Exercise 1: What are some essential questions that could drive inquiry in your discipline? (15 minutes)
In groups of 5 or 6, take 10 minutes and on a piece of chart paper list as many essential questions as you can consider - at this point no idea is wrong, the goal is to think big and craft interesting ideas that might turn into an interesting project. Once time is up we will rotate between the other groups and STAR the questions we think are particularly interesting.
Exercise 2: What are some products that could drive interesting investigations? As the resource above makes clear, we should begin with the end in mind. What are some products that we might get students working on that would engage and have a natural tie in to our curriculum? (15 minutes)
In groups of 5 or 6 again (different groups), take 10 minutes and on a piece of chart paper list as many products as you can imagine - at this point no idea is wrong, the goal is to think big and craft interesting products that might turn into an interesting project. Once time is up we will rotate between the other groups and STAR the products we think are particularly interesting.
Exercise 3: Looking through project ideas (10 minutes)
There are a set of project cards from High Tech High that summarize projects - they show examples of student work and describe the project including the essential question. Look through these cards and find a particular one that matches work you can imagine doing in your class or that you think is particularly interesting. Pair off with a partner and share the card you chose and describe why.
Afternoon 1 pm - 2:30 pm Topic: App exploration Before we start exploring Apps that might support our projects, there are two sites we need to understand and learn to use: Mark has set up a Pintrest site for Mobile Tech in PBL for us to build a set of web resources that we find. Download the app Pintrest for your device (iPad version linked here) - we will discuss what Pintrest is and why it is an easy way to share great websites.
App review/share: We will build a list of Apps we have used to support our efforts. There is an open google spreadsheet here that is designed to allow all of you to build a list of apps we find interesting.
One of our goals is to use apps that support higher level thinking (think Bloom's Taxonomy)_
With the time we have left in this afternoon session search and identify at least one or two apps you think would be useful for a project idea you will develop and post it to our common app spreadsheet here
Lastly, Read though this section from the book "Reinventing Project Based Learning" which discusses where prject ideas come from.
Optional homework tonight: read the section from Ron Berger's Book on Where Powerful project ideas come from here