When tasked with speaking for 5 minutes about any topic, there is nothing that I would rather speak to than the New England Patriots. It is easy for me to talk about the Patriots with genuine emotion, so as not to sound forced, which is key when narrating a slideshow. Any student knows that there is nothing more boring than a lecture that is PowerPoint only; this is often referred to as death by PowerPoint. While the information may come across in the way that the teacher intends it to, it is not efficiently absorbed by the students. At the same time, as part of UDL, it is important to have an audio and visual component with any presentation, in order to reach ALL students. By creating a PowerPoint of only pictures, with the slides advancing automatically, the student is able to truly connect the visual with the audio, fluidly. Many times a student is trying to create connections in their head, but struggle to anchor them before the next slide is advanced; by isolating hearing from reading, true anchored connections can be made.
When thinking about the main concept of the project Visions of Students Today, I wanted to highlight my world, and the learning that takes place both formally and informally, from my point of view. Upon watching the original submission video, and the original submissions, I immediately thought of my childhood home, but more specifically to my backyard. For the first 18 years of my life that was where the most learning took place for me; I would run around and experience life in its purest and most beautiful form, which I really wanted to highlight in my video. The combination of indoor learning, where I would study until all hours of the night, and the outdoor learning, where I would learn through trial and error, no place has as much value to me as my childhood home does. To me, interacting with the environment and with one’s surroundings is the most powerful learning that can take place; I am proud to have learned so much from a single place.