Slowmation Project Presentation



  1. Your partners decide to stay with you.  So you should start commenting on their reflections again.
  2. Remember to do the reflection 7 first by this Thursday (except for Ashleigh).


Now it’s your turn to present your final Slowmation to the class.  You also need to turn in the storyboard to me.  In your presentation, make sure that you talk about:

  • what is your topic?
  • why you want to do this?
  • one big difficulty of this project
  • one good thing about the project
  • what have you learned?

Everyone in this class will evaluate your Slowmation.  That will be 50% of your Slowmation project grade.


After you made this Slowmation, I bet you realize that it is not easy to make a film or an artifact like this.  So I really want you to learn to pay attention to copyright issue in the future.  The photo you take, the video you make, your e-portfolio and photoblog and now your stop animation project…all these things are like your babies.  You spend a lot of time and energy in, right?  Think about other products that we are using in our daily life now.  Do you respect the copyright?  Do you know anything about plagiarism?  How will you think if you find out others using your products or assignment without telling you?  Have you ever downloaded songs, movies or other media products illegally?  Do you buy the software?  Do you copy and paste texts from the websites to your papers?  There are so many things that can break the rules.

What is Plagiarism?

According to UGA’s “A Culture of Honesty“, plagiarism is defined as ”submission for academic advancement the words, ideas, opinions or theories of another that are not common knowledge, without appropriate attribution to that other person.” This is same as STEALING other’s property.

If you take other’s work (plagiarism), it is unethical (of course!) but also most times you end up breaking copyright law, which means it is illegal.

What is copyright law?

A form of protection to the authors of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works” (US Copyright Office, 2012).

With the advent of the Internet, people can easily access and copy others’ works without knowing if they are protected by copyright. However, most Web content is copyrightedThus, if you use the Web content without proper citation or attribution, you are committing plagiarism and violating the law. To use any copyrighted media such as images, music, and videos, you need to get a permission from the creator.

Teachers should be clearly aware of copyright so that they do not break the law when designing their class and looking for web resources for their class. Also, it is very IMPORTANT for teachers to teach students this as one of the 21st century skills. If you want to know more about copyright, you may want to read this article (only 2 pages and it should worth it!).

Why do you think these concerns are especially important in the 21st century?  Let’s watch the two videos.

Digital Citizenship in the 21st Century



Creative Commons



Creative Commons Images
Flikr is a good place to search for creative commons images.
Google Images also let you search for copyright free images.

Then, how would you cite a photo from the web? You need to provide the following information:

  • The creator/author
  • The title
  • The URL where the work is hosted (if available)
  • The type of license

Here are some more resources related to this topic.

A Fair(y) Use Tale: A witty video on YouTube that shows the extreme of fair use using Disney movies fairly.

Creative Commons: How to license your work and find resources that you can use with permission

Google Advance Image Search: Where you can find images to use with permission Where you can find whether you break the rule of plagiarism  Similar to Turnitin, but free


Our next in-class project is the learning adventure project.  We won’t have time to talk about this in detail today.  But basically, it is a project that you and your partner will work on an essential question and develop/construct a website to provide answers to that question.  But what is an essential question?


We always say there is no dumb questions…we always encourage students to ask questions.  However, I do need to remind you that some questions are not appropriate for this kind of design project.  For example, if it doesn’t take student to explore, to analyze, to delve into some situations, then it won’t be a good question.

Grant Wiggins (2007) mentioned that an essential question should be questions that ”any thoughtful and intellectually-alive person ponders and should keep pondering” (quoted from  He gave out several good point to think about essential questions.

Another resource you can check about essential questions is Essential_Questions_Defined.

Essential question checklist

Another important checklist is this question– “Does your essential question help the student answer ‘Why do I have to learn this?'”


Here is the learning adventure project rubric.


Here are some examples.  I’ve changed the elements of the rubric for you all, because we don’t have that much time due to the snow days.  So you are doing a smaller-scaled project.

Adventures Down Under– An exploration of Australia

Purposeful Poetry

Go Green in 2014

Dream Vacation

What Makes A Healthy Student?

Here are some resources for you to think about your project.


  1. Tubric– If you want to use one of the Tubric to help you and your teammates to make your ideas into a good essential question, feel free to grab one.  But please return it to me before you go!
  2. Assessment Tool– This website is about assessment.  How can you assess your students?  If you do have trouble in thinking about something interesting to work on, start thinking about what kind of assessment you want to have for your learners.  Then maybe that will help you think about some good essential questions.
  3. Project-based Learning Database by BIE– You can search for projects.  This website is completely about PBL.  They have more hundreds of projects.  If you can’t come up with a good essential question, maybe you will find one from these projects.  Then you can design your own content.
  4. 20 Ideas for Engaging Projects–  Here are 20 ideas for PBL.  Maybe you can find a good one here.



  • Check with me about the Expand your learning circle project if you are not sure whether your choice is a good one
  • Work on the 20% Design Project– the guiding questions for your next documentation:
    • describe what you have done so far
    • what do you know about this topic?  (opinions from experts, related readings…etc)  How do you use this to guide your design?
    • describe the technology in your design


  •  Reflection 7 (Due April 3)
  • 20% Design Project Documentation 4 DUE TODAY
    Answer this question:
    Talk about your timeline–  April 22 will be the presentation for your 20% Design project.  What short-term goals you want to achieve before the final presentation?




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