Here's a fun activity for summarizing your learning at the end of a project or learning experience, via Matthew Homann (who I got to through this round-up post on VizThink from Christine Martell). It's called PowerPoint Haiku:
- Everyone gets three "slides" (one each for the questions they have to answer) that can be notecards, 8.5 " x 11" cardstock, or even (gasp) actual PowerPoint slides.
- You pose three questions to the group. At VizThink, they were: "Why did you come to VizThink?" "What did you learn?" and "What are you going to do next?"
- Each question is answered on a separate slide with this Haiku-like twist: The first question MUST be answered in 5 words, the second question in 7 words, and the third in 5 words. And yes, I know that in true Haiku, you count syllables instead of words.
- Everyone can then take their "slides" and add a drawing, picture or other visual images to each one.
- The mini-presentations are then shared around the table.
This is something that could be adapted for a lot of different questions:
- What did you do best in that project or experience?
- What will you change for the future?
- What was the biggest "aha" moment for you?
- How did this experience highlight your strengths?
- Who were the most important people connected to in this project?
- What was one thing you wish you knew before you started this project?
- What was the best advice you received during the project?
It also easily lends itself to several different reflection formats. I could see the three PowerPoint slides or a blog entry, of course, but also a quickie Gcast or a VoiceThread. And to expand on the concept a little, I'd LOVE to see something like an Indexed summary of learning, although personally I'm not that clever. This might be something good to add to the list of blog post formats that could be adapted for learning.