A post I made this morning has sparked the curiosity of several blog followers, so I just want to take a minute to update you on this mysterious, password-protected piece 🙂
In the AP Seminar course, students are required to tackle a number of research tasks, one of them being a Team Research Project. During the course of this project, they do two reports (one individual, one team-based), and a presentation. This is somewhat similar to the Team Task that AICE: Global Perspectives & Research 9239 requires.
As this is AP Seminar’s debut year, my classes have been working hard to turn the abstract learning goals of this pioneering, new curriculum into concrete accomplishments. Most recently, my student engaged in an official simulation of the Team Project component. I casually filmed all presentations on my smart phone, but to my dismay, I couldn’t get the videos OFF my phone and onto any other medium (in part because my iPhone 6Plus is a sham, lol). I tried it all…I iClouded, I compressed, I emailed, I, I, I…I couldn’t muster the tech geek in me to figure it out. BUT…the blog was my saving 21st century grace, indeed, because the WordPress plan I have allows me to embed videos…yippeee!
Long story short, I will be uploading about 15 student presentation videos to the blog over the course of this week so I can share these with my classes. Each group will have their own, password-protected link where they can both review their video and see their rubric score.
If you are currently teaching AP Seminar or are interested in teaching it next year, this tool may prove most useful to you! One ethical snag, however…
Until I obtain permission/signatures from parent/guardians to post this information online, I will need to password-protect these precious artifacts of student work. I plan to send out the permission form this evening and require parent/guardian yea-or-neah signatures by Friday. Following that, I will be able to unlock passcodes, etc. Until then, I appreciate your patience and enthusiasm!
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Jill Pavich, NBCT
As I mentioned in my most recent post, my students are writing their final essay today…but we’ve taken essay writing to a WHOLE new GP level this time! If you are interested in having your students not only write about global issues but be a part of the solution to one as well, CLICK HERE! Visit The GP Indie to see what we were up to today while writing.
Earlier this year, we did a unit on the value of potable water; and today students are writing to the prompt:
“How far do receiving countries really benefit from development aid?”
Being a part of the UNICEF Tap Project is providing cleaner drinking water to countries in need AND it’s giving students knowledge and experience to support the above essay prompt…share this with your kids as a mini lesson in writing and in global citizenship 😉
Interested in attending Cambridge’s “Best Practices” workshop this summer? Great news…I’m facilitating a two-day workshop for AICE: General Paper 8004!
If you are interested in learning more about this awesome opportunity in June 2014, CLICK HERE!!!!!!