Three students completed a 17 min video, another student completed an amazing powerpoint video, while a third group integrated calculus into a the world of Harry Potter. I truly was inspired when I witnessed the level of creativity and engagement completed by the students.
Was the motivation really from marks? Can't be that, as there were no marks. Maybe the motivation was from the chance to be autonomous and creative? I did not force my students to complete the project on a specfic outcome, nor did I force the tool they were to use to illustrate the outcome. All the task was "Show me something cool you have learned"
Here is the project that my department head created and I tweaked.
Math 31/35 Multi-Media Project
To date you have covered several concepts within your math units. You now have the opportunity to use your other talents to share your knowledge with others via a multi-media presentation!
What kind of presentation?
That’s up to you….Powerpoint…video tape an interview with an expert… videotape yourself teaching a concept…videotape a skit showing mathematical instruction… a website.. a math lab…an everyday application of a learned concept…the possibilities are unlimited.
Some questions you might want your presentation to answer:
- “When am I ever going to use this math?” and/or
- “How could I help other students better understand a concept?”
Your presentation could focus on a single concept or on an entire unit
Do I have to do this on my own?
You can if you want, but that’s up to you. You can form a small group, I would suggest 3 or 4, but if you need more talk to me. Your group members can be from this class, any Math 31/35 class, or friends outside of class that have a talent that could add to your presentation.
What do I get out of this?
You gain an increased understanding and appreciation for mathematics. You would also be leaving a legacy behind here at the school, as I intend to use these projects to introduce and supplement unit material to future Math 31/35 students.
How do I get involved?
All you need to do is fill in the attached Project Proposal sheet and have all members of your group sign the release that allows me to use the material. Then let the fun begin!
What if I start it, but don’t finish, or if there are problems with the group?
Keep me informed on your progress. Whatever support or assistance you need I will try to provide.(ex. Video camera, computer access, talking to group members, assisting with an expert to contact etc..) Whatever you have accomplished by the due date I would like you to submit, even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as you thought it would. If you need an extension you must speak to me early regarding the reason for the request and then we will discuss it.
When is it due and how long does it have to be?
The Project Proposal sheet is due to me by Thursday, Febuary 11.
The presentation is to be submitted by Tuesday, April 14th or sooner.
As for the length of the project, the only direction I can give you is that it needs to be long enough to answer the question that you have set out.