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In the first quarter, clinic 10th grade students complete the Digital U project, which kicks off the year-long Gateway Project. Building on the 9th grade introductory Who Am I project, the Digital U asks students to further explore themselves, get to know the new members of their advisory, and develop skills of self-awareness. It also introduces several tools they will use throughout the 10th grade year, including website design, video editing, and digital portfolios.

The first part of this project asks students to think deeply about influential people, events, and places, using interviews, research, and writing to figure out why they do things the way they do. With the results, students will create a digital autobiography which shows the world how they became the person they are today.

The second part of this project is to create a professional website designed to define your personal and professional web presence. Students will use this website throughout their Workshop career to tell the world about their work, who they are, their goals for the future, and how they plan to reach those goals.

Deliverables

Completed digital autobiography (WeVideo), following these guidelines:

  • 2-4 minutes long
  • uses images, transitions, voiceover, and soundtrack
  • includes these steps:
    1. Research tasks
    2. Family Interview
    3. Written Reflection
    4. Script (250-500 words with evidence of 3 revisions)
    5. Storyboard

Completed website (Weebly), including the following sections:

  • About Me: Brief Biography and your Digital Autobiography
  • About the WS
  • Why the WS?
  • How will you use the school to help you meet your goals?
  • Digital Portfolio with at least 2 pieces of work from 2014-2015 school year, including descriptions
  • Goal/Future Section
  • Web Design Process

Exemplary Student Work

Samira Brown-Brooks
Reggie Cruz
Michael Ware