My PBL project is designed to get students moving in a task of creating and evaluating the news. Below is my self assessment, and the link to the original rubric.
Here is how I scored my Rubric
Overall Project Idea
When I look at my overall project idea, I believe that my concept of creating a student news program helps students to ‘gather and interpret data’, ask further questions. If they are looking to report the news, they need to look at the events around them, and generate the news production.
Student Voice & Choice, Independence
I have looked to create opportunities for students to discover their news, and report what they feel is important. Students will be expected to create videos in groups, and find their news item. Some decisions will be group decisions, and others more individual. Students will also have to take responsibility to take care of various equipment.
My Driving Question: “What makes the news… important?” attempts to create an overview of the problem of creating a news program. There are several sub questions, that might help lead to more specific contexts, but are all interrelated to the main topic.
- How do we report on real news that is important to our school community?
- What skills do you need to get your ideas across in video?
- Where does news happen that is important to students?
- What is the difference between real and fake news?
- How do we show multiple points of view?
- Why is freedom of the press protected?
- What is the role of journalism in our school community?
- What makes a good photograph? …Video? … Audio Recording?
- How do students become leaders in the school community?
- How do we work as a team to create?
My goal with the content standards was to look for standards across curriculum areas, showing as well as looking for 21st century skills that will help them adapt for the future. I feel that the standards are essential for learning what the news is all about, as well as some standards as to creating quality in their products.
Students will work in groups to build multiple video products. They will need to collaborate, to make sure that the final class products have enough content. Students will need to think critically, to learn to create better products. Technology drives the product to show understanding, and creativity.
My entry event was a club to show students some of the skills necessary to get moving. But it did not start the enquiry. As I will be looking to create the PBL as a course for next year, I thought it would be good to create a club this year to help generate interest. This is an area where I will be looking to improve. This may be about generating a name for the program, and looking towards analysis of other student news programs.
Assessments are listed on my site here.
I will look to have students create a blog to post individual work. As some group tasks may not always fit during class time, such as filming a school event, other tasks will also be necessary to plan, produce, and show other understandings.
Small group work will also be evaluated in class, so students can look to improve their group work.
There are rubrics, and content is explained well. As the program runs in cycles, the opportunity for multiple summative tasks is in the nature of the course.
Overall I feel that I have learned many things during the 542 course. It has helped me to generate my thoughts about how to approach the new course for my school for next year. I may not have a perfect PBL unit, but I feel that I can adapt the ideas here to generate improvement as I attempt to get started with this unit with students.
Project Design Rubric
Project Design Rubric (Google Doc template)