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Food for Thought: 


Giving and Getting Ownership From Your Students Work

Ownership in empowering! Having psychological ownership over the project can increase feelings of responsibility, attachment, accountability, and confidence.   Ever heard of The Ikea Effect? It is the name for the psychological phenomenon that occurs when consumers place a disproportionately high value on products they partially created. Researchers found that when people use their own labor to construct a particular product, they value it more than if they didn’t put any effort into its creation.

Take advantage of the Ikea Effect, and let students create their own media as part of a project. Examples include a butterfly video by kindergarteners, The Respiratory System iBook by a fourth grader,  the Chow Checker app by middle schoolers.

Increase ownership by giving students choices in the content of their projects, the process they use to create them, and their end productions' final forms. 

“When we choose for ourselves, we are far more committed to the outcome–by a factor of five to one.” 
                                                                                                                        -Harvard Business Review

"If you assign a project and get back 30 of the exact same thing, that's not a project, that's a recipe." Chris Lehmann

It's good to a have choices in the apps students use to create projects because they often disappear, become costly, or drastically change. Keep in mind Adam Bellow's saying: "Date the tool and marry and ability."

From: Learning in Hand

Rushton Hurley makes the observation,

 “If students are sharing their work with the world, they want it to be good. If they are just sharing it with you, they just want it to be good enough.” With websites and social media, students certainly have the ability to reach a potentially global audience. Knowing they can reach people worldwide with their projects, learners will want to make those productions W.O.W. (Worthy of the World). 


Microsoft Office Home Use Program

GCPS has once again partnered with Microsoft to provide a full version of Office 2016 for only $9.95! As faculty or staff of Gwinnett County Public Schools, you are eligible to purchase your own copy of Office Professional Plus 2016 or Office Home & Business 2016 for Mac to use at home. You must use your work email to be eligible to purchase one of the versions of Microsoft Office. https://www.microsofthup.com/hupus/home.aspx



Preferred Pricing for GCPS Employees from CDW-G