Apple Distinguished Educators produced a series of multi-touch books that spotlighted “one best thing” from their school or classroom. Two of the books came from participants in Pilot and Implementation studies.

Write to Change the World: Challenge Based Learning for Persuasive Writing
Katie Morrow

Persuasive writing skills can be connected to purposeful experiences through the process of Challenge Based Learning. Students choose topics that personally matter to them and create written solutions to change people’s perceptions, thereby using their writing to “change the world.” Students not only develop persuasive writing and speaking skills, but also develop important skills in teamwork, initiative, and innovative thinking. Most importantly, students are transformed into activists doing meaningful work that carries on long after the last exam is scored.

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Designing Authentic Assessment: Measuring Learning with CBL
Liz Castillo

Challenge Based Learning provides a strong framework for critical thinking and relevant learning. In order to assess this authentic learning, assessments must reflect and emphasize the process as well as the product. In this One Best Thing explore strategies for building authentic formative and summative assessments that align with CBL.

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