I just wrapped up a semester of my Advanced Web Development & Work-based Learning course, and for the first time, the students made web sites for actual clients and earned community service hours! They worked in teams and built web sites for non-profit organizations in the Dorchester community, and presented their sites and experiences at the New England Institute of Art in Brookline on January 17, who so graciously hosted us.
Many thanks to TechBoston for supporting the curriculum, recruiting the clients, and providing prizes for the top 3 teams. The teams were judged according to site design, teamwork, communication, and client satisfaction. By the end of the course, the students not only gained new web development skills, but improved their employability skills. The NWCET and SCANS standards are mapped to the activity.
I am looking forward to another semester and a new group of students and clients!