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ERIC Number: EJ943734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1082-5754
It's in the Bag: Digital Backpacks for Project-Based Learning
Basham, James D.; Perry, Ernest; Meyer, Helen
Learning & Leading with Technology, v39 n2 p24-27 Sep-Oct 2011
When it comes to technology, many schools know what they want. They want targeted and scalable solutions that enhance learning and meet the NETS.S. And the teachers in those schools want simple, strategic instructional frameworks for developing their students' basic and digital age skills while meeting diverse learning needs. But as many technology integration specialists know, satisfying all those wants in every lesson is no easy task. The authors partnered with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Apple to develop a toolkit that is simple, scalable, effective, and even portable. They call it the digital backpack. A digital backpack is just what it sounds like: an actual knapsack that contains an array of digital and hardware tools, resources, and instructional materials handpicked to engage learners in project- or problem-based learning (PBL) experiences. The authors discuss how they have designed digital backpacks for specific projects and challenges as well as for projects in particular curriculum areas. (Contains 5 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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