Ms. Gesualdi’s Calculus Class Project - 2015
- Working in a group of two students, select a Calculus problem or concept to explain. It can deal with the mechanics of solving a problem or with real world applications. It should require multiple (at least three) steps to solve.
- Create a PowToon video or VoiceThread to teach an audience of other Calculus students about it and how to solve it in an engaging way. You can make it interactive, requiring that the viewer supply answers, but you must also include your own teaching explanations.
- Your film must include an engaging story. Don’t just teach; weave the teaching into an entertaining plotline. Be sure to create a script or storyboard first. You can copy and use this template.
- Use a tool you have not used before. Choices include:
- PowToon.com - has a lot of fun features like hand gestures, whiteboard writing, and fun cartoon characters. Free accounts are limited to 5 minutes. That’s plenty of time! An advantage of PowToon is that you can upload to YouTube and reach a global audience. Please do that! Do not use the pre-defined templates; use the Start from Scratch option.
- Voicethread.com - allows you to first create the visuals and then record the audio separately and in small chunks, has a nice doodle tool, and encourages interaction in comments from others. You need to create the slideshow on a computer, but you can do the audio commentary on mobile devices. Include at least four slides and include questions that encourage others to comment.
Note: Both of these sites offer free accounts. They both encourage you to upgrade to a paid account, but you don’t need to do that to complete these assignments.
- All images you upload must either be ones you created yourself, that have Creative Commons licenses, or are in the Public Domain. Do not use copyrighted images or music since you are creating a published work. Be sure to include credits for all your images (even ones you create yourself) and any music in the end of your videos. For more help with Copyright, Creative Commons, and Public Domain are, watch this video: http://youtu.be/CWCUTn5C8aI And, for help finding Creative Commons images and sounds, visit this link on the library website: http://www.mchslibrary.org/images-and-sounds.html If you find a copyrighted image you really want to use and can’t find a copyright-friendly alternative, talk to Mrs. Lofton about whether you might be able to justify fair use based on transformativeness.
- Consider creating some or all of your own illustrations. Here are some tools you can use to help create attractive graphics. They will look a lot better than hand-drawn images:
- Google Drawing: Select Drawing from the Google Drive Create option
- Canva: Has lots of vibrant graphic elements, many free. Don’t select items that have a $1 cost unless you want to pay for them.
- PicMonkey Easy editing, backgrounds, and more
View previous class videos on library website
Example of an “explainer video”
PowToon Tutorials page
Calculus class examples from last year:
Check examples to view for ideas of how this tool works from previous year’s projects
Some other good examples:
Surfing and Math
Calculus in Action - Baseball
Simple math problem shows doodle capability for writing
For more, go to VoiceThread Browse, and search for Math, Calculus, Algebra, etc.
A VoiceThread tutorial
Ms. Gesualdi will be using these videos for next year’s students, and we will be posting all of your videos on the MCHS Library website for other students to see, so create a video that others will benefit from and of which you will be proud!
When you are done, complete this Google Form to let us know where to find your project online.
Due Date: To Be Announced
Some tips for VoiceThread:
- Create a free account.
- Free accounts are limited to creating 5 different VoiceThreads. You will only need one, so that won’t be a problem.
- One of you will create the VoiceThread. Then, you will share the link with your partner so that you can both record comments. Only the creator account can add slides, but both of you, and anyone else you share the link with, can comment.
- Be sure to make the VoiceThread public so your partner and others can view it.
- You can create VoiceThreads, add slides from your camera or saved photos, and comment using the VoiceThread mobile app. However, you can’t access the Media Library from the mobile app.
- Only sign into an account with one device at a time.
Tips for PowToon:
- One of the free tools you can use to record an audio file is Audacity.com. If you want oral speech in your PowToon, you will probably want to use this or another audio recording tool. Here is a way to do it:
- First set up your entire visual presentation In PowToon.
- Then, while you are watching it, make an audio recording using a separate tool like Audacity.
- I would probably record in chunks, and then, edit those chunks into the one needed audio file to import.
- Finally, upload the audio file to PowToon. When you do, you can adjust the volume. You can also have a separate music track.
Poor choice of problem
Acceptable choice of problem
Good choice of problem
Thoroughly thought out and developed problem
Poorly developed solution and explanation
Adequate solution and explanation
Well thought out and developed solution, demonstrating a very good explanation of the concept
Thoroughly thought out and developed solution, demonstrating an excellent explanation of the concept
Video poorly developed; doesn’t take much advantage of features of the tool selected.
Little originality demonstrated. No storyboard/script created.
Adequate video, using some of the features of the tool selected. Some demonstration of originality of approach. Minimal storyboard/scrip.
Good video with some engaging elements. Takes advantage of multiple features of the tool selected in appropriate ways. Good demonstration of originality of approach. Adequately-planned storyboard/script.
Excellent video that engages audience. Demonstrates mastery of the features of the tool selected. Demonstrates very original approach. Well-planned storyboard/script.
Proper use of sources and credits
Does not demonstrate respect for copyright laws.
Demonstrates some effort to abide by copyright laws and cite sources.
Uses only original, public domain, or Creative Commons images, and includes proper credit for these.
Takes full advantage of the availability of original, public domain, and Creative Commons images, and includes proper credit for these.