World War Era Research Paper

Shannon Nation
7-8th/Social Studies
Middleton School District

Content Area Objectives Addressed: 

Technology Objectives Addressed:

Activity Description

     What was the process that your students went through to complete this lesson?

How did you monitor student progress?

Benchmarks were in place to keep students on task and monitor their project.

Was there a template or an example that students were expected to follow?

There was a rubric, and the ALA students shared their prior projects with the group.

How much time did you dedicate to this project?

Total 1 month/shared with literature circles
Daily (approximate) 3 hours/2 days a week

How was the final product presented?

Students gave presentations complete with a visual.  Students used PowerPoint, the Internet, or one created a digital movie to show what they learned, via the Smart Board.

Who was the audience for the final product?

Students from the different them groups were the audience.  In some cases, students from other teams watched the presentations.           


Learning Issues

What prior knowledge was required on the part of the students in order for them to be successful in this project? (Include curriculum and technology knowledge)


Resource Management

What was the student to computer ratio?

Over ˝ of the 110 students on our team were able to use computers at one time.

How did you schedule your students’ computer time?

Our team scheduled open time in the lab, library, and worked with other teachers in the school to use available computers.  We worked out a rotating schedule for the library and lab. 

What was the location of the computers and other technology equipment used by students? 

Computers were located in the lab, library, and in individual classrooms.  Teachers had to roam to make sure students were on task.

How would you suggest beginning teachers obtain computer resources for their students? (Knowing some of your strategies would be valuable for our pre-service teachers.)

Be willing to share the few computers with other teachers and ask to use theirs when their students aren’t using them.  Working with you staff is essential.

Rate the level of access for students to use computers/other technologies as they needed  --high, medium, low 

Because our staff is accommodating, allowing students into their rooms to use computers during projects, computer access is very high. 

Rate the level of supervision required for students during the project, specifically for computer and other technology use –high, medium, low

Medium—High:  Middle school must have supervision as much a possible.



What hardware was required for your project?

PCs, digital camera, SmartBoard and projector

What software was required for your project?

Word, PP, the Internet, Studio 400

Anything else? 

Time and patience



What kind of assessment did you use for this project? (Include a copy if you can.)

A project rubric

What categories did you assess? (I.e.:  content, screen design, depth/breadth, etc.)

 Formatting, research content, self-expression, and depth/breadth



How does the product that you submitted compare with other students’ products for this same project?

They are on the above-average side

What did you like best about this project?

Students were able to study in an area of personal interest, and that improves motivation.

What did the students like best about this project?

Most of my students were interested in issues relating to the Holocaust.  Many were surprised at the wealth of information on this topic. 

Rank the level of student involvement in this project –high, medium, low

High.  They did it all.

Rank the level of student interest in this project –high, medium, low

High.  Students enjoyed the research, overall.

Would you teach this lesson again?