As a summer project students were to:
- choose an environmental issue,
- create a related digital story of 2 to 5 minutes in length,
- and include three experimental designs that would help to investigate the issue.
On our course Moodle, Mr Drew provided guidance on how to construct a story using dramatic elements such as the exposition, rising action, crisis, climax, falling action, denouement, and resolution; how to enable its’ telling through digital means, and the criteria for scoring.
Students were also directed to resources to learn about current environmental trends. The IB curriculum focuses only on Global Warming and Climate Change as related to physics, however Mr Drew believed that a broader perspective on environmental issues was a good idea, and used Mark Lynas’ book The God Species, and iTunes U (Imperial College London’s The Grantham Institute on Climate Change).
The Planetary Boundaries proposed by Lynas are:
- Climate Change
- Land Use
- Fresh Water
- Ocean Acidification
- The Ozone Layer
The story and experimental designs needed to be to do with an issue concerning any of these planetary boundaries. Below are a few screenshots of stories created with their topic. Students had to carry out one of their experiments during the early Fall. A few photos of those experiments are also included.
Note that actual digital stories are not included to respect the privacy of the students. Click on the image for an enlarged version.