Before saying any thing, I really want to put my greatest commendation in the name of all my group members to Mr.David White, who has taken the lead in making this redefined curriculum of IB ESS study a reality through PBL design. Fortunately enough this project was the vision of our school leadership team too.
40kms South West of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, is the site we chose to work on for our SUNY Course 5 Final Project. The project mainly focuses on creating awareness to conserve Menagesha Forest. The project leaders, Belaineh, Lemlem, Elias and Dereselign all work at International Community School of Addis Ababa, ICS.
On Day 1, students were briefed on the project and told to brainstorm on the idea. The product, goals, guiding questions, schedule and assessment were also discussed. Students expectations included doing a research on Menagesha Forest and locating three websites related to specific old growth forest conservation. They were also expected to read the IB text, Pearson and do further reading on conservation before hand.
Day 2 was dedicated to web design planning. Guest lecturers were invited to class and introduced the software and its application. Afterwards, students engaged in drafting their website having explained their reason for choice, strategy for creation/completion and divided roles and responsibilities among group members.
Students had a formal assessment of their webpage on day 3.
Days 4 and 5 were field trip days. Students went on a field trip to Menagesha Forest. There they commenced their field study. They interviewed experts and held discussions with community members. They also obtained visual components and took time collecting data related to the field study.
On days 6 and 7, students were busy designing web which exhibits components created, site put together and tested lab report of the field study. Students in their groups collaboratively participated in the website creation by writing and editing both visual and text.
Giving it a final touch and final revisions of website testing, and planning their presentation, day 8 was spent by preparing for the presentation.
Day 9. This was the last day. Students presented their website to IB coordinators, teachers, curriculum department and others as it can be seen on the three links below below.
Group B: The Great Ethiopian Wilderness
The presentation of the above three websites is included in our video below.