Newbie iRead teachers need to publish 3 audio projects (veteran iRead teachers need to publish 2).
These will be 3 projects utilizing 3 different applications. The concept is to propose and create a project that supports reading comprehension, try it out, and share your results with the group. The way they will be shared with the group is by uploading the project to your blog. Basic instructions for uploading are listed below. Other resources for using district blogs can be found on our Help Resources page.
The question has been asked by multiple teachers about posting sample projects on the web that include photos without copyright release, especially photos from textbooks. Our consensus is that you may post these sample projects. It would be hard to demonstrate this project for others to see without the pictures you use in class included in the sample project. However, we discourage you from posting all of your students' projects with these copyrighted photos. (If there is a photo of a student, make sure to obtain parent permission.)
You may want to show (especially older students) how to cite an illustrator (or photographer) in the book you are using. You might put this on the last page, where you cite music, etc. used in the project.
The links below are references for citing.
Preparation of Sample to be uploaded:
- If you are uploading Keynote examples (which you will be doing for the first project), you need to compress (or archive or Zip) the document before you upload it. A Keynote document is actually a folder of resources. Folders cannot be emailed or added to webpages, so first they have to be compressed into a single item. Here's how (old site).
- Remember where you saved the compressed file.
Adding a Blog Entry:
- Use the Safari Browser.
- Login to your blog using your email name (the part before the @) and the password given to you.
- Click on the + to add a new entry to your blog.
- For the entry title, put the title of your project or lesson.
- Write the necessary information (see below).
- If you are uploading a sample, click on the paperclip at the top and navigate to where you have the example(s) you compressed. Click Attach to upload the file. A page icon appears on the page when the upload has finished. NOTE: make sure to ONLY use letters, numbers, hyphens and/or underscores in filenames (not characters or spaces).
- Click "save" in the editing toolbar when you're finished editing the page. The filename of your attached file becomes visible on the page and others can click the name or icon to download the file.
- (If you need to go back and edit, click on the pencil).
Project Strategy Focus
All projects are focused on Reading Comprehension. This doesn't mean that the subject area needs to be reading.
- Projects need to directly address Reading Comprehension (really hit RC head on)
- If possible, focus on non-fiction (expository stories)
- Address at least one of the 6 strategies from Strategies that Work/Houghton Mifflin (or for middle school similar Prentice-Hall strategies- scaffolding/ discussion/)
- Predict and Infer
- Monitor and Clarify
Project 1- the first project uses Keynote with audio recording.
1. The 1st blog entry (your proposal) is due before Oct 9, so you have more time to work on the project. On your blog, for the first blog entry, give an overview of your proposed project and explain how it would support reading comprehension. Email Brad, Frank, or Tom when you have posted this proposal, so we can give feedback before you start.
2. We will review progress on your Keynote project on the Nov 6 meeting.
3. The 2nd blog entry is due before Dec 4th (you can upload it earlier). On your second blog entry, after the project is done, describe the process, including reflecting on lessons learned and how you might change it. List the grade level(s) it might be appropriate for (Kinder, 1st, etc). Attach a zipped student sample of the completed project - if you have a template, attach that too.
- the second project uses the iPod's recording capabilities (using, Speakeasy, Mobile Studio, Voice Memos, or other audio recording tool on the iPod) The project needs to directly address Reading Comprehension (as we have discussed; really hit RC head on) Use the recording capabilities of the iPod. Address at least one of the 6 strategies from Strategies that Work/Houghton Mifflin (or middle school equivalent - not summarizing or equivalent for this project). Remember, for this project, it does not need to be a complicated projects - it might be something as simple as recordings of kids predictions and inferences as they are reading a story. You could if you want, include
- Predict and Infer (http://podcast.eusd4kids.org/users/josefregoso/weblog/94723/Sample_Project__1.html)
- Monitor and Clarify
- Summarizing (not to be used for this project)
- Evaluate (http://podcast.eusd4kids.org/users/ccall/weblog/006f8/Literature_Response_Keynote_Project.html)
- Post a proposal on your blog as soon as you are ready before Feb 5th.
- Post a student-created sample project on your blog before March 11th (your whole class may not have completed that iPod project by this date, but it is expected that all students will do a this project or one very similar iPod Reading Comprehension projects by the end of the year).
Project 3 options - Reading Comprehension - pick a skill that your class needs extra help with (not Summary).
- any iPod recording voice App (note our previous warnings about having everything you need),
- can be a project or a new routine practice (not the one you did before)
- Can use GarageBand instead (can be an EYMF submission)
Post your proposal, labeled "Project 3 Proposal" on or before April 23. On your blog, for the first blog entry, give an overview of your proposed project and explain how it would support reading comprehension. Email Brad, Frank, and Tom when you have posted this proposal, so we can give feedback before you start.
On your second blog entry, due on or before May 7th (before the meeting) describe the process, including reflecting on lessons learned and how you might change it. List the grade level(s) it might be appropriate for (Kinder, 1st, etc). Post a sample student project of the completed project (or if it is a Keynote file attach a zipped file). If you have a template, attach that too. (Your whole class may not have completed Project 3 by this date, but it is expected that all students will do a this project by the end of the year).