Contribute how you have implemented projects in your school or district. We are especially interested in links to your published projects along with a short description of the project itself and/or any tips you may have for others exploring PBL for the first time.
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All of the NETS T would be implemented in an exemplary 21st Century Project
Greetings from Wichita, Kansas! I am Cindi May and extremely excited to be making a guest appearance on the "21st Century Projects Turned Up A Notch" webinar, hosted by Dyane and Vanessa. Before I became a Technology Integration Specialist for the Valley Center School District (just north of Wichita), I was a Middle School Computer Apps teacher for a small district west of Wichita. While there, I participated in several global projects, specifically, one entitled, "Being Green". Come join us on Tuesday, April 26, to learn how an Intel Teach Program inspired two small towns on the opposite sides of the globe to connect their students through a cross-cultural, enviornmental research project.
Howdy from Austin Texas! My name is Juan Orozco and I’m very excited to share a project I started this year called the “Creative Expressions Project”. The project was designed to help teachers develop more motivating, engaging and deeper instructional strategies through the incorporation of Flip video cameras, iPod nanos, digital cameras, and web 2.0 tools, so that students can achieve at higher levels.
Here is a link to the presentation and videos I used in my presentation:
Thank you for sharing your presentation and your teacher PSA project videos. I'm working on a project right now that involves teachers documenting how they have changed the learning experience for their students in the last year. Your teacher videos are perfect for examples and the networked teacher diagram is a wonderful way to display how people can stay connected today in so many ways. Were the teachers that you showcased in the PSAs part of a larger group receiving your support?
Yes, all twenty teachers created PSA regarding their project to share with the group.
They also turned in Pre and Post unit plans. We wanted to see after going over the six session did they change their units as a result of the training.
All 20 did change their units.
They were a great group of teachers. I will miss working with them.
Dyane, Vanessa, and all,
What a wonderful session tonight (as always!) I am always drawn to the projects that students work on because they inspire me! Dyane, you shared your project with Nigeria and I would love to know more. I work on a project through an organization called h2Empower focused on improving literacy in Africa. Our first project has taken 4 years but we are just about to the end of the first phase, which was to build a community library. With help from the community and many friends, donations of books and money were made to get the structure built. Now we are working on ideas on what goes in the building to make it sustainable. We've trained over 500 teachers in how to teach reading and writing. Now it's time to create materials. I love the ideas you shared about your 8th graders laminating brochures. I was inspired as you were speaking and was talking to my daughter about creating a club at school to do just that! I'd love to talk to you and your partners about your experiences. Please check out our website when you get a chance. Anyone who is inspired to work through the project with us is more than welcome. Dyane, I'd welcome the opportunity to collaborate with your students too. I'm sure there are many ways we can collaborate to save duplicated efforts and reach more people/
Thank you again to all of you for your dedication and inspiration. I'm proud to know you alls.
I attended the webinar tonight and it was great. Awesome project and resources shared. I have been a Tech facilitator for my region for the last four years. I will be returning to teaching in the fall and have been inspired to develop a collaborative project that will get students across our parish to collaborate as well as teachers. I feel that I would like to see more communication between schools across the district and state. I also have particpated in some Global Projects- State projects with Quilts, data collection for science. The project I hope to design will include Skype as well email . I'm thinking it will be something that will involve science, literature, and data collection. Any ideas....
There is a global project called Climate Quilt Campaign that may interest you. More information can be found here: http://climatequilt.org/ Each child involved in the project creates a square pledging something that they will do to protect the environment. It's part of a larger project called Habitat Heroes that helps children learn about the environment and topics like natural disasters, endangered animals, etc. The curriculum in Habitat Heroes is geared mostly towards grades 2-5 but can be adapted to serve a variety of environmental literacy topics. The site is free and includes games and activities. If you do get involved they are also very helpful in sharing documents, teacher materials etc. to ensure your climate quilt project is a success. It can be as small or as large as you want it to be! It's exciting to be able to work with the same group of students every day and see the impact that you make. Good luck in the Fall! Reach out if you want to connect to teachers in NY.
Great ideas and examples of 21st Century Projects. What are some other examples and ways you have enriched your classroom instruction? Share those ideas and examples with us. We have extended the drawing for this thread because we need a minimum of 10 participants to respond and engage in this discussion for the drawing to be held. Unfortunately, for legal reasons, we can only ship prizes within the U.S., but the contents of this discussion are applicable to every Intel Teach educator worldwide, so please help us build a solid set of tips and resources for everyone. We look forward to your contributions.
Now that many of us have been involved in summer workshops and trainings, are there any units or project ideas that are really impressing you?
I had a recent participant who came up with a 2nd grade data project idea. She is hoping to partner with two other similar age classrooms for the project.
For the entire month of January, all students would collect data on weather condition, temperature, and what time of day the data was collected. This information would be housed on a wiki where the students could track weather trends over time. Along with the data collection, flipcams would be used to create video postcards explaining the weather in each location. The teacher's hope is to find one classroom along the equator and another one in a drastically cold climate such as Alaska. This way all students could compare and contrast the weather temperatures with geographic locations.
I have to say I was super proud of this participant as she had never heard of a wiki before coming up with this idea, and now she's really delving in to make this an exciting learning experience for everyone.