This year, she started the project by having students gather in groups to brainstorm synonyms, antonyms, and similes for apathy, then use the Advanced search on Flickr to find images that represented their simile with Creative Commons sharing rights and enter all on a Google Form.
Jennifer and I were talking about the project prior to this and she was commenting that she didn't care for the Google Presentation tool for the final projects, because it was limited in what it could do. I pointed out that one advantage, is that it forces students to focus on the content rather than the "bells and whistles", and that's what I liked about it. Later in the day, she sent me a link to the "Group Presentation" developed by the different classes. Here is what she and the students came up with:
When Jennifer shared the presentation with me, she included a note that said, "I guess Google Presentation is ok." To me, the simile and images helped promote higher level thinking among her students, and I think this is a great example of how our Apps for Education can be a powerful collaboration and presentation tool when focusing on the content and good design!
I'll try to share some of the student projects later in the unit.