So in the last post I said we were in the home stretch for the video project. Well that was certainly wishful thinking on my part. Here it is one month later (and we only missed one day for snow on a Tuesday) and we still have some teams that are trying to put together all the components of the project in order to record and save the video file. What is the hold up? Pretty much it is following directions. That is it in a nutshell. What scaffolding was done for this project?
1. All steps were written out and explained on the Roller Coaster assignment document posted on the webmix.
2. All steps were drawn in boxes on the smart board to show the sequence of parts and how the whole thing fit together.
3. Mini sample video was created to demonstrate how the images and narration would fit together.
4. Individual paper checklists were given to each student containing step by step items to be completed and checked off with a pencil.
5. We reviewed saving a PowerPoint file as a jpeg image, something that had been done in a previous assignment this year.
6. A master chart was displayed on the smart board to indicate who had not yet completed their individual parts (everyone was responsible for 4 slides).
7. A full length sample video was created to demonstrate the type of narration needed with each image.
Some hard working individuals got right to the task, carefully checked off each item as it was completed, and asked questions if they were not sure about something. Congratulations to them! Others dawdled, just guessed at what they needed to do rather than check 2 sets of directions (online and paper) and then had to start over when they had not done anything that was asked.
But this is a learning experience, and working as a team and being able to collaborate are life skills that are very important. So is the skill of following directions. For some students it has taken a while for grades to show up in PowerSchool for the 2 slide images they had to create. I will not accept less than an 80% score on something they are contributing to a team effort, so there have been do-overs. A few still need to complete their portion but this week is the last call. Some groups have begun to record their narration. And yes, it will all be displayed for the world in video form as they embed the video into a blog post. At least we won't have to worry about any more snow days (I hope).
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