The last couple weeks I’ve been working with a 7th grade geography teacher to develop a Common Core Standards-aligned project which will culminate recent student studies about Africa. Since all the computer lab computers are tied up with mandated online testing and a mobile cart of computers or iPads isn’t available in his building for teacher checkout, we decided a “Paper Slide Video” project would work well. At least half of the students in his classes have iPhones, so each group of 2-3 students will be able to record their video on day 3 of the project with their own devices. This project will require students to do all their planning, preparation and rehearsal of their video with paper and pens/pencils. For this reason, a Paper Slide Video project seems like a good “fit” for his classroom which has very limited technology resources. This is the storyboard and slides I drew for the sample project today, based on our rubric and planning guide. (PDF)

Storyboard - Paper Slide Video

Paper Slide Video Slides

I used these paper slides today to create a 5 minute, 20 second sample project based on our rubric and planning documents. This followed the four basic guidelines of Paper Slide Videos:

  1. One Take
  2. Non-stop Video
  3. No Editing
  4. Quick Publishing

I feel a disclaimer is needed because of the second grade quality of my drawings. Remember in a paper slide video project, it is more important to have drawings which are relevant non-linguistic representations of ideas rather then perfect pictures.

I’ve added a link to our project rubric and planning guide sheets (in PDF format) to the “Quick Edit Video” page of Mapping Media to the Common Core. Many thanks to Mary Frazier of Buhler, Kansas, whose excellent Paper Slide Video wiki as well as project planning page (PDF) was a major inspiration for this project.

Back in February at the ICE Conference, I saw Meg Wilson use List.ly to share a hotlist of eBook apps she recommends for the iPad. For this project, I wanted a fast and easy way to create a hotlist of the sources I used for research. I used List.ly and the provided bookmarklet to make a hotlist on an iPad of my project sources.

To create this hotlist, I first signed into List.ly with my Twitter ID. Students and others can alternatively create an account on the site not tied to a Twitter, Facebook, or Google Account. Students could also use a shared class account, although care should always be taken when using shared accounts since this permits ANYONE with the login credentials to anonymously delete or edit the work of others.

Starting a List.ly

I installed the List.ly browser bookmarklet on my iPad and used it to add links to each site I used for research.

Adding to List.ly via bookmarklet on the iPad

Last of all, I used the free iPad app “QR Code Beamer” to create a QR code which corresponds to my List.ly hotlist. I uploaded that image to Flickr and then printed it to include on my last slide.

QR Code for List.ly

In addition to planning out our rubric and planning guide for this Paper Slide Video project, we also spent quite a bit of time brainstorming open ended questions about different curricular topics students have already studied a little in class. Our hope is that students will be required to engage in a lot of higher order thinking, especially for slides 4-6 of the project, as they explain the importance and relevance of their topic as well as address open-ended questions. I’m looking forward to seeing the results!

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