Subtraction Poetry

This is an interesting idea I came across earlier in the year. Thank you to Austin Kleon, a writer and artist who lives in Texas, for the idea. The idea of subtraction poetry involves taking words away in order for the information to take a new form.
Using a Mac computer with Preview, take a piece of informational text in pdf, annotate to strike through the unwanted words and highlight the final product. How might you or your students use this?

Sound Booth on the Cheap

Also posted in my Discovery blog.
If you teach using laptops or other portable devices, chances are you have had students record something during class. Keeping a “quiet on the set” atmosphere during these times is difficult. What you need is a sound booth!
To create this budget sound booth you need an empty paper box, spray adhesive, egg crate foam, and hot glue.

Step one, carefully break the seal on the paper box so it opens flat. Step two, cut egg crate foam to size for the inner area of the box. Step three, in a well ventilated area, spray the adhesive to the interior of the box and the back of foam. Line up and press the foam into place. Step four, bring the sides in to create an angle, about 45 degrees. Mark the corners, top and bottom where they overlap. Step five, hot glue the top and bottom to hold the new angle.

Thank you to innovative fellow teacher, Andy Harrison. He fashioned a much nicer sound booth which was the inspiration for a hands on professional development.

Feel free to use the invitation made using Powtoon beta.

Rework Video

Posted previously on my Discovery blog:
 

Projects are an excellent way for students to demonstrate learning. They can also be introduced/framed with an essential question and provide for a variety of collateral learning as students dive into the curriculum. Unfortunately projects can be a time hog if students aren’t given specific time limitations. For that reason it is nice to design lessons where students must get their point across in a minute or less.

Why keep it short?

  • scripts are important as students research content and a script for 60 seconds or less can still be quite long
  • students must synthesize their learning to fit within a smaller time frame
  • we can compare it to real world applications when you have to grab your audience quickly and effectively such a an elevator pitch or a commercial — 60 second recap is also a great example
  • a short video or podcast can be completed in one to two class days
  • one class period is more than enough if a presentation is the end result

The paper slide video works well. Readers can comment to share great examples of short project lessons.

Below is a sample video where students will download a Discovery Education video, then create a poem, rap, or song related to the content. In this sample autotune and an original beat are used. Students can disguise their voice with autotune in Garageband or Audacity.

Feel free to contact if you need help creating your own videos or want to collaborate with projects between schools.