Welcome to The Vista PLA

A companion site to The Narrows

Evolution…

Yes, things change. As the label on one of my favorite shirts says, ‘Change is the only constant’. And so the VPLA website is being transitioned. Still here, still part of how we do business here in 11th grade social studies, but different.

From this point forward, this site will be a companion site to The Narrows – our self-paced, self-guided, gamified learning environment that represents a wholesale shift in how we teach and learn.

This site, then, will be the digital space that students maintain their digital portfolios. The work they do in The Narrows will require them to publish digital portfolio updates (DPUs) every week, to include where they’re at in their current inquiries, what they’ve produced, and a discussion of their short- and long-term goals.

This site is where those DPUs will be published. By every student. Every week. They’re broken down by period (see the top menu), and you should feel free to have a look.

The Narrows

NancyF – DPU – 1/16/17

Update: In class I listened to most of the videos published in the Narrow website. The videos where about how us students are expected to do out research in our topic we choose. Also, the videos explain how we need to have understanding of the topic us students choose...

Victor F – DPU – Week of 1/16/17

Update: This week I was reintroduced to some key components that are required when doing an inquiry. I was exposed to tutorial videos that explained how an inquiry should be done and steps that should help me achieve the goal pf having a good inquiry. When preparing...

Kimberly F – DPU -Week of 1/16/17

Update: We still have not yet gotten into our inquiry yet. This week we are focusing on the steps of our inquiry and what the teacher expects from us such as how we are going to complete our inquiry. On Wednesday I started on the adventure: Content & Skills, in...

Jennyfer C- DPU- 1/20/17

Update: Well I have watched all of the videos provided and have taken notes on each of them so that could understand the assignment ore thoroughly. To be honest I must to confess that I didn't watch all of the videos provided and I copied the last video notes from a...

Evelyn A – DPU – Week of 1/16/17

Update: The process I went through this week was really easy. I had 2 adventures to explore and take notes. You may wonder what are these 2 adventures. Well these 2 adventures are content and skills. I wasn't able to finish this adventure on Wednesday, so I went back...

Javier C – DPU -Week of 1/16/17

Update: This weeks requirements were to continue our Adventure in Content and Skills and to publish our DPU. In the adventure I went through all the requirements that the guide expects us how to complete an Inquiry. There are 4 stages to complete the inquiry which are...

Stephanie G- DPU- Week of 1/16/17

Update: On Wednesday, I had to see videos to see what is being expected on it and it tells us the explanations on each link. I had take notes on what the topic is going to be about so that when I am confused I can go back. At the same time that I am doing it I will be...

Kathy D -DPU-1/16/17

Update: What I did is since we didn't have school on Monday , I did notes based on the videos. The videos have seven or more steps on how to do an inquiry. I also watched videos about the skills that I can improve on and adding content when we go into a inquiry....

Jasmine D-DPU 1/16/17

Update:  Wednesday : I got to look at 4 stages of conents, which are 1. Indroduction 2. Engage, 3. Investiage and 4. Act. But in Indroduction is where you put the period of time , dig in a little and get a sense for the larger context. In engage you will need a...