The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

This collection of projects can be considered in progress. Many of these projects will be impossible without the software being approved by the district IT staff.

Expect some or all of the following improvements in the following weeks:

  • Tutorials
  • Examples
  • More specific instructions

Portfolio Project

Each portfolio will have three parts

Each completed portfolio has a minimum of one each of the following elements: visual, audio, text. In addition, the portfolio must contain a completed self-evaluation. Aside from the suggested portfolio projects below, feel free to propose an alternate project – though such a project will likely require a visual, audio and text component.

Note: certain projects listed below may wave one or more of these elements at the teachers discretion.

Visual 👁

A tangible digital product

  • Video
  • Poster
  • PowerPoint
  • Animation
Audio & Spoken 👂
  • Digital audio (podcast, audio drama, song, sound effects, voice over)
  • Oral presentation
  • Interview
Written
  • Notes
  • Essay
  • Script
  • Bibliography
Alternate Projects
Suggested projects
Podcast, Audio Drama
pod·cast
/ˈpädˌkast/
noun
  1. a digital audio file made available on the internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

👁 Advertisement (.png)

👂 Audio & project file (.mp3)

✎ Script/Show notes (.docx)

Requirements

Examples

Further Instruction

Video or Film

Create a video, skit, or documentary film.

👁 Video & project file (.mp4)

👂 project file

✎ Script or Storyboard (.docx)

Requirements

Examples

Further Instruction

PowerPoint Presentation
Create a visually arresting and effective PowerPoint presentation on a topic relevant to digital literacy.

👁 PowerPoint (.pptx)

👂 Presentation (or) Interview

✎ Bibliography, notes, script (.docx)

Requirements

  • Microsoft PowerPoint

(optionally)

  • GIMP & Inkscape

Examples

This is an example of a PowerPoint used to present the concept of a “Maker Farm” for a university course.

Further Instruction

Suggested topics:

  • AI (past, present, future)
  • Online misinformation
  • Effects of Social Media

Part 1 Research & Bibliography:

  • Make a Word document, call it “Project Bibliography” or “Project Research” and save it in your Onedrive SD75/Computers folder.
  • List between 5 and 10 questions related to your topic – at least 5 of these should not be questions that are answered in a single sentence.
  • For each question list a minimum of 1 website (URL) where you found information related to the answer. This should be a reputable website.
  • Provide a brief answer to your question in your own words.

Part 2 Draft Powerpoint:

  • Create a slide presentation (5-10 slides) in Microsoft PowerPoint. Remember to save it in your Onedrive SD75/Computers folder.
  • Each slide should tackle your most interesting question / answers from above.
  • Each slide should contain little to no text. Instead, choose and/or make images that will help jog your memory.

Part 3 Beautify PowerPoint:

  • Use GIMP, Inkscape to make your own graphics and/or improve the ones you are already using (see the exemplar).

Part 4 Speaking notes & practice (optional):

  • Prepare a set of flash-cards or notes to help prepare for your presentation.
  • Practice your presentation to ensure it is the right length (2.5 to 5 minutes)

Part 5 Presentation:

  • Present to Mr. Little using your slides and your speaking notes as presentation aids. Your presentation should be 2.5 to 5 minutes.
Design a 3D model

Create a 3D model of a trophy, a building, or a device.

👁 Project file(s) or model (.stl)

👂 Interview

✎ Complete lessons (tinkercad), permission form (tinkercad, sketchup),  complete the doughnut tutorial (blender), description of house (sketchup).

Requirements

  • Wired headphones (for lessons/tutorials)
  • Complete permission form
  • Video camera (ie. Phone?)
  • Blender (software)
  • Tinkercad (online)
  • Sketchup (online)

Examples

Further Instruction

  • For the Blender tutorial, you must finish Part 1 & 2.
  • For Tinkercad complete the following tutorials:
    • Twist Earrings
    • Spin Circuit Assembly
    • Glow Circuit Assembly
    • Move Circuit Assembly
    • Learning the Moves
    • Camera Controls
  • For Sketchup, design a house
Pixel Art Animation
Create a visually arresting and effective pixel-art style animation.

👁 Animation (.apng)

👂 Interview

✎ Description of character/scene or short story (.docx)

Requirements

  • GIMP
  • APNG Assembler

Examples

Note from the artist, “I usually draw on 150×150 to cover all the extra movements from chars and fx but also lots of blank space is left. The spinning could have been a lot better!  The ankle looks stuck on floor and the body spin is kind of an “eye trick” instead of a nice clean rotation.”

Further Instruction

  • Your animation should be 2.5 seconds or 60 frames in length.
  • It should feature a character or a scene that tells a story!
Design a Website

Create a “draft” website with powerful CMS WordPress.

👁 local/onedrive ‘website’

👂 Interview/tour

✎ local/onedrive ‘website’ content

Requirements

(Optionally)

  • GIMP
  • Inkscape

Examples

Further Instruction

  • Talk to Mr. Little to receive a subdomain, username & password. yoursite.mrlittle.xyz. (No personally identifiable information allowed!)
Create a Song
Create a song in LMMS.

👁 Advertisement / “album” cover

👂 Song & project file (.mp3)

✎ Lyrics, Description of Song

Requirements

  • LMMS (software)

Examples

Further Instruction

Create a Zine, Pen and Paper Game

Use desktop publishing software to design a Zine, magazine-style article, D&D oneshot or paper and pencil game.

👁 Formatted zine, illustrations & project file (.pdf)

👂 Interview/tour

✎ Zine articles (.pdf)

Requirements

  • Scribus

(Optionally)

  • GIMP
  • Inkscape

Examples

Here’s a sample of a 2-page spread made in scribus – the author had this to say,

“Playing with overlapping filters on Gimp was fun. Trying to deal with fonts and text on Scribus…not so much. And Inkscape has decided that it wants to go insane and speed uncontrollably in either direction when I try to change font sizing/spacing…so I don’t know what’s up with that.

But despite all of that, finished it off.”

Further Instruction

Alternate projects
Programming Courses
Complete two of the programming courses offered by Khan Academy (eg. Intro to JS, Intro to HTML), including all challenge problems.

👁 Complete challenge projects.

👂 Interview

✎ Complete coding problems.

Requirements

  • Khan Academy Permission Form
  • Khan Academy login (provided by Mr. Little)

Examples

Further Instruction

Make and Program Game(s)

Explore powerful game-making software Unity while learning c#

👁 Complete project files from Unity Learn: Unity Essentials & Junior Programmer

👂 Interview/tour

✎ Complete project files from Unity Learn: Unity Essentials & Junior Programmer

Requirements

(Optionally)

  • Blender
  • GIMP
  • Inkscape

Examples

Further Instruction

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