Digital Dimensions Team Template

Team members add names and hyperlinks to Ning profile here: Andrew, Mary, Liz and Xiaoging

Reflection and discussion

Use the discussion tab to communicate ideas with your team members. Use this method as a record of the process of developing your project.
Share your progress via the Learning Confluence Ning as a blog post. 1) Your pitch summary and any multimedia used, 2) Your final project link and a summary.

Project Challenge

Based on the topics discussed during the workshop, your TEAM CHALLENGE is to develop, pitch, refine and present an idea for a classroom collaboration. Use this template to collect and synthesize ideas.

Project Design Essentials

Project Title: 1984 meets 1948

Participants level/age: Grade 11-12 IB English Literature and Language and Literature and History students

Curriculum focus:Literature in cultural and historical context

Timeline: 2-3 weeks

Learning legacy:

The students will walk away with an understanding that literature and historical events are interconnected.

Curriculum Integration and Alignment:

Guiding Question: What were the social and political issues in 1948 that led George Orwell to write 1984 ?

Project Aims:

students will use 1984 by George Orwell, to reflect on how the social and political issues during 1948, when the author wrote and/or published the work, were push factors in the conception of the book.

Focus Questions:

What is totalitarianism? Who was Stalin? Who designed the apartment blocks in Stalin's Russia? What did these apartment blocks look like? How do these tie in with the apartment block that Winston Smith lives in?

Standards Alignment:

Prerequisites and Skill Levels: Read the first paragraph of ​1984.

Required Outcomes:

Optional Outcomes:

Team Structure: Students will work in groups.

Required Inputs:

Optional Inputs:


Groups will collaborate through Schoology and then hand in a finished project on any multimedia, but with teacher approval.

The project will receive a flat grade, however the individual contribution will be graded separately.


Flat Classroom - Seven Step Flatteners

Use this list as a template for brainstorming and creating your project

In what way will classrooms connect globally? (Tools and expectations)
Students at Brent will connect with an International school in Russia.

What are the modes of communication? Synchronous? Asynchronous? (Tools and expectations)
They will comunicate in real time and asynchronous.

What do you and your students need to know to be reliable and responsible online learners? What do you need to prepare to complete a classroom collaboration?

How will the classrooms work together? What are the parameters of the project? (Tools and expectations). How will contribution be encouraged and monitored (Tools and expectations)
History and English classes will collaborate
What choices will learners have to accommodate different learning styles and abilities?

What are the expected outcomes from the joint knowledge creation and sharing activities?

Using Schoology and other multi-media, students from English and History classes are put into groups together developing a dialogue project focusing on the historical and cultural implications of 1984 by George Orwell .

How will the project and collaboration be celebrated and shared at its conclusion?

Final Team Product

Share your final team product to the Ning and also via this wiki by uploading or embedding files created to support the curriculum idea.