Charles Lee Steele


Philosophy in instructional technology:

Learning is an on-going process because the more a person knows, the more a person knows what he or she doesn't know.  Therefore, it is essential that project based learning is incorporated into the learning process.  Project based learning sets students on a journey that increases their knowledge content.  At the same time, project based learning helps students build skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity. 

How to create a project based learning activity:

Project based learning helps our students to be prepared for the 21st Century and be successful in our digital world.  Project based learning needs to be based on a purpose (rather than a grade) and an audience (other than a teacher).  Teachers can start the project based learning activity by asking their students a guiding question that can spark their interests.  Key ingredients that need to be in project based learning are:

1) Student autonomy (students have freedom to create or find a solution)
2) Authenticity (material has meaning or can be applied in a real life scenario)
3) Continuous inquiry (students can ask further questions)

An essential component in project based learning is the students' ability to create their own solutions or answers.

Examples of project based learning activities:

Driving question:  What do children need to be healthy?
Lesson:  Kindergarten students will identify what students need in order to be healthy. Students will also study about anatomy and the human body.  In addition, students will examine their five senses, physical education, and learn how to make healthy choices. The project can have students work in groups to plan a healthy party with their friends or peers in a presentation format.

Driving question:  How can families be prepared for severe weather in their communities?
Lesson:  Teacher can incorporate blended learning and have students work in groups to investigate severe weather conditions in their community.  After the students' research, second grade students will create severe weather safety kits and safety guides that can be shown in a presentation format.  From this lesson, science and research standards can be addressed.

Rubric for Project Based Learning


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College: Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems with a major in Computer Forensics.  Graduated from Stevenson University.  Also received a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of North Texas.
Master of Science in Computer Information Systems.  Graduated from The University of Phoenix.



Middle School: Practiced Hapkido (Korean Jujitsu) in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
High School:  Wrestled three years at Irvin High School (letterman).
College: Had taken Judo at The University of Texas at El Paso.
Participated in drills and practices with the UNT Wrestling Club at The University of North Texas.