My Final Project: Revamp!


I have a confession to make: That’s the first movie I’ve ever created in iMovie…and I have my students do it all the time! I’m exhausted, but what a great experience. I now have such a better understanding of how much work goes into the production of even a short video, and I understand how important it is to give my students plenty of time.  And next time I will try to be a better role model by not finishing my work at the very last minute! Yes, next time.

The Overhaul

My video gives a very thorough overview of the unit and how I changed my practices and assessments in order to reach beyond modification on the SAMR model of technology integration. So without further ado, here it is! Enjoy.

If you’re interested in checking out more projects, please feel free to go to our English 10 blogs page on the Kaohsiung American School blogs directory. For more information about the final project, including all of the requirements and the prompt itself, click here. If you’re interested in using or adapting any of the assignments that I created for this unit, you are more than welcome, or if you have any feedback, constructive criticism, suggestions, or other teaching ideas that you think I’d like to hear, please send it all my way.

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

COETAIL truly has been the best professional development that I’ve participated in throughout my entire teaching career, and I’ll recommend it thoroughly.  Thank you, fellow COETAILers, for all of your inspiration, feedback, and thoughts. I look forward to staying connected!


5 thoughts on “My Final Project: Revamp!

  1. Jayne Mizuguchi-Soh

    Yes, its so true that skills and etiquette relating to taking part in a face to face interactions with a computer screen or other device open need to be explicitly taught.
    Loved the final projects the students created and the freedom you gave them. I don’t think I will ever stop being blown away by things that students were able to create when we give them the chance.

  2. Zach

    Jessica, great learning and great unit! It’s been a pleasure to read your blog throughout this, and “Into the Wild” is one of my favorite texts to teach (and a great movie!). Have fun in Taiwan!

  3. Beth Queeney Dressler

    Congratulations on a great final project and video! You would never know it was the first time you made an iMovie. Great job. I really liked the way you structured the video and had students reflect on the project. I also really liked how you incorporated Presentation Zen principles.
    Thanks for sharing!
    BTW…my final project was also the first time I made an iMovie! I was also exhausted by the end! 🙂

  4. Jen

    Awesome job! I wish I was in your class! As I watched this, I kept thinking of ways in which I could do similar things with my 6th graders. Congrats on finishing your first iMovie!

  5. Danielle Hawthorne

    Hi Jessica,

    This was awesome! Thank you.

    How long did it take you to cover this unit? How many units like this have you been able to do in this particular class?


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