I love that Margaret Simon has started a Sunday Link Up for posts about digital literacy at her blog to challenge us to share our technology journeys.
In a previous post, I shared an idea for a project with you involving student-made Public Service announcements for our Social Injustice unit using WeVideo. Whew! What a project it was. It was quite the learning curve, and at times, we all got frustrated. However, we did it, and I was proud of my students! A couple students discovered and used PowToon, which was a pretty neat site, also. If I had to do it all over again (and I will - it was valuable enough to do again in the future), I would have them research and make PSAs over current topics. I had them read about historical social injustices and do the PSAs as if the historical event was happening now. I don't think that was particularly effective - at least, not as effective as it could have been. However, they still learned how to experiment with new technology, how to effectively use persuasive techniques, and how to discern persuasive techniques when they are used on them. Take a look at a student's PowToon PSA about segregation. She read Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.