My first year teaching this coursse, I had students do the PT provided, but as I have more students in my class, the thought of listening to hours of “flash talks” about the same thing seemed a little redundant for me and my students - especially now with my class size at 38(!)
Last year I did @jkeays infographic task - I really liked it but some of the students were just regurgitating information back to me. I also had a group of 3 girls who wanted to make a children’s book instead which turned out awesome as they strung out this extended metaphor involving a story of dragons and princesses.
SO, this year I am giving students a choice and this is where I am looking for feedback. Students can do one of 2 projects.
Option 1) Is a research project, but I am extending the options based on work that Daniel Schnider (aka @MathyMcMatherso on twitter – follow him!) did. Instead of focusing on three topics, there are TONS more options. It is more research based (great practice for the Explore) and will result in greater variety of topics being shared - at least that’s the hope. Here is the prompt for students.
Option 2) Is a story or extended metaphor that describes how the internet works. I figure this is a bit more of a creative application to what we just learned. The goal is that it forces students to think more abstractly and concretely about the internet and I won’t get the regurgitation of facts that I got (occasionally) last year. Here is the prompt for students.
I’d love your feedback! What problems do your forsee? How do you plan on assessing Unit 1 in your courses?