Our course 5 final project was really the culmination of what we’d been working on all year long. It started out as a ‘retooling of a lesson’ to integrate technology in a meaningful way (redefinition – in the SAMR model). In the process of developing a series of lessons (see the UbD planner below), we discovered something much bigger than we planned on. My @grade1class started the journey back in October by hooking up with @grade1osc from Overseas School Colombo in Sri Lanka for some tweet sessions, the odd Skype and maybe a project. We started out with a simple Storybird. Collaboration? Yes. Creativity? Yes. Connections..of course. What we didn’t anticipate was that the kids wanted to show others their work that we made together. They essentially demanded an authentic audience. Thus the @grade1class and @grade1OSC- Collaborative Blog – Grade 1 Rockstars was created. This blog was the beginning of a whole new project that has been going over the year. We’ve been keeping track of our digital footprints and our online collaborative activities. The kids own it, even if we have ‘control’ over it and they understand that. Our Social Media Essential Agreement played a big part in being safe online (and a very useful tool in modelling good digital behaviour and responsibility) and making good online decisions. We are explicit when using it and refer to it when engage in online activities. Again the kids made this, they own it. We did a lot with Common Sense Media, so check that out for some great ideas, lesson plans etc. In addition, @prashanigamage (the teacher of @grade1OSC) and myself often referred to the ISTE Standards for Teachers when planning our engagements and collaborations.
So the UbD plan looks like this:
Here is the final video. I used my Grade 1 kids to help me make the video, I figured why not it’s as much as their journey as it is mine. It’s by far from ‘perfect’ but after a few tries they decided to go with it. I loved their efforts. They wanted to use PuppetPals to express their reflections which we used as an assessment piece. They essentially just had to answer the question ‘What did you learn from our online collaboration’? The also had to justify their opinions. Kids also wrote their own private reflections in the Kidblog journals.
I chose Sparkol Videoscribe to tell my story. I must say the App is super ‘buggy’ and I lost my original work. Twice! (Yes it was ‘saved’… Twice.) So I guess you could say 3rd time lucky. We took our 2 pieces of work and whacked them into iMovie and came up with this: