The twist on the assignment was that students were given options. They could choose to do the speech entirely live, recorded using iMovie, or spoken live with backdrop images via Keynote or iMovie. Students had a lot of choice in the project; they were able to determine what would be best, given their specific skill set.
Andy, a GR8 Team student said he chose to type his speech on the iPad using the app Pages, but preferred presenting live. Noah, another 8th grader, chose to record his speech using the iPad. He noted he does not enjoy reading in front of the class, so this option provided a more comfortable situation for him. Faith gave her speech live in class and created a slideshow of images to be projected behind her during the presentation. She said, “I liked having pictures. It gives the audience a better understanding of my dreams." Faith added, however, that she did have difficulty getting the layout just right. Noah agreed with this, “I tried to get a picture out a few times, but it deleted the sounds also.” In the end, he chose to leave the images as part of his presentation.
Students expressed appreciation in having options with this project as nerves were a major factor for some. They said it was much more comfortable to create the project at home where they were not concerned about their nervous jitters. Faith summed up the project’s freedom, “Everyone was more comfortable with it because we had the freedom to do different things.”
Click on the following names to view student examples: Adi , Noah, Ruth, and Sam
Blog Post by Sarah Cooper, TAG Teacher