Hit the Ground Running

The first week of school has come and gone and with it a very cool and welcome product has been produced. In our second year of PBL, my colleague and I decided to really challenge our returning students by having them work in two large teams that had to be organized from within to accomplish the task. This meant electing a team leader, breaking into subcommittees and then organizing the various tasks by delegating roles to subcommittee leaders and their team members. (Real world anyone?)

What was the task you may ask? To create an interactive, multimedia world history and literature timeline. The idea is that by creating these products, the teams would establish a resource they both could reference throughout the year as they study various eras of human history and literature. The results honestly overwhelmed our expectations. I wouldn’t be so bold as to say they are perfect products, but it was amazing to see our students literally ‘hit the ground running’ in the first few days of school. I’m only displaying one of the products in this post, but it’ll give you a great idea of what our students are capable of creating. Click on the link below to download and view for yourself. Oh, and did I mention this was created in just two and a half days?

Steps into the Past – Timeline (Click the link to download)

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