Great Student Work

Links to Great Student Work

[This page was first created in 2003. Please notify me at bobpearlman@mindspring.com if you encounter any bad links. -- Bob]

In 1998 we renamed the Autodesk Foundation's national PBL conference "Kids who Know and Do". This was not only to honor the great work that kids across the country were doing, but more importantly to set the record straight--while PBL may be the name of the pedagogy, "knowing and doing" places kids properly as the actor in their own education, the subject and not the object.

Eight years after the World Wide Web was born and thousands of great student projects created and exhibited, can anyone see this great student work, or see it in a coherent and organized fashion? Unfortunately too few schools and organizations have captured this work on the WWW and made it available to their own publics and to the wider national and international publics.

This Great Student Work web page is my attempt to share with you some of the best student work that you can see on the web. With your help this can be continually updated. These are projects that reside on web sites and are represented as web pages, videos, PowerPoints, multimedia documents, text documents, etc. These projects can serve as exemplars to students and teachers and inform policymakers and others about the great work that kids can do.

Please help update this page by emailing your recommendations to me or to PBLnet@yahoogroups.com. These will be shared with everyone on PBLnet.

Please send desriptions and links to Student Work (individual, team, class, or school) that resides in two types of sources:
1. Student work on school, school district, or regional education organization web sites.
2. Student work on national or international web sites.


Links to Great Student Work

1. Student work on school or school district web sites

Napa New Tech's Sample Student Portfolios. METSA Sample Portfolios. [Updated 2011]

High Tech High's Student Portfolios and HTH GSE's Digital Portfolio Page [Updated 2011]

Helen Barret's Blog on ePortfolios for Learning [Updated 2011]

Digital Safari Multimedia Academy in Concord, CA
The Digital Safari Multimedia Academy began in the fall of 1996 as a place where students could create and communicate their visions in ways that they had not envisioned before. Go to the Academy home page and
click on "Student Projects".

North Coast Rural Challenge Network
See all Current/Ongoing and Completed Projects . See Voices of the Valley, Rural artists, and the Tidepool Guide

Eagle Wing Productions
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has partnered with the students and teachers of Marshall High School to produce an environmental education video. Students from Milwaukee's John Marshall High School, North Division High School, South Division High School, and Rufus King High School have been selected as the talent and crew of the video.

Dzantik 'i Heeni Middle School, a Co-NECT School
Click on Southeast Alaska project.

2. Student work on national or international organization sites

CNN Student Bureau
CNN Student Bureau is the official student newsgathering and reporting program for CNN -- news by, for and about students. The program offers high school and college or university students worldwide the opportunity to have their stories published on CNNfyi.com or aired on CNN NEWSROOM and, occasionally, on the broader CNN News Group.
Starting January 22, 2002, this site will be renamed http://CNNstudentnews.com
Go to http://fyi.cnn.com/fyi/ and see items under Student Bureau
See "What is Student Bureau?" at http://fyi.cnn.com/fyi/teachers/what.is/
To see archive Student Bureau stories from students across the world, enter "Student Bureau " into the CNNfyi.com Search engine.

Global Schoolhouse Cyberfair
Projects done by teams of students, whole classes, and whole schools from around the world
http://www.globalschoolhouse.com/cf/index.html
See the 2001 winners at http://www.globalschoolhouse.com/cf/winners/winners2001.html

Thinkquest
http://www.thinkquest.org/
See the ThinkQuest Library at http://www.thinkquest.org/library/
The library contains unique educational web sites that have been created through ThinkQuest competitions and programs. The library currently contains more than 5,000 web sites to search and surf. Built by kids for kids to use and learn. It is also a great place to get ideas for your own project in one of our many programs around the world.

International Telementor Program
(from David Neils)

Every year we encourage teachers and students to showcase their work. You can see examples of telementoring projects at Telementor Spotlights under the Quick Start section . This year we have some incredible projects underway.
Project topics include science fair projects, theatre, interest exploration, career exploration, seven habits of highly effective teens, and history. Our goal is simple. We want to help create learning environments where the learner is the focal point and where grades, GPA, and standardized test scores are distant byproducts. Every student who can now define academic success based on the execution of his or her own plan makes our jobs worth every second invested. Contact us at (970) 206-9352 or davidn@telementor.org.

What Kids Can Do