I had the rare treat to sit in on an AP Government class today at Reagan H.S. (Christi Robinson, ITS for Reagan HS and Bush MS invited me to visit) and observe their court case project share-out. Thanks to Puppet Pals Director’s Pass donation, students were able to use the teacher’s iPad to create their own court case puppet show. Ms. Newton, the AP Government teacher, also allowed them to explore other submission venues (e.g. Sock Puppets app, Myths & Legends Story Creator, and video-taping their own sock puppet productions old-school style.)
When the class of 38 students was polled, we found that 37 of the 38 students had a personal iPod/iPhone/iPad mobile device. As I have seen many puppet products in elementary and middle school, it was a great experience for me to see how the same apps could be used in a high school setting. Worried that some of the students would find it childish or infantile, I was thoroughly thrilled to find out that not only did they love the apps… many of them downloaded the apps to their own devices and worked at home to complete the project.
“Students will understand the structure, functions, and powers of Congress, the legislative process, and its relationship the branch of government.”
The Task was to research a court case (they randomly drew one), storyboard their accounts (used the template in Pages), and create a video product that highlighted all of the specifics below:
- Name of Case (and brief summary)
- Court Decision
Miranda vs. Arizona (created with Sock Puppets)
- utilize the court cases app for research prior to storyboarding
- utilize T-Chart app to document and weight pros/cons (in this case arguments for the plaintiff and arguments for the defendant)
- set a time limit for the video
- consider using Videolicious for other video projects
- consider using characters to resemble the traits of real individuals in the case (as seen in Miranda vs. Arizona)
- use music to create mood and tone (as some students did)
- alter the pitch in some apps for students who have high-picthed
- create a common tag(s) in YouTube so that they can search later to review
- create a shared Dropbox to house the YouTube videos utilizing Videodropper (make sure you select optimize for iPhone/iPod)
- set up videos in stations (rather than present to the class as a whole), and have each student complete two circles of reflections for each case they viewed. (e.g. how did the verdict of this court case directly affect….)
Many thanks to Christi Robinson, Ms. Newton, and the students of AP Government at Reagan HS for sharing their projects and their class time with me. It is such a joy to see how technology can be seamlessly integrated to foster learning and support the curriculum.
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