Zombie-Based Learning: Teaching Through the Apocalypse
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Room: SEM II A-3109
A curriculum needs to encourage learning and be rigorous, but it should also be engaging. In this seminar, David will explain how he designed Zombie-Based Learning to teach geographic concepts in a zombie apocalypse setting to meet the requirements of district officials and teachers while capturing the imaginations of students. He will show how to replace the textbook with a comic book and how to build the motivation to learn right into the lessons. David combines project-based learning, narrative, standards, experience, and zombies to share his hopes for the future of curriculum design.
David Hunter '09, MiT '11: David Hunter is a middle school English and Social Studies teacher, curriculum designer, and education-technology enthusiast from Seattle, Washington. He is an advisory board member for Amplify Education, Inc. and has designed lessons for companies including Valve Software. David created the curriculum Zombie-Based Learning and authored the comic, Dead Reckon.
David Hunter teaches at the Bellevue Big Picture School, an alternative project-based public school focused on teaching in a way that is rigorous, relevant to students, and connected to the real world. He focuses on effective teaching innovations within the public schools that engage the students in his or her learning.
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