How do we assess things that matter?



The K12 Lab is experimenting with how we might apply the international craze of escape rooms to the educational imperative of helping students get better at crucial deeper learning skills.  This has begun as a prototype of a three-dimensional hands-on assessment of collaborative problem solving that students and educators can literally stand inside.  Over the coming years, we will continue to explore how we might measure competencies like collaboration through such activities for students in a classroom context.  We will be sharing resources and tools with educators, so that we all can learn and create new approaches for helping our students develop skills that matter for their future and the future of our world.

If you missed the Puzzle Bus kickoff at SXSW Edu, join us at Deeper Learning in San Diego.

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Can I come see the bus?

Yes! If you are at SXSWedu, find us at the park directly across from the Hilton. We'll be there from 11am - 5pm on Tuesday, March 6th and Wednesday, March 7th.

What if I won't be at SXSWedu?

Once SXSW ends, we'll take the Puzzle Bus to Deeper Learning in San Diego, March 28th through March 30th. Following Deeper Learning, the Puzzle Bus will ride home to the in Palo Alto.

Can I book the bus to come to my school/event?

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Our Observation Matrix

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