Well, after a long and perilous journey, I've reached the end of #Eci831.
The learning project continues however.
My class did actually set out and do something that I didn't expect them to do: create video tutorials to summarize their learning for each unit. This involved doing some things that not everyone was comfortable with, namely:
-Creating a Script and a plan for the video tutorial
-Recording Audio & Video
-Editing audio and video
-Sharing on YouTube
Along the way, we collaboratively planned the rubric, did a "dry run" of that rubric, and updated it 3 more times along the way.
The entire process meant I spent a LOT of lunch hours in my computer lab, helping students edit video and audio, finding quiet places for them in the school to record audio if they weren't able to do it at home, and iron out other issues that came up as they created their tutorials.
It's amazing how many videos 9 kids can crank out in 2 months. We have 39 videos on the channel currently, and I have at the time of writing, 4 more to grade and upload.
I don't think this is going away. I had just one student who opted to do the ALTERNATIVE ASSIGNMENT of writing tests and creating an in class only program for each unit. He did attempt to create videos, but found it just wasn't for him. I am glad there was an alternative way for him to display his learning that he was comfortable with.
Besides seeing my students' progress, and how they helped each other complete their tutorials, was the back and forth between me and my peers in #eci831.
Special thanks to the group session between Dean, Kayla, and Melinda and I, my project took on a new aspect. It was suggested that perhaps I could make a Wakelet of the entire Grade 11 Comp Sci course, and have my students' videos showcased there.
My class didn't get there quite yet, as we have to cover some course material together for the next 2 or 3 weeks. But in January, I anticipate that we will be remixing my class notes (each student will take a section), and we will create exercises and solutions for each unit. We will showcase the "best" tutorial video for each section on Wakelet. I went ahead and made the Wakelet page, seen below, although it'll be empty until January. I do intend to continue blogging about my adventures, so if anyone wants, come check it out in January (I'll post to Twitter when I update).
So, what have I learned from this project? So much! The thing that really stuck out to me was that my students NEVER COMPLAINED about the amount of work this was. I think it exceeded the amount of time an average student would have spent studying for a test. Never once did I hear a complaint. I think the students value creating content, and see the utility in it. I asked a few why they didn't complain. Some said they'd rather do this than a test. Others said they liked the idea of upload to YouTube. I was floored either way. I **think** that high school Matteo would have just wanted to take the test because it would have taken me less time (I would have said more time to hang out with friends or do things I actually liked). But, who knows what I might have said. I did also really enjoy learning. I can recall a few projects in computer science I spent waaaaay too much time on because I enjoyed the class.
I have to say that sharing online is never going to be something that I hesitate to do again after this project, and after this course. For that, I have to thank not only Alec, but also especially the passion I observed in all my peers in #eci831. You guys really inspired me to take the extra step of posting online. THANK YOU.
If you wish to view the progress of this project, I have conveniently kept each post under it's own tag, which you can find on the right hand side of the page.
So, signing off, but not for the last time (not ever!)... stay curious...
My name is Matteo Di Muro, the original Prairie Boy, and I've been teaching since I was 14. I currently teach mathematics and computer science in Brandon. I try to keep on learning things, and I'm getting onboard with sharing with others, hence this site!