3DGameLab + NOAA = Planet Stewards
Chris Haskell and I like to joke that a lot of our ideas start out with a “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” …if we offer a gaming camp to teens, if we use quests as pedagogy, if we had a quest tracker tool to monitor progress on quests? And thus the birth of 3D GameLab.
Then along comes the DML Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition. Wouldn’t it be cool if NOAA would pair up with us to do quests in 3D GameLab? If those quests led to the award of a badge? If those badges represented NOAA career pathways (non-traditional) instead of content grouped around clusters (traditional)? And wouldn’t it be cool if students could choose which badges to work on based on their own interest (personalized learning)?
All those “ifs” came true, and Planet Stewards is now in progress! We feel so fortunate to be teamed up…
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