Culminating Project for Grade 9 Humanities at SIS

Photo by YoTut on Flickr

During this last week of school, grade 9 Humanities students at my school presented the results of their research and the media they created for the Many Faces of Shenzhen culminating project, which was part of a unit on Urbanization. From what I saw of the process and products, it was an excellent project-based learning experience for the students, involving digital storytelling and an emphasis on a relatively new and quickly growing city in China populated with mostly migrant workers- Shenzhen.

The class and this project was facilitated by my colleague Victoria Robins. She defined the goal of the project to create a museum style exhibit, focusing on one migrant worker or long time Shenzhen resident. The person who the students interviewed should have lived in the city for at least 5 years, be willing to share their story, and be willing to share appropriate photos or other ‘primary sources’ to enrich the students’ exhibit. The final product had to be digital, but she let the students choose the digital medium. Students mostly created PowerPoints, Movies, Prezis, and/or Glogster posters. Prior to the creation process, Victoria had her students evaluate other digital exhibits out in the world to get a sense of what these types of products look like in actual exhibitions. Many of students also had to do Chinese-English translations in the process, so the project worked their language skills, as well.

Victoria is already a strong technology integrator and project-based learning facilitator, so she didn’t seek much assistance from me. As the high school technology integrator I only assisted Victoria by helping her deepen her understanding of how to find and cite Creative Commons licensed work so that she could properly guide the students in this part of the research and creation process. She is planning to publish some of the products the students created, so she wanted the students to ensure their products are legally viable in regards to the incorporated media (photos and music) beyond the original media they capture or create. She reported that most of the students grew their understanding of this process, and from what I saw in the exhibit, most of the students did ok with this aspect. Of course, they are still learning about Creative Commons as it was new for most of them, so a few students had still used copyrighted material.

Overall, the exhibition was great. The students presented many fascinating stories and insights about Shenzhen and some of the migrant workers living here. I know my colleagues and other community members who visited the exhibition were equally impressed with the students’ work.

Here are some of the student created videos for the project:

Below is a brief video I created about the exhibition of the final media related to the project:

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About togalearning

Technology Learning Coach, High School Social Studies and online IB Psychology teacher

Posted on June 9, 2011, in Education, Social Studies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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