Term

Fall 9-13-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Susan Manikowski

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Judi Thomas

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Joel Vandenberg

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, How can I provide 5th grade students with opportunities to engage in reading, writing, and talking about texts and ideas across different instructional contexts using technology and problem-based learning? The motivating factor for this capstone was the struggle with providing students dynamic learning opportunities that teach academic content as well as 21st century skills and relevant technology integration. This capstone details problem-based learning as an opportunity to assuage this struggle. The capstone reviews the components of problem-based learning and outlines the research on successful implementation. The capstone goes on to describe the research surrounding 21st century skills and integrating technology into the classroom in accordance to the TPACK framework. Finally, research from these areas is synthesized to create a unit guide and supporting materials based on Challenge Based Learning, a type of problem-based learning.

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