The following rubric is the summative assessment for a project I created called “Building a Better Classroom,” which was the last section of my “Envisioning the Future” unit. For the project, student groups needed to imagine and design one new invention that could improve learning in the future. Student groups presented their products at “The World’s Fair 2064.” I supported students through the design aspects by requiring a Brace Map that illustrated and described the invention’s parts in relationship to the whole. Students also had to study best-practice teaching strategies to make sure their product supported learning. Finally, their presentation needed to explain how their innovation used technology and teaching strategies to improve learning outcomes. Students had many options for presentations such as PowerPoint, Prezi, PowToons, or a poster.
Below are the Common Core Standards this project assessed:
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Introduce a topic; organize ideas, concepts, and information, using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.
Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, images, music, sound) and visual displays in presentations to clarify information.