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Final Assignments

There are two summative tasks (besides the blog) for this class. You cannot begin these projects during class time until your project manager has confirmed that you have finished all work on Project 3.

Task One: Greatest Hits Presentation

Goal: Design a 5 to 10 minute multimedia presentation composed of your “greatest hits” from our class.

Due Date: Presentations will occur Wednesday, January 19th to Friday, January 21st

Format:  Multimedia. Possible examples include a movie, PPT, Jing, VoiceThread, spoken word, podcast or a combination of media.

You will be presenting in class; however, you may prerecord all of your presentation if you are not comfortable speaking in front of the class.

All technology must work during your presentation.  Be sure to check to see that it works before the day of your presentation.

Requirements: Your “Greatest Hits” will be combination of skills and projects from the entire course. It must include:

  • 2 examples from your placement
  • 2 examples from projects 1, 2 and/or 3
  • 1 other example from class – i.e., Staples Contest, Blog Entries, Enriching Technology Assignment

The rest is up to you!

Task Two: Course Reflection — To be negotiated on an individual basis.

The course reflection is part of your summative mark in the class.  It is a written assignment.  For each of the three categories, choose one question to answer. While there is no specific word count I am looking for, aim for 250 to 400 words per question.

Expectations

  • Full sentences, proper spelling and grammar
  • Content that demonstrates a high degree of thought and reflection on your experiences in the course.
  • Specific examples to support your points

Submission Method

  • Either a Google document (be sure to share it with me) or a blog post on your blog.

Course Reflection Questions

General Course Experiences

a)       What part of the course did you enjoy the most? Why?  What part of the course did you enjoy the least? Why?
b)      What skills (technology and non-technology) did you develop?  How will these skills help you in your future pursuits?
c)       What did you struggle with in this course? Why did you struggle?

Areas for Improvement

a)       What changes could be made to the assignments in the course next year? Be specific.
b)      What changes could be made to improve the placements next year? Be specific.
c)       What advice would you give future IDC students? Be specific.
d)      This year the course focused on primarily on web 2.0 tools.  What area of technology should be focus on next year? Why?

Technology in Education

a)       Do you believe that technology can improve education by increasing student engagement in class, increasing student understanding of class material and/or improving student results?  Use specific examples from your own experience or your placement to support your ideas.
b)      A teacher is reluctant to invest the time and energy it takes to use more technology.  What would you say to this teacher to convince him/her that using technology is worth the effort involved?

Bonus Question

One of the main differences between this course and many others, besides the lack of tests, is the potential to do more than is expected of you.  At any point do you demonstrate superior leadership, involvement or commitment to this course that you would like me to take into consideration when determining your final grade.  Please be specific and clear in describing what you did and why it went ‘above and beyond’ the expectations of the course.

Project 3 – Evaluation

As part of the planning stage, you need to decide as a group how you will be evaluated.  In the course I have used two different types of evaluation tools:

  1. Rubrics — Blog RubricEnriching Tech Rubric
  2. Score Sheets — Web 2.0 EvaluationNetbook Team Evaluation

Choose one of these tools.

For your evaluation you need to have at least one expectation in each of the four categories

  • Knowledge and Understanding – research, ICT concepts
  • Thinking and Inquiry – planning, processing, critical and creative thinking
  • Communication – expression and organization, different audiences, use of conventions
  • Application – familiar contexts, transfer to new contexts, connections

Within each of these categories you want to be specific about what I should be looking for.

The end product needs to be evaluated as do some aspects of the planning and implementing processes.

Some things to consider – do you want:

  • a peer evalauation grade
  • a self evaluation grade
  • separate grades for each group member or one mark for the group

 

Project 3 – Planning and Brainstorming Session

Today will be the first day to work as a group on your project.  For a project, it is always tempting to dive into the creation part of the process.  Successful projects begin with a planning stage first.  So, before beginning work on your project you need to create a Project Plan and brainstorm some ideas.

Step 1: Brainstorming Session

A brainstorming session means you are open to any idea.  A good way of keeping track of brainstorming is to use a mind map or other diagramming tool.  You can do this on pen and paper, with the Smartboard, using Smart Ideas 5 on your computers or Webspiration.   I do expect you to hand in your final brainstorming document.

After brainstorming you need to start narrowing down your ideas into key goals.  What should your project accomplish? What should the final product look like?  These goals can be revised over the next few days.

Step 2: Planning

Start with the research component.  What information should you look for?  All group members should be involved in this stage.

After doing your research, refine your goals and begin to develop the rest of your plan.

How do you want to be evaluated?  What should I look for in your final project?

Using the project plan template, start developing your project plan.  This plan should be updated and changed as your project evolves.

Project 3 Outline

Stages in Project Management

Planning

Develop the project plan. Start with your goals – what should your end product look like?  Who is it for?  What needs do they have?  There should be a research component in this stage (i.e. ask people involved what they need) and/or look at what other schools/organization do.

You also need to plan how you wish to be evaluated.

Organizing

Break the project down into tasks.  Who will be responsible for each part? How much time will people need? What resources/information will they need?  In what order do the tasks need to be completed?

Implementing

This is the stage when you actually do the work.  Everyone should have clear tasks that they are assigned in a logical order.

Controlling

Control is an ongoing process throughout the implementation stage.

How will you monitor progress?  How will you keep each other informed of your efforts?  What happens when someone doesn’t complete their tasks?  What happens when what is produced doesn’t meet your required standards?

Close Out

How will you know the project is finished?  Do you want to celebrate your work in any way?

Expectations

  • A polished, professional final product
  • An evaluation plan – rubric or marking scheme (how do you want to be evaluated?)  Consult the course expectations to see what you can base the evaluation on.
  • Brainstorming materials – can be electronic or on paper.
  • Project plan – updated and revised as the project progresses

Project 3 Groups

Website – Project Managers: Yoav and Shayan

  • Abdul
  • Stevenson
  • Paul K.
  • Jina
  • Tal
  • John

Video – Project Managers: Jenny and David

  • Anzella
  • Sasha
  • Aaron
  • Vlad
  • Akiva
  • Alan

Training Materials – Project Managers (Nico and Ariel)

  • Neel
  • Chris
  • James
  • Paul H.
  • Igor
  • Lindsay
  • Noah
  • Anna
  • Ilnar
  • Calvin

Web Design Project

We are looking for approximately 7 people to fill two distinct roles.

The first of which are  graphic designers.  Applicants should have general artisitic ability as well as experience with design, photoshop, etc.  These people will be responsible for the basic layout of the website as well as conferring with Shayan (programmer) and Ms. Cuttle, as well as Mrs. Green to determine an appropriate and enhanced design for the school website. (3 people)

The second role is Content “creators”. These people will have to fill the website with all the necessary information such as course and school information.  This will involve alot of writing.  This means that applicants should be able to write clearly and professionally.  These people will also have to perform multiple surveys and interviews with teachers and students in the early stages to determine what other information will be added to the website. (4 people)

Other general requirements:

–  Good communication skills:  We will be working alot with teachers and students and so you will need to be able to communicate effectively with them.

–  Creativity (abstract ideas for the website)

–  Able to meet deadlines

Please indicate in the comments section if you are interested in being on our team, and if so, which of the roles you would like to fill and why you think you are qualified for that role.

Thanks!

Shayan and Yoav

Training Materials Project Recruitment

For the training materials project, we are compiling information about the various web tools that we studied in this course. To be able to thoroughly complete the project we need one person from every group that studied a web tool (Jing, Diigo, etc), and a SmartBoard training manual, as well as information on netbook procedures. We need people who are knowledgeable about specific web tools, and those who know how to operate the SmartBoard. No specific skills required