With active shooting situations in schools no longer uncommon, the USDepartment of Homeland Security is offering freeonline training for educators and first responders to prepare for such a disaster—right on their computers. The training is explained in “Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment (EDGE) Virtual Training Revisited,” a video on the department’s website. This freecomputer-based training tool includes a virtual school environment for multiagency training for active shooter incidents. The simulation takes place in a large school, which has an auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, and several classrooms. The training will allow schools and law enforcement to train to respond without disrupting students and to be able to train repeatedly.
Super skills, twenty-first century skills, best practices—whatever you want to call the 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication), they are an integral part of the student experience in our classroom. Even so, sometimes a pathway to incorporate the 4C’s may seem evasive or like it takes too much time. Adding the following tools and ideas to an instructional toolbox can support a seamless incorporation of the 4C’s into our teaching and learning for all students.
Each time you and your students embark on a new story,
your characters undergo a transformation. If you lead your students through the
elements we’ve discussed (creating an epic classroom, uncovering a conflict, and traversing the rising action to solve the conflict) then the transformation will happen by itself. A critical part of
epic learning is helping students to realize that metamorphosis and use what
they’ve learned. Here are a few activities to facilitate reflection and wrap up
your epic learning experience.
FOOD Ed. is a national standards-aligned course that brings STEAM to life by exploring the complexities of the nation’s food system. The semester-long interdisciplinary course explores connections between food and culture, food and environment, and food and power.