“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Required. Must Do. “Hoop Jumping”. I am usually very adverse to situations when paperwork is involved. I am not good at setting up and connecting any type of service in my home (including AT&T). Talking to people on the phone for hours on end in India when my internet doesn’t work… not my idea of a Saturday.
So when my principal says we must submit a “proviso” (a technology project that our students create) I became a little apprehensive. Do my students work with iPads all the time and create projects on them weekly? Yes, but place a requirement on top of that and I get a little nervous.
The focus of this proviso was to have all 4th graders complete the same project on their iPads. Then, their respective teacher submits three of these projects to our principal. I was slightly nervous about getting our proviso completed, so I set very loose guide lines. Also, the focus of our proviso is standards oriented NOT app oriented. It shows that students at our school can convey ideas in different ways and have the ability to choose appropriate apps for presentations.
The focus of the fourth grade project was to describe a character in a chapter book and give evidence of the chosen character traits. When I told my students we had to complete this project and I gave them the guidelines, they asked me how this project was different from any of the other projects we have completed. I told them because it was actually required. What they produced from minimal requirements was fabulous. Below you can find the rubric and three very different projects completed on iPads. There is more than one way to convey the same idea. We work with a diverse population of learners, shouldn’t they have the ability to create something that works for them?
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