Design-based Learning in an 8th Grade Classroom
Teri Wagner, Phyllis Newbill, Liesl Baum, Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States ISBN 978-1-939797-02-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Design-based learning environments offer teachers the flexibility to incorporate objectives from multiple disciplines into a single project that also teaches students collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills. Even without formal training in design, teachers can follow a simple 5-step model to implement a learning environment that focuses on meaningful, relevant problems and offers students the opportunity to practice real-world problem solving. In the following pages, the author explains the basic phases of the d.School model of design, describes a design-based curriculum implemented with 8th graders using three of the twelve design teams as examples, and discusses the challenges and lessons learned.
Wagner, T., Newbill, P. & Baum, L. (2013). Design-based Learning in an 8th Grade Classroom. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4222-4225). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).