This year I took a step towards project based learning in my geometry class. Due to the end of the year sneaking up, I ran out of time and still need to cover quadrilaterals. Being desperate, I decided to have students create a project, instead of a final. I gave the students a couple of worksheets to "discover" each quadrilateral's characteristics. Now the students are researching area, perimeter, diagonals and the characteristics of the square, rectangle, trapezoid, isosceles trapezoid, kite, rhombus, and a parallelogram.
Next week, they will have 4 days to actually write it up and put the presentation together. They will have the choice of using Book Creator, inkflow, a movie app, zoodle comic a slide presentation app or any of the other apps on the ipad.
Tomorrow and Monday they will plan their actual presentation and how it will be done. I will pass out the rubric, and the check list. The rubric is so they know what I expect and the checklist is for them so they do not forget anything.
They are griping but this gets them out of a final. . They keep wanting me to give them the information and they think I am cheap because I require them to look up the information in the book. I've told them the information has to be correct. I will take points off if it does not meet the rubric I give them.
If you have an ideas for improving this project, please put it in the comments section. I am open to suggestions.