Give Your Students a Choice of Presentation Technology
Type of technology: Prezi, Google Slides, NEO
SAMR Model Rating: Augmentation
Grade level: 11-12 grade
Subject area: Math
It’s the start of a new semester and time to flip my classroom. But what to do on the first day? In gymnastics, the first part of any flip is a set. You would set before you flip. So with that in mind, I decided the ‘set’ before my flip would be to check out the iPad cart and give my students a “Research and Discovery” activity.
The first part of the activity was to assign roles: Director of Research, Director of Technology, Director of Communications and Director of Ingenuity. The Director of Research made the final decision as to which resources to use and submit. The Director of Technology was responsible for submitting the work to NEO as well as assisting the Director of Communications and all team members in the submission. Director of Communications made the final decision as to what the submission would contain and how it would be formatted and lastly, the Director of Ingenuity had the final say regarding a created problem and its solution.
The task was to use the textbook plus at least two internet sources to answer the question:
How do you find the area between two curves?
Each team was responsible for providing their resources, the answer to the question and a newly created problem with solution shown. Lastly, students were to submit their research to the online NEO assignment (after reviewing the rubric provided on NEO to be sure they met all of the criteria).
Here is the rubric that I used:
I left the choice of technology for the submission wide open and I received a variety of submissions ranging from a simple photo of the work, to presentations using ShowMe, Prezi and Google Slides. It was fun to watch them use their varied skills and roles to complete the activity. In the future, I plan to send these to other calculus classes for critique.
I found this a great introduction to the new chapter and semester. Changing up the seating arrangement also forced the idea of working with a team who were not necessarily BFF’s, therefore simulating a real world working environment.
So now that the “set” activity is complete, the “flip” is also complete. Students are accessing a ShowMe for notes at night and then working on the assigned problem set in class. I’m so glad Calculus is easier than front and back flips!