Over 60 Videos to Provide Some Great PBL Ideas at the Follett Challenge


Have you ever wanted to get some great idaes that could be the start of a new PBL or school program. You will enjoy look at these videos which represent some wonderful ideas. In other words… be sure to especially take note of the link that takes you to all of the Follett Challenge winners for the past five years. Before continuing, I would appreciate having you take a moment to subscribe to this Blog by RSS or email and follow me at (mjgormans). Taking that moment ensures that we can continue to network, something that is very important to me. Also, please share this post with others and even provide a re-tweet. Last, please check my Booking Page to see how I could be part of your school PD or Conference plans.  May you have a wonderful and rewarding 2018! – Mike Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

Special Note and Discount For FETC – Think about joining me at FETC this January in sunny Orlando, Florida. I am excited to be a featured speaker at this very  special conference.  Perhaps you might even attend my session or workshops. Follow this link for more information and a discount code. Hope to see you there! My sessions are below.

Workshop: Beyond the Device: Technology to Support Standards and Authentic Learning
Workshop: Making Makers Mainstream: Connecting A Maker Culture to Curriculum Standards
Workshop: Making Project Based Learning Happen in Your District or Classroom
Featured Session: PBL Splash … Project Based Learning Done Right
Workshop: The Verbs of PBL, STEM and STEAM: Dewey Meets Technology

Also, think about having me come to your school or conference event in 2018. Dates are filling fast. Think about a keynote, workshop, or even a multiple day workshop on a subject such as PBL. Check out my Booking Site.

Special Note: I will be at Alan November’s BLC18 in Boston this coming July. Hope to see you there! 

Over 60 Videos to Provide Some Great PBL Ideas at the Follett Challenge – Michael Gorman (21centuryedtech.wordpress.com)

I have been honored to be selected as an annual judge for the Follett Challenge.  Over 130 schools and districts took the Follett Challenge this year and I have the unique opportunity to view and vote from the selection of finalist for the grand prize.  You can also be involve! The public voting will begin next week for the seventh annual Follett Challenge “People’s Choice” awards. The 10 “People’s Choice” prizes will be awarded to those schools/districts that receive the highest number of online votes from the public for their three- to five-minute videos, which were submitted as part of the application process. Voters are eligible to cast one vote per day for their favorite videos from Monday (Jan. 22) through Friday, Jan. 26. All the submitted videos can be viewed by visiting www.FollettChallenge.com. Voting does close on January 26.

Now let me tell you why you want to watch the videos that these students and teachers have created. Perhaps you are a teacher or librarian that is looking for some amazing PBL ideas that you can replicate in your school. You might be an educator looking for that special school project to involve students. Perhaps you are looking for something to inspire your own creative thoughts inspiring that next great lesson or project. You will be amazed as you watch these wonderful video experiences. You will see that the Follett Challenge is a program that  rewards top-notch educators who are aligning their curriculum to teach 21st century learning skills. .

After viewing and even casting a possible vote, you may decide to check out the Follett Challenge website next year for your own school or district. The program dates for this year included an entry period starting in September with culmination in December. Learn more about contest information and submissions along with this year’s prize information starting with one gand prize and two semifinalists earning a combined total of $120,000 in material. Add on another $80,000 for those “Peoples’ Choice Awards”.

Now for my favorite part of the Follett Challenge Website. I call it a wonderful goldmine of PBL ideas. In fact, I feel like a winner from just viewing some of the wonderful possibbilities. Click here to view  60 winners going back to 2013. You will find a video of each winner along with some of the most authentic PBL ideas collected anywhere. Take note that there categories include elementary, middle, and high school! Viewing these wonderful school and district project ideas will make you smile. Better yet, you might be ready to make it happen at your school next year!

Thank you for joining me as we both discover some amazing educational thoughts and ideas!  Please take a moment to share this post with other educators across the world.  Please accept my invitation to you,  which is the opportunity to be a part of another year of postings, by subscribing by email or RSS and follow me on Twitter (mjgormans). You will also find a treasure of resources covering 21st-century learning, STEM, PBL, and technology integration for the classroom.  Best wishes to you in this wonderful New Year!

Mike Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)

Booking Info – It is time to think about your school or conference needs.  Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have delivered hundreds of workshops and presentations. Check out my Booking Page.  Please contact me soon if you have an interest. I am now almost booked through April. Perhaps you need to think about summer conference dates or PD needs and it is not too early to think about the 2018/19 school year! Look for contact information at the Booking Site.

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