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I am still Mike Mohammad a.k.a Mo Physics

I am still Mike Mohammad I am not a “yeah me” kind of person, but yesterday June 4th was an amazing day for me professionally. Two years ago on June 4th, I was in a medical coma (we’ll save that story for a future post.) I am proud of my work yesterday, I just wanted to take a moment to share it and celebrate myself (which I never do.)  If you don’t know me, I have been a secondary science educator for 20+ years and have taught 7 different science courses in my career. This year, though, I had been asked to make the transition to a Teaching and Learning Specialist. In this role, I work with teachers with EdTech tools and have a specialty in our district’s learning management system Canvas. I was one of the first teachers to pilot the system and have used it extensively in my classroom to help streamline workflows. Its use also helps in college readiness as most universities in our state, Wisconsin, use it as their learning management system. Ok, enough of that let’s talk about June 4th

Sharing Personal Learning Projects Through Conformity

Students wrapped up their personal learning project today.  On exam days, our classes met once in the morning and once in the afternoon.  The morning was for sharing and the afternoon for putting all of their learning process pieces together.  I'll focus on reflection in my next post, but it was tough for me to see how I gave students such free freedom in their learning but dictatorial control in their sharing.

Morning Session

In the morning, students did a gallery walk of the one sheet posters. The one sheets were created using the student's program of choice.  Many used graphic friendly sites like Canva or Pickochart, but using Google Docs or Draw worked fine for others thanks to the host of formatting available to text and visuals.  During the gallery walk, students walked around the halls with a smartphone or tablet and a pair of headphones.  By looking at a one sheet displayed on the wall, they were informed about the topic and the process of that particular project.

They used the Aurasma augmented reality app was used to view the video students created related to the topic.  The videos were made in only two class periods which is part of my regrets that I'll discuss in the next post.

The results of the one sheet and video ran the gambit in terms of quality of presentation of information, reflection on the process, and overall design.  I know I can learn as much about the assignment from the ones that were good as I can from the ones that didn't meet expectations.  But right now, I can't help but be a little disappointed in some. But it's the first time we've done this so there is lots to learn from.  I've posted images of some of the one-sheets below.

If you want to see the videos attached to the one-sheets below, do the following:
  1. Download the Aurasma app for your smartphone or tablet
  2. Open the app
  3. If the app is in camera mode, tap the magnifying glass at the bottom.
  4. In the search bar type in "bcphysics"
  5. Select "Bcphysics's Public Auras" and follow.
  6. Tap "back" and tap on the purple viewfinder button at the bottom of your screen to scan one of the images below. 
  7. When the concentric circles appear, the video is loading.
Here's a gif version of the process

Afternoon Session

In the afternoon, students worked on putting all of their documentation together into a page of their portfolio.

On the portfolio page, the collected the following items:
  • One sheet document (The poster)
  • Video explaining what was learned or created
  • Progress and Reflection sheet (this is the document submitted for each check-in) 
  • Human contact sheet detailing a human source used as a resource
  • A sheet detailing the major resources used in the project other than the human contact.
  • Brief reflection providing feedback on a strength and weakness of the design of the assignment

I really think the portfolio was a great place to collect all of this work that went into the project rather than having them include it as a part of the main presentation of information.  Regardless of what I decide on options for future products, I think I will always leave the collating of resource and progress documents find their home in the portfolio as opposed to the major product.

The next post will focus more on reflections on the project.


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