Hackathon: Connecting Deeper Learning
The 2017 Hackathon event provided faculty, students, parents, community members, and administrators with an opportunity to see deeper learning at Barrington Middle School. Deeper learning supports partnerships with our community for project-based learning. Project-based learning helps students gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
Working with both Northeastern University and Highlander Institute colleagues, the faculty was supported in the design and feedback process. The focus was on a cohort of teachers creating or re-vamping project-based learning in their curriculum.
Presenters and participants followed a simple protocol:
- 3-minute share out from the project designers, followed by a
- 12-minute discussion/feedback/
brainstorming with participants.
The share out portion allowed the presenters to make links to standards and connect to the four pillars of the BMS Learning Community: entrepreneurship, research, service learning, and interdisciplinary units of study. The presenters were asked to consider a question that they grappled with during the project. This question was the essential question that drove the 12-minute follow-up conversation.
The experience was well received by all who participated. In reflection, the Hackathon participants noted the event promoted,
- sharing and discussion across teams and departments,
- feedback from community members and student that provided better insight and engagement,
- opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.
- The Power of a Plant: A Teacher’s Odyssey to Grow Healthy Minds and Schools by Stephen Ritz
- Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani