, whether it’s collecting canned goods for a food pantry, pet food for an animal shelter, or books for a library or school in need. Make contact with the charity recipient of choice, and then let students do the work—they can publicize the service project, make online marketing presentation to other classes, count and organize donations through a Google Spreadsheet, and present the results to the recipient and the rest of the school. (plan, design, critique).
#10) Create a Time Capsule
Students love the idea of leaving a part of themselves behind for posterity. Have your current students prepare a time capsule for your future students. Students can leave examples of completed projects that show off their brilliant minds by writing stories of “a day in the life” of students in your class, drawing a comic strip, shooting a video, or creating a presentation. Two simple time capsule creators include the Chrome App of The Little Memory and the online website of My Time Capsule. The time capsule can include a class picture and students’ writings about what they expect to be doing five or 10 years from now. If you do wait five or 10 years before opening the capsule, try to track down your former students so they can see how much they’ve changed. (select, prepare, research,
#11) Go On the Hunt
For a modern twist on the traditional scavenger hunt, send your students on an Internet scavenger hunt. This is a quick and easy project for your students to work on individually or in pairs or groups. I recommend choosing a topic you want your students to research, then creating questions for them to answer. Give the scavenger hunt a test-run first so that you can recommend sites when students are stumped and utilize QR Codes creator sites of the Class Tools QR Scavenger Hunt site, to add mobile learning to the adventure. Establish guidelines for the types of sites that are authoritative and appropriate. If you want to add a little excitement, have the students compete to be the first to find all the necessary information and document their findings through a Google Form. (design, construct, apply).
#12) Build a Board Game
In groups, have students create a board game based on a unit covered during the year. As an example, Literary Pursuit, modeled after Trivial Pursuit— and used it as a test review tool. Have students use poster board or cover dollar-store checkerboards with paper to design game boards. They used typed questions and answers and printed them on card stock to create game cards. Many students can design Trivial Pursuit or Gameopoly –type games, drawing
questions from novels they’d read over the year, some may want to create Candy Land–like path where players had to answer questions to reach the end. Each group was encouraged to make up their own rules, and some students even found online templates to fashion a large die or a spinner. (select, prepare, research, design, reflect). (Additional resources for building and designing games can be tapped into the onlinewebiste of Instructables and DIY)
This Digital Buzz Radio show is focused on meeting the needs of every child in your classroom through personalized learning. Naomi shares with you many resources to cultivate a personalized learning community in your classroom through learning menu's, choice boards, mobile assessments and digital design creation centers. She also shares many ways to empower students of how to take ownership of creating their own PLP's (Personalized Learning Plans) and support with Learning Contracts for goal driven learning outcomes.
All of todays resources and tools shared can be found here: http://goo.gl/qu5w0h
Exit Ticket http://exitticket.org
Get Kahoot https://getkahoot.com
MN Hot Dish Menu Planner http://goo.gl/qZtzQr
Tony Vincent's Webpage Learning in Hand
Tony Vincent's QR Code Reflection Cubes http://goo.gl/CNgqha
Touch Cast http://www.touchcast.com
WEMTA14: Jenna Linskens BP Reflections
Dynamic interview with Jenna Linskens on WEMTA conference reflections, mobile learning and iPad apps, and how effectively implement new learning strategies from a tech conference.
WEMTA14: Jake Crase, Platteville, WI
A great interview with Jake Crase, HS teacher from Platteville, WI sharing new learning on iBooks Author digital ebook creation. He also shares a collection of iPad apps of how students can create digital books as well to showcase their new digital learning and creation of understandings.
WEMTA 2014:Crowd Sourcing with Attendees
Interviews with Robin Hosemann and Brandon Berre, WISE Scholars (Where Information Specialist Empower) 21st Century Learners. Topics includes best practices on mobile learning, makerspaces, robotics, drones etc.
Individuals mentioned today include:
Mike Slowinski @mikeslowinski
Tiffany Braunel @tbraunel
Robin Hosemann @RobinHosemann
Brandon Berrey @bberrey23
Robin's Blog: www.diagnosisschoolosis.wordpress.com
Moving Into Mobile Learning
The radio broadcast is focused on three collaborative global and mobile learning scenarios and topics. Naomi will be providing updates from The Intel Global Round Table on collaborating with over a dozen countries. She will be sharing the latest Intel ELements course on "Moving Into Mobile Learning," and the final learning segment will be on mobile learning in the art classroom with Augmented Reality. Special shoutout to Randy Maves, phenominal art and digital design teacher in Portland, OR.
Intel Elements: Moving Into Mobile Learning eCourse https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/education/k12/teach-elements.html
ARt: (Augmented Reality in the ART Classroom): Beyond the Gallery Wall- ISTE Article
Augmented reality allows videos to ‘play’ on yearbook pages
Augmented Reality Brings New Dimensions to Learning
Augmented Reality - Aurasma App and Classroom Examples
Integration of Augmented Reality in the Classroom
Google Glass - An Interview with WI Educators and Naomi Harm on Purpose of Classroom Application
Wikitude AR App
AND...... More classroom ideas of moving into mobile learning through our monthly Technology Bytes enewsletter that can be found here http://naomiharm.org/2014-03.pdf
February Digital Global Celebrations
Welcome everyone to the February digital buzz radio show. I am your host Naomi Harm coming to you from chilly Brownsville, MN today. A special thank you to our sponsor of the Intel teachers Engage Community at engage.intel.com for providing this radio show learning segment for all of you.
Our topics we will focus on will include an overview of critical findings from the Feb. 5th Digital Learning Day, iPad iDesign and reflection, Makerspaces Galore with infused STEM Snacks. So we have a jammed pack session of current topics for you to extend your learning and share with others.
Shared resources, web links and apps:
★AR master app list with trigger images
★ColAR Mix App and Printables http://colarapp.com
★DIY- Get Skills- Be Awesome app
★Layar App and How To Create Your Own AR Image https://www.layar.com
★Tell About This App
★Write About This App
★Zoo-AR app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zoo-ar/id541416992?mt=8
★Bug image to use with Zoo-AR App
★Makerspace and Free Guide Book
★Designing Classroom Makerspaces from Edutopia
★Maker Education Initiative and Student Examples
★Makerspaces Education Livebinders of Ideas
★3D Printers and Makerspaces in Education
★Making a Makerspace: Peek Inside My Teacher Design Plans
★Save Our rhinos http://saveourrhinos.wikispaces.com
★Technology Bytes February eNewsletter
Happy New Year - Redesign Your Classroom
Today's radio broadcast is celebrating the new year and sharing out on some goal edtech focuses that Naomi Harm has to offer. In addition we will discuss the importance of breathing new life into your classroom's physical environment with a new gaming changing- physical design layout, to energize your physical teaching space. Naomi will also provide updates on how to keep your new holiday tech gadgets safe from the frigid temperatures of the winter season too.
Resources shared today:
8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom
Classroom Architect http://classroom.4teachers.org
Innovative Educator Consulting Apps from Naomi Harm: iOS, Android - Google Play, and Kindle links listed below.
Teacher Engage Community
The Third Teacher Plus
Twitter hashtag to follow: #TeachersEngage and #nharm
Innovative Educator Consulting App from Naomi Harm
Wearable Tech: Gift That Keeps on Giving
This radio broadcast is all about "Wearable Technology: The Gift That Keeps on Giving All Year Long"
Naomi shares the latest and greatest wearable technology from Google Glass, 3D Laser Printing, Underwater Conversation Goggles, 3D Rings, High Tech Tees, GoPro Cameras, Bluettoth and Headset Necklaces and the impact on education, health and fitness.
Here are some great additional resources too!
A PDF Naomi has created to view the lateest and greatest weable technology.
The 4 W's of Wearable Technology
30 Examples of Sleek Wearable Technology
10 Tech Wearable Tech Gadgets Librarians Will Love
LG Flexible Panels
Smart Ring http://www.malaysiaitfair.com.my/?p=10718
Go Pro Cameras http://gopro.com/
High Tech Tee's http://gadgethim.com/geek-t-shirt-designs/
3D Printing Shoes http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/nikes-vapor-laser-talon-brings-3-d-printing-athletic-shoes-1C8645125
Recharger Boots http://pandawhale.com/post/13389/wearable-technology-recharger-boots
Table Watches http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/wearable-tech#38
3D Duck Foot http://www.today.com/tech/duck-gets-3-d-printed-replacement-foul-foot-6C10467559
Underwater Conversation Goggles http://www.trendhunter.com/slideshow/wearable-tech#16
This radio broadcast is on the celebration of diversity. What a better way to wrap up National Diversity Month of October and Connected Educator's Month to continue to celebrate with a themed base approach all year long. Naomi will share with you some teaching and tech infused strategies to integrate multicultural and literacy activities with all of your k-12 students.
Projects by Jen Holiday Card Project starting Nov. 4th!
88 Ways to Celebrate Diversity PDF
Teaching "Diversity" - Where Do I Begin Article
Culture of Maui, HI
Full Steam Ahead: Girls as STEM Scholars
Good Morning radio listeners- you are listing to the Intel Teachers Engage Digital Buzz radio show. I am your host Naomi Harm, coming to you live from Brownsville, MN today. It is a rainy and dreary day in the Midwest, but we are here to cheer you up from those rainy day blues with today’s focus of “Full STEAM Ahead: Inspiring Girls to Become STEM Scholars” within Your Mobile Learning Environment. This radio show will cover enrichment activities, online websites and mobile learning apps to engage, motivate and inspire the love for learning of a STEAM career. It will also Identify the importance of “STEAM” female mentors for girls in the ‘STEAM” classroom and note how to create an after-school "STEAM TEAM" camp or after school program within your school or district.
I have attached for your review a PDF of the “Full STEAM Ahead: Inspiring Girls to Become STEM Scholars” presentation.
Here are all the resources mentioned today:
Female Mentors: WITS On https://piazza.com/witson
Stem Connector http://stemconnector.org/100women
•40 Important STEM Resources For Women http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/10/40-important-online-resources-women-stem
•I Was Wondering http://iwaswondering.org
•National Girls Collaborative Project http://www.ngcproject.org/
•Science: It’s A Girl http://science-girl-thing.eu/en/splash
•Explain Everything Jigsaw
•Explore Learning http://www.explorelearning.com
•Intel STEM Resources http://goo.gl/GXKXK
•K12 Videos at MIT http://k12videos.mit.edu
•My Physics Lab http://www.myphysicslab.com
•UW-Madion Learning Objects http://learningobjects.madisoncollege.edu
•The Physics Classroom http://www.physicsclassroom.com
Brooke Martin invented an interactive dog treat dispenser! Watch Brooke presenting her IC Pooch invention. http://www.icpooch.com/
Edutopia Article http://www.edutopia.org/blog/stem-high-interest-projects-girls-suzie-boss
•Intel: K12 STEM Education Intel® Education
Design and Discovery Curriculum
Intel Elements - Inquiry in the Science Classroom: Free Online Interactive Course - https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/education/k12/teach-elements.html
STEM Unit Plans
The Journey Inside
STEM PDF - https://www-ssl.intel.com/content/www/us/en/education/intel-in-education.html?
Lego Female Scientist Figurine At last! LEGO creates a female scientist minifigure - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/07/lego-scientist-woman_n_3882380.html
All STEAM apps are listed and linked in the attached presentation found here: http://engage.intel.com/thread/19062
September Global Collaboration Projects
This radio braodcast will showcase and share the many global collaboration projects that k-12 educators can get involved with starting in September 2013. Tim Nielsen is our guest speaker this month and will be sharing global projects he has been been a part of him with his 1st grade students through the "Global Read Aloud" and "International Dot Day." Naomi Harm will share other projects from "Projects by Jen," "Global School Network" and the South African "Save Our Rhino's" project by Karen Stadler.
There is still time to join anyone of these projects!
Global Read Aloud http://www.globalreadaloud.com
The International Dot Day
Projects by Jen
Save Our Rhinos Project
Global School Network
Padlet (Online digital Post-it Note Page)
Flat Stanley App
Building Community: Back2School Fun
This August radio broadcast will jump start your back to school activites with the focus on building a community of learners in your classroom. We are adding a new twist to renew team build collaboration activities techno-style!
Resources shared today:
Common Core and & EdTech
Back to School Ice Breakers
Book Creator for iPad ($3.99)
Book Writer ($1.99)
Haiku Deck (free)
Visualize Free (free and $$)
PaperPort Notes (free)
Websites and tools mentioned:
Bingo Maker http://bingomaker.com
Google Docs http://docs.google.com
Google Presentations http://docs.google.com
Google Templates Google Drive
Air Server http://www.airserver.com
Chrome Extension Timers: 1 Click Timer of Talking Alarm Clock
“High Tech Treasure Hunts & Geocaching"
What child doesn't love a game of hide-and-seek? How about a high-tech version in which members of a global treasure-hunting community hide small treasures the child can seek out using a smartphone?
That's what geocaching is all about: It's a free, real-world game in which players use a GPS-enabled mobile device to navigate to a specific location — maybe even the local park — to find a hidden container, or "geocache," that another player placed. The geocache contains a logbook to sign and very often a real treasure, perhaps a small trinket or toy. You can take the item with you as long as you replace it with another item of the same or greater value.
Websites provided: http;//www.geocaching.com, to locate, research, and log finds. And help guides to get started: http://www.geocaching.com/guide
Blooms Taxonomy Apps and Resources
This radio broadcast focuses on the wonderful world of Bloom's Taxonomy and how it relates to mobile apps, resources, websites and social media. Ideas have been shared of how to jump start student learning with authentic designing performance tasks, crafting questions for conferring with students, and providing feedback on student work.
Resources shared and edtech teachers mentioned include:
Aditi Rao: aka Twitter: @TeachBytes
Resource shared: 22 Ways to Appy Blooms Taxonomy to Twitter: http://teachbytes.com/2013/03/25/22-ways-to-use-twitter-with-blooms-taxonomy/
Greg Swanson: aka Twitter @GregDSwanson
Resource shared: Apps Classified by SAMR Model http://appsineducation.blogspot.ca/2012/11/samr-model-apps-poster.html
SAMR Model: https://sites.google.com/a/msad60.org/technology-is-learning/samr-model
SAMR Graphic Model 1: http://msad75summertechnologyinstitute.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/samr3.jpg
SAMR Graphic Model 2: http://www.hippasus.com/rrpweblog
Kathy Schrock Bloomin' Apps: http://www.schrockguide.net/bloomin-apps.html
Tim Nielsen aka Twitter @teach1tech
Resource noted: Group Maker App
Ian Byrd aka Twitter @ByrdseedGifted
Resource noted: The Differentiator http://byrdseed.com/differentiator/
Creating Digital Learning Spaces
Come and learn about 10 unique designing elements of how to create and cultivate digital learning spaces for k-12 students.
View all the resources mentioned today and the top ten list at http://engage.intel.com and the heading of The Digital Buzz.
Top 10 design elements to create and cultivating digital learning spaces for k-12 students and educators.
1. Sunflower social groups and effective classroom management.
2. The front of the room is no more for direct instruction
3. Collaborative Creation Stations or Digital Literacy Stations and additional resource of The Differentiator http://byrdseed.com/differentiator/
4. iCenter- flip your library media center into a Genius Bar and teacher/student technology literacy social help desk area.
5. Intel Education's "Mobile Learning Scenarios for k-12" app. http://intel.com/teachers
6. Tools for Student Centered Learning http://intel.com/teachers
7. Learning Space Toolkit http://learningspacetoolkit.org
8. Third Teacher Plus http://thethirdteacherplus.com
9. Idea Paint http://www.ideapaint.com/spaces/school
10. Challenge yourself to create dynamic digital learning space(s) to maximize student learning, problem solving, creative and design thinking and digital publication to showcase learning.
March Madness: Getting Your Tech Game On
How do you get your tech and teacher game on for March and through the Spring season? Join Blanca Duarte, Dyane Smokorowski, Vanessa Jones and Naomi Harm as we share tech teaching best practices relating to Intel Teach Elements, Twitter as a PLN, 1:1 best practices, new Intel Elements blended learning course, and the famous Intel Teach webinars.
Teachers Engage: http://engage.intel.com
Intel Education: http://www.intel.com/teachers
Teacher Channel: http://www.teacherchannel.org
Schools World TV: http://www.schoolsworld.tv
Visual Tanking App: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/visual-ranking-app/id605417637?mt=8
Mobile Learning Senario K-12 App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.intel.mobilescenarios&feature=nav_result
It's All About The "Elements"
The Digital Buzz Radio Show- It's All About The "Elements"
Naomi Harm is interviewing guest speaker Heidi Catlin, technology coordinator from the Rhinelander, WI School District.
Heidi will share her professional development training experiences, quality and rigor of the course materials and resources, and her k-12 educator's blended learning experiences that have improved their new instructional approaches with the FREE Intel® Teach Elements—Online Professional Development Courses
We are also excited to announce and share the latest course in this series with you as well titled: Designing Blending Learning.
Please note, the radio broadcast will be recorded and archived on The Digital Buzz radio channel for future playback to meet your busy educator schedules. All support resources mentioned during the radio broadcast will also be uploaded to this threaded discussion for you to review, download and share with others through our online Intel Teachers Enage Community: http://engage.intel.com/message/109311
Its All About the App & Mobile Literacy
Naomi Harm is broadcasting live from San Jose, CA this week and providing an overview of her 2 day collaborative learning experience from the Google Teacher Academy and sharing out great Chrome apps, extensions and productivity skills with all of you.
Naomi has also introduced the new monthly "Mobile Literacy Boot Camps" that will take place in MN and WI from January through May 2013. These camps will be co-facilitated by students and teachers as dynamic duos and the content will be all around apps - Google Apps, Android Apps, iPad Apps etc.
Chrome extensions shared during this broadcast:
Turn Off the Lights
Read and Write for Google Docs
Easy Bib Citation
Awesome New Web Page Tab
Chrome Shortcut Display to master shortcuts - Click at the same time within the Chrome browser "Shift + ?"
Google Scripts: Autocrat, Flubaroo, FormMule, Doctopus
Common Sense Media- LOVE THIS SITE!!!! http://www.commonsense.org
Curators of New Knowledge
Come and explore the new student role in the digital collaborative classroom as curators of knowledge while immersing yourself in many resouces Naomi will provide during this month's radio broadcast. Naomi will share effective strategies, learning tools and resources to create and cultivate their new knowledge in a highly collaborate classroom for your k12 students or adult learners. As a guide, the free Intel Teach Elements "Collaboration in the Digital Classroom Framework" and the "Collaboration in the Digital Classroom" blended course will be introduced, to support you as an educator, administrator or a digital coach to find the right tool to get the job done to meet the student learning outcome.
Here is Naomi's presenation file today's content: http://goo.gl/pPPTc
Resources shared through todays' radio show include:
•Flipboard, Pulse, Zite
Intel Teach Elements Courses http://intel.com/teachers
Beth Kanter curation graphic orgainzer http://www.bethkanter.org