Advanced Applied Technology
The course is an opportunity for high school students to explore various technology applications in depth using Project Based Learning while incorporating 21st Century Skills.
Project Based Learning
In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of student "voice and choice," rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products & presentations.
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21st Century Skills
Simply put, the broad idea of 21st-century education/learning revolves around the notion that schooling as we have known it for the last 150 years is a 19th century invention that must change to keep pace with the demands of the new economy. Schools, skills and learning that were designed to prepare students for work and life in the industrial economy need to be rethought and re-engineered to serve the needs of people in this century – dictated by a changing world that has been transformed by technological advances, the “Knowledge Revolution”, a global economy and environmental changes.
The broad thinking around 21st century learning acknowledges the need for new “form and function” to be added to education goals. This thinking is informed by a belief that learning must leverage the affordances of new technologies, employ better pedagogies based on recent research on how people learn, and be cognizant of the characteristics of a new breed of learners. This is not say that “basics” and “core subject learning” need to be done away with. Few will refute, however, that there are several new literacies that need to be taught and several old ones that are not so relevant anymore.** Information provided by The Smartbean.com