Project Based Learning
For BYOD and 1-1 Schools
Rita Ayers, i21Zone Specialist, Chalkable
Giving Students Choices
We don't give students a set of watercolors and tell them to color everything blue. Yet, we frequently limit their options when it comes to showing us what they have learned.
BYOD and 1:1 classrooms can provide teachers the flexibility to allow their students choices when assigning projects. Every student may not have the same apps as their classmates, so instead of requiring the students to use a particular app or website, why not give them a choice? You will find that student engagement and creativity will increase when students are given the freedom to use different tools to deliver content.
Free Resources for Video Projects
Make Your Own Cartoon Network
Consider having students team together to make political cartoons in standard comic strip format. An extra challenge can be to have them create likenesses of themselves to incorporate into the project. Check out the samples below and at right from Sylacauga High students. You can double-click to enlarge them.
The Key to Success
While some teachers find it difficult to allow students this kind of freedom, a clear rubric given to the students beforehand will ensure everyone is on the same page. The teacher still has structured grading, but without the boredom repetitiveness brings.
Free Resources for Web Projects
Examples of other assignments that give students choices:
Use the Camera on their Device as a Scanner
Instead of waiting for a slow scanner to scan in page after page of a document, just snap pictures and create a multi-page PDF with any of a number of free apps. One good one is Genius Scan.
Here's a link to a huge list of ideas for how to use Genius Scan (or any other device "scanner" for that matter.)
Jump to download Genius Scan from the iTunes store.
Open the Genius Scan app; your device's camera is automatically activated. Aim at anything you wish to scan and press the camera icon. You're done! NOTE: Consistent lighting is recommended!
Take pictures of handwritten notes, receipts, textbook pages, pictures - anything you would normally scan. You can adjust the boundaries before you finalize, just as with a normal scanner.
Ok, my mind wasn't blown, but I did learn some cool tricks!
Some of these are the same as the earlier 19 tips - but there are some fun new ones in there too!