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Experiential Learning and Egypt
What is experiential learning? Experiential learning asks learners to experience first, reflect to draw conclusions, before launching on another round of experiencing.
Education students at a local college are learning about experiential learning and how to use it in a middle school social studies class. The students were instructed to choose a virtual field trip destination (Ancient Egypt) projects. They can; (a) use Google Earth to visit Egypt and look at ancient structures, (b) watch a show about Egypt on discoveryeducation.com, or (c) use a resource of their own choosing. Once, they completed their virtual field trip experience, they move to the writing assessment portion of the lesson.
Authentic Assessment: Tweet Your Experience
Objective: Middle school social students create a tweet and one hashtag that best describes what they experienced during their engagement activity (virtual field trip).
Participants: Individuals, partners, or small groups
Instructions: Middle school social studies students must write a compelling tweet and one hashtag, based on their field trip experience. Once complete, students must share their tweet and hashtag with the entire class.
Assessment: Consolidate knowledge of Ancient Egypt in a 140 character twitter medium. Develop a creative hashtag to describe the experience. Humor is encouraged. Identifying various levels of engagement from the group and differing personalities.
More Learning Approaches
Project-based learning gives the learners problems to solve through a project, instead of focusing on abstractions and memorization.
Gamification bundles together motivational elements used in games in order to make learning ‘serious play.’