Week 2: Final Project In-Depth

Understanding the Course 5 Final Project

Implementation of Learning

Your final project for COETAIL is not a simple one.  We ask you to look at your curriculum, find a unit that you can take and rebuild it from the bottom up with your new understanding of technology integration and technology use.  Your final presentation video (which might contain images, video clips, interviews or surveys, etc.) will be a reflection on the unit that you overhauled, the student learning that happened and student evidence that the unit was implemented.  Please continue to use the Understanding By Design template that you have been using throughout the program to help frame your final project. (Or you may choose to use a similar in-depth & detailed template that your school uses)

Getting Beyond Augmentation

Your final implementation should strive to reach the redefinition level of technology use in education as defined by Ruben R. Puentedura in his Transformation, Technology and Education handout that we looked at in Course 1 and Course 4. We want you to push yourself, your students, and education to new boundaries.

Substitution: the technology substitutes for another technological tool, without a significant change in the tool’s function.

Augmentation: the technology replaces another technological tool, with significant functionality increase.

Modification: the technology allows for the redesign of significant portions of a task to be executed.

Redefinition: the technology allows for the creation of new tasks, inconceivable without the computer.

A few resources to help you get started:

Example Course 5 videos:

From Earlier Cohorts but still fantastic: 

Find more on the COETAIL site! (uses the course5 tag)

Final Presentation

You will create a 10 minute presentation (video) about your Implementation project that answers the following questions:

  1. What were your goals for your lesson/project (Standards)?
  2. What tools did you use? Why did you choose this/these tools for this/these task(s)?
  3. How did you go about introducing your lesson/project?
  4. How did the students react? Include actual samples of student reflection (video, images, etc)
  5. Outcome? Did you meet your goals?
  6. Evidence of learning? Remember to include student evidence like video, images, reflections.
  7. What would you do differently next time? What did you learn? (Reflection)
  8. How do/did you plan to share this with your colleagues?
  9. What was your greatest learning in this course?
  10. Did this implementation meet the definition of Redefinition?

Keep in mind, your presentation must demonstrate your understandings from Course 3, including:

  • Effective slide design (Presentation Zen)
  • Creative Commons images and media, properly cited
  • Presenting “naked” (*you* are the presenter, not your slides)
  • Avoid reading from slides

What to include/Tips:

  • Samples of work
  • Explain the level of transformation and how you met them
  • At the end “If you want to try this, here’s what I’d recommend, here’s what I learned”
  • Student feedback about the project & their experience
  • Explanation of tools used and why
  • What type of presentation style can you use? (Like the TAS example was modeled after Common Craft and mirrored the style of project the students)
  • Instead of saying everything you think you did “ok”, focus on the things you did really well and explain why
  • Highlight successful differentiation strategies
  • Identify the target audience for the students

Grading of Final Implementation/Presentation

Grading of your final presentation will consist of responses on this Google form (from other cohort members and instructors). The feedback from your presentation will then be pasted into your grading spreadsheet. Peer feedback, along with feedback from the instructor(s), will be used in determining your final grade. The feedback survey is based on this rubric. As you design your final project, keep both the questions below, as well as the rubric in mind.

Your final project is worth 50% of your grade for Course 5.

Deadline

Your final project video must be posted to your blog by April 23rd. (Please note: There are no extensions for Course 5). Participants will then have a chance to watch each other’s projects and give feedback for the final two weeks of the course.

Final Video Presentation Submission

There are a few steps to submitting your final project:

  1. Upload your final video to your own YouTube account and make it public.
  2. Embed the video on your blog and add the link to your grading spreadsheet.
  3. Add your link to your final blog post (which has your final presentation video embedded) to this submission form.

The results from the survey from step 3 above (a spreadsheet) will be embedded on the sidebar of our cohort blog later in the course, so that everyone in our cohort (and beyond) can both watch your presentation and provide feedback.

You are also required to watch and fill out a feedback survey for approximately 10 cohort members. Your assessment of their work will be anonymous and they will receive the feedback on their grading spreadsheet. Likewise, you will receive the feedback from your feedback survey on your grading spreadsheet (and anonymously). Watching other people’s presentations not only gives them great feedback from their peers, but also gives you other examples to learn from and explore.

Here are some additional resources that may be helpful:

Steps in creating your movie project:

  1. Treatment and Outline – The general overview and your topic and how it will be organized. Check out these 11 steps to creating a storyboard.
  2. Script — In this step you will create the word for word text that will accompany the video.
  3. Storyboarding–Based on the script, all of the needed shots are mapped out before any shooting begins.  Check out these great storyboarding tips from Common Craft.
  4. Create the Image Timeline— Following the storyboard, you place all of your images with attention to creativity and detail in iMovie
  5. Narration Recording–The narrator then records the narration that will enhance the visuals in iMovie.
  6. Digital Editing–The editing process begins, following the script and storyboard and create your final video. As you edit your video, you will want to include the following elements:
  • Title
  • Digital still images with fair use documentation
  • Video clips from YouTube or other with fair use documentation
  • Recorded narration (voiceover)
  • Some digital music that serves as the soundtrack (try Creative Commons for music or SoundCloud)
  • Citation slide at the end run long enough to read in the film.

7. Publishing – When you are finished you will publish to YouTube Channel, Vimeo, or some other video channel. You will then embed the finished video into your final blog post for Course 5.

Video Resources:

Here are a few resources you may want to use for the creation of your final video: