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Wednesday, July 27 • 10:15am - 11:30am
The ABC's of Challenge-Based Learning in the Elementary Classroom

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See how one teacher's challenge-based learning project (Disney Planet Challenge) transformed her classroom around a focused theme, unifying her class as they were empowered with purpose-driven technology skills. Projects included videos, podcasts, blogs, Scratch games, a Web site, presentations and Skype calls. Challenge-based learning fosters an environment of collaboration, creativity, purpose and an excitement for learning. In this challenge-based learning project, students had to identify a goal, develop guiding questions and activities, create a plan and put their plan into action. Students became advocates for a threatened species, the Blanding’s turtle, collecting and studying data around a Blanding’s turtle head-starting program, proposing a potential preservation area and also developing a publicity campaign to alert people in Concord about the turtles - including stories, brochures, posters, podcasts, public events and movies. This project was submitted to the Disney Planet Challenge national competition in February 2011 and was awarded second place.



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Susan Erickson

About Susan Erickson | Teacher, Thoreau School, Concord, MA Susan Erickson has been a teacher in the Concord Public School system for the past 12 years.  
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Sue Howard

About Sue Howard | Instructional Technology Specialist, Thoreau School, Concord, MA | | Sue Howard has been an Instructional Technology Specialist in the Concord Public Schools for the past 13 years.

Wednesday July 27, 2011 10:15am - 11:30am
Lexington - 4th Floor (C wing)