Using technology to enhance the curriculum or students' experience and connection with the curriculum has been a long standing interest for me. The year I started Library School was also the year I started using email, the World Wide Web and Yahoo (anyone remember Lycos? Ok, I googled it. It's still around. Who knew?).
Throughout my career, those have always been options. But, now! When I think about all of the tools and resources that are available now, I don't think they are an option. They are the way to go. I was looking for something else and stumbled upon this YouTube video. It is a powerful project that shows massive amounts of knowledge, thought, reflection, creativity and maturity on the part of the student. If I had to explain the Civil Rights Movement, this would be part of my explanation. Without any words of her own, this student answers all the why, what, when, where and how questions.
Would the 5 paragraph essay have been as effective as this?