Team Name: Creative Expressions

Team members: Guadalupe Luna, Sandy Painter, Brenda Mills, Donna Serna, Cruz Hernandez, Martha Rico, Kelly Sullivan, Jesse Armendariz

School: Bonham Elementary, Cielo Vista Elementary, Hawkins Elementary, St. Puis X

Abstract: Digital Field Trips are an opportunity for classes to both share their knowledge with others as well as to explore a topic through digital storytelling. Teachers will use campus assessments and standardized testing scores to determine areas of weakness, and once determined these areas will be selected for students to create a digital field trip. The field trip will consist of students creating a guided tour of the topic or concept and providing concrete examples for the potential participants of the field trip. Through the digital storytelling format, teachers will be able to assess student performance on a particular subject.

Problem, Issue, or Possibility: There are many areas of the curriculum that are not as well covered as a teacher might like. To aid in covering these topics teachers will use analyze assessments and standardized test scores to identify those areas of greatest need. Once selected teachers will have students design digital field trips to take these concepts and explain them along with providing concrete examples of the topic. These field trips can be kept on file and viewed by classes in order to quickly and effectively explore a topic.

Objectives and Assessment: Each campus will have some of their students provide a digital field trip example. Through use of pre and post testing it will be determined whether or not using digital field trips aids students in learning the areas of the curriculum that are weak. Both the students who create the field trip as well as students that view the field trip will be examined. Student and teachers will also seek feedback fromcommunity (parents, family, friends, administrators, other classes, other schools) in order to determine how well the example field trip covers the topic.

Implementation Plan: Selecting a Project:

1. Research campus assessments and standardized testing scores and determine areas of weakness

2. Evaluate those areas for a standard that will lend itself to a digital field trip format

Creating a Digital Field trip:

1. Lead class discussion describing digital field trips, provide examples if available

2. Discuss student roles and expectations

3. Assign student roles

4. Introduce storyboarding and how to plan a video project

5. Students will produce storyboard samples and class will decide which sample to use

6. Practice using the equipment

7. Students will rehearse roles and parts

8. Students will film the project

9. Student editors will edit the project

10. Finished video will be placed on teacher or school website or hosted on a video hosting page

11. Feedback will be requested from community (parents, family, friends, administrators, other classes, other schools)

Evaluation and Results: Campuses provided their example digital field trips. Unfortunately they were not able to collect pre and post test data to validate the use of digital field trips. However, in the majority of the situations, the students’s knowledge about the tested concept improved through the use of digital field trips. We felt that their engagement in the digital field trips led to an enthusiasm which help set the mood for learning. The students were eager to continue the digital field trips in other subject areas. It was determined that various types of online hosting solutions could work as a clearing house for the digital field trip videos, such as Vimeo or using sites that provide both editing and storage such as Animoto.

Artifacts and Documentation: Bonham Example – Kindergarten, Rhyming Words – http://vimeo.com/33246723

Cielo Vista Example – Poetry – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SJAUZTslCc2Ily5UCp5MCgUxfMzL201e9wbBdT6QrSc/edit
Hawkins Example – 3rd Grade, Magnets – http://animoto.com/play/A0eGZ2xklkU8mUk1R0DP0w?utm_content=main_link

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