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Required Projects 2008-09

iRead teachers need to publish 3 audio projects (veteran iRead teachers need to publish 2).
These will be 3 projects utilizing 3 different applications. The concept is to propose and create a project that supports reading comprehension, try it out, and share your results with the group. The way they will be shared with the group is by uploading the project to your blog. Basic instructions for uploading are listed below. Other resources for using district blogs can be found on our iRead Help Resources page.

Preparation:
  1. If you are uploading Keynote examples (which you will be doing for the first project), you need to compress (or archive or Zip) the document before you upload it. A Keynote document is actually a folder of resources. Folders cannot be emailed or added to webpages, so first they have to be compressed into a single item. Here's how.
  2. Remember where you saved the compressed file.
Adding a Blog Entry:
  1. Use the Safari Browser.
  2. Login to your blog using your email name (the part before the @) and the password given to you.
  3. Click on the + to add a new entry to your blog.
  4. For the entry title, put the title of your project or lesson.
  5. Write the necessary information (see below).
  6. Click on the paperclip at the top and navigate to where you have the example(s) you compressed.
  7. Click Attach to upload the file. A page icon appears on the page when the upload has finished.
  8. Click "save" in the editing toolbar when you're finished editing the page. The filename of your attached file becomes visible on the page and others can click the name or icon to download the file.
  9. (If you need to go back and edit, click on the pencil).
Copyright


The question has been asked by multiple teachers about posting sample projects on the web that include photos without copyright release. Our consensus is that you may post these sample projects. It would be hard to demonstrate this project for others to see without the pictures you use in class included in the sample project. However, we discourage you from posting all of your students' projects with these copyrighted photos.


You may want to show (especially older students) how to cite an illustrator (or photographer) in the book you are using. You might put this on the last page, where you cite music, etc. used in the project.

The links below are references for citing.

http://www.noodletools.com/helpdesk/index.php?action=kb&article=143

http://www.noodletools.com/helpdesk/index.php?action=kb&category=2


Audio Projects 

Project 1 - the first project uses Keynote with audio recording. 2008-09
1. The 1st blog entry (your proposal) is due asap, so you have more time to work on the project. On your blog, for the first blog entry, give an overview of your proposed project and explain how it would support reading comprehension. Email Brad, Frank, or Tom when you have posted this proposal, so we can give feedback before you start.
2. The 2nd blog entry is due January 22nd (you can upload it earlier). On your second blog entry, after the project is done, describe the process, including reflecting on lessons learned and how you might change it. List the grade level(s) it might be appropriate for (Kinder, 1st, etc). Attach a zipped student sample of the completed project - if you have a template, attach that too.

Project 2 - the second project uses GarageBand 2008-09

The GarageBand Project requirements are fairly open-ended

1. The project needs to directly address Reading Comprehension (as we discussed at the last meeting; really hit RC head on)

2. If possible, focus on non-fiction (expository stories)

3. Address at least one of the 6 strategies from Strategies that Work/Houghton Mifflin

    • Predict and Infer
    • Monitor and Clarify
    • Questioning
    • Summarizing
    • Visualizing
    • Evaluate

4. Post a proposal on your blog on or before February 27th

5. Post a student-created sample project on your blog, on or before March 12th. (your whole class may not have completed that GB project by this date, but it is expected that all students will do a this project or one very similar GB Reading Comprehension projects by the end of the year)


Project 3 - the third project uses the iPod's recording capabilities (using Speakeasy or iTalk (not the free version of iTalk)) 2008-09

The iPod touch Project requirements are fairly open-ended also

1. The project needs to directly address Reading Comprehension (as we discussed at the last meeting; really hit RC head on)

2. Use the recording capabilities of of the iPod

3. Address at least one of the 6 strategies from Strategies that Work/Houghton Mifflin

    • Predict and Infer
    • Monitor and Clarify
    • Questioning
    • Summarizing
    • Visualizing
    • Evaluate

4. Post a proposal on your blog as soon as you are ready

5. Post a student-created sample project on your blog, on or before April 23rd (your whole class may not have completed that iPod project by this date, but it is expected that all students will do a this project or one very similar iPod Reading Comprehension projects by the end of the year).

Final Meeting

Testing


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