Skateboards or Wildlife? Kids Decide!by: Julie Thomas, Sandra Cooper, and David Haukos

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Using the Internet to help solve real-life problems is a great way to make science learning relevant to today's students. In this project, students investigated "playas", temporary local wetlands, and surveyed their local school grounds as potential sites for the development of recreational skateboard parks.

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  • on Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:53 PM

This article describes the connection between technology and relevant learning for students and teachers in a collaborative effort in Lubbock, Texas. University colleagues wanted children and future teachers to learn more about playas to better understand their local environment: a type of wetland called a playa. The project was part of TechLinks, an implementation grant of a United States Department of Education–funded initiative entitled ‘Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology’ (PT3). This article chronicles this interesting collaboration and includes some of the positive outcomes. It is an interesting approach for this unique environment.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Oct 22, 2012 8:15 PM

Students from grades 4 through 6 studied by examining and collecting data about playas in Lubbock to determine if their school grounds could be potential sites for the development of recreational skateboard parks. Through this PBL, college professions guided the elementary students using technology websites developed by college students, to gather and record data. Students indirectly learned about their local environment and how humans can impact the environment. This effort was a good collaboration between different groups.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Wed Feb 15, 2012 7:55 PM

Great article outlining the use of literature to inspire students to action and the subsequent Shad restoration project. The bibliography also provided additional resources for teaching about river systems and human impact. I will purchase the trade books mentioned and evaluate their use for my ESL Reading Course for Science Content. They could be a perfect complement to my unit on the Chesapeake Bay.

Sharon Ruggieri
Sharon Ruggieri

  • on Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:46 PM

Do you have a place on your school grounds that tends to collect water? This article is chalk-ful of ideas for creating a problem-based learning activity focused on determining the best place for a skateboard area on school grounds. Activities related to soil, water, food chains, presentations and more will keep your students engaged for many months. A winner!

Patty M
Patty M

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