For the deep learning task, the students had different options and technologies available to them to use. They were to work in their groups which comprised a few members of each class to a total about about 5. In their groups, using a shared Google Doc, they were to decide up a solar system location, learn about it’s properties and characteristics and decide on an activity that might be suitable to engage in there based on the location. They were then to work collaboratively on a digital artifact that they would use to demonstrate their ideas to others. This could be a Google Slide Show, video, brochure or any other form they wished to use, provided it could be done collaboratively at a distance and asynchronously. The artifact would be the visual component to their final product which was to be framed as a ‘pitch’ or an ‘advertisement’ in a ‘demo slam’ type presentation. They were then to write an audio script that was to be the voice over part of their presentation. The goal was to be short, and to the point to provide a viewer with an overview and create in them the desire to know more.
This was all to culminate in a class presentation of their ideas. Because the classes occurred at different times in the school day, we decided to use Google Hangouts on Air to broadcast each presentation, and record them to a private YouTube channel so that each class was able to watch the other classes presentations at a different time.
After the class had presented, and then watched the presentations from the other class, they were asked to reflect upon their learning using some prompts to refer to their learning goals for the project, and 3 of the 6 C’s. Specifically, collaboration, communication and creativity.