Do School Differently

EduQuest is not built for the same old.

Are you ready to do school differently? To throw out some of the most ingrained traditions in education?

With EduQuest, you can say goodbye to:

  • Lectures
  • Assignments
  • Due dates
  • Grades
  • Group work

Instead, say hello to….

Just-in-time lessons

Teach individuals or small groups of students, as the need arises. You have the time to do this because you don’t have to waste time giving instructions or waiting for everyone to quiet down.

Badges

Set achievable goals and inspire learning based on student strengths and interests. Add lots of choice. Don’t expect every student to earn every badge. Have a large variety and design them with rich tasks in mind. Let students be creative and resourceful in how they meet the goals you set. One student writes a paragraph, another designs a poster and yet another creates a podcast? Brilliant.

Student-paced Learning

Students will work hard during class time. The process matters just as much as the product, so why set a limit on how long that process might take? Once students have met their goals and are proud of their work, they will hand it in and immediately begin working towards their next goal. There’s no waiting around for an arbitrary deadline, filling time with busy work while others finish up, or rushing and handing in a less-than-best effort because you happen to take a bit more care in the details than other people.

Standards-based Assessment & Descriptive Feedback

The evidence students submit either meets the learning goal using the success criteria or it doesn’t (yet!). Don’t award a badge until the minimum standard is met – though I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how many go above and beyond. Comment on students’ work immediately and give lots of descriptive feedback. Point out further resources for next steps or challenge them to go deeper. Accept resubmissions – as many times as needed – with no penalty.

Organic Collaboration

Just let it happen. Some badges will lend themselves to individual work. Some will lend themselves to working in teams. Some students will prefer to have a peer to bounce ideas off of and others will prefer to go off on their own tangent. Let your students decide when and how to collaborate. Provide a learning environment that facilitates it and I guarantee you they will.

Erica
Erica is an elementary French and technology teacher in Ontario, Canada. She is the creator of www.frenchquest.ca and www.eduquest.ca

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