Public Relations Today
Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • March 31, 2015

Digital Assignments for Problem Solving and Collaboration

Tools like Chalkup were designed so students could connect and collaborate. We gathered some assignment inspiration for leveraging these tools in your classroom.

Collaborative Crime Fighting 


The challenge? Write your own short mystery - just leave out the ending. Students swap stories in Chalkup and complete a mystery started by one of their peers. Share the craziest plot twists in our discussion space and have the authors reveal what they intended to happen versus how their classmates had the narrative play out.

Form a Digital Debate Team

Keep a debate going in the background of your lesson plan this week. Introduce a topic on Friday and reveal who will be arguing the pro and con sides on Monday. Then watch the debate unfold in your discussion space during the week; let what's happening online weave in and out of classroom discussion.

If you’re looking to hone debate skills in your class, award debate winners on Friday and repeat the process, allowing for new teams and topics.

Solve a Real World Problem


Headphones that tangle in backpacks. Lockers that jam. Books that get dog-eared. Have your students team up to develop creative solutions to these everyday problems and create an advertising plan. Students can use the Chalkup collaboration space to exchange ideas and weigh in on a shared vision for their new products.

History Today

Your students must recreate a historic event as if it happened in today’s digital landscape. What would the signing of the Declaration of Independence look like if it was live-tweeted? How would a conversation between Lewis and Clark read if it took place in an online discussion space? What would Marie Curie’s peers say about her work if they could comment on it in real time and upvote?

Create Student Experts

Before your next big exam, break down the larger unit by assigning individual students to create a flashcard set that corresponds to a specific section/topic. The catch? They can only use five flashcards to represent their assigned topic and still capture the big ideas. In the end, everyone will have study tools to prepare them for the big test.

Nightly Brainteaser

Keep your class thinking and talking with a weekly or nightly brainteaser. The only rule is that your brainteaser must be solved with input and ideas from more than one person. If a student knows the answer right away, he or she will be disqualified if they offer it up before prompting others with a hint or idea to get folks thinking.


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