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The goal is to provide a project based classroom environment in which students seek solutions to a driving question that is based on a real world challenge. By having more students have access to to the internet, they are able to have more capability to explore and discover STEM concepts and ideas.

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STEM/Project Based Learning/21st Century Classroom

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School:
Lake Park Elementary 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Frances Flores 
Students Impacted:
45 
Grade:
Date:
March 17, 2017

0% Funded

 

 

Only $1,554.00 Needed

 

 

Goal

The goal is to provide a project based classroom environment in which students seek solutions to a driving question that is based on a real world challenge. By having more students have access to to the internet, they are able to have more capability to explore and discover STEM concepts and ideas.  

 

What will be done with my students

This 21st century approach requires students to actively explore and investigate significant content and learn skills that are crucial to the process of answering the driving question. In some instances I may use the 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate) scientific model. While in other cases there may be a more problem/solution approach similar to the STEAM approach.
For most lessons, I plan to follow the basic framework provided by the BUCK Institute for Education (BIE). BIE suggests the following framework as a guideline:
1) Launch project: Entry Event or Driving Question. This step catches the interests of the students and drives the exploration. Always connected to an instructional goal/standard.

2) Build Knowledge, Understanding, and Skills to answer DQ. This step focuses on crucial knowledge/skills that are needed to create the solution to the challenge. IN THIS STEP IS WHERE I NEED THE MOST FINANCIAL SUPPORT! Technology, information, content resources etc. are needed to provide enough opportunities for students to explore and attain the knowledge necessary.
In depth inquiry is a must to start developing solutions to the DQ.

3) Develop and Revise Products and Answers to DQ. In this step, having voice and choice in how they work and present their learning is important. Kids are given the choice as to what type of product they would like to have to represent what they've learned. Students may develop movies, media kits, interactive presentations, brochures, commercials, skits, etc. ANOTHER IMPORTANT REASON WHY I NEED TO HAVE ENOUGH TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE!



4) Present Products that answer DQ. In this final phase is when students showcase their products beyond the classroom. Allowing students to choose their method of presentation as well as their audience, motivates them to create high quality products.  

 

Benefits to my students

Using this approach has been significantly linked to learning the basic 21st century skills that all future college and career readiness research states a student must have to be successful in the workforce. These skills include: Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Innovation. 

 

Budget Narrative

These laptops are currently being used as wireless testing laptops through the CCPS district. They have been previously researched and approved. CCPS has chosen these laptops as the bet quality for the needs of our students. Ideally, 4 laptops are needed, but we can try to manage with 3.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 HP 450 i5 Proc Laptops purchased though CCPS at a lower costs $518.00
2 HP 450 i5 Proc Laptops purchased though CCPS at a lower costs $518.00
3 HP 450 i5 Proc Laptops purchased though CCPS at a lower costs $518.00
  Total: $1,554.00

0% Funded

 

 

Only $1,554.00 Needed

 

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