Authentic learning experiences matter when preparing students for the real world. This talk highlights four authentic learning examples that focus on high school students creating assistive technology devices for people with disabilities. Viewers will have a better idea as to what authentic learning looks like and why it matters.
Jordan Estock was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He is a product of the Brandywine School District. Jordan earned his bachelors degree in Technology Education at Millersville University and his masters degree in Educational Leadership at Wilmington University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Wilmington University in Educational Leadership. He taught engineering at Concord High School for eight years. Jordan previously coached soccer and lacrosse. For the past four years he has been a VEX robotics advisor. He is a two time SourceAmerica Design Challenge National Champion, MIT Inventeam $10,000 grant winner and awarded a US patent along with his students. Jordan is passionate about finding authentic real world problems for students to solve. He is actively seeking to extend outside the walls of the classroom to partner with local businesses, nonprofits, and community members. Jordan loves developing assistive technologies for people with disabilities. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx