Students at the Y.A.L.E. School Mansfield Township campus are launching into space with a collaborative Project Based Learning activity along with students from the Atlantic City public school district.
The group of students in at the Y.A.L.E. Mansfield Township campus began the project by logging in to Google Documents to develop individual slide presentations about each planet in our solar system. With the real-time collaboration features of the Google Docs website, our students shared their research with typical peers in a classroom in Atlantic City using the online chat room. As students make changes to the project, their counterparts at the other school will see the edits happening simultaneously on their screens. Together, they will develop a complete presentation about their chosen planets which they will then be able to present to their classmates. A version of the presentations will also be available online for future classes to access.
Y.A.L.E. School technology teacher Jason James developed the lesson in concert with another teacher from the Atlantic City district.
“Working on this project not only combines STEM education with 21st century technology, it also includes a social skills component,” said James. “In a few years our students will enter higher education and employment environments where online collaboration with people from around the globe is increasingly common. Many classrooms and companies are implementing these platforms. So our kids need to learn the tech, but they can also sharpen their social interaction skills with students from a different region who they might not normally come into contact with in their daily lives.”