How does work?

First, so why the dot "live" . . . Dot "live" is the extension we chose to demonstrate our sense of urgency, our commitment to relevance, and our passion for learning and doing now. is designed to be a community of educators, students, and industry experts collaborating to engage students in authentic projects and problems that industry needs completed now.  

This is the second iteration.  

Our hope is that this brings your students excitement and true learning.


An industry expert shares a project

A project sponsored or launched by professional may be small or large, a two-week sprint or a semester-long marathon.  The industry expert will sponsor his/her project and requirements, or problem and constraints.  

The expert will share required deliverables and key performance indicators for the project.  In collaboration with the teacher, he/she will set a due date for project completion.  

Regular correspondence with the industry expert via facilitation by the teacher. Finally, in many cases the teacher and the expert will evaluate the submitted project for final approval and provide feedback.


The teacher

The classroom teacher will facilitate the project and scaffold or differentiate any aspects of the project that are appropriate for his/her students.  In some cases, teachers will guide students toward projects in their subject area (i.e. engineering or sciences), while in other projects an English teacher might facilitate a marketing project that emphasizes communication and collaboration skills.

Projects might be whole class collaborations, with teams of students taking on roles to move the project along or projects might be small group sprints, where each team collaborates to complete their version of the project. The grouping patterns, roles, and numbers of project iterations is left up to the teacher. You know your students, curriculum, and goals - you scaffold and structure the project to fit your unique classroom.

The overarching goal is to produce a deliverable for the professional as the authentic audience to assess as an expert.  

The classroom teacher will assist in student self-assessments of the work before submission of the project and evaluate students based on collaboration, research, communication, and other grade-level applicable standards.  


The Students

Students are responsible for doing their best research to learn content to make informed decisions for their final delivered project.  Students are responsible for communicating needs to the teacher. Students are responsible for asking questions of teacher and/or professional when appropriate.

Students must make an action plan which details individual responsibilities, timelines, deliverables, and key performance indicators.