Multiple means of engagement
What is your most favorite game (in the real world or virtual)? Post a picture to Padlet and write a few keywords explaining why it is engaging.
You may want to look into this concept called “gamification.” Here is an example.
If you haven’t created the post yet, let’s go to your WordPress, log in, and create a “post.” Name it “Citizen Scientist midway report” or something similar.
In one paragraph (you can write more), tell me where you are with your project and how you feel about it so far.
The project description can be found here or from the menu.
Here’s a video tutorial on how to use StoryCorps.
Proposed project timeline:
- By Sep. 7, finish your interview.
- On Sep. 7, get ready to discuss StoryCorps-based teaching plan ideas (in groups of 3).
- On Sep. 12, share your teaching plan with the rest of the class.
The Genius Hour project is a semester-long project that helps you and allows you to think meaningfully and take action about personal interests that may offer (educational) value.
The idea of Genius Hour came from one of the most innovative companies–Google, so let’s first take a look at what they do with it (they call it 20% Project):
Please also check out how the concept works in the classroom:
The Genius Hour exists for another reason. According to the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), we try to provide multiple means of engagement. This is why we want the Genius Hour to be yours, and not simply what the instructors assign you to do. Similar ideas may have already appeared in your other classes. Think about the differences they make to your learning experience.
What to do now
Explore ideas that interest you, that you’ve always wanted to try out. Google wants its employees to explore ideas that potentially benefit the company; in the same spirit, I’m asking you to explore ideas that potentially offer educational value (to you or to other people). There are no other limitations.
We will spend some time brainstorming ideas next week. For now, toy with your curiosity as much as possible.
Preparing for next week
- Well, we don’t meet on Friday. Please use the time to conduct your StoryCorps interview.
- We don’t meet on Monday, either.
- Remember to upload your interview and tell me how to find it by 11:59pm, Sep. 7.
- Start planning your Citizen Scientist presentation according to the project description. Make it 3-4 minutes long (no need to be exact). I’ll explain how we do the presentation when we come back.
- To recapitulate, we have 3 projects going on at this moment:
- Citizen Scientist: going into the final stage;
- StoryCorps: a quick project that has just started;
- Genius Hour: a semester-long project that has not exactly started yet.
- As always, if you have questions or concerns about this course, talk to me before you leave, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.