Enjoy their projects below...
Remote Control Car by Lucas
Greek/Roman Mythology by Kate
Destiny Classes Video by Cooper, Jacob, and Russell
RAGE by Nathan
Motored Car Video by Will
Each student was given 3-5 minutes to talk about and show off their project. (The exception would be the group of three. They were given permission to go for 10 minutes.) Overall, I was impressed by what they could accomplish in a short amount of time.
Of course, I have reflections on the whole process.
- I really wanted to focus on the inquiry model discussed in A More Beautiful Question. When I read about The 5 Whys and the Why-What If-How progression I knew I had a winning way to get students thinking on a different level. I'm still convinced of that. However, I think the way I went about it didn't spark a lot of higher level thinking or new innovations. I think I just created a need hoop for them to jump through on the way to the project. I need to reconsider how to make that work in the future.
- I used OneNote Class Notebook to run this class. It was a gem. Everything was in one place. All I had to do was open the notebook, and everything I wanted and needed was there. I didn't have to hunt for emails or remember where the notes were. Everything was in one notebook. I will definitely use it again.
- However, I will say that the notebook was easy to manage because I only had 7 students. I think it could feel more cumbersome if I had 20 or more students.
- I need to be more proactive checking on student work. For instance, take the Destiny video made by the three guys. I originally declined the project because Destiny is a first person shooter game. They assured me it would be just characters and no weapons, so I approved it. Apparently, we didn't communicate properly. Their presentation included grenades and other weaponry. If I was spending more time looking over shoulders I would have seen that before the presentation.
Overall, it was a great week. There was a lot of learning that happened, and I loved their enthusiasm. Bring on the next project!