Ben Franklin is an improvisation-based presentation. The format of the presentation is your choice, but the questions that the kids ask are random and different. That is why Ben is extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter in order to answer a wide variety of questions on the fly.
Maybe you’ve heard of Minecraft. Or World of Warcraft, or Castle Storm. Maybe you’ve even heard that there are a few brave educators who are using them in their classrooms, with — gasp! — students. These educators know that virtual learning environments are far more than mere games and that their potential to engage students, personalize curricula and develop higher-order thinking skills is worth the fight against fears of time wasting, questionable online influences and doubts about educational value.
Could you be one of these educators? If you’re innovative, creative and on the fore front of educational tools, you might be. If you can deal with being misunderstood and possibly even heckled in the faculty room, you are well on your way. And if you can wear being different as a badge of honor rather than a cloak of shame, all in the interest of giving your students a one-of-a-kind learning experience, you should definitely read on to find out how to tap into the magic of the interactive world for education.
The step-Up America team has done that. We have created a program that is free to any educator who wants to be an innovator in the classroom. All you need is a connection to the Internet and we can make it happen. Can you think of a better way to teach the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to your students?
Lane Solomon, Franklin developer