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WBL and PBL: How ISTE Helps Our Students Succeed

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 105AB

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Data Analysis & Technology Specialist
ISTE Certified Educator
An educator passionate about instructional technology in the service of teaching and learning. ISTE Board member 2017-2020. ISTE Certified Educator. Proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
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Ulster County BOCES
Network Support Specialist Team Lead - Tech Connect

Session description

Learn how Ulster BOCES integrates work-based learning and project-based learning in all of its student-based programs. We incorporate the High Tech High PBL model and CREW cultural mindset into student lessons to help prepare all students for future jobs. Learn how ISTE resources help support our success.

Purpose & objective

Purpurse: To share how ISTE has impacted the Ulster BOCES’ project-based learning and work-based learning models designed to help students prepare for future jobs

Objective: To present a model that others can modify and adopt for their setting

1. Participants will learn about the Ulster BOCES PBL & WBL programs
2. Participants will view how we use ISTE Commons, ISTE resources and ISTE Standards to support student and educator intellectual and emotional growth
3. Participants will be provided with suggestion on how to duplicate the process and programs
4. Participants will join a guided tour of the ISTE website to view resources

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Following the strategies from Marcia L. Tates book "Sit and Get" Won't Grow Dendrites...participants will be active and have time to share. Music and movement will be included in this session

Snapshot Outline
1. Welcome and introduction 5 mins
2. Explain our program through pictures and stories 10 mins
3. Share how we utilize ISTE to support student growth - through specific stories of success 10 mins
4. Wrap-up 5 mins

If this is converted into a 1-hour presentation, I will walk participants through our website and the ISTE website to highlight resources we use

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Supporting research

"Sit & Get" Won't Grow Dendrites by Marcia L. Tate

5 Ways ISTE Inspires Your Practice

Educators Edge

Career & Technical Education

Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning

Project-based Learning at High Tech High

Work-based Learning Programs

Purposes of Crew

We are Crew: A Teamwork Approach to School Culture

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Session specifications

Innovative learning environments
Grade level:
Skill level:
Principals/head teachers, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Subject area:
Career and technical education, Special education
ISTE Standards:
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
Global Collaborator
  • Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.