The Final Project

Your final project is a research project: select a topic, research it – from multiple angles if possible, and then prepare to present it back to the class. No paper for this lab! Your final project will be presented in a digital format.

Step 1: Pick a Topic (if you have an idea for a topic not listed, please email Lisa + Christy/Sarah with the topic). Think about something you’re interested in, and something you’d likely have to advocate for as a teacher. Some suggested topics:

Classroom Flipping | Differentiation | Student Engagement | Classroom Management | Digital Citizenship | Social Media | Collaboration | Game-based Learning | iPads/Devices | Digital Divide | Cell Phones in the Classroom | Textbooks (who needs them?) |

Need some ideas on how these topics might lend themselves to your presentation? Check out the page Final Topics Projects above.

Step 2: Research. At a minimum, find at least three sources to base your project on. A minimum of one source must be academic in nature; another could be a blog you’ve been following or a contact you’ve made via Twitter. Remember, your sources represent a factual approach. If you’d like to get a personal or emotional perspective (or a “person on the street” perspective) that’s great – cite the personal interview as a 4th (or 5th or 6th) source. Your final presentation may also include YouTube videos and/or images (all must be cited).

The reference librarians at Stewart Memorial Library can help you find academic sources for your topic. In addition, here are a few places to start (this is not an all extensive list):

Step 3: Analyze and interpret what you’ve read and take notes as if you were writing a research paper. You should come up with formal definition of your topic, with at least 3-5 supporting details. Consider presenting multiple view points (for example: there are strong proponents and strong opposition to the concept of classroom flipping. How does the research support or oppose both sides?)

Step 4: put it all together in a stand-alone (meaning it could be viewed/understood without you explaining it in person) multi-media presentation. You can you use any format/application (with the exception of MS PowerPoint or Word) to put together your research. Your final creation will need to be linked or embedded on your blog, and Tweeted. On your blog you will also need to include a bibliography. Use MLA for citation style. Note sure how to cite web journals? Use EasyBib – this website will help you create the appropriate MLA citation for web journals and blogs.

A few digital tools to consider (not an exhaustive list – you might have stumbled upon something exciting you’d like to try – now is the time!:

  • Metta.io This is a mash-up type media presentation (using YouTube videos, images, text, your own voice recording, etc.) Consider recording portions of your message and incorporating them to create a full story.
  • ThingLink is a free tool for creating interactive images. To create an interactive image upload an image from your computer to your ThingLink account. After uploading the image you can add pins to the image. Each pin that you add to your image can include a video clip, a link to another site, a SoundCloud recording, a block of text, or another image. Consider recording your own videos to incorporate!
  • VoiceThread is an application that’s been around for a while and has a wide following in the K-12 market. Upload images/videos, add your own audio or video comments, and invite others to comment/collaborate.

*If you have an app on a device you think would make a great presentation tool (like Educreation on iPad for instance), please let me know. I have hardware that can connect your iPad to our classroom displays.

Your bibliography and a draft of your presentation are both due on your blog by 11:55PM on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Details for in-class presenting will be posted next week.

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