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EL Education Core Practice #8: Designing Projects and Products

    • “Products and performances are modeled on professional-world formats rather than artificial scholastic formats.”
    • “Within the common product format, there is room for students to make creative choices…”
    • “Planning for high quality work includes…
      • Planning explicit skill lessons that prepare students to execute the product successfully.
      • Setting benchmarks for completion of each component or phrase in product to keep students on track.
      • Planning critique lessons and feedback protocols.

Build an Online Portfolio

Using LiveBinders

+Simple interface and easy to start

+Work is accessed and organized through hyperlinks 

Δ Limited options for how information is presented

Watch and Create Ted Talks

Using Ted Ed

+ More than just a platform for students to record themselves, this site serves more as a virtual classroom, with activities that require teacher guidance and oversight

+ Provides a series of lessons that culminate in students creating their own Ted Talks

+ Offers an option for student engagement in “Connect Calls” with students from across the world participating in same program

+ Ted Talk provides its own YouTube channel for students to upload work

Δ Students must be 13-18 years old to participate, with an adult over 18 serving as their teacher or leader

Exhibit Your Work

Using Wakelet

+An opportunity to make public a “collection” of images, original writing or other resources

+Provides user workspace to organize and capture links prior to sharing 

+Many options to present information visually and include graphics

+Integrates with other tools such as Flipgrid and Screencastify

Record a Podcast

Using Anchor

+ After establishing an account student can record their audio, save, organize and publish their work directly on website

+ Allows for co-hosting a podcast

+ Provides a small collection of sounds that offer transitions

Make a Website

Using Google Sites

+ Simple architecture and organization

+ Allows multiple users to work together on one site

+ No need to worry about web-hosting services; going “live” is quick and easy

Δ  Limited graphics and architecture

Design Story Boards, Books or Graphic Novels

Using Book Creator

+ Students can sketch or upload pictures to accompany their original text

+ Allows students to write in chunks and in a sequence/at a pace that works for them

+ Has a function where you can hear your pages read aloud which helps students recognize grammar mistakes

+ Student can record their own audio

Δ Fonts are limited, hard to access/save work outside of the program with the exception of printing it

Create a Brochure, Poster or Leaflet

Using Lucid Press

+ Professional-looking templates that allow students to plug in writing and graphics

Illustrate Data and Create Graphs

Using Google Sheets

+ Students can collect data directly onto Google Sheets and quickly generate a table or graph

+ Graphs can be saved into PDFs, copied and pasted into other document

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