I’ve finished my first legitimate UbD unit and project. You can view it here.
It’s a math unit, and the topic is solving systems of linear equations. I think the UbD is okay, but since it was my first, it feels a little stilted or rigid. Some of my essential questions and objectives are a bit too formal, but then again, many school standards are quite formal.
My favorite part was discussing the end product. One of the things I most wanted to attempt after the EARCOS conference was student generated video tutorials (such as the ones on Khan Academy). Therefore, I thought it fitting to have this be the project the students would be working on for my math unit. Not only is it incorporating technology, but it really gets the students to take ownership of the material to be learned. They will not only collaborate as students, but they will also become the teachers when the videos are finished.
I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out. I’ll post more in the coming weeks when they students have finished. Also, I’ll post the YouTube links where the students are publicly posting the videos.
Regarding comments, I’m open to input on the pros and cons of students created video tutorials. If anyone has good advice or things to be aware of, I’d gladly receive and revise my unit or lessons. Thanks!