2011-2012 GOALS AND ACTIONS
2a. Teachers design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
2c. Teachers customize and personalize learning activities to address students' diverse learning styles, working strategies, and abilities using digital tools and resources.
2d. Teachers provide students with multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards and use resulting data to inform learning and teaching.
4a. Teachers advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources.
My World History and World History Honors classes participated in a project during Trimester 1 that encompassed the four IP21 goals I had set for this year. This was a group project on the Gunpowder Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, Mughals, Ming and Qing China, and Tokugawa Japan. The students chose the empires they wanted to study in-depth and conducted library and online research. The components of the project included a presentation on how to conduct research by Dr. Leigh Ann Jones, Upper School Librarian; individual and group research online; daily documentation of research results; bibilography and images cited pages; topical outlines of presentations with each member's tasks; study guides produced by each group; oral and visual presentations; peer reviews; and an overall assessment guided by a grading rubric.
Each group chose their method of presentation, which could include Prezis, Power Points, videos, and Glogsters. Within the parameters of the components of the project, the students exercised collaboration and great creativity. They learned to conduct Advanced Google Searches to find credible websites; they consulted Purdue's OWL and other helpful sites for correct citation methods; they utilized digital tools for their presentations.