In most courses, if not all courses I have taken in the past, the key word in “final project” has been “final”. Not so with CoETaIL. This undertaking is very much in the “project” stage, and I am left after the past year and a half looking at many doors of opportunity through which I will guide students. That being said, there is something final in my sentiments right now, and from reading other Course 5 blogs, I feel I am in good company. Let’s get it done, folks!
My UbD for the final project was ambitious, as far as time constraints are concerned. All in all, I will meet every objective stated in the document, just not by 23 November. Before the outcomes of the Genghis Khan unit can be produced, I had/have to get:
- the community on board and up to speed to unlock our student blogs.
- my fourth graders (of 4/5 split class) up to par with digitatl citizenship and teach them how to set up blogs, post, and commnet (5th graders had CoETaIL teacher last year).
- my students connected and widen their PLNs.
- content of Genghis Khan unit to them.
- Sway page up and running.
- students CARPed up and savvy with infographic production.
…in that order.
Currently we have just initiated steps 4 and 5, which I am OK with. The kids are excited and engaged, and I am getting positive feedback all around.
Due to the nature of my project, I believe we reached/will reach ITSE tech standards in each domain. But again in hindsight, my final project is three projects built into one (informing community through Tech Talks, student Digital Citizenship presentations, upcoming community workshops; getting students conencted and set up with blog/commenting skills; student created Genghis Khan Sway page and culminating infographics) which will take us well into Spring. Rather than address each standard in my already lengthy video, I decided to include an analysis of my project against the standards below. Also, the video does not include an attribution image at the end, as all Creative Common images used include attribution on the image itself.