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Why it matters

Place-based education may sound like a neat concept, but does it work? How do teachers, struggling to meet state standards and the test-based rigors of modern education, justify place-based education to administrators, or vice versa? What do students and teachers actually gain? And how do you create high quality professional development opportunities, programs or curriculum?

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Local Games Lab

Dozens of middle-school classrooms in Wisconsin study local places in the Augmented Reality Games on Handhelds project. Using handheld computers (triggered by GPS devices), students walk in natural and cultural communities, taking on real-life roles and encountering authentic challenges. They interview virtual people and access virtual photos, statistics, and other documents that

Madison, WI

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