An Hour In … EnglishStudents work on utopia/dystopia themed PBL
Students in Mr. Michael B. Moore’s English 10 class spent their last project workday creating their utopia or dystopia societies. For the big project as their final exam, they made topographic maps, a model of their imagined environments and created voice over presentations.
Simon d'Elia focuses on answering questions assigned to him and his English group for their project. d'Elia and his group had to write a script for their presentation using the Adobe Voice app. "It was kind of hard because I couldn't get it to work at first and I didn't understand what one of the questions was asking," d'Elia said.
Rushing to submit their voice presentations as the bell rings, Jessica Velez and Anavictoria Ruffo use the iPads to post their work onto Schoology. Velez and Ruffo had been working with their group the whole period to finish their voice presentation. "It took forever using the app to make our presentation with the voice over, but I liked using it. We had to hurry at the end though because it took a long time just so we could upload it onto Schoology," Velez said.
Emma Grennan-Nipp, Alexandra Rivera, Alyssa Peralta and Isaiah Scoville discuss new ideas to make their project as appealing as possible. The students got the idea for their final project from Mr. Moore. "For the presentation part, most people in our class are just doing a PowerPoint with voice over and pictures, but ours is different because we want to create a movie trailer as our presentation so it's not like a boring slideshow," Grennan-Nipp said.
While working out in the hall, Rodney Krantz, Ethan Harper, Quinn Calendine and Tessin Kanetake put together their script on Adobe Voice for their upcoming presentation. They all discussed and decided what they wanted to say in the script. "This project taught me a lot. When we were making our utopia, I learned how to create a topographical map and that was cool. And then I learned how to work the Adobe Voice app," Krantz said.
After a huge burst of giggles, Gabriella Johnson, Delmar Bautista, Emily Huynh, Francesca Ngo, and Raphael Falsis recite their script using the Adobe Voice app. When putting together their voice presentation, the group had a hard time focusing in the beginning. "This project was fun to create and it was mostly us putting our ideas and saying whatever we wanted to. The only thing was that we couldn't stop laughing when we had to talk because we kept looking at each other and making faces," Falsis said.
After finishing their script and voice presentation, Tensaye Woldesenbet and Sebene Fikre-Selassie take a final look at their utopia model. Both girls double checked their topographical map to make sure it was presentable. "The project helped our group bring our ideas together to make a great utopia society. We're really proud of our work." Fikre-Selassie said.
Eyobel Kassa works on editing his script for his group. With the rest of their project planned out, the script was the last component they had left. "The script was the hardest part for me and my group but I'm happy we finished in time," Kassa said.
While discussing their opinions for their presentation, Joaquin Biraaogo, Dustyn Weber, Fate Jacobson, and Zhuohong Lei create their script. The model they made together was based on their idea of a utopia. "We created a place that's happy to us and that we believe is a utopia, so we talked about it in the script," Lei said.