33. Our Final Project

Housekeeping:

  1. Each project score is somewhat modified.

PART I. Adjustment
Since the last two projects (Slowmation Video and Learning Adventure) were collapsed into one, we need to revisit our list of projects and scores. Here’s my idea: Learning adventure project –  20% to 30%; Social media project – 10% to 15%. But before modifying this plan, I would like to ask your opinion first.

PART II. Learning Adventure
This Learning Adventure project will be the last project in this course, and will continue until almost the end of the semester. This is a final project because you need to integrate all of your skills into this one project. Please make sure that you need to create a NEW website for this project. You can use any website for your learning adventure (e.g., Google Sites, Tumblr, WordPress…)

Examples
Before we get to all the details, let’s first look at some examples of Adventures created by former EDIT 2000 students. Ours will be set up slightly different, but the premise is the same. You are basically creating a web site for students, parents, and teachers. The site is meant to guide a student through an adventure of your choosing (of course, it’s nice to offer them choices within your adventure as well).

Partners and Groups
I would prefer you worked with a partner for this project. It’s okay if you find yourself planning an adventure in a subject or grade different than the one you identified at the beginning of the semester. I am open to people working alone, but you need to be forewarned that this is a lot of work – being able to share the work load will help you stay on target. If you are going to work in a group, 2 or 3 members would be good. You do not have to decide today who you’d like to work with, but be prepared to share this in class on Monday.

Detailed information
Open this Learning Adventure page. We will also talk through the rubric, and that will help you understand what is expected of you throughout the project. You will notice that the criteria for receiving full credit is part of the rubric. Let’s look at this together.

PART III. Content Standards
I want you to design your learning adventure based on the mandated content standards in this country. We have already learned a little bit about content standards in February. Here is a list of content standards websites you can refer to for your project.

As teachers, we don’t really choose what we are going to teach. This is mandated at the local, state, and national levels. In the state of Georgia, curriculum standards are called “Georgia Performance Standards”, or GPS. They are written for every grade level (K-12) and most subject areas. Click on the Georgia Performance Standards tab and then select your subject and grade level. If you’re interested in Mathematics or English/Language Arts, you might refer to the Common Core Standards as well. If you don’t see your subject area listed (subjects such as health, family and consumer science, character education, and a few others), view the “Quality Core Curriculum Materials” – the predecessor to the GPS (not all subjects have made the conversion yet). If you are interested in speech therapy or special education, here are some possible standards: “IEP Goals & Objectives Bank.”

For Wednesday

  1. Please think about some interesting topics for your learning adventure.
  2. Find your team members if you’d like to do this project in a group.
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