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PBL Camp: Introduce yourself

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Are you planning to attend Edutopia's PBL Camp? We'd love to hear from you! Tell us a little about yourself, what you teach, grade level and location.

We look forward to "meeting" you!

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BioScience Teacher

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Hi Mary

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Hi Mary.  Your content area is very interesting: Equine and Animal Science.  Is this considered an Agricultural Certification in your state?  Will you focus on the effects the oil spill has had on the marine mammals or some other aspect of the oil spill?  There is so much that could be done with this.  I am a biology and biotechnology teacher here in San Francisco (currently lacking an assignment for 2010-2011) in grades 9-12th.  I am thinking about  exploring this topic through the ecological engineering and biotech connection. I'd love to hear your ideas.

My name is Julia Atilano and

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My name is Julia Atilano and I teach kindergarten in Hartland, Wisconsin!  I am very excited about this experience and hope to strengthen my knowledge of Project Based Learning!  I am always looking for innovative ways to motivate and engage my learners and believe this experience will be incredibly beneficial! :-)  I am particularly interested in connecting globally and establishing meaningful connections within our community.  I can only imagine how far we will go as we focus on student interests and inquiry!  I am thrilled to be given this opportunity to collaborate and work with others! 

Principal - HIES

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Hello Everyone,I'm a principal of a k-8 school and we are in the process of reforming from a traditional setting to a more open and flexible schedule that will allow our teachers the opportunity work together in all areas of the curriculum to design PBL units for 6-8 grades.  We are small and have one class per grade level.  There are three regular classroom teachers, a tech facilitator, gifted teacher, 2 district level supervisors and our media cooridinator working together to develop our plans.  There is lots of energy and willingness from everyone.  We look forward to using this resource to help us in our new adventure..

Debi

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April.....what a refreshing post! First of all, as a principal it is so nice to see your excitement for your teachers. Second,  you have so much technological support and enthusiasm from those involved.I am a huge fan of the K-8 model and hope to settle into one permanently some day.  Your teachers and your students are so very lucky to have you!!!

Technology Coordinator and Teacher 2-6

We have a block project in

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We have a block project in place for our 6th grade with math, social studies, language arts and technology teachers, the theme being problem solving and that content already set. But, I would like to consider more than one grade level participating in Gulf Oil Spill projects.  Outside of block, in technology classes, 6thgraders usually do a WebQuest and student team wiki’s which could be part of this PBL project.  Maybe ... Who is at fault?  Are everyday citizens at all responsible? What regulations are in place for exploring and using technologies to fulfill demands for energy?   In 5th grade technology we spend one term learning about Media Literacy that leads into exploration of how camera shots can help tell a story and the building of a video PSA or commercial during the following term. I’m wondering if the power of images wouldn’t be an interesting angle to an Oil Spill PBL – culminating with student team produced videos on different focus groups experiences and reactions to the situation.

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[quote]We have a block project in place for our 6th grade with math, social studies, language arts and technology teachers, the theme being problem solving and that content already set. But, I would like to consider more than one grade level participating in Gulf Oil Spill projects.  Outside of block, in technology classes, 6thgraders usually do a WebQuest and student team wiki’s which could be part of this PBL project.  Maybe ... Who is at fault?  Are everyday citizens at all responsible? What regulations are in place for exploring and using technologies to fulfill demands for energy?   In 5th grade technology we spend one term learning about Media Literacy that leads into exploration of how camera shots can help tell a story and the building of a video PSA or commercial during the following term. I’m wondering if the power of images wouldn’t be an interesting angle to an Oil Spill PBL – culminating with student team produced videos on different focus groups experiences and reactions to the situation.[/quote]

BioScience Teacher

Shayles, I want to work for

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Shayles, I want to work for your school!!! Your block scheduling, the high level inquiry and the strong emphasis on 21st Century skills is outstanding. You, your faculty and staff must have worked very hard to get to do this. I look forward to hearing about how your PBL plan continues to develop. Keep us posted.

Elementary school teacher in D.C. Metro area

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Howdy,

I am just happy to be here! I like new and stimulating challenges, and I am already learning so much.

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