Ms. Cross’ 5th grade ELT class has been doing some amazing work demonstrating various aspects of their math standards. Each student took a different standard and found ways of demonstrating that standard through drawings, manipulatives, and explanation. She was so impressed by their work that she thought it would be helpful for the students to create tutorials on their math components that could be used as mini-lessons or review sessions throughout the year in class. The tutorials could even be used by other classes.
In planning for this, we thought that students should have options for how they might document their process in solving various math problems. One option was using Glogster to create a review poster. Students would have written components, video or audio components, and possibly images of their work. Another option was to use the iPad to film a tutorial using all the pieces that had been created during the project.
So far, one student has chosen Glogster & iPad and 5 students have chosen the iPad. These 6 students explored their options on these tools and did some initial experimenting to see how each tool worked best. Then, students spread out around the media center and used their tool to begin creating. I conferenced with each one to talk about what was working, what they had questions about, and what they might consider trying. On their own, students met with one another to show their work in progress and give one another feedback.
After getting all the pieces in place for creating their final product, the six students worked one final time in the media center to create their videos on the iPads. Their videos were uploaded to dropbox on the iPad, downloaded into My Videos under their accounts, and then put into their teacher’s network dropbox. I took the videos and also uploaded them to our media center YouTube page. Much of my time during these final steps was spent troubleshooting and also showing a few of the students how to do the many steps to get the videos to where they needed to be. After that, these students helped the other students. I love how quickly students figure things out and how willing they are to teach and support one another!