Projects for the fourth quarter include the evaluating websites activity (which has been posted on PowerSchool for some time now), the write up of the infographic project as a blog post with the infographic embedded and linked, and a final presentation activity called Pecha Kucha. There are a number of students who have not submitted their post on the infographic and that should have been done by now.
Pecha Kucha is a 20 x 20 format, which means that each presenter gets 20 slides which automatically advance after 20 seconds. Because of our time frame we do a mini version of the Pecha Kucha, with 5 slides at 20 seconds each, for a total of 100 seconds of presentation time. The rubric for the Pecha Kucha activity is found on the class webmix with some technical steps for the set up in Google Presentation. Students chose numbers at random and then I emailed them a PDF copy of their assigned news article. Since their recent topic in social studies was Asian countries such as India, China, Japan, and others, the news articles all are in some way concerned with those countries in the areas of science, politics, culture, art, etc. May 22 will be the day to put the slides together and practice, with May 28 being the presentation date. Common Core State Standards call for increased reading of informational text, and this activity will allow students to read, analyze, and summarize and article via words and images. My sample Pecha Kucha presentation was actually on another area that has been in the news recently with the topic being the kidnapping of the girls in Nigeria by the Boko Haram group. #BringBackOurGirls.