At the end of the project I gave a survey. My two 8th grade classes took the survey for a total of 68 participants. These were the results.
I gave four possibilities this quarter. I was a little surprised that the Loop Bracelets (aka., rainbow bands) was so popular still. I thought this was old hat now because it was so hot at the beginning of the year in the middle school. We all know that 'cool' only last a half of a day in the middle school. Pop tab bracelets are AWESOME and was sure it would be one of the top choices. Friendship bracelets required a 'practice' before I gave them the 'good' string, so I didn't think many would choose that one.
I was blown away with this one. I asked the kids WHY they made their choices. There was a lot of them that did the bracelet because they thought it looked cool. I kind of thought that the kids would do what their friends did. I was glad to see the top reasons were because they liked the look of the jewelry and because they wanted to learn something new.
Video and friends were the most popular ways that the student choose to learn. I allowed students to use their devices and I had 5 iPad's available most days. It made it easy to use technology. The last question I asked was open ended and allowed for comments. ALL were positive. The survey was anonymous so they could have said anything. One of the comments read like this...
"I like using the iPads as a resource because there is so many websites to help with the jewelry instructions."