- Problem Solve
- Think Critically
- Learn a New Technology Skill
- Seek Assistance
- Provide Assistance
What I Liked:
- "Drawing the pictures in one constant motion looks really cool in fast motion!"
- "I enjoyed learning about Rome."
- "How cool some videos looked."
- "I liked that you had check points."
- "Learning about things from other people's videos."
- "Being able to pick what to do the project about."
- "I liked how you could be artistic and creative with it."
- "It was something new and different compared to the usual projects."
What I Didn't Like:
- "The time, the frustration. The way we had no idea how to put the video together. The way none of us had artistic abilities."
- "That it was kind of hard to get the script to match the pictures."
- "The time frame. I feel like if we had had one or two more days it would have gone a lot better."
- "My group had a lot of problems with communication which made it harder for us to work together."
- "Trying to find the info. Every website was different. We didn't know which was right."
- "I didn't like how we used a lot of technology and video publishing. I'm not good with putting videos together. That's what I struggled with the most."
- "I think we should have been able to do something besides draw the project."
- "The editing created a lot of frustration and being lost in the process, the frustration was tear worthy."
This is just a sample of the responses, but you can see there was a wide range of reactions. One of the points that I tried to make with the students when we discussed the project was that this project was intended to be challenging. On the surface, it may have seemed like a traditional research project to the students (and it was clear that some of them would have preferred that). By this time in their educational journey, they have researched numerous times. What I want to accomplish with the project was to help the students see that gathering information is one thing, but understanding the information in a way that you can explain it to somebody else in an original and creative way is something completely different. In our discussions, I found that many of the students who disliked the project were frustrated with trying to learn a new skill, such as video editing. The more I looked at the responses, most of the negative comments were not about the concept of the project itself. The comments were about not knowing how to do the technical part of the project. In my opinion, this is great, because it was an opportunity to develop a new skill. However, nearly all of them said that if they were better at this skill they would have enjoyed the project more.
This is definitely a project I will revisit. The students' feedback was incredibly helpful as I look to modify the project in the future. If you have any ideas or suggestions, please leave your comments below this post. I have posted two of the final products from this project. One of the reasons I chose to post these two videos is that they are about the same topic, so you are able to see how students can take the same topic and develop a unique project based on their own vision and interpretation of the project. Enjoy...I did!
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