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Projeqt is a multi-dimensional digital storytelling tool that has lots of exciting potential for the K-12 classroom.
Teachers and students can use this site as a web 2.0 teaching and learning tool for creating visually compelling presentations.
This web 2.0 teaching tool is easy to use which is always a plus for me!
It is a valuable teacher resource to use when targeting 21st century learning skills and Common Core Standards.
Once you decide on a topic and gather your images, links, videos, etc. it doesn't take long to create a presentation.
The site is a versatile presentation tool for teachers on all grade levels. Middle school and high school students will definitely like this one, too. If PowerPoint is popular at your school, Projeqt is a good alternative presentation tool.
Two of the site's features make it unique and truly outstanding -
Other content that can be added to a Projeqt slideshow includes images, videos, hyperlinks, interactive maps, documents (PowerPoint and PDF), videos, music, and more. The final product can be shared via email and embedded into your blog or other web site
You can customize the look and feel of your slideshow with different fonts, background color, and body color. The slideshows can be displayed in full screen and tile view.
Accounts are free. Full names and an email address are required to sign up although Projeqt does allow students to use nicknames when applying for an account.
21st Century Skills
This digital storytelling web 2.0 teaching tool can develop communication skills and foster creativity during the production of the site's slideshows. Critical thinking skills are utilized as students strategically plan and organize their slides with appropriate and varied information to support their topic, problem, or question.
In the Classroom
The linear format of the slideshows lends itself to timeline-style presentations, such as a historical event, biographical studies, and step-by-step explanations of a science experiment.
Slideshows can also consist of stacks of slides illustrating different categories, such as the seasons, geometric shapes in our environment, biomes, landforms, and literary genres.
If your school allows access to Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds, this Web 2.0 tool would be a great way to explore current events pulling in the latest news through these social media tools.
Teachers. This site can be used in lieu of the traditional PowerPoint show to guide a class through a lesson or to introduce a new topic. After the teacher embeds a slideshow on the class web site, students can view it later as a review.
Students. The numerous multi-media choices available on this site and ease of organizing information will engage and motivate students in sharing research, art work, and in creating electronic portfolios of class work in any content area.
Classroom Resources: Below are project sheets for your students to use when planning a presentation using Projeqt. They include a form for listing resources, such as images, links, etc., and a storyboard for planning and organizing their presentation.
Here is an example of a slideshow I created for upper elementary classes that were preparing to visit a wildlife refuge in their community.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Mini-research projects, as well as more focused research projects, are key points in the CCSS
Writing Standard. This site provides an excellent platform for students to share new knowledge gained from their research. Using the site's feature of "stacking" slides aids in presenting key ideas with supporting details and ideas using the various multi-media options.
Using this tool with a classroom lesson can meet objectives in the CCSS Speaking and Listening Standard. Students listen while viewing the slideshow and then participate in informal discussion.
Students can gain new vocabulary while listening and viewing a slideshow. In presenting one themselves, they can demonstrate the appropriate use of specific vocabulary gained in a content area. Acquisition and use of domain-specific vocabulary is a key element of the CCSS Language Standard.
Tutorials - Here are some good tutorials to get you started.
Creating a Projeqt - What is it?
Because the site asks for a full name and email address when signing up for an account, I emailed Projeqt to ask if students could use their initials or a nickname instead of their real name. My school's technology policy doesn't allow students to use their real names online. This would be a "deal breaker" for students' use of the site at my school. I promptly received a reply from the nice people at the site stating that students were very welcome to use initials or nicknames when applying for an account - so that issue should not be a problem.
As far as students needing an email address, students can use an email service such as mailcatch.com to alleviate the student email problem. They will have to confirm the email address to activate their accounts and can do that with mailcatch.com. See the Helpful Tools page for more information about Mailcatch.
Remind students not to identify themselves or others with any personal information when posting their work online.
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