Module 8 will stress on the most critical component of project-based learning - the creation of student final products, which provides a means for students and teachers to assess completed work, reinforce learning outcomes, and reflect on the process part of the project based teaching. Also, it will examine how these project outcomes are linked to assessment and how you can evaluate the skills and knowledge that students develop as a result of their participation in the global project work.
Let's explore some exciting assessment tools and methods!
- did the students create final products as part of traditional or alternative assessment?
- which web tools did they use (MovieMaker, Slidestory, Voicethread, Movenote, Powtoon, Blabberize, UtellStory)?
- which skills did they develop when they created the final products?
- what are the advantages of using this kind of assessment as compared to traditional assessment (dictations, tests, essay, fill-in exercises, translations, etc.)?
Task 2. Get inspired from the examples shared in Task 1 and establish the final product of your online international project.
According to Teacher’s Guide to Online Collaboration & Global Project book, written by Chris Steven Youth Network (page 44-47) “many interesting projects can fail to make a lasting impression because inadequate attention and planning was dedicated to the project’s final product and presentation”. To avoid this negative impression in your students’ project work, please study the sequence proposed in the quoted reference, choose 3 project ideas you shared in Assignment 7, Task 3, and set up:
a. the project final products in electronic format (such as video essay, picture slideshow, electronic magazine, blog, digital poster, theatrical performance recorded and shared through YouTube);
b. the project presentation way(s); and
c. the target audience the project will address.
"I chose to participate in the Our Footprints, Our Future iEARN Project. By the end of the project, my students will create photo research essays which will address one environmental problem we face in Republic of Moldova and ways to solve it. For example, here is a project created by Aliona: Recycling in Moldova. The students will use Voicethread as the presentation tool. The links to their final products will be posted on the iEARN project forum and gallery. Then, we will invite our international partners to leave text, audio and video comments. We will vote for the most creative, the best organised and the most argumentative photo essays together with students from other countries."
”In the YouthCaN Project, youth clubs and classes share an interest in studying and protecting the environment. Activities such as local hikes, community clean-ups, explorations of the environment, and investigations of environmental topics, conferences and workshops are all youth-directed.
Final product: Youth around the world created final products that included skits, videos, demonstrations, and workshops to address marine life and water issues related to the 2013 YouthCaN theme “Helping Underwater Environments."
Presentation: Youth presented their final products at the 2013 YouthCaN Conference at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Students from Indonesia performed a skit about protecting their coral reefs while students from New York shared a video and PowerPoint presentation about their water-testing project. Several groups joined the conference by Skype to present their studies on local water issues.
Audience: Elementary, middle, and high school students from around New York City, student groups from other countries, local science experts, museum staff, and local environmental organizations attended face-to-face and virtually.”
Study the links presented below:
- Why is Assessment important?
- What is Authentic Assessment?
- How to assess PBL?
- Some examples of using final products as assessment tools
- 10 Assessment Tips
- Assessment in PBL
- Why is assessment important in global project based instruction;
- What is the authentic assessment,and how could it be used in the project work?
- What are some assessment tools you can use in your project classes( at least 2) ?
- Rubrics in PBL
- Examples of iEARN project rubrics
- How to create a rubric in Rubistar
- How to create a rubric in Google Spreadsheets
Design a rubric using Rubistar or Google Spreadsheets for a project you presented in Task 1. Post your rubric on your blog page where the project idea(s) has/have been placed for students’ acknowledgement.
Post the link of your blogpage you published the rubric as an answer to this Assignment.