The topic can be selected from the curriculum of the subject area.
A project can be created:
1. As an extension activity to tie a particular topic to an application
in real life or a common experience:
Example: Topic: conservation of energy
Project: How do roller coasters work?
2. As tutorials to reinforce concepts learned in the classroom
Example:Explain the processes of photosynthesis and cellular respiration
3. As an exploration of topics that are not generally covered in class:
Example: How does atomic spectra allows astronomers to identify
elements in stars?
It is important to create clear guidelines for the project.
Some questions to ask:
- Individual activity or a cooperative group setting?
- How is differentiated instruction addressed? In the content, the process or the product?
- What level of inquiry is used?
- What items should be included in a rubric?
There are a variety of digital tools that can be used AFTER the content and pedagogy decisions have been made.
Tools for collaboration: wiki, blog, Voicethread, Glogster
Tools for creation: Prezi, Xtranormal, Glogster, Pixton, Wordle, GoAnimate, Voki, OneTrueMedia
Reflections and video on the effect of using Web 2.0 tools
on student learning
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