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Ever hear about an interesting location, historical site or tourist attraction and thought “wow, I only live five miles from there, I should check it out”? Well, it just happens that there are numerous groups of students who are engaging with the uniqueness of their communities and sharing their knowledge with the world.

In the past, I’ve written about the value of Project Based Learning (PBL) and the role telepresence and other collaborative technologies are playing in the new world of education. One of my favorite examples of project based learning and engaging students is the Kids Creating Community Content, or KC3, Contest.

KC3 challenges teams of students to create their own curriculum program (aka virtual fieldtrip) around some interesting topic, person or feature unique to their community. The teams then present their program to another class (sometimes halfway around the world!) via telepresence.

Now, this isn’t just fun & games either -- the programs are judged based on content knowledge, presentation skills, topic, student research, creativity and more. Teams work on their programs over several months and both students and teachers have raved about the experience -- and as one teacher put it “it is hard work, but worth every minute”. Watch the video to learn more!

What would be an interesting educational program your local students could teach to the world?

Interested in participating in the KC3 contest? There’s still time -- Dec 16th is the submission deadline for students presenting between ¬†January 23 -- March 9, 2012.
Feb 6th is the submission deadline for students presenting between March 12 -- May 11, 2012 -- more details available at kc3.cilc.org

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