In this digital curriculum project, students learn about different political ideologies, how bills are lobbied (or marketed) to lawmakers and to the public. Using this information, students are given the opportunity to create a law that addresses a social justice issue. This project is introduced in the last few slides (including a rubric for the assessment and the project details), but there are formative assessments throughout the lesson to ensure students have the necessary background knowledge to complete the project.
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As someone who takes a lot of pictures, I enjoyed the instagram project a lot. In fact, I think this was my favorite project of the course. I was using instagram for about a year prior to this course, but never considered its educational value. After reading the articles by Caitlyn Tucker, and others, I do believe that I could teach students with instagram. One reason I like it for the educational value is that it provides students a discovery-type education and gives them ownership of their project way more than a worksheet might. Additionally, students are natural and comfortable using instagram. Showing them that they might use it to learn something will rock their world. In my instagram project/storify, I tried to provide an accurate depiction of my life and how my time is spent. I’m at school teaching or learning 75% of the time, grading and lesson planning another 15%, then maybe hanging out with my dog and girlfriend the remainder. This was a nice way to look at other students’ projects and learn about them and their lives. I think I will use this as an icebreaker for my students next semester. I think they’ll really enjoy making the instagram project, and storify is a great way to exhibit their stories.
Here's the app smash I made showcasing the utility of Quizlet! I love this tool!