Monday, November 11, 2013

Lights Camera and Save!

A few of my eighth grade math classes are working on creating an innovative video about financial literacy. The students who complete this assignment will be participating in a contest called, Lights Camera and Save from Ocean City Bank in Ocean City, New Jersey.  Each person must  complete an entry form and follow the rules for the contest and create a video that demonstrates the importance of saving money.

Knowing the video will be the final product of the contest, I transformed this contest into a PBL (Project Based Learning).  I included a "big picture" scenario and an essential question into the project, which will help students make real life connections.  I introduced the project using a Google Presentation.  At the end of the presentation, the students were excited to form their groups and start to brainstorm their ideas.

In a true PBL, students have to create their final product, from their point of view, using a technology tool they prefer.  During this process, the students have the support and guidance of their teachers.  I gave the students suggestions and showed them samples of videos from last years contest.  This would give them an idea of  what is expected from them.

One of the requirements the video must have is to include a theme.  The theme must include three concepts: how to save money, how to save money and spend it wisely, and how to save for college.  Another requirement of the video is it cannot be longer than 90 seconds. The video must be innovative, creative, have originality, and display a clear message.

The classes have two weeks to complete the videos. Myself and the math teachers will review the videos and I will submit the videos into the bank, by November 30th, that portray the rules and message clearly. I can't wait to see what the students created and to hear what they learned from this project.  I will keep you posted on the results.  

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