Using Buck's Essential Project Design Elements from above, after the challenging problem/question, which I discussed in a previous post, we dove into the sustained inquiry portion.
My students started with an analysis of a website. In the age of fake news and propaganda, students must be able to discern a valuable website from a less than valid information source. I used the following web evaluation rubric:
My students were tasked with finding a website related to our project and running it through the rubric to determine it's usefulness. I feel this is a very valuable skill that students will need both for this project and later in life. As I write this, students have already started their second PBL project and it is great to hear kids using the metrics on the rubric to analyze websites they are currently finding for their second project. I have overheard kids saying, "there is no author listed and I can not find credentials. It does not seem like it has been updated recently, I am a little skeptical of this website." This is enough to make a teachers day.