Archipelago Learning, a subscription-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of education products, has announced the winners of its project-based learning contest. The challenge was designed to spotlight excellence in educator-created learning activities that engage students in authentic, curriculum-based and interdisciplinary activities.
First place winners for the four grade level categories received an iPad and will have their original activities published in the Study Island product beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. The first place winners are:
-- K-2: Todd Beard, International Academy of Flint, MI
-- Grades 3-5: Kimberly Urbaniak, Stowers Elementary, Lithia, FL
-- Grades 6-8: Chris Blackstone, Franklin Middle School, Franklin, NH
-- High School: Valerie Gray, East Tech High School, Cleveland, OH
Entrants in the contest were encouraged to submit as many individual project-based learning activities as they wanted, as long as the submissions were original work. A panel of expert judges reviewed each activity and winners were selected based on creativity, relevance, quality and broad appeal. Second and third place winners for each of the four grade-level categories received Amazon gift cards. A complete listing of the winners can be found at www.studyisland.com/pblcontest/.
Study Island offers innovative practice activities, customized assessments, and productivity tools that improve the performance of K-12 students and their teachers. Used in more than 23,000 schools across the country, the web-based educational program combines rigorous content in math, reading, writing, science and social studies with engaging, interactive features that reinforce and reward student accomplishments.
Source: Archipelago Learning, www.archipelagolearning.com