ED Tech 542 – PBL Reflective Journal Week 3

As I explore the materials presented for review this week I am reflecting upon what makes a great PBL unit.  I am thinking that students creating a positive digital footprint through showcasing their best work in their digital portfolio lends well to the PBL model.  I would like students to learn about how to be safe using the internet while creating a positive digital footprint for themselves that can be used to log their growth over time.


  • Students will need to be able to select their best products from the elementary experiences and reflect upon their learning process.
  • Students will need to know some basic HTML code to be able to embed some of their digital artifacts, creating headings, and edit artifacts so they appear in a way they want.
  • Students will need to know some basic of web design theory – consistency, ease of use, and color design.
  • Students will know how to edit a website template, embed Google Apps as artifacts, add files such as Scratch animation, adjust image sizes in html code, showcase their best work aligned with the NETs standards for learning from all content areas.


At the present time my students are learning how to type, create a variety or Google Apps artifacts such as: Docs, Spreadsheets, Drawings, and Presentations, using digital tools to learn in a safe way such as: code.org, khanacademy.com,  use video tutorials and step-by-step directions to create student products, create source citations,


Some students are ready to create their digital portfolios and can manage themselves in the learning process.  While other students are not independent enough in the learning process to make adequate progress at such a large scale assignment.  There are a small number of students that have good foundation for a good project of this nature while the majority have been conditioned through scripted programs that have not developed their critical thinking skills and collaborative work skills enough to work self directed in a coach model of instruction.


My students are working towards operating as a learning community.  In our classroom I have instituted a help desk that opens after students first review the assignment directions and ask two classmates for assistance.  There are other times when I appoint a student tech expert to assist other students with their questions.  Typically this is a student that has shown mastery at a specific skill and is ahead in their own learning process.


As far as next skills that would most benefit students in completing this project that solely depends upon the individual student in my class.  As a whole group, however, would have a discussion about digital citizenship and what it means to be a digital citizen.  As a sub-category we would talk about digital footprints as the electronic cookie crumbs you leave behind when you use electronic devices.  The next step would be having students exposed to what a website looks like from a developer’s standpoint.  Explore some basic HTML code using codeacademy.org course 1.  Then using Google Sites digital portfolio template begin to customize their web-site to add artifacts and digital reflections to their web-site.

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