Reflection: Learning Communities Does McDonalds Have a Farm? (1 of 2) - Section 3: EXPLORE: Agriculture


Blended learning professional development opportunities are seemingly ubiquitous.  Valuable and effective professional development in this area, however, is much harder to find.  In fact, in my experience with this work, the education sector simply does not have enough experience with technology integration and blended learning classroom design to effectively train its educators. Blended learning is a work in progress.  And educators are an essential driver of this progress. Because the frameworks and best practices for blended learning are in development, experimental educators everywhere can contribute to the knowledge base.  As such, I would encourage educators to explore opportunities to establish this knowledge base.

As examples, a few of the blended learning initiatives I have been fortunate enough to access in New York CIty include:

Each of these opportunities allows me to express my professional voice and learn a tremendous amount about the obstacles and opportunities of edtech.  And there are new, robust opportunities emerging all the time.  Most recently, for instance, I have been exploring some amazing resources from Summit Public School. Of course, Better Lesson has its own incredible resource.  These programs all recognize that teachers are experts of their experience.  I encourage interested teachers to join the blended conversation through similar opportunities.

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Does McDonalds Have a Farm? (1 of 2)

Unit 5: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Lesson 11 of 24

Objective: Students will be able to 1) reflect on the connections between agriculture and ecosystems; 2) describe the health, environmental, social, and economic impacts of agriculture; 3) work independently and collaboratively to develop an evidence-based answer to a personalized guiding question.

Big Idea: Much of what we eat comes from a “food industrial complex.” How might we define the costs and benefits of this system through comparison of agricultural techniques?

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