Learning Adventure Project Workday



Here is the learning adventure project rubric.

One way I will suggest to all of you for this design is— Don’t follow the order of the rubric.  Think about the idea of BACKWARD DESIGN. We do it all the time.  Think about cooking.  Do you go buy everything and start to think about what you want to cook?  No!  You have the recipe in mind first and then go buy what you need to cook.  You have the products in your mind first.  So try to think about what you want your students to learn first!  And then think about how you are going to make learning happen!!


Here are some examples.  I’ve changed the elements of the rubric for you all, because we don’t have that much time due to the snow days.  So you are doing a smaller-scaled project.

A very creative author introduction video example. 

Adventures Down Under– An exploration of Australia

Purposeful Poetry

Go Green in 2014

Dream Vacation

What Makes A Healthy Student?

Here are some resources for you to think about your project.


  1. Tubric– If you want to use one of the Tubric to help you and your teammates to make your ideas into a good essential question, feel free to grab one.  But please return it to me before you go!
  2. Assessment Tool– This website is about assessment.  How can you assess your students?  If you do have trouble in thinking about something interesting to work on, start thinking about what kind of assessment you want to have for your learners.  Then maybe that will help you think about some good essential questions.
  3. Project-based Learning Database by BIE– You can search for projects.  This website is completely about PBL.  They have more hundreds of projects.  If you can’t come up with a good essential question, maybe you will find one from these projects.  Then you can design your own content.
  4. 20 Ideas for Engaging Projects–  Here are 20 ideas for PBL.  Maybe you can find a good one here.

Now, I want you to find your partners to work on thinking about the essential question(s) for your learning adventure project.

Then complete this form to let me know the questions.

I will strongly recommend that you and your partners use Google Doc or Dropbox to share your work.  In that case, you don’t need to meet each other but still can get discussion or work going on. 

How to Build a Google Site?

First of all, you need a Google account.  Please register one if you don’t.  Everyone in the team needs to have one, because ALL OF YOU need to have the access to edit the site.  Otherwise, it will become one person’s responsibility.

After you create or log in with your Google account, please go to GOOGLE SITE.  You will see an orange square on your left-hand side showing “CREATE”.  Click that tab and it will lead you to the next page.   On that page, you will see many different templates.  PLEASE CHOOSE THE BLANK TEMPLATE.  All the other templates will show in fixed frames and style that you need to know programming to change everything.  That will be very time-consuming and troublesome.

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Also, on that page, you need to give your website a name.  When you type the name, you will see that Google is putting that name as the url below.  In that case, make sure that you get the url first.  Most of the time, people will have hard time to find a usable url.  Once your url is decided, you can come back to give your website a proper name for this LA project.

Below the url column, you will see the choice of “select a theme.  Click that tab and you will see the choices of the themes.  Find one that fits your topic and reader friendly.  And then type the matching word at the bottom of the page.  Once you are done with every choice on this page, go back to the top and click “CREATE SITE”.  It will lead you to the website home page.

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On the top right, you will see a tab with a pencil image, that means “edit”.  You can edit the page by clicking that tab.  After you click that tab, there will be a tool bar just like every word processing software.  you can type the content, change the font, font size, color, insert link, insert image or video…etc.  But remember that every time you change something, you need to click “SAVE”.   That will lead you back to the page.  If you need to edit, click the pencil image again.

The other image is a page image with a cross, that means “add new page”.  When you need to create a new page for different components in the rubric, you need to click that tab.

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After a new page pops up, you need to name the page.  Stay with the choice of “WEBPAGE”.  Also, stay with the choice of “Put Page at the Top Level”.  In that case, all you pages will be of the equal level.  You will need to change to put the new page under a certain page when you want to have a sub-page.  DON”T WORRY ABOUT THE ORDER OF THE PAGE on your left-hand side.  We will change the order of all the pages at the end of the design.

Name your pages CREATIVELY.  It DOES NOT need to follow the word I use in the rubric.  Make this LA project interesting, creative, motivating to your target learners!

Another important thing is that the creator of the site needs to share the right to edit the site with your partners.  EVERYONE IS THE AUTHOR OF THE SITE.  When you are on any page, there is a BLUE TAB on your top right said “SHARE”.  Click that, and you will get the link of the site, you can change the access to the site.  At the bottom of this page, you will see “INVITE PEOPLE”.  When you type their email address you can change their right from “can view” to “is owner”.  Then he/ she will have the same right as you.

How to Construct a Weebly Site?

I made this instructional video for you to learn how to construct a Weebly site.



  • Work on your Reflection 6 (DUE on April 17)


  • Work on the 20% Design Project– the guiding questions for your next documentation (DUE April 15):
    • Do you use social media/network to learn about your projects from other professionals?  If you do, describe how that works in the process. If you don’t , go find one on Twitter or FB or someone’s blog to gain some understanding about your project.
    • What is the benefit for the users/learners after they use/participate/learn with your design project/product?  What do you expect them to learn from you?


  • Expanding Your Learning Circle Project” page (Due TODAY).
  • Comment on your partner’s reflection 5 (everyone needs to have at least two comments– that means a dialogue.  The other class will also work on this.)
  • You will get bonus points if you do go back to comment on your partner’s blog posts (1-4).

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