State objective -- To understand the structure and function of a neuron and explain how neurons communicate
Project -- Demonstrate Neuron Structure and Function with stop motion animation using leftover Halloween candy and neon expo markers, or any other supplies available. Here is the rubric we used.
Apps -- I suggested iMotion HD, Explain Everything, iMovie, but allowed students to really use any apps they wanted to create their tutorial.
Time frame -- 3 class days
Day 1 to capture images with iMotion HD, or any stop motion app
Day 2 to import into Explain Everything to voice over
Day 3 to import into iMovie to edit and add effects, titles, etc
I only have 2 iPad tripods, so the other groups had to get creative. Here are a couple of my favorite homemade tripods. Best use of textbooks I have seen this year! :)
My favorite part of this assignment really is how much fun they have with it. It is something outside of the normal routine, and while they are using technology, they aren't focused on it. The technology is just there to capture what they are doing on the table with candy and neon Expo markers.
Here are a couple of final products. Shout out to Greg Kulowiec for the awesome session at Ed Tech Teacher's iPad Summit for the great ideas on App Smashing. I gave students extra points on this assignment if their final product included other apps that weren't mentioned above.
Video credit to Zeba, Sravya, and Sharon
Video credit to Gabby, Belle, Sumika, Joyce, and Jinny
ps...I didn't teach them any of this. There was no prior instruction at all. After the project, we watch a few anonymous videos that were created during other class periods and evaluate for accuracy. I am always impressed with how quickly they can point out an error in the process.