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Required Projects 2010-11


Newbie iRead teachers need to publish 3 projects (veteran iRead teachers need to publish 2). In the past these have all been audio projects and will probably be that, this year as well.
These will be 3 projects probably 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 Edmodo. Basic instructions for uploading are listed below. This year we also plan to share documents in a Google folder.

Copyright

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.

http://www.noodletools.com/helpdesk/index.php?action=kb&article=143

http://www.noodletools.com/helpdesk/index.php?action=kb&category=2


*At this time, due to Apple's change in policy for purchasing Apps for Education, we will only be recommending apps that are FREE. If you would like to learn more about Apple's Volume Purchase Program, please click here.
Our new list of free replacement apps is here.

Preparation of Sample to be uploaded:

Adding an Entry:


Project Strategy Focus





Project One - iPod Recording Routine

  1. The first project uses the iPod's recording capabilities (using Voice Memos). The project needs to directly address Reading Comprehension.  Address at least one of the 6 strategies from Strategies that Work/Houghton Mifflin (or middle school equivalent) (Examples of strategies). Remember, for this project, you are not really developing a project, but developing a routine or strategy - something where, after learning this routine, students will know exactly what to do w/o much prompting and can possibly be applied to various other topics. Examples:
    1. Guided Class discussion
      1. After a discussion, student records developed idea (ala Tom B); A/B, or predictions ala Kim B, Mary R, Chia G 
    2. Independent reading & reflecting (note: and perhaps trade, perhaps random teacher checks)
      1. picture walk or picture walk & revise (ala Socorro S); or wordless books (ala Harriet S)
      2. while reading a passage, student stops and records (predictions, wonderings, inferences, questioning, vocabulary...)(ala Christy S) or )Walt B); or (Moya M), or “Think Alouds Using Voice Memo” (Kathy W), or Science Questioning (Krystle M).
      3. while reading a chunk of writing from a textbook (features of text) and record summary or most important ideas (ala Del Dios)
    3. Fluency. Although not specifically Reading Comprehension (our Goal), Fluency, can be a scaffolded step for many students, both in understanding the text, as well as becoming more fluent with recoding skills.
      1. Fluency on the iPod (ala Chia G (handout will need to be adapted to a Free App)); ala Andrea S
  2. Reflection: In Edmodo, post a detailed reflection & sample student audio file on or before Wednesday, Dec 1st.
    1. reflection - the idea of this is to share what you did to help you clarify and help others. After the project is done, create an Edmodo post titled "Project 1" and then the name you choose, that describes the process (what they are doing and how you taught them), as well as reflecting on lessons learned and how you might change it or apply it to other topics. Samples: Socorro S, Mary R, Kathy W , Krystle M.
    2. HELP: Exporting and posting audio files.

sample documents prepared to aide in a fluency routine











Project Two - Storyrobe

  1. The second project uses the application Storyrobe, which will be introduced on Jan 7th. Storyrobe allows you to create a narrated slideshow of photos (or videos).   The project needs to directly address Reading Comprehension.  It should address at least one of the 6 strategies from Strategies that Work/Houghton Mifflin (or middle school equivalent) (Examples of strategies).
  2. Examples:
    1. Examples from Jose Fregoso - again these do do match Storyrobe exactly, but give some ideas
      1. The Stranger - this was not created with Storyrobe, but easily could be.
      2. Math Review - this not about Reading Comprehension, like yours needs to be, but shows a similar product.
    2. Another possibility - Christy Stringfield - uses Keynote, but is possible with Storyrobe.
    3. More examples - Courtney Simson 
  3. Reflection: In Edmodo, post a detailed reflection & sample student movie file on or before Wednesday, Mar 9th.
    1. reflection - the idea of this is to share what you did to help you clarify and help others. After the project is done, create an Edmodo post titled "Project 2" and then the name you choose, that describes the process (what they are doing and how you taught them), as well as reflecting on lessons learned and how you might change it or apply it to other topics. Samples: Socorro S, Mary R, Krystle M.
    2. HELP: Exporting Storyrobe files.

NOTE: Veteran iRead teachers (teachers who have completed 1 year of iRead with our current iOS devices (iPod touch or iPad), may propose an alternate Reading Comprehension project using an alternate app. If desired, the writeup for the project may be used as an Apptivity.






Project Three

  1. Remember that your 3rd project is your choice, but it needs to be based on the documented academic needs of your students - you are choosing a topic that your students really need support with as determined by review of assessment data, and you are tackling that with a project. Our hope is that you can provide pre- and post achievement data with this project.
  2. Your pitch (description of the plan for your project) is due in Edmodo on or before Wednesday, March 30th.  Please make sure to label in Project 3 Pitch. 
  3. Reflection: In Edmodo, post a detailed reflection & sample student project file on or before Wednesday, May 4th (changed to May 27th). Make sure to post a document of results that documents growth.
    1. reflection - the idea of this is to share what you did to help you clarify and help others.
    2. After the project is done, create an Edmodo post titled "Project 3" and then the name you choose, that describes the process (what they are doing and how you taught them), as well as reflecting on lessons learned and how you might change it or apply it to other topics. 


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