Earlier this year, we shared how GEMS TV Express modified it’s format to allow students to learn in a hybrid environment. You can learn more about it with this link to the previous post.

One of the GEMS TV Express 7th grade classes unanimously decided to learn how to use the Cricut Smart Cutting Machine so they could create tutorial videos for designing personalized face masks. When given the choice of any video project to work on, the group enthusiastically decided to all work on the Cricut, one of the design tools in the innovation lab, for an authentic project during this time of COVID.

First, the students took the time to learn how to use this innovative tools themselves. Once well versed in the design process, they began to produce videos on how others could use the Cricut to create masks. The students drew upon their own design experiences including prototyping and redesign when plans needed revisions.

In the near future, THE GEMS TV Express will be publishing their video tutorials on how to effectively design and create personalized face masks.

Angelique Fairbrother is the Digital Learning Coach at Franklin West Supervisory Union. She is a regular contributor to THE FWSU STORY. You can follow her on Twitter @FWSUtech

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