Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Google It! Project - Medieval Europe

I'm sure you have heard the phrase "Google it!"  I was inspired by this phrase to create a project in which students created their own interactive PowerPoint presentation by recreating a Google logo and thematic slides on one standard of Medieval Europe.  For example, a student who researched the "bubonic plague" created a Google logo designed to imitate the disease and its devastating effects on Medieval Europe and then linked each letter of their "Google" logo to thematic slides including:  a VTS (Visible Thinking Strategy) slide (to invite group discussion), a map, a narrative (fairy tale or news story), an advertisement, a "How to..." technical directions, and a final slide of their choice (collage, diagram, quiz, cause-and-effect chart, point of view slide, etc.). Some students even used Xtranormal to create mini animated movies to insert into parts of their PowerPoint presentations (such as an introduction or summary). When finished with their PowerPoints, students also linked the "Google Search" button to the best web site they could find on their topic.  This week, students took turns teaching their peers what they learned as they presented their "Google It!" PowerPoint presentations, which included their own student-initiated VTS discussions.  Enjoy some impressive and quite creative work below!
Watch a full Student PowerPoint here (CLICK BELOW):

Example Google Logos:

Example Student PowerPoint:

Example Student PowerPoint:


Presentation Time!
VTS Strategies Initiated by Student Presenters: