Days 41 & 42 Genius Hour presentations

Presentation rubric

Please do:

  1. Explain why you picked your project (and did you have previous experience?)
  2. Explain the iterative process: False starts, change of plan, challenges, etc. (Did you end up where you set out to be?)
  3. Explain what you learned from doing the project.
  4. Tell us how much you like the project after one semester.
  5. Tell us what you think you would do differently.

Bonus talking points: (up to 10% bonus; the max is still capped at 100%)

  • How useful do you consider your project to be?
  • How creative do you think your project is?
  • Do you plan to carry on (this project or Genius Hour in general)?
  • Always useful: What, why, how, where, when.
  • STAR technique: Situation, task, action, and resolution

Presenters

Make sure you come to both sessions. We need good presenters, and a supportive audience.

Before we begin, please enter information about your presentations (and comments) in this Google Doc. Try to limit your presentation to 5 minutes.

Wednesday

  1. Kate
  2. Amelia
  3. Brittany
  4. Leslie
  5. Corrine
  6. Megan
  7. Zach
  8. Katelyn
  9. Sarah Schwartz
  10. Allen

Friday

  1. Wade
  2. Rachel
  3. Sarah Enterkin
  4. Mecole
  5. Sydney
  6. Raven
  7. Morgan
  8. Ryan
  9. Michael
  10. Taylor

We’ll be taking a class picture on Friday, which I will send you by email afterwards. Be there!

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Day 40 Genius Hour

How not to present:

Genius Hour presentation

Nov. 28: Discussing the rubric, and finishing (at least for now) your Genius Hour projects

Nov. 30: Presentation Day 1

Dec. 2: Presentation Day 2 (I don’t think we can finish every presentation in one day.)

Let me know if you have a preferred day for presentation. Otherwise I will pick a random order.

Also, do show up on both presentation days.

How to present?

The easiest way to present is to show us what you did for the project. Here’s an example–a little web app I created during Thanksgiving: http://lh81655.coe.uga.edu/cards/

For other things you can probably do, let’s go to the next section.

What should our rubric be?

I’m not sure if you have been asked to do this before, but since Genius Hour are YOUR projects, I think it’s only natural that you take part in setting the rules. What do you think should we value in our presentations?

You can write your ideas down in this Padlet. Tell us about what you think is important, and remember to provide some explanation.

Preparing for Wednesday

Come to class! Be the best presenters! Or be the best audience!

Course evaluation: https://portal.coe.uga.edu

Preparing for the end of semester

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving! We are not meeting in class today.

We are coming close to the end of the semester now. The only project that’s left on the list is Genius Hour. When you come back from Thanksgiving, prepare to write your final Genius Hour post for this class. (May your projects continue even after we are finished, because they are YOUR projects!)

The 6th post is different from the previous ones, because our Genius Hour for EDIT 2000 needs a proper conclusion:

For the 6th post (which is our last), talk about your experience with your project: How do you feel about it? What do you feel good about? What can be improved if you try again? What have you learned? How do you want to tell other people about it?

Tentative schedule after Thanksgiving:

  • Nov. 28: Concluding your Genius Hour for our class, brainstorming and discussing ideas and the rubric for presentation, and prepare for your presentation.
  • Nov. 30 and Dec. 2: Presentation. There are 20 of us, so it is highly likely we do not finish all presentations in one session. Plan your presentations to go as long as 4 minutes, and we should have enough time for everyone.

Day 39 BOYD/1:1 presentation

Time to share what you’ve come up with!

Project timeline

  1. Wednesday, Nov. 2: Task 1 discussion.
  2. Friday, Nov. 4: No class meeting. Use your time for the interview or other group activities.
  3. Monday, Nov. 7: Task 2 discussion.
  4. Wednesday, Nov. 9: Task 3 discussion.
  5. Friday, Nov. 11: Group work.
  6. Monday, Nov. 14: Optional group work (and time for Task 4 if you choose to take it).
  7. Wednesday, Nov. 16: Presentation.
  8. Friday, Nov. 18: Presentation (if necessary).

Presentation

As usual, write some good feedback for your classmates here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S_S8bb3_Ps6QQi3Iy0zhbDdfP7hWFuZROxV-MuGo_K4/edit?usp=sharing

We will present in the following order:

  1. Morgan, Raven, Taylor, and Sydney
  2. Ryan and Allen
  3. Sarah Enterkin, Corrine, Wade, and Michael
  4. Mecole, Brittany, and Rachel
  5. Katy, Leslie, Megan, and Sarah Schwartz
  6. Kate, Amelia, and Zach

Try to keep your presentations under 8 minutes, but take as much time as necessary. We still have Friday 🙂

Prepare for the end of semester

  1. Help us recruit for the Spring! Here’s a list of EDIT 2000 and a family of electives; and here’s the certificate handout–and you’ve probably already taken 2 of the required 5! Ask the coordinator to make sure: Gretchen Thomas gbthomas@uga.edu
  2. Upload your 5th Genius Hour post before this weekend, if you haven’t already.
  3. As always, if you have questions or concerns about this course, talk to me before you leave, or send me an email at lh81655@uga.edu.

Day 38 BOYD/1:1 optional group work

Today’s class meeting is optional. Come to class for group work if your group is not ready yet for presentation on Wednesday.

Groups: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S_S8bb3_Ps6QQi3Iy0zhbDdfP7hWFuZROxV-MuGo_K4/edit?usp=sharing

Project timeline

  1. Wednesday, Nov. 2: Task 1 discussion.
  2. Friday, Nov. 4: No class meeting. Use your time for the interview or other group activities.
  3. Monday, Nov. 7: Task 2 discussion.
  4. Wednesday, Nov. 9: Task 3 discussion.
  5. Friday, Nov. 11: Group work.
  6. Monday, Nov. 14: Optional group work (and time for Task 4 if you choose to take it).
  7. Wednesday, Nov. 16: Presentation.
  8. Friday, Nov. 18: Presentation (if necessary).

The rubric

  • Task 1
    • A reasonably detailed teacher interview that informs your group about the particular technology integration needs of the interviewee. 10%
    • A clear description of these needs in your transcript/record. 10%
  • Task 2
    • School characteristics (socioeconomic background of the community, culture, student age group, etc.) are given careful consideration, serving as the basis for your rationale. 10%
    • Sound suggestions based on critical evaluation of the needs and circumstances of your school of choice. 10%
    • Your proposition should aim at promoting meaningful learning. 10%
    • The report should be written in formal language. It should be at least 300 words in length. 10%
  • Task 3
    • State clearly the goal of your activity. It can be knowledge or skill acquisition, class management, or other appropriate goals for the school. 10%
    • The technology you choose for the activity should be appropriate considering the characteristics of the students, the teachers, the school, and other reasonable stakeholders. 10%
    • Use at least two pieces of technology. 10%
    • Present your activity creatively to the class. Refrain from using slideshows or word documents for the major part of your presentation, unless there is compelling reason why they are the more creative ways of presentation in your case. 10%
  • Overall: Come to discussion sessions. There is a 10% penalty for missing one session.
  • Cite and credit everything. Avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism will hold up your grade until after you and me can meet with a facilitator from the University’s Academic Honesty program.

Preparing for Wednesday

  1. Let’s hope all of us present on Wednesday. If your group wishes to present first, let me know.
  2. There are six groups, which means each group has about 8 minutes of presentation. If your presentation is longer than that, let me know.
  3. Please write and publish your 5th Genius Hour post some time this week (between Monday and Friday).
  4. As always, if you have questions or concerns about this course, talk to me before you leave, or send me an email at lh81655@uga.edu.

Day 37 BOYD/1:1 group work

I guess the tests do not cover cell phone skills

Today we meet in class for group work.

Groups: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S_S8bb3_Ps6QQi3Iy0zhbDdfP7hWFuZROxV-MuGo_K4/edit?usp=sharing

Project timeline

  1. Wednesday, Nov. 2: Task 1 discussion.
  2. Friday, Nov. 4: No class meeting. Use your time for the interview or other group activities.
  3. Monday, Nov. 7: Task 2 discussion.
  4. Wednesday, Nov. 9: Task 3 discussion.
  5. Friday, Nov. 11: Group work.
  6. Monday, Nov. 14: Group work (and time for Task 4 if you choose to take it).
  7. Wednesday, Nov. 16: Presentation.
  8. Friday, Nov. 18: Presentation (if necessary).

Preparing for Monday

  1. The plan is that we come back on Monday for one more day of group work before presentation.
  2. Please write and publish your 5th Genius Hour post some time next week (between Monday and Friday).
  3. As always, if you have questions or concerns about this course, talk to me before you leave, or send me an email at lh81655@uga.edu.

Days 33-36 Group discussions

Group: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S_S8bb3_Ps6QQi3Iy0zhbDdfP7hWFuZROxV-MuGo_K4/edit?usp=sharing

Currently 6 of you are not registered in the document above yet. Please come to class today (Wednesday, Nov. 2) so we can figure things out.

Project timeline

  1. Wednesday, Nov. 2: Task 1 discussion.
  2. Friday, Nov. 4: No class meeting. Use your time for the interview or other group activities.
  3. Monday, Nov. 7: Task 2 discussion.
  4. Wednesday, Nov. 9: Task 3 discussion.
  5. Friday, Nov. 11: Group work.
  6. Monday, Nov. 14: Group work (and time for Task 4 if you choose to take it).
  7. Wednesday, Nov. 16: Presentation.
  8. Friday, Nov. 18: Presentation (if necessary).

Wednesday, Nov. 2

Task

Authentic problems: Find a school. Interview teacher(s) about technology integration there. You only need one school for each group. If for some reason you cannot reach the stakeholders in any K-12 schools, a fallback option is to interview your professors here at UGA about technology integration in their classrooms. Still, K-12 is preferred. You need to turn in a transcript/written record of the interview; the transcript does not need to be word-for-word.

Agenda

  1. Brainstorm on the whiteboard for project ideas.
    1. Who are you going to interview?
    2. What are the characteristics of the school?
    3. What are the characteristics of the students?
    4. What are the characteristics of the teachers?
    5. What are the characteristics of the community?
    6. What is your group’s initial stance on technology integration (BYOD, 1:1, or something else?)
  2. Discuss the ideas.
  3. Take home those ideas you like.

Friday, Nov. 4

The class does not meet. Use the time to interview K-12 teachers about technology integration in their schools.

Monday, Nov. 7

Task

Rationale for BYOD or 1:1: In terms of BYOD or 1:1, suggest a plan to address the problems mentioned by the teachers. This plan should either change the direction of where the school is going with technology integration, or explain the reasons why the school should revise instead of revolutionize what it’s already doing. While making your argument, consider what you’ve learned about the Five Characteristics of Meaningful Learning with Technology (recall our reading in the beginning of semester). Write the rationale in the form of a report to the school administrator. The report should be at least 300 words long.

Agenda

  1. Report your progress–in particular, what did the teachers say?
    • What have you learned about the school?
    • Did the teachers say anything unexpected?
  2. Generally speaking, what will your proposition for technology integration be?
  3. How does your proposition make sense in terms of meaningful learning? (Our first reading of the semester was about meaningful learning.)
    • Active
    • Constructive
    • Cooperative
    • Authentic
    • Intentional

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Task

Learning activity design–Create a learning activity that justifies your rationale, that is, if you suggest the school should start BYOD, your learning activity should take advantage of BYOD, and it should be more or less impossible given the school’s current policy on technology integration. This activity should be somewhat complex, in that it requires the interaction of multiple pieces of technology. Present your activity design to the class creatively (specifics will be updated).

Agenda

  1. Review your progress, especially where you stand regarding technology integration in the classroom.
  2. Explain your (initial) plan for the activity.
    • Recently I was introduced to this website: http://appedreview.com/, providing information on all sorts of apps for the use in the classroom. Check it out!
  3. What are the non-slideshow, non-word document presentation methods you know?

Remember, there is a bonus task:

Bonus task–Send your rationale report (Task 2) and activity design (Task 3) back to the teachers you interviewed, and get some feedback (on how well they think your plans can work.) This is worth a maximum of 5%.

The reason why this is not a regular task is because I do not want your grades to be dependent on someone’s feedback that you have no control over. However, this can be the most exciting part of the project, and I highly recommend that you do it.