About a week ago, my son was assigned a geometry vocabulary project that required him to choose 30 words from a list and visually represent them. The instructions were as follows…
“You are to find these images in the real world. You can personally take pictures, find them on the internet, or find the items in a magazine. You must manually or electronically mark the picture so that I can identify the geometric term in the picture. You will organize these items to present to me in some manner such as gluing the pictures to posterboard, create a “book” of the symbols, or you can do it digitally and burn it to a CD or email them. However, just copied images won’t do, put them in a power point or Prezi presentation. Be Creative!”
My son, the same kid who said in his blog post that he was not going to “do a basic ppt”, fixed his mouth to ask me to head to the store at 11pm for glue and poster board.
That was not an option on any level!
Instead, I handed him my ipad and showed him how to use Haiku Deck which enabled him to use its internal image search to connect his terms.
While this project may seem pretty basic for a high school sophomore, I was pleased to see him not only do it…but do it excitedly. To him, Haiku Deck was new. It was also super simple and to use.
My Haiku Deck Pro-Tip for math vocabulary: Each of my son’s slides had exactly one term. When searching, I taught him to think of a real world object that may have characteristics of the geometric term, and search for that object instead of the word. There were a few words that my son did not know and I knew immediately because the image did not match which meant that we were able to discuss and make better connections.
Of course, a project such as this had its “issues”. We do not own flash drives anymore…so a CD was out of the question. My son exported his Haiku Deck to Keynote, added a few diagrams where needed and then uploaded each keynote image into Animoto which is an auto video creation tool…very old school. However, it was new to him and will probably be extremely new to his teacher.
To turn it in, I shared one more tip with my son…a bit of an homage to him wanting me to buy a poster board. I showed him Tackk.com a digital storytelling/poster tool and encouraged him to create an account which could house his slideshow, and video.
You’ll have to click the image below to view it!