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Student Tutorials- MineCraft, How to Ride a Horse, iMovie and more

It is no secret, that I am a big fan of Alan November‘s Digital Learning Farm concept. I especially believe in Teaching is the Highest Form of Understanding and the power of motivation and demonstration of evidence of student learning via the Tutorial Designer role.

See a myriad of blog post on the topic over the years:

At the beginning of the  year, I was tasked to redesign the school’s 1:1 Toolkit Class at my new school. With the end in mind, I wanted students to learn basic skills along the way (movie making,  screencasting, blogging, copyright, etc.) and allowed them to create tutorials to teach other either about a specific tech skill or any other topic that they were interested in. We also reached out to the world via a survey to receive authentic feedback what type of tutorials would be of interest to a wider audience and took the results as a guide as students developed a variety of tutorials.

Here are a few results

 

3 Need-Scenarios to Engage Students with Authentic Tasks

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Alan November’s concept of the Digital Learning Farm, asks schools and teachers to empower students by giving them relevant responsibilities that allow them to contribute in  meaningful ways to their learning community (class/school/etc.). How can we give students the opportunity to CONTRIBUTE versus completing projects that end up in the trash, bottom of their backpack or at best on the refrigerator door for display in their house.

I understand that it is unreasonable to make EVERY assignment, EVERY project a relevant and  meaningful contribution

Need 1: I am in need for icons to use as I create infographics of the school’s core values . The school’s core values are: Balanced, Communicators, Critical thinkers, Curious, Inclusive, Innovative, Reflective, Responsible, Risk-takers. Why not ask students (7th graders) in one of our computer graphics classes (Thank you Jennifer Kagohara!) to create them?

The benefits are mutual:

  • I receive custom designed icons
  • Students are given an authentic task versus a made up activity which might elicit the traditional question of “Why do I have to do this?”
  • They will see their work being used for additional purposes
  • Students will see and feel first hand what it means to create with remixing in mind
  • They will be part of the cycle of creating, licensing, using and attributing under the Creative Commons license.

 

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 photo 5

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by Giulia

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by Tibet

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by Mathaus and Ji Won

 

Need 2:  We are in need of music under the Creative Commons license to allow and promote sharing of original music (with attribution of course). Students are creating more and more videos as evidence of their learning. The issue of using copyrighted songs as background music has become a problem. Our Media Basics class (6th graders)  decided that we would contribute original music for other students in our school community to use, but also to make them available to a global audience. We are hoping to continue to grow a music library for students to use in their projects and at the same time teach  and experience the effects of Creative Commons.

Feel free to share and use the sound file, created by Graded School students and made available under Creative Commons. (If you use them, leave our students a comment (here on Langwitches) so they can track their impact.

You are free to use them under the following conditions:

  • Attribution- please give proper credit  (ex. Music licensed under Creative Commons by Simon)
  • Non-Commercial- you are not to gain financial benefit from using these files
  • Share Alike- you must share the work created with the above files under the same Creative Commons license

Music by Maya- https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/maya-happy-song

Music by Pedro & Rafa – https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/pedro-rafa-happy-song

Music by Noah- https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/happy-song-noah-1

Music by Amanda- https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/happy-song-amanda

Music by Felipe M- https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/happy-song-1

Music by Anna Clara- https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/happy-song

Music by Toribio- https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/happy-song-toribio

Music by Belen- https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/happy-song-by-belen

Music by Rens- https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/rens

Music by Rodrigo- https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/rodrigo-happy-song/s-oH6Qe

Music by Simon- https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/happy-song-by-simon

Music by Jessica- https://soundcloud.com/mrstolisano/happy-song-by-jessica

Music by Felipe L-

Need 3: I was in need of posters to display around school to promote PD opportunities for our teachers.

Again, an authentic need in the school, required students to learn specific tasks (In this case 6th graders had to figure out how to use the tool (Photoshop), about QR codes, typography and color schemes). They saw their final products displayed around the school, fulfilling the intended need.

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by Belen

 

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by Maya

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by Rens

What are some needs at your school or in your community to connect your students with an authentic task? How can you connect these needs with your curriculum content? How can you help your students see that the skills and learning objectives are valuable in the real world? Please share your ideas and scenarios for all of us to learn from.

Blogging as the Official Scribe of the Classroom

Alan November elevated the “Official Scribe” as one of the roles that empower student learners.

I see the role of the scribe as follows:

The official scribe plays an important role in the classroom community. Their work is essential for students who were absent from
class or need a review on a specific topic previously discussed. The official scribe also takes pressure off other students from having to
take notes, but invites them in to contribute with corrections, additional information or resources.

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Several teachers at my new school are taking the leap of creating a classroom blog as their central hub for classroom communication. There are using blogger (integrated with our Google Apps for Education account) as the platform.

Their blogs are becoming a space to give students the opportunity to create the “perfect notes”to share with the classroom, parent and global community. How can we support students in documenting learning and to add value by adding extra research, resources or experiences that contribute to deepening of the topics discussed in class?

Justin Prophet, our school’s 7th Grade Science teacher has developed the following

Scribe Purpose and Description

  1. To write what you learned.

  2. Contribute and collaborate to make a set of class notes (textbook).  People from around the world may look at these as well!

  3. Take an opportunity to learn and to practice writing useful notes supported by media (images, video and other)

    1. Sometimes we just do things in class without taking the time to think about what we learned.  When you think about what you did and what you learned from what you did, and write down what you learned, you will be much more likely to remember what you learned.

    2. Taking notes is a skill you will need for high-school and university.

  4. Students that miss class can have a quick summary of what they missed.

Scribe Procedure During Class

  • Start to create your post right away. Open your computer at the start of class.

  • Do not do the tasks and activities.

  • Take photos/video of the tasks and your classmates learning. Try to take photos that relate to the content or skills.

  • If you find anything interesting related to the class, add them! Add youtube videos and images that are NOT copyrighted.

  • You must choose the next class scribe.

In collaboration with Emily Vallillo, our school’s 6th Grade Humanities teacher, we are developing a rubric to support students in aiming for higher level note taking.

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Download Official Scribe Rubric as pdf

Development of a Rubric

  • different types of media included (images, video, audio, screenshots, etc.)
  • clear and logical timeline and progression evident in notes
  • reiterate what was covered in class (no added value) – word for word? /summarized?/ gaps?
  • documentation of further questions to research
  • added value (commentary, annotations, links to further resources)-

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The Official Scribes in action:

Further blog posts & resources

 

When looking at implementing an “Official Scribe in the classroom” role, put on the lens of the SAMR model.

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Substitution:

  • Students use computer to type up notes.

Augmentation

  • Students are printing out or emailing their notes to share with their classmates.
  • Students use formatting options to organize, highlight, edit, rearrange their notes.

Modification

  • Students are creating their own blog post, using a variety of technology tools and methods to create anotated screenshots, videos, images to bring in different perspectives and address various learning styles
  • Students are creating collaborative notes via a Google Document, which is shared with the entire class. Everyone can contribute, add information, edit incorrect information,etc.
  • Note taking is not confined to remembering and regurgitating information heard in class, but (hyper)linked to further reading of text, images, audio and video. Students are labeling/categorizing their blog post and information to make organization and information search easier. Students are solving problems of how to handle information overload and filter relevant information.

Redefinition

  • Students are contributors to a collaborative blog site, alternating being the Official Scribe of day.Collaboratively they “write”their own online textbook.
  • Students express their understanding through a variety of media.
  • Students use the blog as a learning hub to communicate and connect beyond their classroom walls, connecting with peers and experts from around the world

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Student Tutorials- MineCraft, How to Ride a Horse, iMovie and more

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Blogging as the Official Scribe of the Classroom

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