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Dennis Barham Kim Davis Pathways to Technology MHS, Hartford Ct.
Outline Introductions About our school Project Background First Breakout Second Breakout Student samples Website Project Demo What we learned - Good News What we learned – Improvement Opportunities Q & A
Pathways to Technology Grades 9 – 12 Approximately 350 students All students receive technology instruction; Graphics, E-commerce, Web Development, Digital Video, Sound Production, Programming and then choose a specialty College Prep (96% placement rate)
Project Background – Mountain Classroom Mountain Classroom is the project of Mr. Alan Spier, a retired lawyer and long time outdoorsman The project is a collaboration of the Hartford Public School system, The Appalachian Mountain Club, and the Trust for a Mountain Classroom Approximately 40 students travel to New Hampshire for 4 days to study the environment – free of charge The project completed it’s sixth year this Spring
Starting the Project – What NOT to do PBL 101 ….How not to run a project (video)video
First Breakout – Audience Analysis Audience Analysis identifies the groups that will utilize a web site Let’s try a simple technique to complete this task
First Breakout – Audience Analysis Think about www.ups.com What groups of people would use or visit the UPS site?
First Breakout – Audience Analysis Rules for Brainstorming: 1) Postpone and withhold your judgment of ideas 2) Encourage wild and exaggerated ideas 3) Quantity counts at this stage, not quality 4) Build on the ideas put forward by others 5) Every person and every idea has equal worth
Second Breakout – Logo Design A quality web site functions, but is also attractive and well designed Let’s examine the guidelines for graphics design Graphics Design Guidelines Graphics Design Guidelines
Second Breakout – Logo Design Federal Express had several ad campaigns; Here are some samples Fedex AdsFedex Ads Your assignment is to sketch out a design for the Fedex campaign “The World, on time” that recognizes the principles of design
Second Breakout – Logo Design The next approach is called a “gallery walk” Tour the room and after seeing everyone’s work, assign one of your dots to each one: Blue–best Yellow-2 nd best Red-3 rd best Here are some student samplesstudent samples
Student Samples This is a sample of a student produced prototype of the site. Every student produced one of these Web Site Prototype
Project Demo – Final Website The actual project is presently on the internet at http://mtnclassroomhfd.org Production Web Site
What we learned – Good News Problem Based Learning works! A project focuses on the skills acquired in Web Design Student “ownership” drove the project Learning is facilitated by student inquiry Getting to work is never a problem Classes began with customer updates and project pointers Small teams are key
What we learned – Improvement Opportunities Formal training lessons for all project jobs Weekly Rubrics for grading and feedback Electronic Brainstorming Teamwork and collaboration training