ngo1I am constantly amazed by the students in our schools.  We’ve all heard the age old adage, “If you give an inch, they’ll take a mile…”  Well, we have our 8th graders an inch and many of them took it the mile.  Over the past month, students have been creating their own Environmental NGO.  The students did a GREAT job of honoring our host country of China and focused their NGOs on Air Pollution, Deforestation, Desertification, Energy, Waste and Water Pollution.

One hundred and fifty students paired up and worked collaboratively across two teams.  I created a wiki page for them that had the requirements of the project and I provided them with several screencasts showing how to link to pages outside and inside the wiki, create a table of contents, and create RSS feeds.  They just needed the tools though… the brains, the meat of the project had to come from them!  I gave them the inch and they took the mile!!!

Here’s an example of a pretty darn good wiki that one of my groups created… and a video that another group created.  I’m motivated!  Great work 8th graders!

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