In this unit plan, I describe an authentic, student-centered research project through which Web 2.0 tools and classroom technologies are incorporated to both enhance the research process and to create an engaging, authentic final research product. During this unit, students first write a standard research paper which examines a social issue of choice. Then, students use their paper and their new knowledge as a springboard to create an engaging, multimedia website. From the initial stages of the research to the completion of the final multimedia site, the unit plan describes valuable Web 2.0 tools that can increase students' engagement, and in turn, their reading and writing skills.
Utilizing the SAMR Framework for selecting and incorporating classroom technologies ensures that, through the completion of this assessment, students are accessing the various levels of Blooms Taxonomy to engage in higher order thinking tasks.
Through the completion of this unit assessment, students also develop essential, 21st century skills.