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Tuesday, December 5 • 7:30am - 8:30am
Native Virginia: Empowering student advocacy through project approach learning

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“What we can do to support our ecosystem?” From monarch butterflies to bees, birds - or whatever is outside your door, students examine conservation needs around them and respond with inquiry and advocacy. Sylvia Chard’s four-step project approach condenses Project Based Learning into manageable steps for the busy teacher. This process encourages students to identify problems, spurs research, implements solutions, and utilizes technology for data collection, collaboration, presentations, etc. The seamless integration of technology using Google Apps for Education or any other collaborative platform encourages students to produce authentic, meaningful artifacts of their learning journey. Balancing the hands-on aspects of PBL with how much technology and when to implement it can be both challenging and overwhelming at times. Participants will leave this session with a plan of action for engaging the whole child as a researcher, advocate, citizen scientist and will offer suggestions for connecting resources into opportunities for students to grow and showcase their learning.

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Janie Banse

PK - 12 Librarian, Highland School
I am a K -12 Librarian, a book evangelist and collaborator. I love connecting students to books and our libraries to the world. For the past four years I have studied and helped create several project based learning opportunities that give our students the inquiry skills and time... Read More →
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Erica Deane

MS Science Teacher, Highland School
Erica Deane is an 11 year teaching veteran, Google for Education Certified Trainer and holds certifications in other technology platforms. She graduated with a BS in Chemistry and a Math Minor from Lynchburg College in Virginia. Her teaching career started in Shenandoah County Public... Read More →

Tuesday December 5, 2017 7:30am - 8:30am EST
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