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Name: Paula Carreno
PART A: Describe how students could create and publish an original movie, audio file, podcast, or vodcast in order to achieve
required learning standards. Challenge: For an “A” provide an idea where the learning activity reaches a LoTi level 4a or
above. To do this you will have to design a project where students engage in higher-order thinking and publish their work to an
audience that will use or care about the results. Broad feedback for their work is also a great way to boost interest and
performance.
Grade Level: 3rd
Content Area: Social Studies
Technology Used (check all that apply):
Movie
Audio
Podcast
Vodcast
Other: Voki
Content Area/Grade/Standards/Topics Addressed:
SS3CG1 The student will explain the importance of the basic principles that provide the foundation of a republican form of
government.
a. Explain why in the United States there is a separation of power between branches of government and levels of government.
b. Name the three levels of government (national, state, local) and the three branches
in each (executive, legislative, judicial), including the names of the legislative branch (Congress, General Assembly, county
commission or city council).
c. State an example of the responsibilities of each level and branch of government.
Brief Description of Learning Experience: What learning standards will be addressed? What will students and
teachers do? How will the project be introduced? How long will it take to complete? What audience will use/care about
the multimedia projects students are creating? How broad is this audience? How will student work be assessed and by
whom? Who will provide feedback to students about their work?
We will create a CD that will be given to students and parents in the classroom. This CD will contain poems, stories and letters
that talk about the government and its 3 branches. We will spend 2 weeks working on our project and we will work in small
groups of 4 or less students in each group. The students will be assessed by the content in their poem, song, or story and by the
production of each. The project will be introduced by our classroom avatar, Cookie. He will introduce the topic of learning for
the next two weeks. I will then, have them listen to my audio file where I chose about the 3 branches of government. We will
study these 3 branches and then I will introduce the students to the project. We will use Audacity to record and edit our audio.
Student Engagement/Higher-Order Thinking: What LoTi level would this lesson be and Why? Which indicators of
Engaged Learning are strong and why?
5 to a 6. Students are creating their own product which would be meaningful for them and their families. They are solely in
charge of their product and the technology that goes with it.
Importance of technology: Why is using a multimedia authoring tools critical to the project? Could the project be
completed without this technology? What would be lost without using it? What other types of technology, if any, are
going to be used in the learning experience?
This project is so beneficial for every student as they are creating a product using their knowledge and technology to go with it. It
could be done without technology, simply by having them present each poem, story or song in front of the class, but it would not
have the impact as it would using technology.
Inspiration (optional): If you used existing multimedia projects as a model for your project (whether in part or whole),
include the URL(s) so we can visit. Explain what concepts you “borrowed” from others.
I used the poem to create my audio file for the students.
http://www.totally3rdgrade.com/branches_of_government.html
I also used Jamendo.com in order to find music to go with my poem

Internet Safety and Student Privacy: Briefly discuss some possible issues surrounding internet safety and student
privacy that could arise while implementing this learning experience and explain how you’d minimize risks to
students/yourself, alleviate any fears by parents/administrators, and follow school districts’ Internet Safety/Use Policy.
For this particular activity, acknowledging borrowed information is very important. It is important to show our students that
using information from other sites and sources without recognizing them is illegal. I think this would be the most important
privacy safety in this activity.

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