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Effective Project Based Learning in High School

Session 2
Casey Cohen, Barbara Ledford — Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School

This conversation will explain how two teachers at Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School write original curricula for their high school math and English courses that is grounded in projects that drive student inquiry and learning. The facilitators will address and explain how teaching in a 1:1 iPad and Apple Distinguished School enables them to use the iPad, iTunes U, and iOS apps to enhance and up-level student learning and create rich learning experiences via these tools and project assignment. Both facilitators have multiple years of experience teaching in a 1:1 learning environment and graduate degrees (in instructional technology and school leadership respectively). Facilitators plan to bring student guest to share work and participate in the discussion.

Participants will gain an understanding of what project based learning is and why it is successful in high school classrooms. Participants will also gain an understanding of how to create an effective project based learning experience in each major academic subject area. Participants will see and be inspired by specific examples of project based learning experiences originally designed by the presenters and their colleagues for the major academic subject areas and student work created for these projects that show the success these projects have met. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences and interact with the presenters so that conversation can be tailored to the specific interests of the participants.

Throughout our presentation we will demonstrate the ways we present our projects and material to students through iTunes U and iOS apps.

Conversational Practice

Student guest speakers and participants will participate in the sharing of ideas and best practices throughout the conversation. Today’s Meet will be used as a back channel and a reference. The #educoninquiry will be used to continue to the conversation.

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