The Idea behind this project
When I shared the information that next school year we will replace our paper text books with tablets and e books with my students the first question was what will those books look like. Indeed, what kind of ebooks will we study from. On a brainstorming session we came to an idea of how would a perfect e book look like. We thought of different learning styles and how to combine all in a single book.And I’m not only talking about visual, auditive and tactile learning style but also social, solitary and verbal.
And we came to the idea of a long infographic with embedded in Soundcloud podcasts (for the auditive learners); videos and now even office Mixes (for the visual learners); online hands on activities (for the tactile learners); OneNote notebooks & Bing search (for the solitary learners) and shareable OneNotes and Docs (for the social learners); Skype in the classroom & Skype pen pals (for the verbal learners).
Creating an interactive infographic from a scratch is hard work.We use PowerPoint shapes and colors to create digital paper and clipart.One group creates digital paper, another works on hand-made clipart and finding appropriate fonts for the story and the third group works on creating the story and combining all the elements (paper, clipart, fonts) into a long infographic using Photoshop. Finally the infographics are attached on Thinglink and are linked to podcasts, videos, notebooks…Thingling is both android and IOS app so now students can learn on the go.
Students have been assigned tasks according to three learning styles.
The visual learners are in charge of creating digital paper and hand-made clipart using PowerPoint shapes and colors.
The auditive learners create podcast
The tactile learners create interactive Infographics connecting the background templates with the hand-made clipart, they create a story and make it interactive.
Students share ideas and give feedback using windows 8 app Edmodo . The visual learners collaborate on a singular PowerPoint presentation using One drive or Facbook Docs application. They also collaborate with students from all over the world using Skype in the classroom. The auditive learners add podcasts with the windows 8 app Soundcloud and the tactile learners link the podcasts and videos to the Infographics with Thinglink.
Students use Edmodo application, Facebook groups,
Facebook Docs, One drive and Skype to communicate to each other, plan and
brainstorm, suggest ideas, choose concepts, share their work, work on the same
presentation, and give each other feedback.
I use the windows 8 applications Nearpod for presentations and quizzes and Socrative for quizzes and exit notes. These windows 8 applications have allowed me to evaluate students' work and understanding of the concept and the idea they have worked on. Students are often times asked to do a short quiz using one of these applications on their smart phones or tablets.