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Tech Fun Friday Project

Tech Fun Friday Project

Overview

*This lesson plan is adaptable for various projects involving technology. 

 

This is a general lesson plan used for our Tech Fun Fridays. Students who are caught up in all core classes and not missing any assignemnts are given time to do their own research on a topic that they are interested in. They must conduct research, create a presentation to compile their research, cite sources, create a project (3D printing, animation, etc.), carry about that project including taking and editing photos of their final project to include at the end of their presentation and then practice their public speaking by presenting to the class. 

(This covers many core standards depending on what grade you teach. Please reference the standards you are working with to determine which ones fit this lesson.)

Overview

*This lesson plan is adaptable for various projects involving technology. 

 

This is a general lesson plan used for our Tech Fun Fridays. Students who are caught up in all core classes and not missing any assignemnts are given time to do their own research on a topic that they are interested in. They must conduct research, create a presentation to compile their research, cite sources, create a project (3D printing, animation, etc.), carry about that project including taking and editing photos of their final project to include at the end of their presentation and then practice their public speaking by presenting to the class. 

(This covers many core standards depending on what grade you teach. Please reference the standards you are working with to determine which ones fit this lesson.)

Summary

This lesson plan was created for our Tech Fun Fridays. It can be adpated as needed to include various forms of technology. Students are working independently on this project. 

This project will take many days to complete. The exact timeframe is dependent on how much or how little you implement in your class, the age of your students and how much time they have to work on it. As far as the format, this project will work in any setting. You may need to be creative in the presentation portion if you are teaching in a virtual setting, but there are ways to have students present. Most of the information in this lesson comes from my classroom. I have created originals and also compiled information from others to use. 

Background for Teachers

  • To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of digital citizenship, technology available to you and how to use it, basic research skills including citing resources, general photography skills including how to edit photos on mobile devices, good classroom management as the students will be working a significant amount of time independently, and creative thinking. 
  • You will need knowledge about Utah's Online Library, specifcially EBSCO and GALE in Context resources, presentation formats including Google Slides, PowerPoint, Adobe Creative Express Video presentations or other presentation formats that your students are use to using. 
  • The following resources can help you teach this topic. Resources include 
    • Utah's Online Library link
    • Digital Citizenship classroom poster (included in the main section)
    • Digital Citizenship mini lesson (inlcuded in the main section)
    • Smart Phone Cameras Explained (Smartphone Cameras Explained.8/12/2019.TheArtofPhotography.Retrieved from:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss9565LvOlw)
    • Quizlet - Photography   (Photography.2021.Kbluntuen.Retrieved from: https://quizlet.com/569340107/photography-flash-cards/)
    • Editing Photos (IOS) (Everything New with Photos App in iOS 13.7/5/2019.AppleInsider.Retrieved from:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp2TNQinbCA&t=2s)

 

Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

Learning Intentions:

  • Students will be able to determine reliable sources while conducting research and cite those sources appropriately. 
  • Students will be able to compile their research into presentation format using an approved presentation format or program. 
  • Students will be able to take and edit photos on their moblie device. 
  • Students will be able to create and build their final project using technology. 
  • Ex. Students will be able to understand how advertisers use persuasive techniques in multi-modal advertisements.

Success Criteria:

  • Students will create a presentation on their topic of interest; following a rubric. 
  • Students will create and build their project final. 
  • Students will take and edit photos with their mobile device; including them in their presentation. 
  • Students will cite sources used in their research. 
  • Students will use technology appropriately with minimal assistance. 
  • Students will improve their public speaking by presenting their projects/presentations to their peers. 
  • Students will thoughtfully reflect on the process; what they did well and what could be improved, by filling out their How It Went form.

Step 2 - Planning Instruction

Step 2 Planning Instruction

Student Background Knowledge

  • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of general computer use, rules and expectations. 
  • The ability to work independently.
  • Good communication skills. 
  • Some basic understanding of Google Slides, PowerPoint or Adobe Creative Express video presentations. (If there is another format or program students are familiar with, use that.)
  • Basic understanding of how to conduct research. 
  • Basic understanding of a mobile device camera. 

Strategies for Diverse Learners

Included in the Instruction section, a student lesson outline is included. This can be printed, emailed out or included in your Canvas for students to refer to. This provides step by step instructions on how to complete the lesson/project. 

For students who need more support, you may choose to reduce the number of sources, assign a peer mentor to help with certain tasks, or ask classroom aides to assist these students. 

Step 3 - Instruction

Step 3 Instruction

Direct instruction and introduction to the lesson/project/procedures. You will go over how this lesson will work, what you expect, how students will demonstrate proficiency, and general overview. Link to student lesson outline included. 

  • Direct instruction on digital citizenship, including citations, copyright information and what good digital citizenship looks like. My class will be reviewing these topics, as they have been introduced previously. Attached below is my digital citizenship class poster, Chromebook rules class poster, a mini digital citizenship lesson plan, student introduction video that I use to introduce the project, and Hpw It Went form. 

  • GENERAL INFO: For this project, students will choose a topic they are interested in. They will then research their chosen topic. Students will need a minimum of 3 resources for this project. (Picture citations will count as one source. Make sure you include your citations.) My students will be asked to use Utah's Online Library; specifically EBSCO and GALE in Context resources. They will be introduced to the citation options at the bottom of each resource. 

  • INDEPENDENT PRACTICE: Students will compile their information into a presentation. They may choose which format and program to use, but need to remember they will need a minimum of 5 slides or equivalent and no more than 10. 

  • Students should include at least one graphic or video in their presentation, but can include more than that. 

  • Students should put their own stamp on their presentation. I personally want to see their personality shine through. 

  • REVIEW: After students complete their presentations, they will schedule a time to present with the teacher. (This gives the teacher one-on-one time to go over their presentation information, make sure they are completing all tasks and provide guided instruction as needed.  

  • GUIDED INSTRUCTION: Next, after the student has teacher approval and their presentation time scheduled, they may begin designing or finding a design that fits with their presentation topic. This design will eventually be printed on the class 3D printer or they could choose to use the animation software to design and animate their project. (Your 3D design will need to be an STL file that we can convert into a G code. This is the file type the printer reads and the only way to print your project.) The teacher will need to oversee the project portion depending on the age of the students. Some students will need significant guided help, while others will need questions answered and observation. 

  • Finally, after all other steps have been completed, in order, the student will be given a date and time when the printer is free for them to use. (Or if they are choosing another form of technology to use for their project, they will make arrangements with the teacher. 

  • Students will create their project. They will be asked to take photos, during the process and of the final project. These photos should be included in their presentation at the end. One photo needs to be edited from its original format and included. 

  • REFLECTION: The last thing the student will need to do is fill out the “How It Went” form, reflecting on how their project came together. This gives the teacher informal data as well as helping each student with the reflection process. Teachers are also provided information on how the lesson/project went and what they could do differently to improve the next time around. 

Step 4 - Assessments & Example

Step 4 Assessments

There a couple ways you will assess students for this lesson. The first one is general question and answers with the students during your direct instruction time. Check in with students to see if they are understanding the material, what is expected and how to complete the tasks assigned.

The next way you will assess students is when they check in with you to schedule a presentation time and time on to use the technology. This gives you one-on-one time to check in with the student, review their progress, answer questions and provide guided feedback on their progess. 

Another way you will assess students is through the presentation. They will present their final project to the class, what they learned and their final product. This provides summative assessment information on how the student did. 

The last way that you will assess the students is through their "How It Went" form that they will fill out, providing self-reflection on their project and the process. 

 

INCLUDED BELOW IS AN EXAMPLE OF A FINAL PRESENTATION, INCLUDING PICTURES (EDITED AND NOT) OF A FINAL PROJECT, COMPILED RESEARCH INTO PRESENTATION FORMAT AND A CITATIONS PAGE. 

Digital Citizenship

This section cotnains resources for teaching digital citizenship. There is a "Compiled Resources" below that has so many good digital citizenship resources in it. Take a few minutes to read through some of them and choose what fits your class and students best. You may choose to use all or some of these resources or you may have resources of your own. Additionally, some of these resources have also been included in the main section of this lesson plan.