Outcome: A Multimedia Short Story, created using iPod Touch.
Pupils used the interactive resources from readwritethink.org to work out their plot triangle and characterisation.
This proved to be popular with pupils and they were visibly engaged throughout. The only snag with the site is the fact that it does not allow users to save plans online – it is therefore imperative that pupils finish the task in class and print it out. This is good as it allows them to have a hard-copy of their plan that they can use to inform their writing.
The iPods were not used during this period – this is not a bad thing. At the beginning, I hoped that a majority of the work would be able to be done on the iPods. This was an unrealistic target.
I feel that a combination of using the iPods, online interactive resources, Word and GLOW are the way forward.
I got pupils to begin writing their story (after planning) on Word. I then got them to upload their documents to GLOW (outside of Scotland, a facility like GoogleDocs would suffice just the same). They were then able to access GLOW from home, download their started Word documents of their story, continue with them and once finished, submit back onto GLOW.
This way, I have a hard copy of the story that can be printed out and ‘traditionally’ assessed. This means it is also possible for pupils to put a copy into their ‘Good Work Folder’ as opposed to only having a copy on the iPod.
The next process is transferring their story from the Word document onto the iPod Touch, creating a multimedia story that will allow them to insert images, sounds, and their own finger-paintings.
As there are no wireless capabilities in regards to the iPod Touches in GLOW, I am getting students to find suitable images (even through GLOW images) and upload them to GLOW under a specific folder for their images. I will then download them all to a folder and sync them to each iPod. This means that each iPod will have a mini library of images that fit in with the Haunted House theme (their multimedia story task is to create a short story, with a Haunted House as stimulus). Pupils are then able to insert images (whether they be their own or another pupil’s) into their stories to help enhance their story.
With sound files, there are five iPod voice recorders, which will be used to allow pupils to create their own sound effects to embed into their stories.
This is the plan. It is an interesting learning curve for both myself and pupils. A combination of collaborative work, paper and ICT are allowing this project progress!