Thursday, May 15, 2014
End of Year Research
We've completed our march through the regions of the US and will take a test on the 50 Nifty tomorrow (blank map, 2-letter abbreviations).
Now it's time to bring focus to our research. Make it meaningful.
I began by thinking about what kind of final product I want my students to create. They've worked lots in Keynote, so that wasn't an option. We don't have enough time to learn a new tool like Prezi or ThingLink.
BEGIN AT THE END.
I decided on the tri-fold brochure templates in Pages. Looking over the templates, I saw there would be room enough for information about People, Places, the Past, the Present, and a Spotlight on one unique thing about the state.
But I didn't want them to simply copy the information we'd already gathered into a new format.
That's when I realized, as I scanned the brochure templates, that brochures are created for so many different audiences.
AUDIENCE was the missing piece.
Today, each student chose a state AND chose the audience they would write for in their brochure. Some of the audiences are: tourism, history, come live here, and sports. Energy is high because not only did each student get to pick their state, but they have a real focus for their research. Several states have been chosen by more than one student, but it's not a problem because their audiences are different.
CHOICE -- always important.