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PBL: Solving The Problems of Tomorrow

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 16

Dr. Laura McCusker   Kasey Smith  
Learn how problem-based learning allows students to solve real-world problems pertinent to them through research, exploration, hands-on creation and nonfiction skills. See how the process aligns to Common Core and ISTE Standards with a focus on career readiness as well. Learn how to implement PBL in any classroom.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will know how to implement PBL into any classroom as a robust way to teach the Standards and prepare students for future careers.

Participants will know how to leverage technology to collaborate with students as well as local and global business. They will also know how to support students in leveraging technology to make their own global connections.

Supporting research


Setting The Standard For Project-Based Learning

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Dr. Laura McCusker, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12

Dr. McCusker’s background is in K-12 literacy as a teacher and reading specialist prior to joining the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 as a staff developer and now administrator in the curriculum and instruction division.

Kasey Smith, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12

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