Each week I am trying something different with my predominantly disengaged year 9/10 IT elective class, for the second part of their ‘double’ or 100 minute lesson. For the single, we tried jigzone, converting images into jigsaw puzzles. Here is how it looked:-
- Students were given 5 minutes to put together my jigsaw. It was of the recent presentation ball and many of my class were part of it.
- Students then chose a photo from our photo album on the student public drive, uploaded it to jigzone, after registering, created a puzzle, grabbed the code and embedded it on their blog in a new post.
- the nature of puzzles. They took more than 5 mins to solve my puzzle and were all happy having a go at it.
- the better students created puzzles with many pieces and happily sat there all lesson playing with them, once their post was completed.
- the less able students also were engaged making a simpler puzzle, experimenting with it etc.
- They all completed the tasks.
- Students chose to open up their blog and play their puzzle at the beginning of the next lesson.
- Goto MS Powerpoint
- Create 10 slides, each with the numbers from 1 to 10 in large print and counting backwards it 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1!
- Save the ppt as jpg image files
- Open Vegas Movie Studio of MS Movie Maker, import or insert the images.
- Create transitions, video effects etc.
- Then think………………………….what are we counting down to. Add that final slide
- Search for an appropriate sound to add to the 11th slide eg boom!, cheers, explosion, applause etc
- Think about adding a sound to create a mysterious or a bit of suspense at the beginning before the first slide is displayed.
- Make into a movie that is less than 5mb as it is to uploaded to students blogs.
- Add a post, upload the movie. Write a brief intro and discuss the data involved in the video.
Reflections:- I thought this would take one lesson and had prepared another activity to fill in the second 50 mins. However there was no need for this, as students really enjoyed this activity. It kept them occupied and engaged the full 100 minutes. Some chose to do a ‘kaboom!’ at the end of the countdown, some ‘Happy New Year” etc.