We believe that students learn by doing. Using technology, we create memorable partnerships among classes hundreds, even thousands, of miles apart. Students share research, resources, observations, ideas, and challenges on an ongoing basis. This interaction creates a rich learning environment, preparing them for tomorrow’s education and business worlds.
An example: Students from four Nobel Learning Communities schools in Texas, Virginia, Washington state and Illinois joined forces to investigate the facts and fictions of global warming. Using the Internet and blogging technology, they combined their efforts and created a shared information source for all to see. The project extended over six months and reinforced content skills and knowledge, and developed their awareness and basic understanding of global warming. In the process, students practiced important academic skills:
Language and Literacy, as they researched and summarized findings, wrote web text for blog postings, and took part in interschool conference calls.
Applied Math skills, by collecting, organizing, and analyzing data. They also explored cause-and-effect relationships, and gained scientific perspectives by interpreting and analyzing the research.
Critical thinking, project management, and leadership skills as they led interschool conference calls and presented and defended their thoughts as teams. At the conclusion of the project, they evaluated their performance and that of other teams.