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Who Cares? Empowering Students to be Agents of Change

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, November 29, 8:00–9:00 am PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Megan Pattenhouse  
Mahfuza Rahman  
Michelle Strickland  
Dr. Melissa Wrenchey  

The panelists will discuss the projects their students completed as a part of the UN SGDs, how the students were motivated to care about those around them and spur them toward work on the PBLs. Attendees will walk away with insight into how to help students care about others.

Audience: Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: PC, Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants will have the option of accessing Flipgrid from their devices to hear directly from our students.
Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
  • Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The panelists will discuss the projects their students completed as a part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and how they motivate their students to care about those around them and to spur them toward work on the PBLs. A lively discussion about how students from multiple geographic locations and culturally diverse areas could work together to make a difference is their respective communities. Attendees will walk away with insight into how to help students care about others.


An interactive panel discussion, where panelists will share how the UN SDGs were used with their students and share student testimonials as well as have some device-based activities for the audience through Pear Deck, etc.

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Megan Pattenhouse, Digital Promise
Mahfuza Rahman, West Humber Collegiate Institute - TDSB
Michelle Strickland, Trigg County High School

Michelle Strickland has been in public school education for 12 years after working in other sectors of education previously. Michelle's school started Wildcat Makerspace four years ago, and that put her on a path toward maker education that is her calling. Trigg County High School is located in rural Cadiz, Kentucky where Michelle also works with Computer-Based Instruction. Michelle is a Nat Geo Certified Educator, a Discovery Education Star, and an HP Teaching Fellow. She is currently expanding her 3D printing knowledge, and learning to code so that she can better equip her students for their careers and life.

Dr. Melissa Wrenchey, N. Tesla STEM High School
Graduate student

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