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Participate and share : Poster

Saturday, December 5, 11:00 am–12:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Leigh Fitzgerald  
Dr. Mark Hines  

We will collaboratively build out a student project and inquiry, leveraging technology as a means to strengthen the rigor and assessment practices both f2f and virtual. This opens up the possibilities for personalization and differentiation. We will access our collaborative work and associated resources, including templates, routines and student work.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Vernier Graphical Analysis (free download for all platforms online)

All other will be web apps

Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Designing engaging and effective real word learning in your classroom requires time and support. We will use a PBL/Inquiry framework to support the pedagogical and assessment practices required to design and implement powerful, real world learning in your classes.

In the TPACK framework, the technologies used are a means to get to more powerful pedagogical approaches and assessment practices. We will focus on introducing you to an instructional design process that will guide you through the elements of designing effective real world projects. We will provide you with an Inquiry Framework that we have refined over many years of teacher use. We will provide examples of how this tool can be used to develop powerful deeper learning lessons. We will walk you through the tools and give you support and evidence of the stages of good design. As a collective group, we will build out a specific project and inquiry design to practice using this framework and its technology underpinnings.

We will model this work though a variety of instructional approaches including creating a classroom culture, inquiry, thinking routines, critiquing/feedback and reflection. All of these strategies will be formally shared so you can take them back in your practice.


5 min: Introductions & Review Agenda
5 Min: Building a Classroom Community through Stokes and Warm Ups
15 Min: Introduction to the ARISE framework and TPACK through Project Examples
25 Min: Project Design Challenge: A collective approach to building a project/inquiry
5 min Reflection: I Like | Wish | Wonder
5 min: questions/Next Steps

Supporting research

What School Could Be by Ted Dintersmith

A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in HighSchools by Anne Davies and Sandra Herbst

Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming Education in the Twenty-First Century by Monica Martinez et al.

Transforming Schools Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core Standards by Bob Lenz et al.

World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students by Yong Zhao

Deeper Learning: Beyond 21st Century Skills (Leading Edge) by Anthology et al.

Essential Questions: Opening Doors to Student Understanding by Jay McTighe et al.

Ethic of Excellence by Ron Berger

A Whole New Engineer: The Coming Revolution in Engineering Education, David Edward Goldberg, Mark Somerville, Catherine Whitney, 2014

Creating innovators: The making of young people who will change the world, Wagner, T., & Compton, R. A. (2012).

Many more resources we use are on our resources page:

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Leigh Fitzgerald, Mid-Pacific Institute
Dr. Mark Hines, Mid-Pacific Institute/Kupu Hou Academy

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