Monday, December 14, 2015

It's Another PBL, Run!!!

Another PBL (Problem Based Learning), what? Yes, it is true. My class and I have been assigned a new PBL that includes setting up a book display that will draw kids attention in and persuade them to read books. My group consists of Landree, Annika, and myself, and we are setting up a book display persuading kids to read historical fiction.

The most important role I was given is Marketing Manager. I control or manage how we advertise the historical fiction books and how we get people to know about our book display. I was given this job due to the fact that my dad and mom both specialize in marketing, so I have a lot of background knowledge with marketing. Also, if my group were to ever need assistance, I could go to my parents for help.

During this PBL so far, I have learned many things about marketing and advertising books in the library. First of all, I learned that in your book display, you should include colorful and unique things. People, or kids, will be more attracted to displays that are colorful and creative. They like to see fun or interesting displays. I also learned that you need to put the book display next to the genre of book that you are advertising in the library. So, in my case, I would set up my book display in the Historical Fiction section. This allows people to grab the genre of book you are advertising off of the shelf right away, instead of looking for it.

So far, my group has come up with many unique ideas to include in our display. Our theme is more of an old fashioned or vintage look. This will represent the genre of Historical Fiction. My group is also going to include a giant book with butterflies flying out that are made of old newspaper. Doing this will attract people to our display. The words, “Historical Fiction” will be spelled out in wooden letters at the top of a poster board, telling people what our display is about. We will also include Historical Fiction book covers that say where you can find the book in the library. They will also show people a variety of Historical Fiction books that you can read.

As you can see, our Historical Fiction book display is coming along very well. I can’t wait until it is set up in the library!


Thursday, December 3, 2015

And the Journey Comes to an End

Hey everybody, it’s Dr. Emily again! This is going to be my last post on my journey with finding the new civilization. Dr. Delaney and I finally finished our museum exhibit and set it up. After presenting it for the first two days that it was open, I feel like the exhibit was a great success! We were able to include everything we needed to, and more! We also received many visits and compliments from our colleagues and bosses, which just showed how well we did with our presentation.

During the process of creating our museum exhibit on erdő lakói, I learned many things about ancient civilizations and archaeology. First of all, we studied the Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt to learn more about ancient civilizations. I learned lots of information about aspects of culture that every civilization has, such as government, beauty, religion, and food/drink. I also learned about what a location has to have for a civilization to live there. Examples of these things are bodies of water and fertile soil to grow crops. As a young archaeologist, I also learned many things about archaeology. I discovered that there are many different purposes for archaeology such as digging at the dig site, analyzing artifacts, researching information, and many other purposes. Plus, I found out what archaeologists look for when they are digging, researching, or analyzing artifacts.  

One of the things that we did well with this museum exhibit were the details or information about erdő lakói. Throughout our museum exhibit, we included a plethora of information informing the public on erdő lakói. We did this part really well because many people and a couple of our bosses were very interested in the information we had, and not just the artifacts or interactive parts. Many people complimented on our presentation of information, and everyone left with new knowledge of erdő lakói. Another thing that we did really well with the museum exhibit were the artifacts. Dr. Delaney and I presented a clay tablet in a fancy glass box, baked bread from a recipe we found at the dig site for everyone to eat, presented a necklace in a glass box, showed how the people of erdő lakói used tea towels to keep bread moist, and crafted a 3D model of Alaska showing where everyone in erdő lakói lived. We did this part well because everyone loved looking at the artifacts and being able to imagine what daily life in erdő lakói was like. Visitors also complimented on our 3D model and how intricate and precise it was.   

After creating the museum exhibit, one thing that I wish I would have done better was setting up my museum exhibit. After we had put everything together, we had 3 main poster boards that included all of the information. We were only able to stand two of them up due to technical difficulties, and one poster board was just lying out on the table. The overall look of the museum exhibit didn’t look as we had planned. I wish we could have found a way to stand up all 3 poster boards so that our exhibit was more attractive and looked complete.

One thing that I would change about our museum exhibit would clearly be how we set up the pieces in our exhibit. Dr. Delaney and I weren’t able to stand up all 3 poster boards as planned, so our museum exhibit didn’t look as full or complete as it would have. Being able to stand up all 3 poster boards would greatly improve the look of our exhibit. Visitors would be able to look up at all the information instead of looking down at the table to see one poster board. Plus, if we were able to stand up all three poster boards, we could create a triangle out of them, allowing people to walk around the table while viewing the presentation.

Overall, we hit the ball out of the ball park with our museum exhibit. It almost exceeded all of our standards, and it blowed our audience away. erdő lakói was finally open for the public.