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Authentic Assessment of STEM Learning

One of the most important advantages of personalized, project-based learning is the opportunity for authentic assessment: meaningful measurement of learning outcomes and learning process.

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Young Learners Thriving at Rawlins Elementary School SmartLab

Elementary programs are a fast growing segment of our family of SmartLab partners. We're constantly amazed by these younger learners and their ability to use applied technology. We've seen numerous projects that would have been impressive coming from high school learners just a few years ago.

The new SmartLab at Rawlins Elementary School (Wyoming) was recently featured in this article in the Rawlins Daily Times. 

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Jenks School District SmartLabs

With new SmartLabs in their Freshman Academy and Middle School, Jenks School District is one of our newest educational partners and our first SmartLabs in Oklahoma. We had the privilege of working with the new Jenks facilitators at our summer facilitator conference and have no doubt that the Jenks SmartLabs are going to raise the bar for STEM programs in the region. Here's the announcement about the new SmartLabs on their District website:http://www.jenksps.org/vnews/display.v/ART/55b0dcf2559a0

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Orange Scholar's Academy Video

Thanks to Orange Scholars Academy (NJ) Facilitator Regina Nadbielny for creating and sharing this video about her SmartLab!

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Rocky Heights Middle School's John Veit Administrator of the Year

Congratulations to John Veit, Assistant Principal at Rocky Heights Middle School in Highlands Ranch Colorado. John was recently named Administrator of the Year by the Colorado High School Press Association. Rocky Heights has been a valued partner for many years and deserves all the high recognition its staff and students regularly receive.

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SmartLab Changing Lives in Hernando Missisippi

With all the impressive achievements by SmartLab learners, it's easy to mistake it as a program intended only for gifted and talented students. In fact, the personalized learning in the SmartLab empowers and motivates all students; learners choose an appropriate level of challenge, adapt projects to their interests and learning styles, and take their learning as far as they are able.

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STEM That Makes You Want To Dance!

Not everyone who watches this video will understand why we celebrate the connection between learning and dancing. It's definitely a SmartLab kind of thing! Thanks to Slavens K-8 in Denver CO for helping us tell this story! 

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North Dakota Center for Distance Education Chooses SmartLabs for Blended Learning Initiative

Creative Learning Systems is partnering with the North Dakota Center for Distance Education to develop a SmartLab program to support blended learning for the state's rural communities. Dr. Alan Peterson, Director of ND CDE, is the visionary behind this this innovative initiative. Dr. Peterson recently shared his thinking behind integrating SmartLabs in the North Dakota educational mission on his blog.

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Barack Obama Student Video

We were blown away by this video from Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM in Chicago Heights Illinois. It's one of best student-produced videos about the SmartLab we've ever seen. Congratulations to all the talented learners at Barack Obama and thanks for allowing us to share your video!

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Tilton Elementary SmartLab Video

Check out this great video produced by Chicago Public School's Tilton Elementary! A wonderful glimpse into what Tilton students are exploring in the SmartLab!!

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