On a road trip, you might go through wind, fog, snow, or just have a calm day. I designed and wrote up this assignment on a road trip to see an actual work of art- the Grand Canyon. I know that I might have bumps in making Makerspace happen in my school, but I am going to stay on the road until it happens!
The Why- The idea of “sit and get” professional development makes my stomach sick. I am a person who hates to waste time, and I feel like a lot of this PD is pointless. I love the idea that you can get support, varied approaches, modeling/ mentoring, authentic projects, and extended time for professional learning- “go and show.” I have seen this with my Technology Learning Coach. Both of them (last year and this year) have been there when I needed to work on a new project in my class.
The How- I decided to use Prezi because I had heard of people using and I saw that this would be good to apply again for my real live presentation (if needed.) When I looked it up on the internet, it said that I would be able to have a voice-over. I decided to try out the two week trial for the Prezi Plus because it included the voice-over option. The first day that I worked on my presentation, that option was on… A couple of days later (after the road trip days,) I tried to use the voice-over, and it would not work. After breathing in and out for a couple of minutes, I decided to use the Screencast-o-matic application. I know that this made me get out of my comfort zone and learn different things that make me uncomfortable. This has allowed me to grow more in what I know…
When I first started on this road, I thought that this might be my final project. I know that it might not be as magnificent as the Grand Canyon, but I know that I will have the opportunity to re-work it later.
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