Saturday, April 21, 2012

Creating My Groups Final PBL

While creating our final PBL we really struggled with finding something we wanted to do. We kept trying to think of ideas and then we wouldn't be able to think of a technology that we could incorporate and vice versa. We finally realized that we could adapt or PBL from before and make it even better. We decided to have the kids create a boundless playground. A boundless playground is a playground that anyone can play on, it's handicap accessible. So many playgrounds aren't this way that we thought this would be a great way to create awareness.

We then brainstormed different technologies we could use and decided on Google SketchUp. None of use had ever used Google SketchUp, so we had to learn it fast. Google SketchUp is a really cool program that is free and can be downloaded to your computer. I had a lot of fun playing around with it and creating random shapes. I also watched a lot of videos on it so that I would know it fairly well. Here's an example of a video I watched to learn more about using Google SketchUp.

When making a boundless playground on Google SketchUp we had to be very creative in thinking up different things to use. I think the students really enjoyed using Google SketchUp.
I think this project would have gone a lot better if we had had more time and an actual class. It's hard to condense a PBL into one class period when it would normally be 3-4 weeks long. I think that it would have been a lot more beneficial to have more time so the students could explore different ideas for boundless playgrounds and maybe even use something else to create it.

1 comment:

  1. I understand your frustration with time, but now you know what to do in your classes.