What is the role of technology at MacSTEM?
For the Technology part of STEM, Macdonough Academy embeds the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) standards are into Project-Based Learning units to engage students in exploration, research and connecting with community members in a digital setting.
In Project Based Learning, teachers make learning come alive for students.
Students work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation for a real audience.
As a result, students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills. Project Based Learning unleashes a contagious, creative energy among students and teachers.
And in case you were looking for a more formal definition…
Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.