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Wednesday, June 10 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Challenge-Based Learning: A Challenge, Not a Project

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Due to its engaging multidisciplinary approach, Challenge-Based Learning is a flexible approach to teaching and learning that allows students to leverage the technology they use daily to help solve real-world problems, all while integrating a variety of content areas and standards into the experience.

Challenge-based Learning can be an exciting opportunity for students to truly connect with their learning and yearn to become life-long learners. This concept can work in any grade, even with young primary students, with proper teacher preparation and willingness to let students lead the way.

Beginning with a big idea that leads to an essential question and then a real-world challenge, students are guided by the teacher to get involved with meaningful problems and make a difference. In this session participants will learn the basics of what makes Challenge-Based Learning different from other models (such as project-based), and how teachers are often amazed at what their students can accomplish.

Attendees will come away with an understanding of the essentials of Challenge-Based Learning: students working in collaborative groups, authentic use of technology commonly found in the workplace, tackling real-word problems using a multidisciplinary approach, and implementing the solutions with authentic audiences.

Learn how the CBL process naturally incudes opportunities for reflection, documentation and informative assessments, clearly communicating evidence of learning. Presenters will discuss how having ubiquitous access to technology (not necessarily 1:1) teaches students why/how technology can positively influence success in learning, work and life. Examples will be provided from K-8 classrooms in an urban, low-income area in the southwest United States.

During this session, attendees will be given the opportunity to brainstorm the differences between big ideas, essential questions and guiding questions. Discussions will include recommendations on guiding the student-led processes, how to choose meaningful challenges, and suggestions of how to build school and community partnerships and why they are critical. Participants will be encouraged to envision how CBL could change their classroom or school.

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Robyn Griffith

Technology Trainer, Creighton School District
Working with teachers to help kids learn!
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Suzanne Sallee

Instructional Technology Specialist and Coach, Creighton School District
Suzanne Sallee is the Instructional Technology Specialist and Coach for Creighton School District's iAchieve Project. She was an elementary school classroom teacher for 8 years, and has been a technology coach for 8 years. | | Suzanne is co-creator of the iAchieve Project. iAchieve began in 2010 with the implementation of 1:1 iPod touches in 3rd grade classrooms to support reading comprehension and fluency. iAchieve has expanded to include... Read More →

Wednesday June 10, 2015 3:15pm - 4:15pm

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