With my final project wrapped up I wanted to make some comments about what I consider the success and things I would do differently next year.
If you would like to view my final project it is embedded at the end of this blog post.
Youtube and the flipped approach:
Creating detailed videos of both giving instructions and then details about the features at the different sites along the river was very effective. It save a lot time and frustration for me and allowed me to do a lot more one-to-one work with students in the classroom with questions they had about their own written work. In the past I would often have to repeat the same instructions or answer the same question as students reached different stages of the assessment at different times, with the clips in place I simply referred students to them. As outlined in my video these clips were also very useful for EAL students.
For next time:
These clips were put together by a couple of my students, next year I think all the IA students would benefit from creating clips and ill probably split the task between them so each has a role to play, this could create some good competition on who can do the best job and give them greater buy in to using the clips, not to mention the skills they can develop and fun they can have making the clips.
The integrated map and data on the .kmz file worked really well, students created some very innovative integrated data presentations.
For next time:
The only issue I had is with this system of using the .kmz file is that there is no live updates like a Google doc, which means I had to collate a lot of the student observations and the actually .mkz file myself. This was then a fixed/locked file and could not be changed or improved I would have also like the students themselves to be part of this creative process a lot more, next year ill be looking to integrated Google fusion into the process which may allow for this.
I also want to further develop the use of smart phone apps in the field for geography and am looking at the accuracy and viability of using a clinometer app (used to measure gradient, which can help explain velocity or speed of the river).