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Final Project Details

Hi Class,

Last week you all asked for more details on the expectations and deliverables for the final projects in this class. Joe and I put our keyboards together and here it is. If you have any questions please comment below. Also a quick reminder while I have your attention. There is no class tomorrow, April 19, or the following week, April 26. We would like an update post to this blog during the April 26 week on your projects.

The final project of Core II involves detailing the steps you would take towards the development of an innovative pedagogical teaching tool. Tool here is used loosely to refer to technology that is used to aid in the teaching and learning process. It could be an actual piece of software that you will write (or oversee the creation) or it could be a process for how to use existing technology in a novel way. Ultimately it’s your unique application of technology to teaching and learning. Building out of the work that you have done in the interim blog posts, consultations, and class presentations, your final project will take the form of a proposal that lays out the ideas and theory behind your tool as well as a prototype presentation that demonstrates how teachers and learners will use your tool.

So the “deliverables” will be 1) a class demonstration of some prototypical use of the tool (remember, this is not “blow our minds” —this one should be in the realm of the possible), and 2) a formal written proposal. This proposal should describe both the context for the project —philosophical background, references, who/what/where/when/why stuff— and a plan to make your project really happen in a classroom setting —the how stuff including timeline and practical considerations. Ideally the setting is one where you could implement the tool AND study how it works.

The prototype presentations/demonstrations can take many different shapes and do not require any particular level of technological complexity.  A short video, a physical model, a narrative or dramatic sketch, a slideshow, a passionate manifesto, a role-playing exercise in our class —anything that will allow the class to see what you plan and expect.  In the class presentation, we are hoping for creativity and experiential understanding, while the written proposal will provide details and practical rigor.

Do be aware that the time for the presentations WILL be limited —and we WILL want to have time for questions and discussion.  So be creative and experiential, but be aware of time constraints!

One final note. While your final project for Core II may not necessarily be the exact project you do for your independent study for the ITP Certificate, it COULD be —and you can think about using the independent study as a guide for structuring and motivating your work on this project.


Chris and Joe

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