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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Design Project Materials and Unit Plan

 
Angelica Rossi
EME6609
Professor Erik Black

Design Project Materials and Unit Plans

INSTRUCTIONAL GOAL
Learners will create project-based classroom instructional activities using the following iPad apps: Sonic Pics, COMIC BOOK!, and Sock Puppets.

RATIONALE
This year Gulliver Schools has purchased over 60 iPads to use throughout its Lower School campus, Gulliver Academy. Each grade level has been provided with a class set of 20 iPads that will rotate from class to class for 2 weeks at a time. It is the vision of Gulliver Academy that the iPads will be used to construct projects rather than drill and practice activities. Three apps have been chosen that allow users to create very different types of projects.  The designer also seeks instill confidence and provide support throughout the learning process to my 3rd grade team. The ultimate goal of this unit is to enrich the learning experiences of 110 3rd graders of Gulliver Academy.

INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES
Objective 1: Create and share a 3 photo narrated slide show using Sonic Pics
  1. Import 3 photos from the photo album of the iPad.
  2. Record narration using the iPad microphone while transitioning photos.
  3. Save recording and share video.

Objective 2: Create and save a 4-frame comic using COMIC BOOK!
  1. Choose the preferred frame for comic.
  2. Import photos from library and take photos through camera tool.
  3. Manipulate photo filters using the FX tab.
  4. Add titles, captions, text, and stickers to the comic.
  5. Save photo to the iPad photo library.
  6. Send photo in an email to yourself.

Objective 3: Create and record a 30 second puppet show using Sock Puppets and upload to YouTube
  1. Select puppet characters, background, props and scenery of the project.
  2. Record narration and animate puppets and props.
  3. Save and title the puppet show project.
  4. Share by uploading to YouTube Account.

THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK
The theoretical framework of this design project would be categorized as “eclectic” because it borrows from different learning theories to meet the individual needs of learners. This "eclectic" approach includes the behavioral, social learning, and cognitive theories as described by Morrison, Ross, and Kemp in their book Designing Effective Instruction.

Learners will apply:

Objective 1: Create and share a 3 photo narrated slide show using Sonic Pics
  • Behavioral Theory: Instructor will provide continuous reinforcement when learner is creating project.
  • Social Learning Theory: Learners will model the instructor when constructing the project.

Objective 2: Create and save a 4-frame comic using COMIC BOOK!
  • Behavioral Theory: Instructor will provide continuous reinforcement when learner is creating project.
  • Social Learning Theory: Learners will model the instructor when constructing the project.
  • Cognitive Theory: Learners will be connecting memory from the previous unit to apply those learned tasks to the new project.

Objective 3: Create and record a 30 second puppet show using Sock Puppets and upload to YouTube
  • Behavioral Theory: Instructor will provide continuous reinforcement when learner is creating project.
  • Social Learning Theory: Learners will model the instructor when constructing the project.
  • Cognitive Theory: Learners will be connecting memory from the previous unit to apply those learned tasks to the new project.

SUMMARY OF STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS
Note: See Report 2 to review detailed strategies for each objective.

Objective 1: Sonic Pics
Learners will practice taking photos using the camera tool as well as uploading photos via the Photo Library.  Learners will practice adding and deleting photos.  They will also practice recording narration and have the ability to delete their work and try again. Immediate verbal feedback will be provided during discussions, as well as when the teacher circulates during individual work time as well as group sharing. The teacher will circulate to provide feedback and guidance.
video
Link for Objective 1:
http://www.sonicpics.com

Objective 2: COMIC BOOK!
Learners will practice taking photos using the camera tool as well as uploading photos via the Photo Library.  Learners will be given time to experiment with all of the frame layouts, FX options, and text additions.  Immediate verbal feedback will be provided during discussions, as well as when the teacher circulates during individual work time as well as group sharing. The teacher will circulate to provide feedback and guidance.
video


Links for Objective 2:
http://comicbookusers.com/

Objective 3: Sock Puppets
The learners will experiment with different set and prop combinations.  They will practice recording narration and can delete their recording if they are not pleased with it.  Immediate verbal feedback will be provided during discussions, as well as when the teacher circulates during individual work time as well as group sharing. The teacher will circulate to provide feedback and guidance.
video
Links for Objective 3:
http://itunes.apple.com/ve/app/sock-puppets/id394504903?mt=8

PERFORMANCE MEASURES
Learners will apply what they have learned about the apps by creating a project for each app.  Additionally, learners will be exporting each of their projects to share in the future.  Informal measures of performance will be based on observations made by the instructor during lessons, group discussions, and individual work. A pre-test and post-test interview will be administered and each project will be assessed with the previously created rubric (see attached rubric).



Assessment for Introduction to Project-Based Apps for iPad


Objective 1: Sonic Pics

Task
Complete
Incomplete
Project is titled


Project contains 3 images


Project is narrated


Project’s narration corresponds to transitioned images


Project is saved to iPad


Project is shared to computer and link is retrievable by desktop computer




Objective 2: COMIC BOOK!

Task
Complete
Incomplete
Learner has selected a 4 photo comic layout


Learner has inserted 2 photos from Photo Library


Learner had inserted 3 photos using the camera tool


All 4 images have been altered using the FX tab


Comic contains a title


Comic has stickers


Comic has captions


Comic is saved to Photo Library


Comic is successfully emailed to user with the Mail application




Objective 3: Sock Puppets

Task
Complete
Incomplete
Learner has selected at least one character


Learner has selected background


Learner has selected at least 1 stationary prop


Learner has selected at least 1 moveable prop


Learner has recorded 30-second narration


Project has been titled


Project is saved to iPad


Project is uploaded to YouTube account




CONSIDERATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION
The following are considerations for the implementation of this unit based on the CLER model:

Configuration and Linkages
  • Collaboration between the instructor and the 3rd grade teachers will enhance the instructional value of this unit. Additional practice with the iPads will help the teaching team feel more comfortable with the technology that they in turn have to teach tot heir own classes.
  • Opportunities for cooperative group work will help the teaching team collaborate to create unit lessons for the 3rd grade students. Cross-curricular linkages can be made using the iPads.  It is possible for the 3rd grade teachers to collaborate with the Science, Art, and Technology teachers to create meaningful iPad lessons.

Environment
The setting of the computer lab or classroom with several computers supports implementation of the unit. Each learner will use an iPad 2 provided by the school and has access to a computer with an Internet connection. In addition, the labs are equipped with a SmartBoard to facilitate instruction.

Resources
  • The success of this unit relies upon the iPads functioning correctly as well as dependable Internet access. In-house IT support can help troubleshoot unexpected issues that may arise.



REFERENCES
Kemp, Jerrold E., Morrison, Gary R., and Ross, Steven M. (2011). Designing Effective Instruction, 6th ed. Wiley.

 

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