MorningTopic: Looking at projects and planning out projects
10 am - 11 am
Finding Examples/Exemplars The goal this morning is to develop a project plan that you feel you can implement this fall in your classes. If you are still looking for inspiration, a couple of resources that might help you find ideas:
As you look through some project ideas look for some of the common characteristics that projects have. Find one example of a project that you think gets close to the kind of project you are looking at doing. (30 minutes)
Pair up with a partner and show explain the work you identified using the "Think, Pair, Share" thinking routine. Consider two questions to share:
What do you see in this work that gets close to what you are looking for?
What are elements you still need to develop to make it work?
Project Planning 11 am - 12:00 pm Below is a description elements teachers should consider when planning a project form a High Tech High Project Tuning Protocol planning sheet - look at the bullets and consider that each element is a necessary element of a project development.
High Tech High
Project Description for Tuning (ms word version here)
At your discretion, bring a one- or two-page project description for distribution at the tuning session. We can help with printing and copying if you have handout.
Feel free to bring other planning materials, such as a product prototype that you yourself have created.
In your project description, please include the following:
Timeline/Milestones (what duration, what checkpoints or intermediate products)
Strategies for meeting needs of diverse learners, including EL and special needs
Presentation (how will students present/exhibit their work)
There are a variety of templates and forms project designers (yes, that means you!) use to layout a project (keep the adage in mind "if you don't know where you are going, any road will do!).
Use one of these forms to plan out your project ideas.
The goal is to have something to share in a tuning protocol after lunch! This will be a draft that is complete enough to get feedback on.
Afternoon 1:00 - 1:30 Topic: App Smackdown and further app development Hines will share Wikispaces, Reflector and Formit What can you share? Looking for powerful Apps that are discipline specific
1:30 - 2:15 The power of Models and Critiquing -- read Ron Berger's Section on Models here and watch his video below - Thining Routine: Used to think: click here
We will combine with the Project 101 to run a short set of Project Tuning Protocols. This is a structured conversation that will allow you to share your idea to date and get feedback to make it stronger. If you look at the 6 minute Ron Berger video below you will see how even elementary students can be shown how to give meaningful feedback to build better work.