Students will demonstrate critical thinking and collaboration skills throughout the information-gathering portion of the project. Upon completion, the group will discuss their thoughts and write a persuasive letter detailing whether or not they think the type of ants they studied should be protected or controlled. The stance they choose must be justified with evidence-based research.
This session works in accordance with the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) for The Ants Project in Primary K-5. It allows students to work with advanced content and processes through a discipline-based research model. The project is completed by a combination of group and independent research to fulfill state standards.
In this 1-hour course, you will learn:
- How to implement The Ants Project in Project Pals
- How to manage and delegate tasks among students
- How to promote student collaboration
- How to track analytics on students’ contributions
- How to engage students with thoughtful questions and experiments
Miriam is a former technology teacher and an instructional technology professional with over twenty years of experience. Miriam has a Practical Engineering degree in Computer Science from the Beer-Sheva Practical Engineering College in Israel, a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Educational Technology Leaderships from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Miriam worked as a computer teacher and tech coordinator at several Southern California private and public schools. Miriam’s professional experiences include teaching computer science to students grades K-12, the establishment of a successful after-school technology program, the implementation of a technology school plan, and the creation of instructional materials for teachers to conceptualize, plan and execute projects utilizing technology. In 2002, Miriam established Apollo’s Vision Computer Clubs, a technology-based after school educational club, that provided cutting-edge robotics classes to students in public schools in the greater Los Angeles area. Miriam is now the founder & CEO of Project Pals, an all-in-one project management platform for collaborative and project-based learning. Project Pals is the evolution and culmination of Miriam’s extensive experience utilizing technology to develop 21st century skills.