I am available to be a designer & content creator for a creative, online learning platform for K-8. (interactive, project-based learning)
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I have seen how students can be mentored to take what they have learned and demonstrate higher level learning through projects, simulations, and presentations. Gaming is the best way to engage students in memorable learning of basic math and subject knowledge facts. When students create media, arts or crafts projects to share what they have learned--they gain confidence and a boost to creativity. I would love to have tools to create a free online platform that provides educational videos and engaging direct instruction as a springboard for online educational challenges, games, and bulletin board for students to publish projects or share personal learning with others in a safe, colorful, creative educational platform. This type of online learning would encourage students to launch from online into the "real world"--at home, with their family & friends or in the community before returning to share their "homework". One of my favorite experiences is watching children share their learning with others and be excited by knowing something new. This could be a feeder for students to engage in local clubs, scouts, competitions. It could be a "fallback" for online school in case of weather or other closures. It could be a place to do something fun in the summer. It could provide school experiences for homeschoolers and those in rural or remote areas.
Prek-k kids had Starfall.com (before they went commercial); middle and high school students have KahnAcademy. I want to create a dynamic, age-appropriate even more motivating platform for elementary school students--The Exploratorium. Check in online, then check it out! (Part children's museum, part school, part games, part social media, part scavenger hunt.)
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
I have been volunteer teaching and developing interactive classes in person for homeschooled students for the past 20 years. Often I have integrated online resources and technology for homework, enrichment and student communication. I have a background in theater and public speaking. Books, crafting, gaming, cooking, gardening, exploring outdoors and national parks are some of my hobbies. I love to incorporate these "hands on" areas into teaching students core subjects. I have coached students in teams to participate in project-based academic competitions or simulations. (Science & Social Studies Fairs, Future City, Envirothon, Honeywell Aerospace Challenge, JA Biztown & Stock Market Challenge)