I am always encouraging teachers to find real world applications for their content and to encourage students to solve problems. The Partnership for 21st Century Learning lists problem solving and creative thinking as skills our students will need for their future.
How do we engage in our students in wanting to solve authentic problems?
The website INTERRoBANG has just made these skills easier to teach and intriguing to students. The website has masked the problem solving as a game, containing many missions for students from grade 6-12 to complete. Students choose a mission, create a plan, solve the mission and post their findings using multimedia. With a successful post, the team earns points and eventually can earn prizes. INTERoBang also encourages teams to create missions, taking the thinking process to another level.
I haven’t used INTERoBANG with students, but the idea is exciting and intriguing! Even if you don’t want to register and play the game there are some great authentic learning ideas you could incorporate into many content areas! Watch this video to learn more!
Carmen Marty is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.