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A little more experience with the iPads.
Those absent from class today, you will complete an ALTERNATIVE assignment: scroll to the bottom of the page for Alternative assignment details.

The Challenge

“Your group has just been selected to make a presentation to the committee at Money Magazine that determines the Best Places to Live. You have been asked to research the three cities. Using the criteria your group selected, you must compare the cities you have chosen by researching and then presenting your findings in a compelling way to the magazine selection committee. Only one of your cities can be added to the magazine. The magazine editors will use a rubric to rate your presentation.” The rubric is below.


The first 20+ minutes of class Week 12 (April 15-15) will be the group presentations and we will vote on the best.

The winning group gets to skip the Week 12 reflection..........just a little incentive!!!!


Design and Build
  • Planning
  • Gathering media and building a set of activities
  • Publishing, presenting and assessing
  • Reflecting on the experience, writing a reflection

Where is the best place to live in America?
  • Select the best place to live in America.
  • What is the criteria for selecting their city and compare two or three cities using the criteria. We will do this as a class!
  • Each group creates a compelling presentation of that place to the editors of Money Magazine (which each year publishes a list of the Best Places to Live in America).
  • Using the iPads plan, gather, build, publish, to complete the activity, then share their projects and use

HINT: winning group gets to skip the Week 12 reflection..........just a little incentive!!!!

Alternative: Where is the best and/or most cost effective location for a dream vacation? Choices could include luxury, eco-travel, history trip, adventure, exotic, or theme-based (such as famous gardens or sporting venues). Plan and gather materials and then create a compelling presentation to argue for a particular location.

Each year Money Magazine publishes a list of the best places to live in America. Best Places to Live 2010:
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2010/index.html

Brainstorm a list of criteria you think they might use to determine which cities are selected and select three criteria your group thinks are the most important. Examples: cost of living, quality schools, affordable housing, leisure activities, cultural options, job opportunities, weather, and so on.

Best Places Assignment RUBRIC to base your project around.


A Few Possible Resources to start you on your journey...... but don;t limit yourself to just these.

Multiple Data Sources
www.hometownlocator.com
www.ersys.com
http://factfindr2.census.gov
www.citytowninfo.com
www.bestplaces.net
www.cityrating.com
www.city-data.com

Economic
http://smpbff2.dsd.census.gov/TheDataWeb_HotReport/servlet/HotReportEngineServlet?
emailname=whazard@census.gov&filename=ed_home.hrml

Weather
www.weatherbase.com

Crime
www.areaconnect.com/crime/compare.htm

Schools
www.greatschools.org
www.psk12.com/rating/index.php

Cultural, Entertainment, Historical, Things for kids to do, Sports, etc.................

Apps to consider using, ones in bold ARE YOU BEST OPTIONS FOR FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATION
  • iMovie, make a movie, use New Project rather than Trailer, easy to share
  • Zapd, create a webpage easy, easy to collaborate and share
  • Pages Page layout/word procession
  • Keynote presentation
  • Numbers charts/graphs/spreadsheet
  • SonicPic narrated slide show, easy to share
  • Scratchwork for internet searching and notetaking
  • ScribblePress, a publication,
  • Maps
  • Camera
  • PicCollage Make a digital poster, fairly easy to share
  • Animoto, easy to share
  • Zite , great for your researxhresearch
  • Voicethread, narrated collaborative slideshow, easy to collaborate and share
  • Comics lite
  • Storylines
  • Zoodle comics
  • Popplet for brainstorming
  • BlueFire for audio recording

Reflecting on the experience, potential methods........
  • Using Notes: Participants can break into groups and address the questions using Notes to keep track of their thoughts and then share with the full group, even emailing the notes to one another later. Participants can use
  • Using a podcast: Participants can create a brief podcast, using an app such as BluefiRe or Keynote, that addresses some of the questions.
  • Using a brainstorming app: Individuals can create a word cloud or mind map with “answers” to some of the questions, using an app such as iBrainstorm, iThoughtsHD, or Popplet Lite.
  • Using a voice recording app: Pairs can interview each other using an app like iMovie or BlueFire, and create a brief multimedia presentation to debrief their experience.
  • Using the Camera app: Have participants interview each other about theirresponses using the Camera app. Allow time for sharing the interviews with the group.

Questions to use for reflection
Select at least 2 questions from the list of questions below for your group reflection.
  • How does the technology enable transformative teaching and learning?
  • How was this experience different from simply asking students to report ona city?
  • What processes did you engage in when you were doing the activity?
  • What curriculum areas or standards were addressed?
  • What are the challenges and rewards to teaching this way?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages for students?
  • How does this type of activity address learning styles and multiple intelligences?
  • In what ways does this activity support current research on learning?
  • What is it about this type of activity that involves social learning? Personal learning?
  • What types of activities are most apt to engage students?
  • What do you need to think of as a teacher to effectively add iOS devices to the curriculum?
  • What attributes do iOS devices bring and how do those connect to the curriculum?
  • How does this type of teaching reflect current research findings?
  • What aspects of these ideas might you use in your own classroom?
  • If you are using iPad: How does the ability to move around with your device change the way you can approach learning activities?
  • What are you working on right now that would benefit from this type of study?
  • What surprised you? What did you find interesting? What do you want to share with a colleague?
  • How do you think your students would respond to these activities? Why?
  • What types of activities will be most apt to engage students? (using essential questions, being open-ended rather than looking for a specific answer, becoming the person in history or character from the book, and telling the story in first person, for example

Add your group reflection to each of your websites with your project. ALL, same post!!

Title your POST: Best Places and Creating with the iPad




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  1. Add your Week 11 weekly reflection (details on week 1).

  2. Add the iPad assignment, it might be a link to the project or THE ACTUAL PROJECT, IT DEPENDS ON WHAT APP YOU USE TO COMPLETE THE PROJECT. You must also include your reflection. Project and reflection should be in ONE post on your website.

  3. Those absent from class today, you will complete an ALTERNATIVE assignment: IF YOU WERE NOT IN CLASS, please email me at ded318@gmail.com and I will send you the assignment via email.




    Alternative Assignment for student who were absent in class this week. Clearly it would have been easier to be in class.


    Below is a list of questions to get you started. Do your research and put together a CREATIVE sales pitch with research and evidence presentation that would answer these ideas and convince your school district to go 1:1. Assume you have to present this to your school board in a effort to transform your school and teach in a 1:1 environment. This presentation should be added to your website of course.



    Title: Week 11 Alternative: Implements a 1:1 technology program in a school of 500.



    Assume your school has 500 students and base your budget on that number. How much would it cost to implement a 1:1 iPad initiative, how much would you save on text books, what about Apps, professional development/teacher training, Why 1:1, you have to convince a bunch of traditional old foggies, etc. etc.



    BE detailed, schools board members will ask tons of questions and you should have he answers.



    I have a Pinterest board with lots of 1:1 resources. Check it out. I also have lots of posts about 1:1 on my blog.



    How does the technology enable transformative teaching and learning?

    What are the challenges and rewards to teaching with technology?

    What are the advantages and disadvantages for students?

    How does teaching with technology address learning styles and multiple intelligences?

    What is it about this type of activity that involves social learning? Personal learning?

    What types of activities are most apt to engage students?

    What do you need to think of as a teacher to effectively add laptops and iPad devices to the curriculum?

    What attributes do iPads iOS devices bring and how do those connect to the curriculum?

    How does teaching with Technology reflect current research findings?

    What aspects of these ideas might you use in your own classroom?

    If you are using iPad: How does the ability to move around with your device change the way you can approach learning activities?

    What are you working on right now that would benefit from this type of study?