Engaged Learning and Technology
Engaged learning combines many important elements. Explore each of these aspects to learn how you can activate the learning environment.
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Processing
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Authentic Resources
  • Real-World Activities
  • Project-Based Learning

Problem Solving
Activity #1: Data Analysis
Explore the following sites. Discuss how you might use the information or resource in a problem-solving project. How could you use productivity tools such as a word processor, database, spreadsheet, or graphing software in this project?
Information Processing
Activity #2: Information Processing
Information processing involves students in gathering, selecting, evaluating, analyzing, creating, and communicating data, resources, and ideas. Consider a project you already do in your classroom. How could you enhance a step in this process?
Collaboration involves working together to address a problem, simulate an event, or answer a question. For example at Virtual Congress, students across the nation collaborate like the real government. 
Activity #3: Build a Chain
There are many areas where chaining can be fun. Try a chain story or timeline.
  • Writing - add a paragraph
  • Timelines - add an event
  • Drawing - add to picture
  • Experiments - along a river


The TESAN project involved students from throughout the world. This Science Fair Project involved a real scientist as part of the project.
Activity #4: Communication
Think about ways that you could add a communication component to an existing project. Brainstorm an activity that would involve sharing information using technology. Considering finding class or student Epals!
  • letters
  • email
  • web pages
  • videos
Authentic Material
Authentic resources are important in learning. Some examples are shown below:
  • Letters
  • Diaries, Journals, Logs
  • Data
  • Documents
  • Speeches
  • Videos
Activity #5: Use Authentic Resources
Explore authentic information resources on the Internet. Brainstorm a simple activity that would incorporate authentic resources. Remember, you can always find good resources in the news at CNN or USA Today.
Real World Fun!
Activity #6: Real-World Applications
Think of ways to link your activities to the real world. Use real-world resources, materials, and experiences. Don't just read about it. Do it and share it with others. For example, kids in Hawaii learned about the Green Sea Turtle and shared their experiences in a ThinkQuest adventure.


Projects are a wonderful way to engage learner. There are many types of projects.
  • Classroom Projects
  • Cross-Grade Projects
  • School Projects
  • Community Projects
  • Online Projects
Activity #7: Evaluate a Project
Explore the following project. What do you think? Would this kind of collaborative, online project engage your students? Why or why not?
Use the following sites to explore some other project possibilities.